The Colorado Division of Insurance boasts some pretty impressive statistics. According to a newspaper article published earlier this year, it processes more than 25,000 contacts annually, with more than 4,000 being official complaints. The story claimed that most complaints are resolved within 90 days, and that 90 percent of those filing complaints, according to the […]
I’ve been in Colorado Springs for far too short a period of time (six months) to comment intelligently about its many economic development activities. The number of ongoing initiatives for a city of this size is striking. We have Operation 6035, the Dream City initiative, a very active Chamber of Commerce, and an equally active […]
The ups and down of current economic news can make you woozy. One good thing that reports show is that we are still in a recovery, all be it a slow one, and at some point in the near future the economy will grow. The challenge is to stay competitive and position your company for […]
Despite the stock market showing some signs of life during the past month (the fastest bull market since 1938), investors are exploring new ways to build wealth. Interest in stocks and real estate has cooled to say the least, while high-yield bonds, gold and annuities are on fire. Let’s look at each. High-yield bonds With […]
Middle market companies often struggle with growing and developing a strong leadership team that is ready to face the challenges that come with each stage of a company’s development. Too often, the founder and visionary of the company reaches a point where he or she is no longer effective. Often the next step is for the board is to intervene and hire a new CEO, which can leave the founder wondering what went wrong.
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 […]
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 […]
You can’t get there from here. Either you’re in a vertical or a horizontal. Some are in a diagonal. At one company I recently worked with, the matrix is three-dimensional. There are hard-line relationships and dotted-line relationships. And, most would admit, there are gaps — everywhere. So, like the popular movie series after the same […]
A year ago, Jeanne Branthover wouldn’t think twice about flying business class “almost anywhere.” Now, the New York office-managing director of Boyden, the global executive search firm, asks her assistant to scour Web sites and other sources for the best possible airline and hotel deals. The worldwide financial and economic plunge, she said, “have made […]
We have come to a critical juncture in our city and county. After years of tax cuts and budget shortfalls our city and county governments cannot provide the necessary services at a level that residents of the Pikes Peak region deserve.<br> The proponents of lower taxes and less government have had an easy time getting taxes lowered and placing constraints on elected officials.
Play ball! That’s the yell you hear from the umpire just after the national anthem, and just before the first pitch. It’s baseball season. Seems like the Phillies just won the World Series, and now it’s time to start again. Another season means hopes of a pennant and dreams of a World Series trophy for […]