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February 18, 2009
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Blogging from Obama's stimulus bill signing and Capitol protest in Denver

Colorado's new energy in the sun as Obama signs stimulus package in Denver
Playing to a roomful of Colorado colleagues that recalled last summer's Democratic convention, President Barack Obama signed a $787 billion economic stimulus package Tuesday afternoon, promising to lead the country toward economic recovery as he celebrated Colorado's new energy industry. "We are taking big steps toward energy independence," Obama said. By Mike Cote

Stimulus protest dubbed '$30,000-a-plate pork roast'
Not everyone was thrilled with Barack Obama's Denver signing of the $787 billion stimulus bill, of which about $700 million is expected to benefit Colorado. A few miles south of the stimulus-signing festivities, several hundred protesters gathered on the steps of the state Capitol for what Jon Caldara of the Golden-based Independence Institute dubbed a "$30,000-A-Plate Pork Roast," referring to the abundance of items unrelated to economic recovery in the massive bill. Click here to watch video of the protest. By Mike Taylor

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Why Obama chose Colorado

Priming the new energy pump, part 2
With all this attention to the new energy economy, one might expect resentment from an oil and gas business in contraction. Not so. Some in the oil and gas industry consider renewables and traditional sources "complementary." Click here to read the first part of this story about how green energy is blossoming in Colorado. By Todd Neff

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What's in the stimulus package for your small business?
As vital job-creating engines for our economy, small businesses should be aware of several provisions in the new stimulus package. But it's crucial to also note that small businesses need to be proactive to benefit from these incentives. By Rick LaFave

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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, where you can watch videos about about raising urban chickens, an uptick in the auto repair business, the success of a bison meat producer, the expansion of a comedy club and the growing trend for "virtual" offices.


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Conservatives throw a '$30,000-a-plate pork roast' to protest Obama recovery plan
While President Barack Obama was signing a $787 billion economic recovery package at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, opponents gathered on the steps of the state Capitol, saying the plan was packed with items unrelated to economic recovery.


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Smooch Repovich Reynolds, of the Repovich-Reynolds Group, on exec recruiting, part 2
Smooch Repovich Reynolds, of the Repovich-Reynolds Group, on executive recruiting and the evolving role of social media tools in the job hunt.

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Jeff Thredgold on the economy
Jeff Thredgold, an economist for Vectra Bank and author of econAmerica, on small business, the economy and staying optimistic.

Recession survival
Smooch Repovich Reynolds, of the Repovich-Reynolds Group, on executive recruiting, reinventing your personal career brand and the importance of curiosity in communication.

Bringing jobs to Colorado
Tom Clark, executive vice president of Metro Denver Economic Corp., speaks about the economic outlook for Colorado and bringing new businesses and jobs to the state.

Hot Biz Deals

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  • Monarch Ski and Snowboard area extended their value-added offer for shopping in the quaint historic community until the end of February. Spend $75 shopping, dining or at the spa and receive a free companion lift ticket for Monarch Mountain. Visit to find coupons for steep discounts at area stores.