The City of Colorado Springs in Pictures
To better understand the City of Colorado Springs and its pioneer spirit; we must first study part of its past. It is a City in which people continue to thrive and reinvent themselves over the years, always naturally. It is always a few steps ahead in coming up with new ideas and designs for many unique products come from Colorado and Colorado Springs. It has managed to grow wisely and successfully for while looking ahead in facing the modern world along with its many challenges; it also holds on to its deep roots and history. The city takes well calculated risks for allows its citizenry to contribute their input when facing new proposals. Century of established families weaving the fabric of its history and the military that call the place home continue to contribute to its landscape and conversation to the world. For more information on the Early History of Colorado Springs, visit here, City of Colorado Springs.
Setting Smart Strategic Goals
The first step in planning and strategizing goals for the incoming New Year is to brainstorm ideas and the goals that come to mind or one dreams about. It is important to include members’ of your business or organization and even ask your family members for their input. All ideas regardless of how trivial should be written down. The great thing about online Goal setting programs is that these could be used each and every incoming New Year so as to add, modify or observe achievements and milestones accomplished. These could be done or written on an Excel Spreadsheet so it does not have to be expensive and the Project Catalog could be created with a simple file labeled as such. Executive coaches from cornerstone have a printable sample sheet you could print and fill out free of charge, click here, Goal print out sheet. Allowing family and members of an organization to be part of the goal brainstorming is that it will give them a sense of accomplishment and improves their performance when assisting you. In the exploration process we get to see if our goals will be aligned with our values, motivation and purpose. What motivates you on a daily basis? Do you wish to be the company that provides the best service, assists in growing responsibly the local economy and makes your town or State a better place to work and live? Do you wish to grow the healthiest and best tomatoes at your farm? Do you wish to grow your company by 25 % this incoming year? Brainstorming helps us see the big picture.
Planning, strategizing and writing down our goals assist in turning our visions into reality. The goals could be later arranged in order of importance and set further by one month, 1 year, 5 year or 10-year plan. Use the SMART Goal Principle that states that in order for our goals to reach better success rate they must be:
S- Specific or Significant (for example, grow better yet profitable crops)
M- Measurable ad or Meaningful (for example, crops soil improvement as planned in goal produced 25% more antioxidants and health value to consumers)
A- Attainable (for example, farmer had procured the higher quality soil earlier in season)
R- Relevant (for example, the higher quality increased sales which helped farmer financially and also aligned with his values of better food for the public. Part of what motivates him or her).
T- Time bound or Tracking possible- (for example, farmer had planned that in that coming year his soil improvement plan plus the action step in the procurement would yield that next year 25 % more yield and quality. Important to set precise goals, placing in dates, times and amounts so one could measure achievement over time. Today this farmer has a great sense of achievement and accomplishment with his digital planner ready to include new goals and ideas for 5 year or 10- year goals.
Day to day activities, monthly and yearly goals often get placed in To-Do-Lists, later Action Plan Programs with all getting inside a Project Catalog that will have a list of all the Projects one found important and strategic for both business and personal success during the brainstorming process earlier. This great effort and comprehensive planning may seem kind of nerdy; however according to a prominent researcher on Effective Goal Setting, Dr. Edwin Locke, it produced the most motivation, success rate and improved organizational performance. (Mind Tools.com, Locke’s Goal Setting Theory).
Reaching any goal does take some effort, planning and completing strategic planned action steps. We are now ready to enjoy our every day activities with great direction, motivation and zest.
Mind Tools.com (2014) Goal Setting
Schermerhorn, J. R., Hunt, J. G., & Osborn, R. N. (2005). Organizational behavior (9th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Thompson, L., Aranda, E., & Robbins, S. P. (2000). Tools for teams: Building effective teams in the workplace. Boston: Pearson Custom.
The tailoring profession could be traced as far back as when knights needed perfectly cut finer garments to wear under battle armor and evolved over generations to England and France with new craftmanship methods and one of a kind skills being past on from one generation to the next via apprenticeships and fashion houses well guarded signature work.
“Tailoring is the skill of fitting, cutting, designing and finishing clothes. ” (Tailoring, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion). It is the eye and fine hand of the tailor that has over the years produced the best in fine mens clothing. A well fitted suit could help make or set apart a unique presentation and has often been part of most successful men’s wardrobe both in American and European history. The term bespoke or custom tailored meant that sections of cloths or fabrics at a tailors shop was “spoken for ” or chosen by a prior customer to be made into a finished garment. Hence came the meaning bespoke tailoring. (Ezinearticle, Kumar Dutta). Ready wear garments fell short for many in that a particular size would not fit the same arm length or varied shoulder width of most men; however did prove good for mass distributing during early years of the westward expansion. Modern day tailored clothing is making a huge comeback and communities benefit by having their very own American made tailored men’s clothing business. Custom garments and handcrafted clothing for men take into account that each individual is unique with its very own personal style for fabrics, design, and fit. Shirts and mens suits to include sport jackets are tailored to fit your body; not just an industry average. Colorado has always been striving and bringing together tradition and innovation. The Bespoke Edge is a family business that brings back a sense of style, tradition and hard work ethic in modern tailoring by bringing the talent right to your home or place of business where again the eye and skillful hand of the tailor begin the finished one of a kind custom clothing transformation. Click here to schedule consultation, Bespoke Edge Appointments
David, Alison Matthews. “Tailoring.” Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Ed. Valerie Steele. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005. 261-264. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 8 Dec. 2013.
