Is 13 an unlucky number? It sure seems so this year, since we hapless Colorado voters will be asked to decide on 13 ballot issues, including six referred by the state legislature, three initiated constitutional amendments and four statutory initiatives. But don’t worry! I’m not going to give you a...
Every child deserves a level playing field for education; every child deserves the best school facilities. And as the future workforce for the city, students need the best tools to train them for 21st century jobs. It’s been 17 years since Harrison School District 2 asked residents for money to...
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor cleared the way for small employers to band together more easily, in the hope of lowering insurance premiums, thereby creating negotiating power and providing additional insurance options. Many small business leaders see this as the savior for small business group health insurance. Not so...
Recently, I was shopping at our local store and was amazed that holiday merchandise was already on the shelves. What happened to the tradition of launching the Christmas selling season right after turkey time at the end of November? Little did I know, the holiday shopping season now starts...
Today, manufacturing is a vibrant industry. It contributes 12 percent of U.S. GDP and employs roughly 12 million Americans. There are incredible jobs in manufacturing requiring a variety of skill sets, from production and distribution to engineering and environmental health and safety. And, it’s a growing industry. According to...
What makes a great city? Is it up-to-date infrastructure, filled potholes, robust economy, safe streets, plenty of well-paid cops and firefighters and a vibrant cultural scene? Such outcomes may characterize a functional city, but not a great one. Great cities have character, identity, history, pride, resilience and aspiration. Their citizens...
The Colorado Springs City Council seems to be deciding against small- and micro-business opportunities by supporting regulations for short-term rental rooms, apartments and homes inside city limits. Next week, council will vote on an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in the city — and limit the earning potential for property...
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. If you are wondering how to take on the challenges of a shifting global economy, investing in creative industries entrepreneurs tackles economic, civic and social challenges and is found in every community in every corner of the globe. From Boston to Bangladesh,...
Is it all puppies and rainbows for the Colorado Springs economy? It sure seems to be. South Nevada is no longer blighted, downtown is booming, the unemployment rate has never been lower, the local real estate market is absurdly healthy, wages are up and most businesses are solvent and profitable. Even...
Problem: I know it’s important to make sure employees get the big picture about company performance and strategic goals but I’m not sure whether and to what extent financial information should be shared. Do employees want this information and what information should be shared to maximize the benefits of...
Writing blog posts and coming up with fun images/videos to share can seem like a waste of time and resources to business owners. I am here to tell you that it is not. Just like social media for your business can be a waste of time if you approach it...
Thanks to the financial morass created by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which limits tax revenue the state can save for future projects; Amendment 23, which sets school funding requirements; and Gallagher, which limits property tax revenue, the state’s fiscal house is in continual disarray, no matter how strong...