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Profitability stems from service to our communities and employees. It’s a circle of life, and I appreciate those who are dedicated to making Colorado “business friendly.” As we look where to grow, there are actually states we have skipped because of their “unfriendly” business policies. The fact that we’ve passed the initial startup stage – pulling all-nighters and working out of cramped quarters – is a milestone, and one that represents big-time change for the staff who have been with us from the beginning as well as those who are us joining now. Our culture is shifting and it is clearer than ever that culture drives success. By Erin Gibbs

“One of the myths of a good salesperson is that they have the gift of gab. Sure, you need to be extroverted in most cases, but that does not mean you should dominate the conversation. The Socratic Method, which I learned at a training seminar, teaches how to ask the right questions of the right people – and that’s how you start a sale.” By Jamie Siebrase

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Last week, I got into a discussion with a friend about the concept of self-contained water. If you think in terms of picking up a bottle of water, only without the bottle, you get the picture. Rocks are self-contained, baseballs are self-contained, so why can’t we devise some way to make water self-contained? Yes, we have ice, but I’m referring to a more usable form of water. As an example, if water itself could be used to form a somewhat hardened skin around a small quantity of water, we could create 100 percent consumable water with zero waste. By Tom Frey

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