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The telephone sits on your desk, quietly waiting to take your message to some lucky person buried deep in the spreadsheet of names you have on your call list.  You reach for the phone and . . . stop. Maybe today isn't a good day to reach out. Maybe your script needs a little polishing before you dive into the cold call game. Maybe you're making excuses. Cold calling is hard work.  It's challenging to be "up" for that next conversation, to be faced with the possibility of rejection. Here are several times people think cold calling can't work and why I know they are good times for the smart teleprospector. By Sam Dobbins

Once relegated to big business, with the advance of technology and a progressively more mobilized workforce, small businesses are increasingly turning to outsourcing to save the business employee-related expenses, allowing decision-makers to invest those hiring funds in other areas of the business. Saving money is a huge factor, but other factors like internal staffing capabilities, expansions, and efficiency issues are also part of a business’ decision to outsource a job or project. By Ben Walker

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Cranes dotting the skyline are a sure sign that Colorado’s construction industry and overarching economy is improving from the devastation of the 2007-2009 recession. But the newfound challenge contractors are facing is finding skilled laborers to build their projects.Big developments like the renovation of Denver Union Station, Denver International Airport’s new hotel and transit center, as well as countless multifamily projects and office buildings, are exhausting the labor force. By Margaret Jackson

CBCA is accepting applications for Leadership Arts 2014-2015, the region's only leadership program focused on arts & culture. Applications are due Aug. 15.

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