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Hercules, according to legend, grew increasingly irritated by a strange, menacing animal that kept blocking his path. In a fit of anger, he struck the animal with his club, killing it. As he continued his path, he kept encountering the same animal, each time larger and more menacing than before. At last a wise messenger […]
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As you travel back and forth to Denver, as you climb the mountains to the ski resorts, a nagging question remains: Is it true that some people want to “Keep Colorado Springs lame”? Given the number of military retirees in the city  — ranked second in the country by the Military Times, about 20 percent […]
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The State Legislature is considering a proposal to create a mandatory new state program that will cost every working person and business in the state and significantly damage Colorado’s economy. Senate Bill 19-188, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, would create the most expansive and costly paid leave program in the nation, taking a […]
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Many of us are tired of hearing that the economy is heading into a recession. The trouble is that businesses can either make good strategic decisions and grow through tough times or risk becoming a victim of the down economy. An important exercise in any type of an economy is to study your business and separate your activities into two categories — core and other. Then decide if any of the non-core activities make sense to outsource.
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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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The Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City is one of the leading organizations promoting entrepreneurship worldwide. The Foundation supports a wide range of activities, including sponsoring university based initiatives, grass roots entrepreneur development efforts, and important research. Most entrepreneurs are not, by nature, interested in the results of academic research. They are too busy taking action […]
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Spring is here — and for many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying up your home, why not try brightening your financial environment? Some of the same moves you make to clean your surroundings may apply to your finances. Consider these suggestions:        […]
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Recent revelations concerning contractor and government misconduct in the federal contracting sector culminated recently in the adoption of strict new ethics rules. The rules mandate the adoption of a Code of Business Ethics for most companies doing business with the federal government. Effective Dec. 24, 2007, all federal government contractors must have a written Code of Business Ethics and Conduct and a corresponding awareness program and internal control system within 30 days of award of a covered contract.
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Thanksgiving usually is a celebration of gratitude and feasting in the tradition of the Pilgrims. But that satisfactory sense of plenty may not resonate with Americans this year, considering the current economic problems. And, in truth, that satisfaction certainly was not shared by the Pilgrims at that “First Thanksgiving.” Like many Americans today, they were feeling some discontent and desperation.
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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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Although some media pundits claim a lack of accomplishments during this year’s legislative session, I take a different view. During the 120 days of the second session of the 70th Legislature we considered more than 700 bills and passed almost 400, all with bipartisan support. I am gratified to have successfully sponsored 15 bills. Congress […]
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