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Starting in February, Southeast Colorado Springs will have a new voice. It’s called the Southeast Express, and Regan Foster will serve as its founding editor and general manager. In September, Foster left a long-term job as an editor at The Pueblo Chieftain for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to launch a nonprofit, community-focused newspaper. Veteran local newsman […]
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Problem: At my company, co-workers generally want to help each other to be as effective as possible. The problem is that most of our jobs are designed to make sure employees are well-supervised and monitored rather than trusting them to find the best way. How can we give workers more autonomy? For several decades, much […]
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It’s common to hear “marketing” and “sales” used interchangeably. In reality, they each have distinct characteristics. Business owners need to know the difference and have a strategy. To put it simply, marketing encompasses everything you do to reach and engage prospects. Marketing is typically a media-driven function, and eight components are often considered when creating […]
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In the era of party polarization and partisan bickering, at least we can agree on one thing: The cost of college is pricing a lot of students out of a post-secondary education. Over the last decade, families have seen the cost of attaining higher education skyrocket. While the costs for education providers have climbed, the […]
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Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado’s purpose has been to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA is founded on three core pillars: entrepreneurship, […]
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One of the books I read during a major life transition was “Halftime: From Success to Significance,” by Bob Buford. It launched a movement of successful professionals desiring to transition to even greater significance. In the years since, I’ve reread it numerous times. The following concept has been meaningful for me and others as I […]
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Problem: My IT team briefs me regularly on steps they are taking to secure my organization; however, I’m concerned I’m not doing enough to educate my non-technical employees on cybersecurity risks and their part in keeping our organization safe. Is cybersecurity more than a technical issue? It’s tempting to leave cybersecurity management to the IT […]
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Problem: I want my sales to be higher.  How can I leverage my customer service to increase sales? Years ago I worked for a company with many salespeople out hustling to make their quota. The salespeople were the main point-of-contact for an account. However, customers usually had a dim view of their salesperson. Why? When […]
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Some days, we can’t help but to wake up on the wrong side of the bed and see nothing but cloudy skies. I’m guessing that’s what might have happened to John Hazlehurst the day he composed  the “Trading our hometown for tourism bucks” piece. John’s lovely wife, Karen, is the proud owner of a free, […]
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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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