Jenny Bazzetta and Stephanie Yu are preparing to host an event that they wish they’d been invited to when they were starting their businesses. “There are so many women with small handmade and craft businesses and not a lot of opportunities,” said Bazzetta, who makes and sells handcrafted confections through her business, BonBon Bombardier. “Business […]
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A movement to boost the Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax is gaining momentum in Colorado Springs, but there is no indication yet whether a tax increase will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. “We have been talking about it for a while,” said City Councilor Jill Gaebler, who serves as an ex officio member of […]
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As mentioned in last month’s article, economic downturns are notoriously hard to predict. However, certain patterns have indeed emerged from past recessions that can help us see where we are in a business cycle. Perhaps the most relevant indicator that has typically preceded a downturn is a persistently low unemployment rate. If we assume the […]
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Problem: I’ve tried a variety of innovation techniques, but none of them seem to drive sustained innovation. What can I do to encourage more innovation in my firm? Despite extensive interest, sustained enterprise innovation remains elusive. In fact, in the United States, things appear to be getting worse. The U.S. fell to 11th in national […]
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Problem: Your business has an online strategy, but it has not yet optimized for mobile device users. What are the first steps for making sure you’re prepared to deliver value to your customers on their mobile devices? In case you’re still not sure of the overall impact mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have […]
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Brent Toderian says the eight most frustrating words anyone within a municipality can utter are: “We could never do that in our city.” Toderian, the former chief planner for the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is the first of three speakers making up this year’s City Center Series, an exploration in placemaking presented by […]
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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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It’s no secret the price of building a home is getting more expensive in Colorado and in El Paso County. Before a house’s foundation is laid, costs start to accrue, including the charges for tapping into water and wastewater. “The water tap fees are expensive,” said Kevin Walker, public policy chair for the Housing & […]
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Business owners in Manitou Springs are pleased at the prospect of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopening. But it will be more than two years before that could happen, and potential roadblocks could derail a final decision to rebuild the railway. One hurdle was cleared Tuesday, June 12, when Manitou Springs City Councilors voted unanimously […]
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Problem: Over the last few decades, online and global sources of competition have become a ubiquitous challenge for strategy makers from almost all industries. Leaders are often at a loss to compete with the increasing speed and seemingly incessant barrage of new competitors. Travel agents represent a profession that was among the earliest and most […]
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Dawn Lissy has always shot for the moon. Growing up, the CEO and founder of the Empirical family of companies wanted to be an astronaut. “That dream came to a quick finality when I didn’t get into aerospace engineering,” she said. “I went into engineering mechanics instead.” Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Lissy earned […]
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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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