You have just signed a contract to make the largest purchase that you probably will ever make in your lifetime - - a home. Not only is it wise to understand the details of the purchase contract, but it is also important to understand potential problems you may be facing in the home itself. That is what home inspections are all about. Theoretically, you can inspect a home yourself. However, when you purchase a home, the average buyer looks for reasons to buy it and not for problems the home might have. That is why an unbiased home inspector, who will cost you somewhere between $250-$500 depending on the size of the home, is almost mandatory in any home purchase.
Your shower and commode are partitioned off your master bathroom and can be closed off when you are using that area. You notice some “dirt” or “soot” in the ceiling above the commode, but you are not concerned. You can wipe it off another day. Wrong. It is not dirt or soot; it is mold, and although it is only small, if you do not do something immediately, the mold will continue to spread and create a potentially serious health hazard to you and your family members.
At Goodwill Denver, we rely on many types of donations to help keep our organization running and growing. Like most nonprofit organizations, we understand the importance of diversifying our funding streams to make sure we don’t have all of our funding eggs in one basket, so to speak. The world of grant/foundation funding is not only an important piece of that diversification, it’s also one that is constantly growing and changing—not just year to year, but daily. Several years ago, Goodwill Denver made the transition from working with an outside grants contractor to creating an in-house position for grants administration. While it may not make sense for every single organization, here’s why it made sense for us and why doing the same might work in favor of your nonprofit:
Marijuana has been with us a long time. Its earliest recorded use dates back to the third millennium BC. It is estimated that 162 million people use marijuana on an annual basis, and 22.5 million use it on a daily basis. Now, 5000 years later, the citizens of the State of Colorado have legalized its use.
If you own a business, you understand the importance of attracting and retaining key employees. One of the most vital steps you can take to take care of those you hire is to create an appealing benefits package. A great component of any benefits program is a retirement plan.
For many of us the fall and winter months mean that the vacation season has come to an end. For some employers, it means people are finally back in the office - ready to get some work done. For some employees, it means a long wait until springtime and next year’s vacation.
So you want to build a redwood deck on the back of your home? You contact Joe Contractor and he agrees to build it for $15,000.00. You pay him $5,000.00 down, make progress payments to him and pay the remaining amount at the time the project is finished. You love your deck.
I am often asked, "Is owning your own business really worth it?" Those who’ve read these columns know that I have written about both the glory and the struggles of being a business owner. There’s the always present dichotomy of loving what you do and enjoying the autonomy while struggling to create something that can take nearly all of your time, energy and money.
Here at Goodwill Industries of Denver, we recently completed our 2nd annual employee survey. After making the decision to go fully digital (we used both an online and a paper method last year), we were pleased to discover that participation remained high at 60%. Once again, the results have been eye opening and have given our nonprofit the opportunity to improve for the sake of both the organization and its employees.
No matter your industry, friends, family and professional colleagues who are “non-business owners” can have a bit of a skewed vision of what "owning one’s own business” means. “Business ownership” can suggest a bit of glamour, even a sense of clout. It sounds thrilling, adventurous and full of endless possibilities — but as most any business owner can testify, the reality can be (and very often is) an entirely very different story.
Are you or someone you know the 1 out of the 3 people that research indicates are affected by hospital medical errors? Health care misdiagnoses, improper care and/or lack of priority for the best care available are common scenarios that can be managed.
Here at Goodwill Industries of Denver, we often team up with companies that are looking to create a day of service for their employees. A day of service is typically a set time when employees are encouraged (and often paid) to participate as volunteers for a non-profit organization or community program.
Jon Giltner is a structural engineer. He’s also passionate about resource productivity and has long been seriously offended by the huge quantities of perfectly usable lumber that are wasted in the construction industry and dumped into landfills. Now, after 15 years of sustained technical effort and innovation, Giltner and his company, Boulder-based Reconnx, are finally seeing the results of their labors in the form of rapidly rising sales of their unique and patented power tool for removing nails from lumber, the V20 Nail Kicker® denailing gun.
Office workers and other professionals with 9-to-5 jobs often dream of leaving the office behind and pursuing a freelance career of their choice. While many have succeeded at freelance work in the past, many more have failed, discovering along the way that perhaps the security and steady paycheck of their office jobs wasn't so bad after all.
Many employers think that a covenant not to compete will solve their problems of employees who quit and set up competing businesses. Unfortunately for those employers, it is not that simple.
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Articles designated with this are written by staff reporters with Colorado Community Media. Disclaimer: the opinions presented in all other columns are the authors’ own and should not be considered the official opinion of CCM.