“Rarely do ‘experts’ make the biggest contributions. People who are innovative and not limited by industry norms and preconceived notions are often those who break barriers and forge advances,” said Laura Benjamin, president of Pinehurst Press Ltd.
As promised last week, this column includes local survey results about business activity and what to expect in El Paso County for 2009. Fred Crowley, senior economist and senior instructor at the College of Business and Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, gave the audience at BiggsKofford’s Entrepreneurial Corner some insights about local economic issues.
“Don’t pull the covers over your head,” Kurt Kofford told business owners during a Recession Readiness Assessment seminar at BiggsKofford PC. Being realistic about what’s happening in the current marketplace is an important element of business preparedness. “For some business owners, it will be a matter of surviving,” Kofford said. “But for others it will be about thriving.”
“We’re seeing the first signs of spring in the thaw of credit since the crisis began in August,” said Scott Anderson, senior economist for Wells Fargo Economics. “The April economic data showed a fair amount of economic stabilization, suggesting the slump hasn’t gained much momentum.”
Dave Ramsey likens becoming wealthy to making great barbecue. “You have to cook it for a long time,” he says. “There’s no such thing as quick, good microwave barbecue.” Ramsey should know. By age 26 he had a $4 million real estate portfolio, but lost it all by age 30. So he decided to change his financial strategies, after going on a “quest to find out what older rich people are doing to win — what financial principles they have.”
What would happen to your business if, for instance, a water main broke nearby and employees and customers could not access your building for 10 days? Many entrepreneurs are so busy with the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of running a business that they forget to prepare for the inevitable. And, no, that’s not being pessimistic.
My fears — that all the espresso in the city would not suffice to keep me awake during an early morning international business seminar — were entirely unfounded. Roy Becker’s presentation to a group for the Office of International Affairs at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center was witty, memorable and useful.
Rising health care costs and disappearing pensions have led to nationwide unease about retirement savings, and while local experts say the Pikes Peak region is in better shape than some parts of the country, Colorado residents are not immune to those concerns. According to AARP’s Colorado Retirement Security Survey, released in April, registered voters in […]
As investors begin paying more attention than ever to where their money goes once it leaves their pockets, local experts say sustainable investing will continue to gain steam in the finance industry. “There’s just a massive amount of momentum in this space,” said Jason Akridge, vice president and senior financial advisor with Integrity Wealth Advisors […]
When it comes to owning a medical practice, managing finances can be a little tricky. “In health care — unlike, let’s say, retail where you’re paid at the point of purchase — you’re not paid for maybe a month or more after you provide the services or the treatment,” said Erin Gibbs of American Vein […]
When Yemi Mobolade and Russ Ware were looking to open Wild Goose Meeting House six years ago, they learned what many budding entrepreneurs discover: It’s not easy for startups to find financing. “We took money from our 401ks, coupled with money from close family, friends and two people from the community,” Mobolade said. Friends and […]