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Hospitality

Selling the music experience

Tough, but worth it

By Kathy Aylsworth Brantigan

Chef Laura: Derby daze in Denver

More than a one-trick pony

By Laura Cook Newman

Alone in the Mountain time zone

Rockies part of Denver’s summer tourism mix, but regional appeal hard to measure

By Kyle Ringo

Pot not on top

Legalized marijuana not seen as chief tourism draw

By Maria Martin

Chef Laura: Time to dine

Happy anniversary, Restaurant Week!

By Laura Cook Newman

Why choose Vail?

Antlers at Vail has the answers

By Katie Nelson

Celebrating the spirit of snow

Denver’s winter fest showcases Colorado industry

By Gigi Sukin

Executive wheels: Raves for the Rav4

Toyota's little SUV has grown up

By Jeff Rundles

Chef Laura: Trying customers: A side order of snark

From Santa to Mr. Burns with a single sentence

By Laura Cook Newman

Readers Respond

How to inspire loyalty and retention

Kathleen, Great column. Business is personal. We are all interconnected. Everyone needs to provide quality leadership and service from the bottom up and the top down. By Jeffrey C. Fischer on 2014 11 21

The futurist: 101 endangered jobs

Thomas Frey is the founder of DaVinci Institute a non profit education focused futurist organization. Biz West is holding a Partnerships in Philanthropy contest vote for DaVinci Institute and your other favorite non profit. $20K in advertising can make a huge difference in supporting the organization and community. Vote daily until november 30th - facebook.com/bizwestmedia?sk=app_137541772984354&app;_data Tis the season to vote and give! By Lisa Lehndorff on 2014 11 20

How tech dependency hurts sales

Liz- Another GREAT post! As a "relationship sales person" for over 30 years, I can personally attest to the vast benefits of establishing and maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial business and personal relationships. Technology is merely a tool that we should use to help us to better communicate, not as a means of replacing personal interaction. IMHO, this is going to be a difficult "life lesson" to learn for the Gen X & Gen Y crowd, who are so tech dependent that they truly don't understand or comprehend this concept. Keep up the GREAT WORK, THANK YOU! By Michael E. Schmidlen on 2014 11 19

Cold calls, warm heart

Another good one. Happy holidays to you!!! People DO remember who you make them feel, not what you say. Liz By Liz Wendling on 2014 11 18

Cold-call sales: Practice makes perfect

On a slow day i receive 10 cold calls a day. On a busy day the number approaches 30. I no longer answer my telephone unless I recognize the caller ID. Cold calling has taken a tool of my business and turned it into a dreaded interruption of what ever I am trying to accomplish. The 30 minutes of voice mail box capacity is easily filled before the day is out unless I get in and delete the messages. All those robo calls hang on the line for a minute and chew up capacity. I do make note of who is calling so that I can bad mouth them when opportunity arises and I make sure I never utilize their services. These people have absolutely no understanding of courtesy or appropriateness. At least a bill collector has a legitimate reason to call. By Tom Farney on 2014 11 17

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