Curbing workplace violence starts with talking to employees. Workers often back away when they witness an outburst from a disgruntled fellow employee, and supervisors don’t engage with the employee to determine the problem. When grievances don’t get addressed, or managers don’t try to determine what’s going on and defuse a situation, that may be setting […]
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Veteran entrepreneurs run businesses that last, and employ 5.8 million people nationwide — but they’re on the decline. Delivering the keynote address at the 11th Annual Veterans Small Business Conference last week, Jessica Fialkovich, president of Transworld Business Advisors, talked about “alarming trends” in veteran entrepreneurship and how to turn them around. Fialkovich said veterans […]
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When customers enter The Men’s Xchange, they are greeted by the relaxing smell of essential oils and soothing music, such as Ray LaMontagne’s hit “Trouble.” What appears upon first inspection to be an urban men’s boutique is, in fact, a thrift clothing store focusing exclusively on men’s business and professional attire, founder James Proby said. […]
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Attracting and retaining quality employees is vital to a company’s success, but that’s gotten harder in recent times now that unemployment is low and more jobs are available. “Usually a hot job market means turnover,” said Chris Blees, CEO and president of BiggsKofford accounting firm. “We haven’t had a turnover in two years. That’s insane.” […]
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Dan Eckstein’s first major career transition came when he left his job at Aaron’s Sales & Lease to become an Army combat engineer. For his second, he turned to the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. Through hands-on corporate training, mentoring and educational sessions, the 12-week fellowship program gives service members who are transitioning out […]
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Controversy surrounded Colorado’s minimum wage increase even before it passed in the November 2016 election, and that hasn’t changed more than a year later as local business owners remain divided on the subject. About 55 percent of Colorado voters were in favor of Amendment 70, which incrementally raises the state’s minimum wage from $8.31 in […]
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It’s almost all good news for Colorado Springs in the state economic outlook released last month. According to the 2018 Colorado Business Economic Outlook, the city is seeing a better standard of living thanks to increased productivity; El Paso County added more than 10,100 jobs in the past year; and the Springs is expected to […]
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Sarah Kersey is one of about 260 people who have found work through the Catholic Charities of Central Colorado jobs program, officially known as the Life Skills & Career Development Center, since its inception two years ago. About 10 local businesses and nonprofits partner with the program, which works to find jobs for people the […]
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El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, who is also chairman of the committee that oversees the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, said he’s not worried about the organization’s future despite  multiple personnel changes that include Executive Director Lisa Rice’s exit in November. “There have been a lot of changes recently, but I’m not really concerned,” VanderWerf […]
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Sexual harassment and sexual assault have been kept quiet in the workplace for decades, but recent allegations of assault and harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein have re-sparked a movement in the U.S. and throughout the world. The reports led to a social media campaign called #MeToo, a hashtag used to illustrate those women who […]
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Hiring great employees (and keeping them) can be a challenge for many business owners. One way to attract top-level talent is to offer outstanding benefits, which can include affordable health insurance, company sponsored life insurance, a pension plan or a matching 401(k). Not all companies can afford to offer those kinds of perks, but they […]
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In June, there were more than 62,000 job openings nationwide in construction, an industry that has seen workforce demand grow faster than nearly any other sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help grow that workforce, several organizations in Colorado and El Paso County are working together to change the conversation  and perception […]
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