S. Kumar Dutta. Ezine Article. Bespoke Tailoring.
Chenoune, Farid. A History of Men’s Fashion. Paris: Flammarion, 1993.
Garsault, M. de. L’Art du Tailleur [The art of the tailor]. Paris: Académie Royale des Sciences, 1769.
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LOCAL BUSINESS RECEIVES TOP 250 AWARD & APPLYING FOR CHASE GRANT
Livermore, Colorado company named one of the top 250 companies in Colorado. Stone 2 Furniture, a locally owned and operated company established in 2003, was honored with the distinction of being named one of the top companies in Colorado by Colorado Biz. Stone 2 Furniture creates custom one-of-a-kind stone furniture that is not only functional but beautiful. The furniture is made out of sustainable and reclaimed materials that are eco-friendly.
The company is in growth mode and recently entered the Chase Mission Main Street Grant Program. The program awards grants to small businesses that are innovative, creative and growing. The program supports entrepreneurship and acknowledges the role small business plays in the economy. To qualify for consideration for a grant each company that enters must obtain 250 votes through Facebook. To learn more about the program and to vote for Stone 2 Furniture go to Mission Main Street Grants.com
Vote by November 15th 2013.
Please visit website here, Stone 2 Furniture and share with your clients and families.
Today Saturday is the last day for classes for Denver Start-up Week and it has been a very exciting and rewarding to see so many business leaders and members of the community across Colorado participating in the events this week. Below is a video summary and a sample of the programs that were available.
Business Personal branding presentation hosted by: Jung Park of MetroBoom at McNichols Building downtown Denver during Denver Startup Week 2013
Located at McNichols Building – 144 West Colfax Avenue
Entrepreneur and Professor Jung Park will have another presentation Saturday the last day of Denver Start-up Week 2013 starting at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Titled Bridging The Gap (BTG) in Your Professional Life
Hosted by: Jason Regier, Bridging the Gap (BTG) | Jung Park, Bridging the Gap (BTG) | Create Denver Expo
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013
Located at McNichols Building – 144 West Colfax Avenue
Professor and business consultant Jung Park gave a presentation during Denver Startup Week on Monday about the importance of personal and business branding. He stated that creating a personal brand begins with discovering who you are, what you value, and ultimately your goals.
Denver Start-up Week runs from Monday September 16th through Saturday September 21st. These events assist in bringing together business leaders from across the State; many that are passionate about growing business, their projects and the economy. Colorado has for years brought new innovations and business ideas to market and often while working with special financial organizations that assist in funding and in collaboration with entrepreneurs from other states who often take keen interest in bringing forward their products via marketing and distribution. Sign up for events at: Click here, Denver Start-up Week 2013 Events
“A sample of events include:
- Startup Cribs featuring CEO’s from PaySimple, Slice of Lime, TrackVia and more talking about the importance that office space plays in building startup culture and the success of their business.
- Startup Communities, Global and Local Perspectives. The Final Keynote Session, Local Entrepreneur, Chris Franks, will be moderating this heavy weight-mash up of Brad Feld, Mark Nager, Randall Stross, and David Cohen as they discuss the startup community and experience from a Global and local perspective.
- Women Who Startup, an event to celebrate, connect and empower women featuring Sue Heilbronner, Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur, Sarai Snyder, CEO of Girl Bike Love and more.
- Breaking the Glass Ceiling offering advice from early web pioneer Elaine Wood.
- CO: Built – Innovative Manufacturing Partnerships, held at Infinite Monkey Theroem, learn how startups are partnering with Fortune 500 companies to bring innovations to the market.
- A Startup Job Fair with 40 companies including: Datalogix, iTriage, LoHi Labs, Full Contact, Go spot Check, Pay Simple, PivotDesk, Rally, Ready Talk, sendGrid. SpireMedia and TrackVia.
- A Golfer in the Kitchen: Mulligans & Mac: Frank Bonanno Unplugged” (Susan Bond, 2013).
Other information provided by Susan about this exciting Denver Start-up Week event:
Denver Startup Week has attracted noted speakers and startup experts such as TechStars CEO David Cohen; Brad Feld, Managing Director of Foundry Group; Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand and Karla Tartz, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade; Governor Hickenlooper; Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend; Bart Lorang of FullContact and Denver’s Startup Mayor, Michael B. Hancock. To summarize the Link to sign up for events is above. Enjoy! help forge prosperity by participating and meeting other business leaders.
Local farmer markets are a way to bring farm fresh products directly to the consumers at competitive prices. Communities benefit since dollars spent get recycled several times within nearby areas thereby boosting the local economy. Today we are operating in a more crowded marketing world and direct marketing of farm products to urban areas is critical to the economic survival of agriculture and for end users continued market reach. Traditional market methods would often call for about 80 percent of earnings to go towards paying for mass food retailing or distribution; often leaving less than 20 cents of every dollar of production to the small farmer. Today there are several effective ways of reaching consumers more economically for even big supermarkets and popular natural grocers are helping in bringing small farmers products to the public. Local farmers markets today have become so popular that even the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has officially signed as of July 03, 2013 by its Secretary Thomas Vilsack; a National Farmers Market Week from August 4 to the 10th to help support farmers and the public access to such local farm fresh products.
