Business owners may rely on innovation, a great sales team or a laser-like focus on customer satisfaction to get ahead of their competition. Just as important to their success, however, may be the culture they create within their company. “Culture is one of the most important parts of business that...
A few years ago, Kiyontus Allen was moving in the wrong direction — and didn’t know how to stop. Sure, he’d graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School on time back in 2013, but he’d floundered ever since,  and lacked motivation and purpose. “After high school, I was kind of a...
A new U.S. administration. A Colorado minimum wage hike. Facebook posts. Breastfeeding. Marijuana. Those were a few of the topics discussed last week by Michelle Jacobsen, director of the Mountain States Employers Council’s Colorado Springs office. Jacobsen was a guest speaker at an event sponsored by the Colorado Springs Chamber...
By Lorna Gutierrez A new web-based platform will connect workforce programs at several area school districts and schools with employers. Developed by the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, the UCCS Economic Forum and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the Workforce Asset Map is designed to inform employers which workforce...
  Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Hotel Eleganté & Event Center (2886 S. Circle Drive) For Mike Tipton, re-entering the workforce was an intimidating prospect. “When I first got out of the military, I didn’t know what all my options were,” said Tipton, who served nearly nine years in the U.S. Navy....
It’s been nearly a month since Amendment 70, Colorado’s new minimum wage law, took effect. The passage of the contentious proposal means the state’s base pay jumped from $8.31 per hour in 2016 to $9.30 per hour in 2017. It will increase 90 cents each year until the wage...
Inside a crowded Broadmoor hotel ballroom in October, the UCCS College of Business conducted its annual economic forum. Tatiana Bailey, forum director, pointed out the area’s historic low civilian participation rate — the percentage of the eligible working population (ages 16-65) who are active members of the workforce. While unemployment...
The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System Fund is tiny compared to the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, but its present dilemma may be instructive to the state’s often-beleaguered pension fund. Simply stated, the Dallas fund is nearly insolvent — so much so that it may drag the Texas city...
Following the resignation of longtime CEO Elliot H. Pulham Oct. 25, the Space Foundation has hired a Denver-based executive recruiting firm to search for its next chief executive. McAleer Gray, the company managing the search, is looking globally for someone with significant aerospace experience, said Kevin Cook, vice president of marketing and communications...
When David King hired John Smith a couple months ago, he didn’t do it for the tax credits or incentives. King did it, he said, because everyone deserves a second chance. For 12 of the past 15 years, Smith has been identified by a Department of Corrections-issued number. Drug convictions...
Colorado Springs’ first indoor water park and family resort will open at the end of next month and needs hundreds of new employees. Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs will host two information sessions on its 500 new part-time and full-time opportunities from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10 and Nov. 15 at...
Amendment 70 proponents say the state’s minimum wage should be a living wage, while opponents say the market — not legislation — should decide. The ballot question proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to increase the state minimum wage from $8.31 to $9.30 per hour beginning Jan. 1 and then increase...