Everything I know about business, I learned from my family — from a number of patriarchs in business whose entrepreneurial offspring spawned even more businesses, created hundreds of jobs and kept people working even during the most severe downturn since the Great Depression. My brother runs a company; so does...
For me, July 29 was a study in contrasts. Mid-morning that Friday, I met Paul Hasty, a local business owner who received recognition from the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for his efforts in hiring former convicts. Hasty is a joyful, peaceful guy who firmly believes, “I wasn’t put on this...
Earlier this week, a grassroots committee dropped off 200,000 signatures — more than twice the amount needed to be on the ballot — with the state government. The goal: to raise the Colorado minimum wage to $12 by 2020. The effort would increase the minimum wage from its current $8.31...
For the third time since it opened in 2009, the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center is searching for an executive director. The nonprofit, quasi-governmental center — responsible for training companies across the state to compete for local, state and federal contracts — has launched a national search for a new...
If there’s one lesson we can all learn from the political debates, rallies and rhetoric during this political season, it’s this: It pays to separate people based on their race, their economic status, their religion, their “other-ness.” It’s what Donald Trump stakes his presidential run on — tapping into people’s...
About 600 bills are typically introduced when the Colorado General Assembly is in session, and this year is no different. While many pundits say little action will be taken in what’s shaping up to be a contentious election year, quite a few business bills are making their way through...
A few years ago, the O’Neil Group was quietly successful. It owned Braxton Technologies, a satellite control and maintenance firm, a staffing company, an engineering firm, a real estate business and a property management firm, among others. Then CEO Kevin O’Neil made the first announcement that surprised the local business community: He’d purchased the U.S. […]
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Three weeks ago,  I received a letter from Experian, the credit bureau. It seems their system was compromised and cyber thieves took my personal information — driver’s license number, Social Security number, bank accounts, address — pretty much everything they needed to steal my identity and wreck my credit. Experian was very apologetic and offered […]
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The United States is uniquely able to fight the so-called Islamic State, says an outspoken Muslim, who is also a critic not only of current U.S. diplomatic policy but also demands more from members of his faith. Dr. M. Zudhi Jasser, a second-generation American who founded the American Islamic Forum...
For the first time in more than a decade, Colorado’s working families can earn a state earned income tax credit when they file taxes next year. The credit — 10 percent of the federal tax credit with the same name — is expected to provide $75 million to poor and...
Getting more people involved in elections, reforming the initiative process and finding ways to solve the state’s fiscal conundrum are the big issues a statewide bipartisan group has set out to solve. And if the issues weren’t complicated enough, they’ve set an ambitious timeline: to have all three solutions on...
It’s only October, but ski resorts across Colorado have launched their busiest season: First comes marketing and then comes snow, followed by tourists. For the roughly 21 ski resorts that make up Ski Country USA, the season starts even before the snow flies. The group was in Colorado Springs last...