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by Philip Galanes Every year, you’re faced with a quandary. Missing the office holiday party is not an option. You have to go, no question. But attending is filled with potential trouble. Will you, in the holiday spirit, say the wrong thing to the boss? What if your beloved makes a fool out of you? […]
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In the first week since the SBA Disaster Assistance center opened in Colorado Springs, loan officers fielded about a dozen inquires a day. Officials at the disaster center, 6840 Centennial Blvd., expect that number to increase as more residents and business owners affected by the Waldo Canyon fire learn about the low-interest, long-term loans available […]
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Our marketplace is volatile and constantly changing. The speed and complexity of changes that affect our businesses is only increasing. To lead our organizations in this environment requires a leadership culture that rests on solid ground, fully engages the workforce and their creativity, and can adapt and adjust to the many twists and turns of […]
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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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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 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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The timing of Packaging Express’ 20th anniversary party was serendipitous. The event took place exactly two weeks before Thanksgiving, and owner and president Matt Davis said observing the date his father launched the company in Colorado Springs was really all about thankfulness. “The purpose of the party,” he said, “was to celebrate the milestone of […]
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The Colorado Small Business Development Center network created and retained 4,525 jobs during fiscal year 2012. The center consulted more than 6,000 local businesses in 56 counties, resulting in $103 million government and private sector contracts and $105 million in capital infusion. “The SBA in partnership with the Colorado SBDC network has worked tirelessly to […]
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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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Remember the movie “The Christmas Story” and the scene where Ralph drops the F-bomb while helping his dad change a tire? His mother is stricken and certain he must have learned that word from a friend. But the grown-up Ralph narrator says he learned it from his father, who used it all the time. We […]
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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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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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