Let’s be serious about economic development

Let’s be serious about economic development

In many communities, economic development is viewed as an investment in the community’s future. Economic development can be viewed in several different ways, from encouraging an entrepreneurial and startup-friendly business environment to actively recruiting larger companies to relocate to our region. Communities across the country see economic development as a requirement to remain competitive in […]

14 suggestions for managers, employees in ’14

While many people make resolutions for the new year, one group that doesn’t do this enough is bosses. Employees make career-related resolutions much more often than bosses. However, the top resolution that workers make each year is to find a new job. Retaining talented employees has become a higher priority in an improving job market; […]

Insurance marketplace has new options

Even though 2014 has already begun, it’s not too late for Colorado small businesses to take advantage of the state’s health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Full implementation of healthcare reform began Jan. 1, but the state’s small business health insurance marketplace, also known as SHOP, offers open enrollment year-round. To take advantage of […]

Creating an entrepreneurial culture for city

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the guest column page, with the conclusion next week.) What makes a city entrepreneurial? Entrepreneurial cultures, once underway, tend to have positive feedback loops (such as entrepreneurial recycling) to further enhance the culture. As such, it’s sometimes hard to identify what the original initiating […]

Make the most of your health insurance choices

People throughout Colorado are facing or preparing for open enrollment, when most Americans select or switch their health insurance plan for the next year. In Colorado, employees are reviewing and selecting their benefits package for 2014. In many cases, consumers who spend time reviewing their options can find ways to save money on their health […]

Budget uncertainty hurts business, government

When asked to compare my experience as a senior business executive with my time as an Air Force general officer, my response is that the two are not all that different. People matter most; leadership with clear goals is essential; assessing risk and reward is a constant requirement. Another common thread: Stability and predictability are […]

Let’s escape the time warp

In the movie Back to the Future, the teenager played by Michael J. Fox accidentally propels himself back to 1955 — and gets stuck there for a time. He can’t return to his life because the fuel of the future, which powered his time machine backward, doesn’t exist yet. In 2012, America seems stuck in […]