Many who operate a business believe that if they offer an excellent product or service, referrals will automatically flow in. Strong word of mouth is the best referral, but you can’t orchestrate it. You may get a referral now and then, but I’m talking about getting a steady stream of three to four per month […]
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Continuous improvement methods are common in large businesses. Large businesses can afford teams of consultants or full-time employees who specialize in continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma. Continuous improvement does not, however, need to be limited to large businesses. There are methods that small business owners can implement on their own […]
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Continuous improvement methods are common in large businesses. Large businesses can afford teams of consultants or full-time employees who specialize in continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma. Continuous improvement does not, however, need to be limited to large businesses. There are methods that small business owners can implement on their own […]
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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a quote often attributed to Peter Drucker.  It means that your best strategies will be destroyed by a bad culture. Good or bad, your company has a culture. Did you arrive at your culture intentionally, or did it just happen? For the team at Amnet, up until 2012, it […]
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Small business owners are always mindful of their bottom line. From overhead costs and insurance expenses, to payroll and real estate, small businesses’ expenses are a major factor in cash flow and profits. The key to survival for any small business is to stay profitable, and one of the best ways to help ensure success […]
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Most people are likely familiar with the frequently touted positive effects of travel on our work performance and personal well-being. It’s travel’s economic power, though, that arguably deserves more attention — especially in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA and the Pikes Peak region. This week, travel industry workers across the country are celebrating the 35th […]
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I recently read a survey about American workers’ attitudes toward retirement. Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies has conducted surveys about this topic since 1998. The December 2017 survey, titled “Wishful Thinking or Within Reach? Three Generations Prepare for Retirement,” was authored by Catherine Collinson, president of TCRS and a recognized voice on retirement trends. The […]
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While speaking with a local businessman last week, I heard something that is a common refrain from my clients. He said, “Getting new business for your company used to be as simple as picking a location with good foot traffic and buying an ad in the local yellow pages… .” Needless to say, it isn’t […]
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It was more than the mountains that brought my business and my family to Colorado Springs. I’m a Cleveland native. I attended college and grad school in Ohio. I launched my first company, Empirical Testing Corp., with a single test frame in my friend’s machine shop located in the heart of Cleveland 20 years ago. […]
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This final article in the series on the legalization of recreational marijuana will discuss a few of the safety-related impacts. The last article focused on traffic-related safety effects, showing the increase in vehicular deaths in Colorado where the driver tested positive for marijuana. It also showed the annual costs associated with the traffic-related impacts exceed […]
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Here’s some big news at Pikes Peak Community College: The college newspaper has returned. The digital publication, ironically called The Paper, refreshes every Wednesday at ppccpaper.org with a lively mix of news, reviews and feature articles. Stories have ranged from the perils of student sleep deprivation to an instructor’s enormous shoe collection. The Paper’s predecessor, […]
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In addition to the economic and health impacts of marijuana legalization, another important dimension to consider are the safety impacts.
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