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August 11, 2009
ColoradoBiz Update
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In this month's issue

Tech Startup: OPX Biotechnologies
A University of Colorado spinout is turning biological microbes into alternative sources of fuel. Now at 30 employees, the Boulder company has successfully raised $21.5 million from three rounds of financing. By Eric Peterson

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Cash for Clunkers
When it comes to the federal stimulus package, it’s often been hard to point to concrete and immediate benefits. Not so when it comes to the “cash for clunkers” program. By Tim Jackson

Right, wrong and the torment of a bad choice
A recruiter’s client decided to hire two candidates who initially were interviewed just for one job, but couldn’t afford to pay both commissions. Should that stand in the way of an earnest candidate getting an ideal job, especially in this economy? What’s the “right” thing to do? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Executive Wheels: 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 2LT
I was really looking forward to getting my hands on a Chevrolet Aveo as I wanted to see how far GM in this now-suddenly hot car category. To say I was pleasantly surprised by my test drive would be putting it mildly. By Jeff Rundles

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Community Calendar

Check out Pat Wiesner's "So You Want to Start a Business" workshop on Aug. 14 at the Highlands Ranch Library, as well as ColoradoBiz's other sponsored events, community events or submit an event.


On ColoradoBiz TV

ColoradoBiz Update

Executive Edge: Room 214 on using social media
Room 214's James Clark and Jason Cormier talk about how the Travel Channel is using Twitter to build brand awareness and deliver customer service


Entirely homegrown

Hens headed for the chopping block
Still weeks from egg production, the two youngest birds will have to earn their weight the hard way. The first week of the entirely homegrown experiment is in the books and was about as tough as expected, but it’s about to get easier. This morning I made the executive decision to butcher my two youngest hens. By Mike Taylor

Colorado Sustainable Design Awards

Celebrate the state's best architecture
ColoradoBiz wants to recognize statewide building projects that exemplify social, environmental and economic sustainability. The magazine is now accepting applications for the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards, a program launched in partnership with the American Institute for Architects (AIA Colorado), the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado) and United States Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter (USGBCC).

See ColoradoBiz stories on Channel 7

Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz on "The Road to Recovery"
As the economy continues to challenge businesses and consumers, KMGH Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz are collaborating on stories that explore how businesses are coping - and succeeding - despite the downturn. Look for new installments of "The Road to Recovery" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, during the second half of the 4 p.m. broadcast. You can also find them online at

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Balle Top Company is the most rigorous, important, and rewarding event of its kind. The mission of Top Company is to recognize Colorado’s most outstanding businesses while providing for a tough but fair competition. Finalists and winners will be recognized at an Academy Award style gala luncheon at the DCPA Seawell Ballroom on September 15th, 2009. It’s the perfect venue to celebrate organizational excellence with customers, prospects, employees, and business partners. To register click here.