The farmers market is a healthy supplement to supermarkets, saves on transportation costs, and assists in revitalizing urban areas. Also, many farmer market locations assist in bringing healthy food to people in need via governmental programs and activities sponsored with larger farms. Families enjoy participating at local farm markets and often bring their children so that they learn more about how food is grown to include learning to appreciate the hard work of its producers that help bring food to our tables. Even local chefs that prepare gourmet dishes purchase local farm market produce for their restaurants and often participate in cooking demonstrations at certain locations. Trendy urban neighborhoods have shoppers that benefit and enjoy the farmers’ market cozy atmosphere. Many after a long week of hard work like to plan week-end meals with farm fresh products to enjoy with family and friends. A great local farmer’s market event sponsored by Miller farm is taking place at Main Town Center at South Carefree and Powers Blvd in Colorado Springs, Colorado until October. For a view on some of its natural products, sponsors and farm fresh produce click here Flicker.com/photos/BusinessColoradoDirectory. One area worth noting is that in the US direct marketing of farm and local naturally made products will continue to grow via several programs such as the farmer markets, roadside stands, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, and pick your own operations. After all, families in Colorado and across the world craves overall better health, family special events, and prosperity that these outlets assist in providing.
Farmers Market Video Summary:
Spitzer, Theodore, and Hilary Baum. Public Markets and Community Revitalization. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute and Project for Public Spaces, 1995.
Wilkins, Jennifer L. “Marketing of Food: Alternative (Direct) Strategies.” Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Ed. Solomon H. Katz. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. 458-461. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Aug. 2013.
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United States Department of Agriculture. Agricultural Marketing Service. “Farmers’ Markets.” Available a thttp://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets
As time passes new economic, environmental and social business trends emerge. Most states are fortunate to have achieved huge success since their inception in creating start-ups and productive business climates over the years. This is where business succession has come into play and important to pass productive business skills to ones offspring and to other stakeholders so that neighborhoods survive well into the future. Serial entrepreneurs across the country often go into neighborhoods creating new business ideas that later once profitable sell at a margin while later moving on to other projects or start-ups. However, not every geographic location has a lot of access to venture or social capital; although many local business support type of organizations are today helping cultivate better business climates. In order to independently remain viable, successful and productive it is important for a business to pay attention to its ever changing exterior/interior environment. Here is where a yearly or every six month in house PEST analysis comes in handy. A PEST analysis helps you understand the Political; Economic, Social, and Technological changes emerging that could shape or affect your business. The big picture helps one spot opportunity’s and ways to prepare in advance from the warnings of possible threats. The analysis helps a business cope with the changes in order to survive profitably and work in new business strategies. Click here for a printable interactive template, PEST Analysis Sheet.
The PEST business tool was created by a Harvard Professor Francis Aguilar as a scanning tool he first called ETPS in his 1967 book “Scanning the Business Environment” which in reality is what the tool does very effectively but the acronym PEST was adopted instead for each of the areas being analyzed. (Mind Tools.com, 2013). The tool scans for legislation, society, economic and or the environmental changes whether natural or man -made in order to make best adaptations or ensure continuation of business success. A PEST analysis helps analyze more commonly a market while a SWOT analysis looks more at the effects to a business unit, proposition or an idea. Operations management and financial services consultant Bryan Van Eaton, MBA, of North Denver and current visitor at a Colorado Springs Military Veterans job network; suggested that a personal SWOT analysis is a great tool to also analyze oneself. What does a job seeker have to offer in way of opportunities to a business and in what areas may a person need to improve? For a SWOT analysis tool click here, SWOT.
As an example, legislation is being passed for immigration reform. Many paid attention to adverse effects it could have; however it seems like it will pass congress regardless. What opportunities could be found? Well, if you are a dress shop or a home improvement company chances are that your business sales could go up. On the other hand more security measures may have to be employed by a business during the change transition adjustments until it levels off. As another example, it is observed that weather is becoming more erratic. What could a business owner foresee coming into the future in regards to his location, business model, personal affairs etc. with the erratic changes. Does local city government need to study this in order to prepare for unknown contingencies down the road and or protect local shoppers, buyers and sellers in the future from the impending changes, its possible causes and any possible weather vested interests as a contributing factor? Could a working solution or contingency plan be attained?
A PEST analysis indeed does help a business break free of unconscious assumptions at a current market, new country or planned expansion into a new region since it helps keep an objective view of its operating environment.
