Have you ever been a coach for a sports team? A team at work? A friend? I coach the Air Force Academy equestrian team in addition to my business and executive coaching roles, and I find many similarities. Coaching both athletes and business people involves encouragement, goal setting, deadlines, and some gentle reminding when necessary. […]
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The number of small businesses that offer health insurance to employees continues to decline, according to a new report from the Colorado Division of Insurance.
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Someone recently voiced concerns to Laddie about an employee who was not doing a good job and, in his opinion, was holding back other parts of the business. The employee was unwilling to implement new systems and his inability to do his own job correctly created more work for other employees, who were justifiably frustrated […]
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Some businesses in Colorado are getting more loans than in recent years under a new Small Business Lending Fund. The U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report this week showing that Colorado banks have increased their small business lending by $79.4 million since receiving capital through the fund. The SBLF was established as part […]
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The Small Business Administration has simplified the electronic loan application process, making it easier for businesses to apply for disaster recovery assistance. “Our goal is to provide support for those rebuilding after a disaster, and we wanted to make the process more user-friendly,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, earthquake […]
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There’s an old expression in business that “cash is king” and it’s so true. Cash is the lifeblood of any business because you can’t operate without it. In recent years, cash flow has consistently been listed as one of the top reasons why businesses fail, although that may be improving according to The Gallup Economy […]
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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. In last week’s article we looked at how to complete an assessment on your overall business. In this week’s column we want to address one topic — making money. […]
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Inappropriate sexual remarks to co-workers Inconsistent productivity Reduced profit Disparaging comments about the company left on Facebook Taking money from a cash register. These are all real examples that have forced employers to terminate jobs. No business owner wants to be put in the position of having to fire someone or have lay-offs but sometimes […]
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The appointment was nearly over. The man had talked at length about his business but had also shared a lot about his personal life. He lived a lifestyle that many people would consider enviable, with a lovely family and stature in the community. The owner of a successful and respected company, he earned substantial personal […]
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It’s happened to all of us. We are told one thing by leadership, and then they do the opposite. One company had as its slogan that it valued its people, promised no layoffs, but 3 months later laid off 5 percent of the workforce. By the third layoff in 18 months, the workforce certainly did […]
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A Democrat full-court press campaign this week for the extension of the payroll tax cut failed to sway Senate Republicans. Thursday they defeated President Obama’s plan to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of next year. The Senate Republicans also voted down an alternative plan backed by Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to renew an […]
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Web design firms often use off-the-shelf tools like WordPress to build sites for clients. Winn Jewett and his staff at Oxbow Labs created a tool that enables clients to build out and maintain their own sites. “Websites have undergone a pretty big design shift in the past couple of years,” Jewett said. “The line between […]
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