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“Where Does Profit Really Come From?” a one-day advanced business training in Colorado Springs, CO on June 20th 

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Leading building-industry business coach and educator, The Aspire Institute, has teamed with the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA) to present a one-day, advanced business practices workshop for professional remodelers and custom home builders on June 20th in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “Where Does Profit Really Come From?” is the only workshop of its kind, helping professional builders shape their business models to maximize profits without raising prices or increasing revenue and without cutting expenses. 


The workshop will address key areas in the professional builder’s business including how different business models affect profitability, differentiating from the competition, attracting the right customers in the digital age as well as finding, hiring and keeping top employees in a challenging hiring market. 

“I designed this class to explore how simple, small changes in a contractor’s business model can make a substantial difference in how easily profits flow,” said Aspire Institute founder and CEO, Ken Brookings. 

After attending the workshop, Andy Steinborn, co-owner of Tajo-One, said, “The program is eye opening if you have a building, remodeling or construction business. The presenters were excellent and on the money. The analysis was right on and the information was excellent and gets you to look at your operation from a different point of view.” 

The workshop will be held at the Double Tree Colorado Springs on June 20th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The normal price is $295 per company, covering all owners, spouses and senior managers. On behalf of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, a limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. CSHBA members receive special $145 pricing. To learn more or reserve seats visit www.AspireWorkshop.com or call The Aspire Institute at 888-252-8998.   

MORE: For over 20 years the Aspire Institute has been helping the owners and leaders of small businesses achieve new levels of success. We focus on helping those who are expert in their craft become equally powerful as professional business operators. 

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American workers took an average of 16.8 days of vacation in 2016, according to new research from Project: Time Off, turning the trend line in a positive direction after losing almost a week of vacation time since 2000. The jump, from 16.2 days in 2015, provides reason to be cautiously optimistic about America’s 2017 vacation plans.


AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day weekend travel volume since 2005.

This drastic increase is also being mirrored in the Pikes Peak region. The most recent report for Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax collections is up 19.72 percent YTD over 2016. Data from the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report, a sampling of 39 various properties within Colorado Springs, shows occupancy is up 3.3 percent YTD. In 2015, the Pikes Peak region welcomed 20.1 million day and overnight visitors who spent a total of $1.976 billion. Visitation and spending numbers for 2016 will be available in June.

This all on the heels of Garden of the Gods Park being named the number one park in the country by TripAdvisor users, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain receiving the Experts’ Choice Award from TripExpert and Colorado Springs being heralded as the number two most desirable place to live by U.S. News and World Report. The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official tourism marketing arm of the City, continues to tout the power of tourism, and invite business, sports, special event and leisure travelers to the Pikes Peak region. “Travel marketing is a highly competitive business. Whether through our mobile-first website, multiple trade shows, media placements, hosted media trips, or social media efforts, we are selling this destination 24 hours a day, seven days a week and then some,” states CVB President & CEO Doug Price.

When people travel, they can choose from international, national and regional destinations, and that means being top-of-mind is key to capturing the attention of decision-makers. The CVB continues to innovate ways to garner attention and funding to tell the Colorado Springs story through advertising, trade shows, social media co-ops and targeted campaigns such as the Crafts & Drafts Passport that highlights the best local breweries and distilleries.
Locals and visitor alike will enjoy a weekend filled with festivals such as Territory Days, the Create Cañon City Balloon Classic and the MeadowGrass Music Festival. For a complete list of holiday weekend events, go to VisitCOS.com/memorialday. To learn how tourism positively impacts our economy, go to VisitCOS.com/Tourism-Pays.

The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism to the Colorado Springs region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. The CVB mission is to bring more visitors to Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak.

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc has been selected to provide Commercial Maintenance services for six properties owned by Neibur Development, Inc.  The properties, located throughout Colorado Springs, total over 138,000 square feet and consist of both office and medical office buildings. The Commercial Maintenance Group will provide facility maintenance services including handling aesthetic issues, general lighting and electrical repair, responding to service calls and 24/7 emergency maintenance. Several technicians will be responsible for the various sites.

Senior Vice President Richard Davidson, CPM® says, “We appreciate that our relationship with Neibur Development, as well as our combined one hundred years of facilities maintenance experience, allowed us to be selected for such a large assignment.  We are thrilled with the opportunity to continue to expand our Commercial Maintenance operation within the Colorado Springs market.”

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Colorado, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,100 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.

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By John Stossel

Venezuela descends into chaos. Its people, once the wealthiest in Latin America, starve. Even The New York Times runs headlines like "Dying Infants and No Medicine."

My Venezuelan-born friend Kenny says his relatives are speaking differently. Cousins who once answered "Fine" or "Good" when asked, "How are you?" now say, "We're eating."

