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When you're married to work -- literally

Business partners, married and parents – how do you do it? That question is asked of every spouse partner in business ownership.  The logistics of keeping 50 employees straight, in addition to maintaining customer volumes, plus keeping an organized home life with children, caregivers, animals and...

Spirited disruption

The American craft distilling industry is experiencing profound growth, and Colorado is one of its spirited success stories. In the past 10 years, the number of active U.S. artisanal distilleries has spiked from 60 to about 400; Colorado went from zero to 46 in just a few years. “Colorado has prob...

Internet marketing and trademark trouble

Whether it’s a local search or nationwide, search engines can provide the answer. There are some drawbacks, however, to this brave new world of marketing. Most obvious is the enhanced competition and the increased amount of time and money spent on optimizing a website. The less obvious disadvantag...

Avoiding the back-pay double whammy

Historically, liquidated damages were only collected when the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) won a court settlement. Now, the WHD has begun assessing liquidated damages administratively along with back wages during a final conference with the employer. This year will probably see a giant leap in the...

Parenting a business

My experiences in parenting and business have taught me the importance of weathering the storm. There will be rough patches. Those in business should invest the time in teaching and guiding now, and let the mistakes happen — because they are definitely going to happen. The mistakes that may seem l...

State of the state: Retail

Ready Foods: A Colorado success story

In 1972, Luis Abarca had a notion that only in retrospect seems obvious: Mexican food would become mainstream in the U.S. the same way Italian food had, and restaurants were going to need help preparing it. That was the impetus for Ready Foods, a Denver-based food processor that has expanded its p...

Celebrating the spirit of snow

Seasons come, and seasons go.  But in Colorado, there’s a special enthusiasm reserved solely for winter, which is treated like an art form in and of itself. Hence, the Art of Winter — the urban festival of art and design intended to engage community members in a comparable fashion to Denver Startu...

In search of a great exit: Part One

Steven Covey says, “Start with the end in mind.”  At the recent Colorado Capital Conference, Peter Adams, Executive Director, Rockies Venture Club (RVC) said, “For entrepreneurial ventures, that end is typically an exit.” For more than 27 years, RVC has advanced Economic Development in the Rocky M...

Four things to know about health care reform

On average small firms pay more in health care costs than large firms – in fact, according to Mountain States Employers Council, of small businesses that do offer health care coverage, 72 percent say they struggle to afford it.  But there’s good news – under the Patient Protection and Affordable C...

Wild and woolly company wins big

Tech startup: ATOMS Express

ATOMS Express CEO Michael Rosenblatt has worked in product development for such big-name brands as Apple and Samsung; but his inclination for tinkering started when he was a kid. “I’ve always been into making things and making tools for others to make things,” he says. In 2009, Rosenblatt started...
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