Areas normally considered or add your own:
• ecological/environmental current legislation
• future legislation
• international legislation
• regulatory bodies and processes
• government policies
• government term and change
• trading policies
• funding, grants and initiatives
• home market pressure- groups
• international pressure- groups
• wars and conflicts
a- home economy
b- economy trends
c- overseas economies
d- general taxation
e- taxation specific to product/services
f- seasonality issues
g- market/trade cycles
h- specific industry factors
i- market routes trends
j- distribution trends
k- customer/end-user drivers
l- interest/ exchange rates
m- international trade and monetary issues
a- lifestyle trends
c- consumer attitudes and opinions
d- media views
e- law changes affecting social factors
f- brand, company, technology image
g- consumer buying patterns
h- fashion and role models
i- major events and influences
j- buying access and trends
k- ethnic/religious factors
l- advertising and publicity
m- ethical issues
a- competing technology development
b- research funding
c- associated/dependent technologies
d- replacement technology/solutions
e- maturity of technology
f- manufacturing maturity and capacity
g- information and communications
h- consumer buying mechanisms/technology
i- technology legislation
j- innovation potential
k- technology access, licensing, patents
l- intellectual property issues
m – Global communications
Is city government to include employment access and assets incrementally being sold to foreign entities to pave an easier way towards total globalism and later a future centralized form of government? What are the risks towards the local citizens when these global entities look after their own bottom line and not to the well being of the community at large? Their lack of loyalty and poor performance records are already quite evident all across the world and surprisingly written daily in their own well managed media. Profit is always the top concern for most if not all of the biggest corporations have poor performance records towards the concerns of others. Today, it is alarming to see that many are also buying out incrementally areas of local city government; the last form of defense for local citizens to protect themselves. A case in point was the recent special vote by the President (top tier leadership in government) in favor of Monsanto that no one could sue them even if people drop on the ground from damaged livers or whatever else. That my friends is not government but a growing fascist society not at all founded by our existing form of government, a Constitutional Republic. This is just plain abuse towards the citizenry.
Major abuses and lack of oversight is occurring all over the world. Just look at the created calamities that will be transferring most assets such as land (for Agenda 21), food supply (control of what grows or gets sold) and power (i.e. government seats being bought by special interests with hands in the till).Today on the radio waves we learn that some of our city workers will be outsourced. This is either a bad joke or an insult to the public for never mind production being outsourced but now we even outsource city employees? The public needs to pay attention for many of these very same global entities are the very same ones responsible for causing many disruptions in European countries and their economies.
This is America and we must stand up for our liberties and rights to protect ourselves from harm. City government is supposed to be representative of the people and protect the interests of the local public not that of the global auction block. What is happening across the world economically is plain lawlessness and after Europe has been basically collapsed from within by poor policies; now they wish to bring the same recipe for disaster and nonsense to our country. I had to call mayor Back’s office early this morning for this has to be discussed and documented for there are many areas of blatant disregard in the US economy. Our dollar and economy could collapse under existing bad policies. The theory out there is that perhaps deliberately to make way for the new so call deal carbon credits (wireless meters a step) as a form of exchange making way for Technocracy which in Italy and Greece has already been implemented with appointed Technocrats. Click here, Technocrat Appointed Officials. Sounds nuts? well it is and we are a Constitutional Republic which is being slowly charmed to change under stealth and machinations to take away our existing representative of the people form of government. Since April of 2010 the US can no longer elect the President of the World Bank due to cheating and double entries with the so call in charge global economic participants. Yet, today they wish to take away Tricare Prime making retirees pay and go to standard which many local clinics do not like to use etc. and we have about 22 soldiers committing suicide daily many who may not get their Tricare Prime privileges as they now exist. This is why we must be vigilant and vote out of office those who no longer wish to run for office to serve the people but to serve special interests. Why is the Press Losing the Trust of the American People? Click here, Information by Karen Hudes a US female attorney for 21 years at World Bank.
I see a dark future for us and for America. This is why I had to write this and to document that the new outsourcing could be just one more incremental step in us losing our City government. As business leaders we cannot ignore certain facts or turn a blind eye to what is taking place in our communites and economy. World Bank attorney Karen Hudes testified that she had to come forward since the corruption was growing worse and she foresaw that many people across the world could go hungry, millions could lose their retirements and that even investors finances would be at risk. She suffered some retaliation but reported it for more information click here, Karen Hudes.net Karen also noted that we must decentralize the media for its centralized and real information is not getting to the public placing the world at risk to benefit the personal interests of the few.
Checks & balances in government along with the rule of law with citizens oversight and votes is what keeps our economy and country in balance protected from self declared power hungry Autocrats or their appointed (Technocrats). Our local government, neighborhoods and our country are not for sale.
A summary small video presentation of the Sunday March 24, 2013 Food & Wine Expo hosted by the Colorado Restaurant Association in which Restaurant owners, Chefs from Colorado and attendees came to celebrate the Pikes Peak 18th Food & Wine Expo at the Broadmoor Hotel. It was a great networking event and a chance for individuals in the community to learn more about local fine dining and entertainment.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
Growing Colorado companies meet supply and demand by creating and providing natural body products that excel in quality, efficacy, and that are wholesome via natural high quality ingredients. Today many companies strive to provide products that are made with natural ingredients that do not have fillers, emulsifiers, or artificial additives and only with bio-actives that help restore the skin and whole body care to health.
It takes great dedication and commitment to originate products that are close to nature and at the same time responsible to the external environment yet rewarding when the public responds by the growing market sales. The positive response helps expand supply for what the public values in wellness and ensures that many of these products will continue to be available for many years to come and at even better prices. There is great innovation and new research conducted by many US companies across the country. A few are featured below.
Mychelle Dermaceuticals- “MyChelle began with a passion as pure and natural as the Rocky Mountains. Founded in Colorado 12 years ago, MyChelle Dermaceuticals’ singular obsession has been to create the most effective, nontoxic skin care products in the country. Today, MyChelle is the #1 brand of facial skin care in the natural products industry simply because our products deliver powerful, quick and visible results without using nasty ingredients or toxic chemicals”.(Mychelle.com, 2012).
