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Joyce Holmes wasn’t immediately sold on the idea of sinking her family’s savings into an indoor shooting range and gun club. It took some big-time lobbying, said Bob Holmes, her husband and owner of Whistling Pines Gun Club in Colorado Springs. “I looked around and there was no indoor shooting range here in the Springs… Continue Reading Whistling Pines cleaning up the shooting range business

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Anyone who has been in business for any period of time knows you can’t tackle everything yourself. Sometimes you just need some help. But let’s face it, asking for help can be tough. You might be a “private person” and not want to tell someone outside your business about the issues it’s having. Maybe you’ve… Continue Reading Asking for help can be tough for small business owners

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by Eddie Brown with Blair S. Walker c.2011, Wiley$27.95 / $33.95 Canada Sell or stay? Stay or sell? In times like these, when the market resembles a cheap yo-yo, you don’t know which to do. Should you sell your stocks before they drop further, or sit tight? Should you buy now that prices are down,… Continue Reading Book Review: “Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown’s Investing and Life Strategies”

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Donna Nelson is the city’s new economic vitality specialist, a position that replaces the city’s traditional economic development efforts. Continue Reading City opts for vitality over economic development

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Avoid these mistakes to increase profit

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Many business owners miss opportunities to increase their profit by leaving the proverbial money on the table. We’ve seen clients make five common mistakes that eat into their profit and want to share those with you so you can watch for them in your own company. The first mistake has to do with pricing. It’s… Continue Reading Avoid these mistakes to increase profit

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Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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For several years Payroll City was a one-woman show run by its owner Kathleen Fox. She had about a dozen Colorado Springs clients and was zipping through their payroll needs. But, she grew frustrated when she couldn’t find a computer program that produced all the spread sheets and kept the data the way she wanted.… Continue Reading Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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The commercial laundry room at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs is humming with the swishing sound of washing machines and dryers as the crew handles 2,200 pounds of laundry an hour. It’s the sound of employment, and it’s growing. In the past year, the Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs hired 35 employees in its contracts… Continue Reading Goodwill cleaning up on commercial custodial jobs

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Consider these types of business owners: One is dynamite at cold calling. While most cringe at the thought, he loves it and has a high success rate. Another is a whiz at designing and engineering new products that can solve customers’ needs. One is a master at networking. She uses her skills to connect with… Continue Reading Want to be successful in business? Tap into your greatness

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What do you think is the chance that in the next 12 months customers will raise the bar and demand more from companies they do business with? And what is the chance that during this same period our employees will expect a raise after so many years of cuts and salary freezes? The result will… Continue Reading Competitive advantage begins with customer focus

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by Douglas Edwards c.2011, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The meeting is at 4. You’re giving a presentation. It’s not done. But you know what to do: you go online, type a few words into a rectangular box, hit “enter” and — ta da! — find what you need and save your own bacon. Oh, and you… Continue Reading Book Review: I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

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