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Economic recovery stalls in Colorado

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The national economy may be slowly emerging from recession, but Colorado and its neighboring states continue to lose jobs, said Vectra Bank economist Jeff Thredgold. “It’s no secret that Colorado has been hit hard in the past 18 months, with an especially sharp increase in unemployment,” Thredgold said. “Six Rocky Mountain states – Colorado, Arizona,… Continue Reading Economic recovery stalls in Colorado

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Former recruiter teaches job-hunting workshops

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A son’s broken back put Kathleen Conners back on track. Conners, a 50-something mom and wife, was suddenly thrust into the role of full-time caregiver for her 17-year-old son after he broke his back in a skiing accident. Getting him off to school was an exhausting task – and she had to do it twice… Continue Reading Former recruiter teaches job-hunting workshops

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If you are currently employed, chances are you will stay where you’re at. “Compared to a year ago, more Americans are staying in their current jobs than pursuing new opportunities,” said Denver-based William Wells, senior vice president and general manager of Lee Hecht Harrison, one of the nation’s leading career services companies. A survey based… Continue Reading Americans staying with current job more often than before

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Gloom & doom for remaining WorldCom staff

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The several hundred Colorado Springs WorldCom workers laid off last month have partly reconciled their fate; those still employed say in the wake of the firm’s bankruptcy filing they are waiting for the other shoe to drop. “It’s like the sun won’t come up,” said Barbara, still employed, but suffering from stress and depression and… Continue Reading Gloom & doom for remaining WorldCom staff

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Increased revenue. Low employee turnover. Customer loyalty. All are components of a successful business operation. Executives nationwide have added another element to the mix: DeCotiisErhard, a strategic management and human resource consulting firm. Tom DeCotiis and Marta Erhard founded the company in 1985 to help clients dramatically impact profits by identifying their most loyal stakeholders… Continue Reading Local firm helps clients develop “loyal stakeholders”

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When Frank Davis, director of facilities at Phil Long Ford, went looking for bids on building maintenance, he interviewed local firms and chose Aspen Diversified Industries (ADI) to do the job. Pretty typical, right? But ADI is not a typical company.In truth, ADI’s chief, Ken Barela, is actually an “executive director”, and the company’s 120… Continue Reading Vocational training company builds lives and business

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What do a Baptist church in Texas, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Key West, Florida, an oil and gas company in New Mexico, several Texas school districts and a well-known Colorado Springs architectural firm all have in common? The answer: BDA Administrators, a third party administration (TPA) company, based in Colorado Springs. BDA Administrators, started by… Continue Reading Dishing out self-service healthcare and employee benefits

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The flu breaks out in Connecticut in November – and hundreds rush to emergency rooms and clinics for medical treatment. At the same time, many retired “snowbirds” head to Arizona for the winter. The result: an increased hospital patient census throughout Phoenix and Tucson. No problem, right? Local medical staffs and healthcare professionals are used… Continue Reading Colorado Springs firm helps fill nursing shortage

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The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.” — Annie Dillard Ideas behind corporate philanthropy, a movement made popular by Andrew Carnegie and other business giants of his day, began as a way to make the nation a better place. Over the years, foundations started by Carnegie and… Continue Reading Colorado Springs’ companies encourage philanthropy but decline publicity

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Labor starved Colorado Springs employers may feel as though this year’s nearly 3,000 local laid off workers have presented them with a kid-in-a-candy-store scenario, but calculating the cost of turnover could turn things sour instead of sweet. That’s the message Eleanor Lawrence shared with employers during a Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Metro Council meeting… Continue Reading CO human resources consultant urges businesses to focus on employee-retention

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