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Chuck Mardosz and Diana Love found an empty little garage on the eastern edge of downtown Colorado Springs at 109 S. Corona St. and knew it would be the home of their new business, an art gallery. Continue Reading Gallery hoping to sculpt arts district near Cottonwood

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The most rewarding part of owning a consulting firm has been helping business owners improve their companies and see tangible results. On the other hand, the hardest part has been meeting someone who had allowed problems to progress to the point that their business was in desperate trouble. In many cases, it was questionable whether… Continue Reading Don’t ignore your business’ danger signs — get help!

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I was recently in a client’s office and observed a supervisor asking one of his direct reports, “Can I give you some feedback?” The supervisor had a smile on his face, his body language was open, and I thought his motives appeared sincere. The direct report initially seemed happy, but once the question was asked… Continue Reading Feedback & feedforward: effective leadership tools

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Blue Star Recyclers seeks donors for move

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Blue Star Recyclers, a nonprofit organization that focuses on recycling electronic waste and providing jobs to developmentally disabled adults, is looking for a new building — and the money to move into it. Continue Reading Blue Star Recyclers seeks donors for move

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You hear a lot about work/life/balance these days. In fact, a Google search on that combination of words yields more than 36,000,000 results. People are busy and none more so than business owners. Busy entrepreneurs have to balance running their companies with having quality family and personal time, taking care of their health, and simply… Continue Reading Life, work, family — How full are your tanks?

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Book Review: “The End of Money”

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by David Wolman, c.2012, Da Capo It was hardly worth picking up. Yep, there was once a time when that penny you spotted on the pavement was worth something more than just one cent. You could buy lots of things for a penny back then, and saving them was rewarding on many levels. Now they’re… Continue Reading Book Review: “The End of Money”

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About three years ago, Jesse Russow wanted to open his own business, using experience gained from years as an entrepreneur and as a traveling roofing salesman. Continue Reading Small Business Development Centers seek bigger budget

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There’s an old expression in business that “cash is king” and it’s so true. Cash is the lifeblood of any business because you can’t operate without it. In recent years, cash flow has consistently been listed as one of the top reasons why businesses fail, although that may be improving according to The Gallup Economy… Continue Reading Give yourself advantage by projecting weekly cash flow

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by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss c.2012, Harvard Business Review Press You’ve never had a worse shopping experience in your life. The store wasn’t even busy that day, but there was nobody on the sales floor. When you finally did spot a human being with a nametag, she was surly and the cashier snarled a… Continue Reading Book Review: “Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business”

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Tips for communicating effectively at work

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Technology is wonderful in most areas of our life. Yet there are some aspects where using advanced technology may not be the best route. There are times at work when we miscommunicate because of technologically-based assumptions. We assume that our emails went through, that our slides were attached, that the texts were received, or that… Continue Reading Tips for communicating effectively at work

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