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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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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a quote often attributed to Peter Drucker.  It means that your best strategies will be destroyed by a bad culture. Good or bad, your company has a culture. Did you arrive at your culture intentionally, or did it just happen? For the team at Amnet, up until 2012, it […]
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Small business owners are always mindful of their bottom line. From overhead costs and insurance expenses, to payroll and real estate, small businesses’ expenses are a major factor in cash flow and profits. The key to survival for any small business is to stay profitable, and one of the best ways to help ensure success […]
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Most people are likely familiar with the frequently touted positive effects of travel on our work performance and personal well-being. It’s travel’s economic power, though, that arguably deserves more attention — especially in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA and the Pikes Peak region. This week, travel industry workers across the country are celebrating the 35th […]
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