Innovation imperative: How small businesses can become more competitive

With President Barack Obama’s call for the small business community to focus on innovation and creativity to enhance U.S. competitiveness in the world economy, it’s time for entrepreneurs and small business owners to take up the challenge. Startup America is an initiative aimed at strengthening access for entrepreneurs and firms with high-growth potential to a […]

It’s time for government to perish from the earth

To paraphrase my favorite president, it is time that we here highly resolve that these walking, living, breathing brain-dead shall die in vain — so that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the few, by the few, for the few, shall perish from the earth. […]

Hail to the new chiefs

Two important Western Colorado organizations have new leaders. By all indications, well-qualified and thoughtful people have stepped into those roles. At St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Michael McBride is well into a busy first year as the new president and chief executive officer. Meanwhile, Bonnie Petersen has just started as the new executive […]

Proposed dirty dozen tax hikes prove pro-business talk is cheap

A dramatic shift in rhetoric emanating from the Barack Obama White House occurred after the November elections. Before November, anti-business talk and policies reigned. Since the election, President Obama has worked to shift the administration’s tone towards business. As evident by the president’s budget proposal, though, political talk turns out, once again, to be quite […]

It’d be just a game if it wasn’t so serious

“Get in the game” was the message to corporate CEOs and other members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a recent speech by President Barack Obama. After a series of platitudes and remarks intended to mend relations and make the president sound more business-friendly, Obama’s leftist tendencies sadly came through. Needless to say, I’m […]

What businesses owners want

The latest results of an annual membership survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business in Colorado offer some insights into what small business owners want when it comes to five select issues. The NFIB uses the survey results to determine its lobbying positions on state and national issues. Here’s what members said they […]

Economic development plan must tap business know-how

Who knows better than business owners and managers what opportunities exist for growth — and what challenges persist to hobble that growth? Fortunately, business owners and managers are expected to play a big role in writing an economic development plan for Mesa County both in terms of responding to an online survey and sharing their […]

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