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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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The drug testing business is booming, and local drug-screening company Conspire2Hire is set to expand into four states by year’s end. Conspire2Hire, which began selling franchises in 2010, sold its second franchise to an operator in Fort Worth, Tex., which is scheduled to open Sept. 1. The Texas drug-testing business will open in an industrial area,… Continue Reading Local drug-testing business eyeing 200 nationwide franchises

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Local bankers say they are eager to make loans to small businesses. Trouble is, not many small businesses are asking. Continue Reading Banks shine a light on why small business lending lags

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sentiment expressed by Winston Churchill so long ago is heartily embraced by many Americans today. In fact, nearly 27 percent of adults volunteered 15 billion hours in 2009 to U.S. nonprofits. Of these, many are proven business… Continue Reading Serving on a nonprofit board is serious business

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Take steps to be more productive

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Would you like to be more productive? Most likely you would. In fact, we can’t recall ever discussing this issue with a business owner who didn’t wish he or she could find ways to be more productive. Ways to get more done in a day, have more time off, or have more time to just… Continue Reading Take steps to be more productive

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Groninger Concrete: Solid during recession

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When Doug Groninger took over his father’s concrete business in 2004, he followed his father’s advice. Continue Reading Groninger Concrete: Solid during recession

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Small businesses could be held legally responsible if customers use Wi-Fi internet access for illegal downloads. That’s the word from the National Federation of Independent Business, which noted that record labels and movie studios struck a deal this month to issue warnings to Internet providers whose accounts are used to steal content. Small businesses that… Continue Reading Business could be responsible for customers’ Wi-Fi use

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