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Don’t be a fool — protect everything that you create

Protecting intellectual property is akin to traveling by air, land or water. One can reach a destination by different or multiple means. Three panelists discussed the various ways to protect intellectual property during a Middle Market Entrepreneurs seminar at The Antlers Hilton. There are three types of patents available: utility, design or plant (as in… Continue Reading Don’t be a fool — protect everything that you create

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Many employers, in order to survive this economic downtown, have had to reduce the benefits they offer to employees. Some of the changes include discontinuing matching contributions or suspending profit sharing contributions to employee retirement plans, said Robert L. Book, executive vice president of Strategic Financial Partners. While many employees are grateful to still have… Continue Reading Add value without increasing costs

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Scene: A three-hour dinner in Germany, Poland or France with potential business associates, during which only politics, religion and family are discussed. Success or waste of time? Probably the former. “The fundamental difference between American businessmen and Europeans, is that Americans believe that product and service is king or queen, and method is fungible,” said… Continue Reading Cultural factors key to international business

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Regular readers of this column have likely noticed that the doom and gloom stops here. If yours truly wakes up in the morning and Pikes Peak is still there – albeit at times artfully shrouded in clouds – then it’s not yet the end of the world, and there’s no point in writing as if… Continue Reading Skip instant info for a better portfolio

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Sometimes it helps to know that you are not in it alone — whether “you” is an individual or a nation. During last week’s Colorado Springs World Affairs Council luncheon at The Broadmoor, attendees heard firsthand that we’re not the only nation that’s in a recession. But the prevailing mood was anything but grim. Brent… Continue Reading Sir Alan reminds us that we’re all in this together

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Equilibrium — when supply equals demand — or disequilibrium, the opposite, of course, can exist in either the capital markets or in the goods markets. Fred Crowley, senior instructor at the College of Business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was the keynote speaker at an Artemis luncheon on Monday at the Penrose… Continue Reading All things being equal, we’re in better shape than some

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