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When Mark Zuckerberg sat in his dorm room and created Facebook he probably had no idea the pressure he would create for small businesses. These days, small business owners are constantly told if they are not on Facebook and other social media networking sites then their business will die. There’s a frenzy to get “likes”… Continue Reading Customer service is key to being ‘liked’ and growing

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Maxx HD signs new licensing agreement

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Maxx HD Sunglasses has signed a licensing agreement with Licensing Resource Group, a trademark management company. Licensing Resource Group provides license-management services to more than 180 colleges and universities, athletic conferences and special properties nationwide. MaxxHD will develop a line of sunglasses with matching school colors and insignias for licensed colleges and universities. “We have… Continue Reading Maxx HD signs new licensing agreement

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Small business owners are expecting a slight bump in holiday sales this year and about 40 percent of them are expecting the majority of their sales to be done online. The National Retail Federation is predicting a small increase of 4.1 percent in holiday sales. Meanwhile, about 43 percent of small business owners say they… Continue Reading Small businesses predict an increase in holiday sales

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SBA exporter loans surge

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More companies are using the Small Business Administration’s  International Trade Loan program. The SBA’s recently revamped program has surged 106 percent in guaranteed loans and 207 percent in dollar volume. The loan allows small manufacturers to expand their facilities or buy equipment to manufacture products sold internationally. Small companies can take advantage of the loans whether… Continue Reading SBA exporter loans surge

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It’s true that small business lending has declined since the 2008 financial meltdown, but the most revealing reasons behind the trend are complex. Multiple factors have kept small businesses in a holding pattern, afraid to make any sudden changes. It’s the sluggish economy, the looming presidential election and rancorous political climate and the more stringent… Continue Reading Banks, small businesses working through post-recession blues

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A Colorado Springs company will receive an export development grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Conceal Fab Corp., listed as a homeland security industry, was one of 13 small businesses to receive the grant. Conceal Fab manufactures radio frequency transparent structures designed to meet building codes and hide antennas for… Continue Reading Colorado Springs company receives state export grant

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Ease up on government regulations, survey says

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Small business owners and managers say government red tape keeps them from creating new jobs. A national survey finds that 69 percent of small business owners and managers believe complicated government regulations are “major impediments to the creation of new jobs.” Of those surveyed, 68 percent said that more businesses are investing in new technology… Continue Reading Ease up on government regulations, survey says

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It seems like Washington can’t agree on anything these days, except maybe one point: Small business. It seems everyone in Washington loves small business — or they pretend they do. If you watch the news or listen to the ads, you’ll hear candidates on both sides of the aisle vow to help small businesses grow… Continue Reading Why small business has become big politics

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More than 956,000 small-business jobs are at risk if the “fiscal cliff” can’t be averted before January 2013. Of those, about 18,838 are in Colorado, according to an economic report conducted for the Aerospace Industries Association. The report increases concern that the job losses will be spread among defense contractors and non-defense employers of all… Continue Reading More than 18,000 Colorado small biz jobs at risk under sequestration

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Manitou Springs small-business owner Safron Neusaenger took a call this week from a vendor who said her debit card only covered half of what she owed. Continue Reading Small businesses’ injuries hard to treat

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