Pangea Organics- “Based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Pangea Organics was founded on the principle belief that together, we can create a new, more sustainable future. We, for example, have chosen to help do so one bottle, bar and jar at a time. We are a small, independent manufacturer of organic body care. But more than that, we are a community of like-minded people who believe in creating products that help rather than harm at every stage of their lifecycle…” (Pangeaorganics.com, 2012).
Acure- “Acure Organics is a family owned and operated company founded on sustainable principles to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Our products are created with great care and are a reflection of our values. Each of our products is free from animal testing, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives and artificial colors… We thank you for sharing in our mission to have a positive impact on the world we live in.” Florida. (Acureorganics.com, 2012).
A professional roofing company with many years of service such as PPP Roofing assists in building long-lasting roofs and helps repair damaged ones with strong innovative materials. The roof on your home or commercial property is the first line of defense against harsh environmental weather conditions. For a consultation or roofing contract analysis for your building or home roof repair call Ed Fredrickson who served in the Marines during the early part of his career and today as a roofer comes highly recommended by many clients serviced both in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
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Colorado Fashion Company, Autumn Teneyl Designs is on a mission to empower women to develop skills & confidence to succeed while creating eco-chic fashion.
Autumn Teneyl Designs is a mountain-chic, homegrown cottage industry fashion design company based out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. ATD is committed to an ethical and eco-conscious model in all areas of the business with a main focus of keeping all garments made in the U.S.A. As an advocate for the environment and the human condition, Autumn devotes time and revenue to such causes year-round. In addition to a sew house in Denver, Autumn has begun working with a regional women’s cooperative sew house, Southwest Creations Collaborative, which began in 1994 and has been driven by an ambitious social mission: to alleviate poverty and build economic opportunity across generations. They provide dignified employment to women from low-income communities, education opportunities and on-site childcare, while engaging employees and their families in improving skills and capacity as leaders. Their mission is aligned with the mission and philosophies of Autumn Teneyl Designs, making it a logical pairing with heart. Every garment is still handmade with pride and dignity and the momentum of Autumn Teneyl Designs continues to intensify while always remaining true to the essence of the company: making women look and feel beautiful. Visit www.autumnteneyl.com to learn more about the campaign to empower small business women entrepreneurs committed to keeping made in the U.S.A alive.
From the first throw of a ball by school children and leading all the way to the joy by many for professional football no one can dispute the great preparation by many in coming up with great snacks to enjoy during sport events. The key is to prepare snacks that are not just tasty but also delicious and nutritious. One does not have to go as far back as the 1890’s during the start for the fascination in football, to first learn about the joy in spending great quality time with family and friends. (Hornetfootball.org, History of Football). Today, families still work together and find time for sports or special events. One such family took working together a step further and started supplying their friends and neighbors with their delicious nutritious family recipe salsa and soon when more orders started to come in they decided to come up with their Ugly dawg Salsa to distribute to market. “Blake’s Ugly Dawg Salsa started as a 23 year old family recipe. The family gathered each fall in September to make their yearly supply using the best Colorado roasted pueblo chilies and other fresh ingredients”. (Ugly-dawg.com, 2012).
Their products can be found at your local Whole Foods market. There are many recipes available by the company in addition to serving their natural delicious salsa with great chips. Also, some come in a gift pack and to witness first hand you could visit from time to time the ugly dawg.com family Grandpa at your local TCF bank which has business showings about once a month for local business owners. In closing, enjoy this one healthy chicken and salsa recipe below and remember that salsa is also very delicious with eggs and breakfast potatoes:
Ingredients: 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
4 teaspoons of taco seasoning mix
1 Cup of Salsa
1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 tablespoons of sour cream (Optional but yummy)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
2. Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle taco seasoning on both sides of chicken breasts, and pour salsa over all. (Added note: if the chicken is browned in a frying pan the cooking time could be cut in half depending on oven).
3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is tender and juicy and its juices run clear.
4. Sprinkle chicken evenly with cheese, and continue baking for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with sour cream if desired, and serve. Enjoy. (All recipes.com, Salsa Chicken).
Allrecipes.com. Salsa Chicken. Retrieved from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/salsa-chicken/
Hornetfootball.com. Football History. Retrieved from http://www.hornetfootball.org/documents/football-history.htm
Ugly-dawg.com. Pictorial: History of Ugly-Dawg Salsa. Retrieved from http://www.ugly-dawg.com/Pictorial.html
article by Theresa Nielsen, Publisher and Online Marketing Manager.
The Olympic training center in Colorado Springs is open to visitors throughout the year and helps train some of the world’s best athletes. 2012 is the perfect year to celebrate and recommit to achieving fitness excellence. Participation in sporting events and attending athletic games helps a community grow stronger and healthier. Families and business owners that take time out for exercising and relaxation perform better at the work place, exhibit more endurance and display more optimism. It’s great to schedule time out for fun and family in addition to work. Enjoy your local sports, outdoor activities and inspiring wellness centers in between busy work schedules. Enjoy each day. Denver is among the top 10 fittest cities in America. (Consumer reports.org, 2011). The coming 2012 Olympics games serves as an inspiration to us all. Colorado is a great part of that conversation and one of the top fit states in the nation.
