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As the leaves transform into inviting shades of yellow and red, and the cold rolls in with the promise of winter, it should serve as a reminder that an important time of the year is upon us. And I’m not talking about the holiday season. Fourth quarter is open enrollment...
In today’s knowledge and technology-driven economy, companies thinking of relocating are looking for cities with a highly skilled work force.  An essential ingredient, therefore, of economic development of a region is the retention of young professionals. As the economic downturn drags on, we are losing more and more of our...
(Editor’s Note: This is the first in a monthly series highlighting the intersection of business and research. UCCS professors from its College of Business are available to answer pressing questions about business — from creating more productive employees to workforce development and retention. Have a business question? Put the...
The Financial CHOICE Act is a response to Dodd-Frank designed to help boost our economy and protect consumers from future financial meltdowns, and I was very pleased to support this bill. Here are five ways that this new legislation could benefit your life: Creating more available capital for small businesses Any startup...
Have you ever been lost? Really lost? Driving through a large city, hiking in the mountains, spelunking through an underground cave complex? If you’re under the age of 30, the answer might actually be ‘no.’ Given the proliferation of technology and ubiquity of GPS, our phones now act as personal...
(Editor’s note: This is the last in a two-part series about efforts to fix the workforce skills gap in the United States. The skills gap is the topic covered at the Oct. 23 Southern Colorado Economic Forum at The Broadmoor. Go to southerncoloradoeconomicforum to register. For more coverage, click...
It’s interesting to hear stories of what customers experience when they first engage a company. Sometimes, they go to a business website and find it slick, up-to-date and offering just what they need. But a phone call to the company leaves customers with a feeling that the business is a...
By Trevor Dierdorff In case you have been living in a cave the last two weeks… WannaCry is the latest ransomware attack that has kept IT professionals hopping. It spreads by leveraging a Microsoft Windows Server Message Block exploit to remotely access and infect computers running on unpatched or unsupported versions...
Just when we thought we had a handle on the status quo, the universe decided to shake things up a bit. For me and a few million of my closest friends, the Chicago Cubs kicked off November with the most stunning comeback victory in World Series history: on the road…...
Last winter Tammy Fogall, a reader in Colorado, told me about her family’s “troubled summer vacation,” as she called it. A visit to relatives in Ohio had turned into a medical nightmare that left the family struggling with a $12,000 bill — in addition to a ringside seat to...
By Lance Bolton Sarah Kent came to Pikes Peak Community College homeless and desperate. A high school dropout, Sarah had just walked away from a bad relationship with nothing but a toddler, a suitcase and a resumé full of minimum wage jobs. But Sarah also arrived at Pikes Peak with a fierce...
Have you heard about the third wave of global innovation known as the Internet of Things? You probably have — and your organization is more than likely contemplating how to participate in this wave of innovation. So for people who are unfamiliar with IoT: What is all the fuss about?...