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Our preview to Mayor Steve Bach’s fourth State of the City speech identified jobs as one of the primary subjects he would likely address in his comments, and that turned out to be true — to absolutely nobody’s surprise. But in Bach’s 30-minute presentation, notably more realistic and less boastful than his previous such speeches, […]
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The growing skills gap and its impact on the workforce will be one topic of discussion at this year’s Southern Colorado Economic Forum, which will take place at The Broadmoor on Friday, Oct. 23. According to a study entitled “America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future,” Millennials are the most recent products of the educational […]
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Business owners may rely on innovation, a great sales team or a laser-like focus on customer satisfaction to get ahead of their competition. Just as important to their success, however, may be the culture they create within their company. “Culture is one of the most important parts of business that is continually overlooked,” said Matt […]
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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 David King hired John Smith a couple months ago, he didn’t do it for the tax credits or incentives. King did it, he said, because everyone deserves a second chance. For 12 of the past 15 years, Smith has been identified by a Department of Corrections-issued number. Drug convictions...
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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With about 7,200 residents, ample outdoor amenities and Highway 24 bringing traffic directly through town, Woodland Park’s business district should be thriving. But even as they gear up for a busy tourism season, some local business owners say the lack of young professionals in the area has limited hiring, resources and quality of services in […]
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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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Athletic trainers, midwives, barbers, travel guides, milk samplers and emergency medical technicians are on the list of 34 occupations requiring licenses in Colorado, but every state has a different list of licensed occupations and different requirements for them. These disparities often create headaches for workers who want to move to a new state and continue […]
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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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The area’s strong economy and diversified industries will help keep local job growth steady in 2019. Tatiana Bailey, executive director of the UCCS Economic Forum, said even if an economic downturn does begin this year, the area’s workforce should fare better than before. “The state of Colorado, Colorado Springs and even Boulder are not completely […]
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(Editor’s note: This is the last in a two-part series about efforts to fix the workforce skills gap in the United States. The skills gap is the topic covered at the Oct. 23 Southern Colorado Economic Forum at The Broadmoor. Go to southerncoloradoeconomicforum to register. For more coverage, click here.) Private industry is broadening its […]
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