News. Consumer Reports.org. (2011). What is the Fittest City in the US? http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2011/05/the-top-fittest-and-healthiest-cities-in-the-united-states.html
What exactly is a SOPA/PIPA? Well, it is a legislation that if passed restricts how we use the internet today. SOPA is Stop Online Piracy Act and the other, Protect IP Act.
Corporate supporters of Senate 968 (PIPA) and HR 3261 (SOPA) demand the ability to take down any web site (including craigslist, Wikipedia, or Google) that hurts their profits — without prior judicial oversight or due process – in the name of combating online piracy.
At a time when our economy needs more job creation and dialogue with business communications; in comes more legislation adding to the many others as of late affecting the small business sector. There are many reasons not to allow any kind of interference with the internet which is one of the very few sectors still able to grow the dwindling economy due to the many years of non-stop business outsourcing. Twitter here has a small short video explaining the possible negative effects that these 2 pieces of legislations may pose on liberties of expression and potential loss to business. Here, Twitpic.com/SOPA/PIPA.
Imagine if no one could have had dialogue in ideas or even sketches about MS-DOS the initial computer operating system? Thanks to many people adding to the conversation to include the young Bill Gates and other techs supporters; they kept building on the existing until they came up with Windows which today we still are able to enjoy. Imagine if they had to be constantly worried about being chased by legislators or bureaucrats that sit on governmental offices worldwide harnessing their power against their drawings, writings or liberty at exchanging information on the existing? Thanks to our free enterprise system Apple computers came along which increased productivity and today many business owners use both windows and Apple since Apple serves really good in some areas and Windows still has its purposes for other projects. If we start taking away the ability to allow some room for tweaking existing ideas then life as we know may stagnate and this has never resulted in a better more efficient society.
It is refreshing to see that not all corporations are supporting these invasive legislations which goes to say that America in general does have corporations that do see the light and try their best to practice true corporate social responsbility and not just via a plaque on the wall. After all, many of these corporations started as small businesses’ and know full well the importance for the small business sector to succeed and innovate. The market benefits when corporations and small businesses’ keep some balance between each other and not allowing just one side to take all advantage or control over the other; since in the end that model could produce a society where only the big fish remain striking on each other with no new entrants to re-establish balance into the market.
Article by Theresa Nielsen-Independent publisher-Graduate with a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies at Grand Canyon University.
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.
This Christmas season Sallie and Welling Clark hosted a family Holiday Open House at their vacation bed & breakfast Inn Holden House near Manitou Springs, Colorado. The vacation Inn is near fine dining, historic sites, unique gift shops and Colorado area attractions. All the guests at the open house enjoyed their hospitality, Christmas cheer and story book style Victorian Homes while listening to great piano music and friendly conversation with incoming visitors. Enjoy a safe and joyful Christmas. Colorado offers excellent places to vacation in addition to its great ski resorts and colorful mountains.
Cute song below by Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Colorado Christmas.
Excellent winter landscapes with George Michael all time favorite Last Christmas song-
During job Renaissance attendees discussed trade issues and a summary of the events held that day sent via News Release below:
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November 4, 2011
Colorado Springs, CO ~ State economic leaders gathered in Colorado Springs yesterday for Jobs Renaissance to discuss how to revitalize Colorado’s economy and create jobs. Attendees included elected officials, representatives from government economic development agencies and councils, local businesses, labor and agriculture. After a deliberative process, attendees said that reforming trade policy (to export more than we import) and fixing our tax system were the fundamental priorities in job creation.
“Colorado Springs has been hard hit by the recession,” said Frank Shannon, Chair of the Colorado Chapter of CPA. “State and local community, business and economic leaders want to do the best for their region. After considering issues of regulation, credit, trade, and tax, the group decided fixing trade policy, to become a net exporting nation, was the number one issue for Colorado and the country. The majority believed that smart tax reform should include consideration of a value added tax (VAT) or other device to combat foreign VAT’s and improve U.S. trade competitiveness.”
Speakers Fred Crowley (Associate Director of Southern Colorado Economic Forum, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) informed the group that the Colorado Springs region lost 54 percent of its manufacturing and technology jobs since 2000. He projected both an increased population and increased unemployment unless major new job creation was achieved. He expressed concern that the city is heavily dependent on military (60%) expenditures and manufacturing now contributes a very small percentage to the economy. With impending cuts in military budgets, the city will suffer greatly without some reforms and primary employment increase.
Karl Dakin (Senior Fellow, DaVinci Institute; Executive Director, Sullivan Chair for Free Enterprise, Regis University) discussed the fact that inadequate access to capital has prevented Colorado small businesses from creating more jobs. Dakin leads the Colorado Capital Congress which is helping find solutions for this problem.
Ian Fletcher (Senior Economist for the Coalition for a Prosperous America) informed the audience that America’s lack of a coherent strategy on trade, and the flawed assumption that other countries engage in “free trade”, is causing record trade deficits, offshoring of most industries, and substantial job losses. Mr. Fletcher touched upon foreign currency manipulation and foreign value added taxes as elements that contributed to the US trade deficit.
Jonita Le Roy, from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, told attendees that the Governor’s office is following the proceedings and is interested in the outcome.
Attendees split into small groups to discuss the material presented and decided by a majority vote that their two top priorities for economic recovery were trade and tax reform. Volunteers formed a task force to follow up and assist in the formulation of a written statement of agreement to be used for future advocacy with public officials.
