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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Unemployment numbers are at record lows, but the Pikes Peak Workforce Center’s spring job fair had a 30 percent increase in job hunters over the year before. PPWFC officials expect another increase at the center’s Sept. 21 fall job fair at the Hotel Eleganté. A recent mini job fair specifically designed for financial service workers […]
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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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A few years ago, Kiyontus Allen was moving in the wrong direction — and didn’t know how to stop. Sure, he’d graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School on time back in 2013, but he’d floundered ever since,  and lacked motivation and purpose. “After high school, I was kind of a lazy guy,” Allen said. “I […]
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A new U.S. administration. A Colorado minimum wage hike. Facebook posts. Breastfeeding. Marijuana. Those were a few of the topics discussed last week by Michelle Jacobsen, director of the Mountain States Employers Council’s Colorado Springs office. Jacobsen was a guest speaker at an event sponsored by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC to […]
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By Lorna Gutierrez A new web-based platform will connect workforce programs at several area school districts and schools with employers. Developed by the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, the UCCS Economic Forum and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the Workforce Asset Map is designed to inform employers which workforce centers are available throughout the […]
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  [su_box title=”Veteran’s Small Business & Why Hire a Vet Conference” box_color=”#005ac3″]Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Hotel Eleganté & Event Center (2886 S. Circle Drive)[/su_box] For Mike Tipton, re-entering the workforce was an intimidating prospect. “When I first got out of the military, I didn’t know what all my options were,” said Tipton, who […]
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It’s been nearly a month since Amendment 70, Colorado’s new minimum wage law, took effect. The passage of the contentious proposal means the state’s base pay jumped from $8.31 per hour in 2016 to $9.30 per hour in 2017. It will increase 90 cents each year until the wage...
Inside a crowded Broadmoor hotel ballroom in October, the UCCS College of Business conducted its annual economic forum. Tatiana Bailey, forum director, pointed out the area’s historic low civilian participation rate — the percentage of the eligible working population (ages 16-65) who are active members of the workforce. While unemployment levels have bottomed out since […]
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The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System Fund is tiny compared to the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, but its present dilemma may be instructive to the state’s often-beleaguered pension fund. Simply stated, the Dallas fund is nearly insolvent — so much so that it may drag the Texas city into bankruptcy. A recent editorial […]
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