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Apple creates fanatically loyal customers as well as or better than any other large company in the world, and I’m one of their biggest fans. We can all learn from what Apple does right. The other day, I arrived a few minutes early for my appointment at the Apple store’s Genius Bar. After taking up residence on a stool, I began absorbing the store’s ambiance. It’s the only store I’ve been in whose energy lifts my spirits. By TC North

 
Year-end advice for the charitable investor
This is the time of year when we show gratitude for the abundance with which we are blessed. It is also when many charitably minded individuals begin to consider their year-end charitable contributions. If you are charitably minded and wish to maximize the funds available to support your favorite charitable organizations by minimizing taxes, there is a simple approach that accomplishes both. By Wayne Farlow
 
The planned Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center in Aurora has the potential to create thousands of jobs and deliver an economic impact of more than $8.2 billion over the next 30 years. But the legal wrangling over the project is tarnishing the region’s reputation as a place where deals get done and communities collaborate to benefit everyone, says Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. By Margaret Jackson

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Nobody fetches coffee for the chief executive officer at Rally Software. It's not that kind of place, and Tim Miller is not that kind of guy. Miller fills his own cup, then chats about his favorite roast with co-workers in the break room at Rally, a Boulder-based business that's booming. In April, Rally's IPO raised more than $90 million and the company plans for a nearly 90,000 square-foot expansion in the next two years. By Gigi Sukin
 
 
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ColoradoBiz is awarding Colorado's "perk"iest companies in 2014! We want to know who offers the cream of the crop incentives to their employees. Nominate your company today!
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