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In the four years leading up to winning their awards, companies such as Otterbox, Oskar Blues Brewery, Confio Software and Moots Cycles generated $6.4 billion in revenue – a 140 percent increase over those years – and posted a 133 percent rise in full-time equivalent jobs to 6,005. The 2014 winners – representing industries including technology, manufacturing, financial services, wellness and bioscience, among others – accounted for $413 million in total annual revenue in 2013, a 34 percent increase compared with 2012. They had 1,459 FTE employees in Colorado, with 448 net new jobs projected for this year. By Lisa Ryckman

Will the person we become five years from now be more talented, wealthier, healthier, better looking, better educated or have a better circle of friends to network with? There are many things we can do today to improve our future self. We all intuitively know this, but sometimes we need to be reminded. We can read more, exercise more, take a class, find a better job, write a book, start a business, invent something, meet new people, expand our social network. But here are a few things you may not have thought about. By Tom Frey

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Boring doesn't win business. Boring doesn't open doors. Boring doesn't get you remembered. Clients are busy. Competition is fierce. If you can't rise above the din, you may as well stay home. The standard elevator speech is tired, dull and predictable: "I sell (insert product or service here) for (company) and we help businesses (pick one: increase sales, reduce costs or improve efficiency.) That sentence is so boring I had trouble staying awake while writing it. If you want to be memorable, make a radical change in your introduction. By Julie Hansen

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