Jobs Renaissance was hosted by The Coalition for a Prosperous America. Sponsoring organizations included: * Integrity Manufacturing * Stockmens Bank * Kurt Manufacturing * Flying Horse Realty * Qualtek Manufacturing * Ranch Foods Direct * Roosters Men’s Grooming Center * Colorado Capital Congress * KINEO Manufacturing * Finishes, Ltd. * Springs Fabrication * The New American Colonies * REMCO * Westar Systems * La Plata Communities * The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce * Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation * America’s Got Product
CPA is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of 2.7 million households through our agricultural, manufacturing and labor members.
A few videos on the November 3rd 2011 community and business leaders Economic Forum. The economic forum was a business strategy dialogue to discuss ways to improve the economy, manufacturing, trade and employment sector. If you have any other business ideas to improve our economy please be part of the conversation.
US Trade Policy and Colorado Local Economy
Others will follow shortly after another event on Colorado Film Industry.
Part I-The business leaders’ forum on November 3, 2011 was a truly amazing educational event. It is great to see so many Colorado dedicated business owners, educators and business leaders from the region having a great dialogue about situations affecting business growth, employment opportunities and trade issues that affect our local retail and manufacturing base. The speaker here in part two is also Fred Crowley.
Associate Research Professor
Senior Instructor and Director of Southern Colorado Economic Forum
Fred Crowley is a Senior Instructor in the College of Business in the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has been the Senior Economist for the Southern Colorado Economic Forum in the College of Business since September 2001. He is also the Forum’s Associate Director. Colorado should be so proud of having so many dedicated business leaders who took time out from their busy schedules to discuss and strategize business issues affecting business in general and our US economy.
To understand more about how trade is actually working vs. what the name given to the system implies, that it is “free-trade” and therefore great for America and US business; let’s analyze or review the presentation by Ian Fletcher who wrote the book, Free Trade Doesn’t Work. This is of course a dialogue and research into the matter in view that our Nation is having many financial challenges while also losing thousands of manufacturing and production jobs. Education and research into the trade subject will help lead to your very own conclusions and hopefully help strategize how to best succeed more effectively in present and future business.
Ian Fletcher is Senior Economist of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, a nationwide grass-roots organization dedicated to fixing America’s trade policies and comprising representatives from business, agriculture, and labor. His book, Free Trade Doesn’t Work (2011 edition) could be found on Amazon.com. Ian was a previous Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council, and before that, an economist in private practice serving hedge funds and private equity firms. Part of his presentation follows below.
Part 2 with some concluding remarks:
Some personal observations: The model of free-trade was never updated to adapt to the new world stage such as changes in legislations, banking etc. For example our currency was backed by Gold but today money is printed by fiat (electronic numbers going in and out) so production or labor is not following the input-output like when one of us works for 8 hours Actual money would be paid to the worker for that shift in production. The Federal Reserve fractional reserve banking system prints IOU’s or money that is not backed equally by gold reserve nor did it follow actual work output so deficit gets out of hand when funds get printed for a project but not backed by work actually produced to back it up as it happens and makes trade problems worse. This is why some believe in free-trade and try to change our banking system so as to produce actual money backed by gold or audits for real work production. The fiat system has gotten out of hand when money not backed by actual work or is used for pet projects, going to places that most tax payers and producers cannot even track nor comprehend were it is going. As of now trillions have been vaporizing, jobs have been lost, manufacturing is almost gone and the entire problem is NOT sustainable. This is why so many may not understand how trade is actually working and may believe in the fantasy of a convenient given keyword that we could have free-trade when we do not have a sound monetary system nor real free-trade. Since reform may never happen for many in congress along with top lobby or politicians love the existing Fed way of working in order to keep printing away then the US definetely needs to have some new workable trade reform to assist the producing sector of our economy; if not then we perish in the long-term as the charts showed during the forum. Also we are harmonizing our sovereign laws that protect our food and product quality supplies. In the current dysfunctional trade model since we have to harmonize with foreign trade WTO directives we could lose our access to Vitamins (under Codex Alimentarious), our food supply integrity since China violated food labels and clean food growth rules and many US multinationals are abandoning the interests and integrity of the American people for pure abundant profits and many tweaking food and bio engineering with GMO’s. DNA alterations, Genetic engineering often bypassing the will of the average American citizen and becoming increasingly too powerful which could lead down the road to a central totalitarian system that could lead to the loss of liberties, health, family values and yes even what is left of our free-enterprise system since only few selectives worldwide will be the beneficiaries. Its great to profit, earn a living and conduct business; however it has to help all stakeholders and not risking our future posterity, the life of our children and at the expense of our ability to live in harmony with our business’s and Nation.
Local artists are visiting Raven’s Nest Coffee located close to downtown area near Boulder at 330 North Institute St. Suite A at Colorado Springs, CO 80903 on Thursdays to do improvisational music playing. This is great for local artists so that their talent gets exposure to the community and at the same time people get to enjoy the sounds of guitar, flute, Harp, drums etc., among others as they enjoy their organic coffee, iced tea or cold beverages. For musicians interested please visit, e-mail or ask the manager for the sign-up sheet for the dates available depending on the schedules or activities planned. The e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The atmosphere at the coffee shop is truly cozy and comfortable so as to have great conversations with friends, read a book, enjoy a fine pastry or breakfast and a truly awesome neighborhood gathering place.
