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Finding profit in healthy kids’ fare

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Kelly Parthen and Sharron Seip know the kind of parent angst that comes with trying to find a restaurant that serves kids’ food that’s healthier than chicken nuggets or fries. Continue Reading Finding profit in healthy kids’ fare

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Policymakers prolonging recession

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During the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan said, “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.” Continue Reading Policymakers prolonging recession

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Finding profit in healthy kids’ fare

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Kelly Parthen and Sharron Seip know the kind of parent angst that comes with trying to find a restaurant that serves kids’ food that’s healthier than chicken nuggets or fries. Continue Reading Finding profit in healthy kids’ fare

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Shared vision, sense of urgency key to success

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Imagine a team so energized by a goal that they willingly work outside their job descriptions, put in long days and weekends, openly share ideas and constructive criticism, and achieve incredible results with limited time and few resources. This isn’t just a daydream. It actually happened right here in Colorado Springs — at the Pioneers… Continue Reading Shared vision, sense of urgency key to success

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Floral-design kiosk business blossoming

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A passion for the flower business that started in a Colorado Springs garage has grown into a do-it-yourself floral arrangement company that’s on the brink of going nationwide. Shellie Greto, along with her mother, Jackie Martin, started a wholesale flower business, Petal Pushers, about 10 years ago in Martin’s garage. When the business reached $1… Continue Reading Floral-design kiosk business blossoming

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Corporate values that make a difference

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Corporate value statements — it seems as though every company has them these days, but far fewer know how to make their values operational or applicable to everyday situations. Values are the principles and boundaries that define corporate and personal behavior. Our values determine how we make decisions and how we relate to one another.… Continue Reading Corporate values that make a difference

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Conspire weeding out the workforce

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Lynette Crow isn’t out to get anyone per se, though over the past decade she has built a business doing background checks and drug tests for employers. Drug testing, once reserved for the blue-collar industry, is now a requirement for school employees, athletes, massage therapists and even church volunteers. Conspire specializes in pre-employment, post-accident, random… Continue Reading Conspire weeding out the workforce

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We hear it everywhere. People do not seem to trust large institutions, their leaders, or often others at work. The distrust gap is very significant, and its costs are significant. If there is distrust, we can lose customers. Or if our executive team members don’t trust each other, they may be seriously misaligned on strategy.… Continue Reading How to address the distrust gap and stem business losses

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Elope hangs its hat on annual Halloween sales

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Kevin and Keith Johnson knew at a young age what Halloween-sales analysts recently affirmed: Dressing up in jester hats, cat ears and other whimsical accessories is fun. The Johnsons are the founders of Elope Inc., and the Halloween season — which is now under way — has long been their busiest time. Sales are three… Continue Reading Elope hangs its hat on annual Halloween sales

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Balancing urgency, overdrive

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As a leader, you know that change is critical to your organization’s success. But resistance, confusion and inertia may be slowing your change efforts. To counteract inertia, leaders need to instill a sense of urgency. According to Harvard professor and change expert John Kotter, urgency is a sense of pressing importance. Kotter writes, “A real… Continue Reading Balancing urgency, overdrive

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