Index: Small business owners shaken, not stirred

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners retreated further in July even as concerns about business and labor conditions mounted. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Index of Small Business Optimism dropped nearly a point to 88.1. The latest decline comes on the heels of a 3.2-point drop in June. […]

Census layoffs contribute to shrinking payrolls

U.S. payrolls fell for a second straight month as more temporary census workers lost their jobs. According to Labor Department Estimates for July, nonfarm payrolls fell 131,000 as government layoffs more than offset hiring in other sectors. The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.5 percent. Employment to conduct the 2010 census has influenced overall […]

Want success? Get your head in the “cloud”

What would you think if I asked if your head was in the clouds? You could be offended. But in this case, having your head in the “cloud” is a good thing, taking advantage of a cost-effective and almost limitless way of conducting business. The ability to respond to opportunity is critical to success, but […]

Getting engaged: How do you motivate employees?

Business owners and managers are beginning to realize that economic conditions, for the time being, constitute a new normal. Gone are the days of high margins and deep pockets. In this new reality, businesses face the ongoing challenge of doing more with less. In the past, that’s meant giving more work to the best employees […]

Marillac Clinic participating in youth dental insurance program

Marillac Clinic will participate in a program offering dental insurance for children from low- and middle-income families in Mesa County. Offered in collaboration with the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Smile-a-bration program, the insurance will cover up to $1,000 worth of dental care with no copayment. Enrollment is required. Kristy Schmidt, director of community and […]