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   Today in ColoradoBiz Exclusives
Time will tell whether Reed Hastings made the right decision, but I give him a lot of credit for having the guts to change. By Todd Ordal
Right now, 1,440 visionary leaders are reenergizing, reinventing and reorienting their companies to compete. They are deep into customer culture. By Steve Sorensen
The employee-owned bank reported that the past three years were the most successful since its inception 48 years ago due to conservative management, a focus on credit quality and a long-term approach to customer service and growth. (Watch an interview with CEO John Ikard.)
   ColoradoBiz EXTRA
Economists have been taking it on the chin recently. After the failure of most of my colleagues to warn of the Great Recession, the profession’s ability to foretell the future has pretty much been written off. By Tucker Hart Adams


ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year
ColoradoBiz is seeking candidates for its CEO of the Year program. In partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth, we are ranking and identifying Colorado's top businesses and business leaders. Twenty-five finalists, eight each from small (fewer than 100 employees), medium (100 to 249 employees), and large businesses (250 or more employees) and one overall winner will be selected and featured in the December issue of ColoradoBiz.  Honorees and dignitaries including past finalists and winners will be recognized at an awards reception in January. CEO of the Year rankings will be at the discretion of the judging panel,which will select candidates based on financial success, community leadership and long-term operational excellence. We are inviting nominations from the business community. Please address the three areas above in no more than 500 words. Submissions are due by the close of business, 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Send nominations to Mike Cote at 
   Community Calendar
Find out more about the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards reception on Oct. 27. And check out ColoradoBiz's other sponsored events and community events or submit your own.   
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 Today on ColoradoBiz TV
FirstBank CEO John Ikard talks about the business practices that helped make his company a 2011 Top Company winner. Read more about FirstBank and all the finalists.    
The Association for Corporate Growth
ACG Denver presents the 4th Annual DealMaker’s Forum, HIDDEN GEMS & FOOLS GOLD: The Future of DealMaking in Colorado, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 – 5 pm at the Denver Marriott City Center. Go here to register! Plus -- read the latest ACG news here and web exclusives here. And check out ACG's Special Section! 
 ColoradoBiz Podcasts
Mile High Memories
Publisher Bart Taylor chats with CoBiz columnist Stewart Schley about the origins of Invesco at Mile High .  
 See more CoBiz stories on Channel 7
KMGH Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz  collaborate on stories that explore how business affects your life. Find them online at     


Family Business Council, an educational forum for family-managed firms, presents:
November 10, Family Business Compensation;
December 8, Managing Personalities and Family Dynamics.