Eating is a big deal in the country that's given birth to jokes about a "Venezuelan diet." A survey by three universities found 75 percent of Venezuelans lost an average 19 pounds this year.

So are American celebrities who championed Venezuela's "people's revolution" embarrassed? Will they admit they were wrong?

"No," says linguist and political writer Noam Chomsky. "I was right."

Sigh.

Actor Sean Penn met with Hugo Chavez several times and claimed Chavez did "incredible things for the 80 percent of the people that are very poor."

Oliver Stone made a film that fawned over Chavez and Latin American socialism. Chavez joined Stone in Venice for the film's premiere.

Michael Moore praised Chavez for eliminating "75 percent of extreme poverty."

Hello?! In Venezuela, Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, created  extreme poverty.

Chomsky, whose anti-capitalist teachings have inspired millions of American college students, praised Chavez's "sharp poverty reduction, probably the greatest in the Americas." Chavez returned the compliment by holding up Chomsky's book during a speech at the U.N., making it a best-seller.

Is Chomsky embarrassed by that today? "No," he wrote me. He praised Chavez "in 2006. Here's the situation as of two years later." He linked to a 2008 article by a writer of Oliver Stone's movie who said, "Venezuela has seen a remarkable reduction in poverty."

I asked him, "Should you now say to the students who've learned from you, 'Socialism, in practice, often wrecks people's lives'?" Chomsky replied, "I never described Chavez's state capitalist government as 'socialist' or even hinted at such an absurdity. It was quite remote from socialism. Private capitalism remained ... Capitalists were free to undermine the economy in all sorts of ways, like massive export of capital."

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by Walter E. Williams

In 1798, Thomas Malthus wrote "An Essay on the Principle of Population." He predicted that mankind's birthrate would outstrip our ability to grow food and would lead to mass starvation. Malthus' wrong predictions did not deter Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich from making a similar prediction. In his 1968 best-seller, "The Population Bomb," which has sold more than 2 million copies, Ehrlich warned: "The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now." This hoax resulted in billions of dollars being spent to fight overpopulation.

According to the standard understanding of the term, human overpopulation occurs when the ecological footprint of a human population in a specific geographical location exceeds the carrying capacity of the place occupied by that group. Let's look at one aspect of that description -- namely, population density. Let's put you, the reader, to a test. See whether you can tell which country is richer and which is poorer just by knowing two countries' population density.

North Korea's population density is 518 people per square mile, whereas South Korea's is more than double that, at 1,261 people per square mile. Hong Kong's population density is 16,444, whereas Somalia's is 36. Congo has 75 people per square mile, whereas Singapore has 18,513. Looking at the gross domestic products of these countries, one would have to be a lunatic to believe that smaller population density leads to greater riches. Here are some GDP data expressed in millions of U.S. dollars: North Korea ($17,396), South Korea ($1,411,246), Hong Kong ($320,668), Somalia ($5,707), Congo ($41,615) and Singapore ($296,967).

The overpopulation hoax has led to horrible population control programs. The United Nations Population Fund has helped governments deny women the right to choose the number and spacing of their children. Overpopulation concerns led China to enact a brutal one-child policy. Forced sterilization is a method of population control in some countries. Nearly a quarter-million Peruvian women were sterilized. Our government, through the U.N. Population Fund, is involved in "population moderation" programs around the world, including in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, Ethiopia and Colombia.

The entire premise behind population control is based on the faulty logic that humans are not valuable resources. The fact of business is that humans are what the late Julian L. Simon called the ultimate resource. That fact becomes apparent by pondering this question: Why is it that Gen. George Washington did not have cellphones to communicate with his troops and rocket launchers to sink British ships anchored in New York Harbor? Surely, all of the physical resources -- such as aluminum alloys, copper, iron ore and chemical propellants -- necessary to build cellphones and rocket launchers were around during Washington's time. In fact, they were around at the time of the cave man. There is only one answer for why cellphones, rocket launchers and millions of other things are around today but were not around yesteryear. The growth in human knowledge, human ingenuity, job specialization and trade led to industrialization, which, coupled with personal liberty and private property rights, made it possible. Human beings are valuable resources, and the more we have of them the better.

The greatest threat to mankind's prosperity is government, not population growth. For example, Zimbabwe was agriculturally rich but, with government interference, was reduced to the brink of mass starvation. Any country faced with massive government interference can be brought to starvation. Blaming poverty on overpopulation not only lets governments off the hook but also encourages the enactment of harmful, inhumane policies.

Today's poverty has little to do with overpopulation. The most commonly held characteristics of non-poor countries are greater personal liberty, private property rights, the rule of law and an economic system closer to capitalism than to communism. That's the recipe for prosperity.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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