By Sean Paige Executive director of Local Liberty Action and the editor of Local Liberty Online.org. Excellent recent reporting by the Business Journal indicates that the city's $53 million "private-public partnership" to provide the U.S. Olympic Committee with a new downtown headquarters might be in significant trouble. This seems especially bad news...
I’ve been using this little phrase for a number of years to express the view that literally anyone can be an entrepreneur. However, not everyone should be encouraged to follow the entrepreneurial career path. This perspective has been fashioned over the years by both personal experience, and by a careful...
I have been saying in my past five years of presentations that there is plenty of good news to go around and that if anything, the news just keeps getting better — especially for our city and state.  I would then joke that when we have a downturn, I am...
Consider these scenarios: You just received a notice from the government agency that regulates your business saying that the audit of your company didn’t meet required standards. The notice uses threatening language to spell out the negative consequences of not complying. What went wrong?
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...
Well, 2009 is yet another year that I’ve been shut out of the Colorado Springs Business Journal “Best of” awards in the financial industry categories. The votes again went to the big guys. But I have something they don’t have — a staff member with a plaque from the impressive...
Purchasing commercial real estate or an existing business poses many challenges. The prudent buyer of either will usually allow time to undertake adequate due diligence to determine if the business or property is likely to provide the opportunities the buyer envisions and has any risks that the buyer should consider in determining whether to proceed with the acquisition.
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.
Most leaders know that listening is an important skill. Yet in nationwide surveys, employees indicate that their leaders don't actually listen to them. What's going on? Is the problem...
Last Jan. 22, Colorado Springs City Council debated and almost enacted an ordinance to prohibit the parking of recreational vehicles on all city streets for longer than it takes to load and unload. One area of concern was the vacant downtown block at Sierra Madre Street and Moreno Avenue near the...
Most successful entrepreneurs remember their first time like it was yesterday. In fact, the rush of excitement they felt the first time is part of their desire to do it again and again. What am I talking about? If you guessed that I’m talking about the “s” word, you’re right, SELLING. Most...
When you walk through the doors of the Northwestern Mutual office in downtown Colorado Springs, you can expect knowledgeable business professionals with keen customer service skills and a desire to help individuals achieve their financial goals. What you may not realize is that many of those professionals, interns and support...