Not to be too obvious, but one of our main objectives at this newspaper is to be your primary source of local business news. This week, we’ve introduced two new initiatives and re-engineered our approach to a third in shifts that I hope help us cement our reputation as a...
When it comes to energy, a critical question always seems to be whether public policy will be guided by sound economics, or irrational, pandering politics. That question looms particularly large right now. There is the usual issue of prices. Early this month, the price of a barrel of crude oil...
If you're struggling through the recession - and who isn't? - and you're wondering what type of compensation plan is going to help you keep your top executives and managers motivated and loyal, focus on salaries. According to a worldwide survey conducted by NFI Research, 42 percent of business leaders...
When Mayor Steve Bach called together the media this week for his monthly news conference, he gave away the prime topic in advance. After all, the event took place at the Colorado Springs Airport. Our assumption was immediate. Bach would use the occasion to wrap up the story left unfinished...
A “Black Swan” event, according to Nassim Taleb’s popular 2007 book, has three attributes. “First, it is an outlier,” Taleb wrote, “as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility. Second, it carries an extreme impact. Third, in spite...
Myths have a way of hiding what we don’t want to see.Americans, for example, are quick to charge third world dictators with abusive prison policies. But prison incarceration rates tell a different story. Reports show that 45 of the 50 democratically elected state governments in the United States, including...
Colorado Springs is the largest city in the United States without a federal courthouse. Two years ago, the Springs division of U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives had more federal cases than the Denver Metro area, according to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. What could the economic impact...
<em>Dear Editor:</em><br>Allan Roth’s article that reviewed the books “LEAP” and “Missed Fortune 101” took a wrong turn when he went to some Wall Street expert and ask him his opinion.
Local cash-strapped school districts have shown more than a bit of business savvy in their operations lately. Word came this week that Falcon District 49 struck a deal with a private company to mount advertisements on the sides of its school buses. It’s a good idea. Finding money is a dilemma for...
A group of businessmen and pilots, some from Colorado Springs and some from across the country, are hoping to build The National Museum of World War II Aviation in our fair city. It’s an ambitious — glorious, really — undertaking that deserves our support. Minneapolis businessman and aviation buff Jim Fry...
One of the first questions an owner establishing a new business must answer is: “Do I need to operate the business as an entity or not and if so, what type of entity?” The general rule of thumb is that, if you are going to have employees or partners, you want to operate the business […]
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As spring trips go, this one wasn’t meant to be luxurious. Our mission was simple: Fly to Seattle for a five-day visit, help celebrate our grandson’s fourth birthday, enjoy some fresh seafood and scenery, and perhaps along the way observe how one of America’s fastest-growing major cities is dealing...