On your way downtown or taking time to go out for a special outing to the parks, college campus or on your way to work take some time to visit Raven’s Nest Coffee. For many on their way to work Ravens has early morning business hours starting at 5:00 am. Stop by on a Sunday with the family, sit outside for a cold beverage and or read the paper. Ravens will be there for you when you arrive. It has several sections for you to find your very own unique space.
For more information call Raven’s Nest Coffee at 719-632-3433.
Professionals in Excellence is a business referral network that meets every Thursday at Manhattan’s Pizza Parlor off Hwy 50, Pueblo. Guests are invited to attend to get more information and an application for membership is attached below for those that after visiting may wish to apply. I had a chance to visit a few months ago and enjoyed it immensely. The meeting was cheerful and had a chance to meet great people from different occupations and with a common purpose of growing their business, communities, local economy and network. I was having a conversation about having a local person here in Colorado Springs build me a desk and how hard it was to get a nice size desk with plenty of drawers and suddenly two person’s down on next table a man gave me his card and told me he builds all kinds of furniture and also does special custom-built work projects. It is great to see that the art of furniture and wood working is still very much alive. There is nothing like having something made to suit your working area , special needs and style. Samantha Nau on the right is one of the team leaders and organizers. I had a chance to enjoy a nice Italian Calzone from Manhattan’s that could serve two people so brought half with me to enjoy the next day back in the Springs. Later as time passed the video production project I completed for a roofing company there was accepted for a contest and chance to win $50,000 from Dell computers. Even if the big prize is not awarded it sure was great fun to visit Pueblo and ad with pride the project to my business portfolio. The equiptment would have been used to further meet the needs for more small business projects in our area. The staff and employees at job area were very courteous and like family.
Pueblo Colorado is making a lot of progress and growing nicely yet still has the small town charm and quaint shops are still thriving in between and around the new neighborhoods. Summers are really awesome also when town celebrations take place and family can walk around the parks and enjoy the warm summer breeze. If you would like more information it is summarized below.
The name of business network club: Professionals in Excellence- memberhip fee, $100.00 a year.
Contact: Ms. Samantha Nau, 719-647-2194 Sample application form attached.
Place of meeting: Manhattan’s Pizza Parlor 1110 W US Highway 50, Pueblo, CO 81008 719-545-3400
Time and Dates: Every Thursday from 11:30 to 1:00 pm
Goals: Team lead and referrals assisting via circles of influence. To create business growth, professional development and sound local economy.
Note: I you have a new start-up or business event information you wish to submit for consideration please send request and information to Attn: Publisher email@example.com
Colorado Small Business.org is an online forum and small business organization launched to empower small businesses’ and local communities in order to better compete amidst a global economy. The idea is to bring unique Colorado products, services and business concepts for the world to view, value and purchase.
The reality of an accelerating global economy demands greater efficiency and strategic planning in bringing products and services to market now more than ever before in history. Small business, local shoppers and those employing workers help grow the middle class in America Leebaert, 2006). If properly allowed to succeed, these forces could continue to do so while participating in the global economy. Indeed, one cannot exist without the other. If small business is allowed to deteriorate creating pockets of poverty in once thriving local communities, the general population will be unable to buy the products developed by other medium and large corporate business!
For example, I have a neighbor that wishes to purchase the Google phone powered by Android due to a particular useful application. However, he cannot buy it because his spouse recently lost her job. Large corporations are producing fantastic gadgets; however many of their stakeholders who could benefit from them have lost stable income.
Theresa Nielsen, founder of the small business organization, believes small, medium and large businesses’ can co-exist with one another. That is why she created an online small business directory to help bring Colorado ideas, products and services to market at BusinessColoradoDirectory.com.TM A well known business author and educator, Norman Scarborough, pointed out that a harmonious relationship could exist between all forms of business and one that resembles in concept the shape of a hand held weight with small business on one end, middle size in the center and large corporations on the other. (Scarborough, 2011). Small businesses could become medium sized then large. Moreover, large corporations often venture into areas of small business. As these businesses come into balance playing their unique roles within the market; economic harmony is achieved. It is very important to allow small business to thrive and co-exist among the giants, for it is small business that helps keep local communities vital and thriving.
In summary, “The small business sector’s contributions are many. They make up 99.7 percent of all businesses, employ 51 percent of the private sector workforce, have created two-thirds to three-fourths of the net new jobs in the economy, produce 51 percent of the country’s private gross domestic product (GDP), and account for 47 percent of all business sales.” (Scarborough, 2011). It is the vision of Business Colorado Directory to grow and expand Colorado small business inter-independently with positive returns alongside global markets.
In conclusion, we hope to serve your needs and hope that you become active members in the business Colorado directory.com and help shape the future for all business in Colorado.
Article by Theresa Nielsen, founder of Colorado Small Business.org
Leebaert. Economic Perspectives (2006). How Small Businesses Contribute to U.S. Economic Expansion.
Scarborough, N. M. (2011). Essentials of entrepreneurship and small business management (6th ed.). Boston: Prentice Hall.
Colorado Small Business.org assists small business owners, local communities and all their stakeholders to include consumers so as for all to better compete more efficiently yet inter-independently alongside side a growing global market. The project was first initiated March 16th, 2009 while actively participating in formal University entrepreneurial studies and projected to be completed near May 2011 at which time the innovative business Colorado directory will be fully launched.