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May 18, 2009
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Investing lessons from "The Godfather"
Don Corleone's "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" is the most memorable line from "The Godfather." But the film's most perceptive line comes when Corleone is asked to invest in a potentially lucrative heroin business: "Why do you come to me? Why do I deserve this generosity?" By Stephen Mauzy

VC is out there - if you've got the right stuff
The good news is venture capitalists are still funding Colorado start-ups. The bad news is VCs are taking far fewer risks. Four active investors dispensed advice for entrepreneurs at the 21st Annual Colorado Capital Conference. By Mary Butler

Similar numbers… different stories
The American economy contracted at a 6.1 percent real (after inflation) annual rate during 2009's first quarter, very close to the 6.3 percent real annual rate of decline during the prior quarter - and that's where the similarity ends. By Jeff Thredgold

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Attention Minority-Owned Companies

Nominate your company for ColoradoBiz magazine's annual ranking of the state's Top 50 Minority-Owned Companies, to be published in the July issue. Click here for the entry form.

In this month's issue

Small biz tech-startup: Ion Engineering LLC
Capturing the carbon capture market: ION Engineering's technology offers less expensive, more efficient methods for capturing carbon dioxide, as well as the $20 billion-plus worldwide market for processing natural gas.

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Joel Weldon talks about how "Coyote Power" can help boost sales
You've probably heard the term "coyote ugly." On May 4, Joel Weldon explained to a packed Seawell Ballroom crowd of more than 500 salespeople what "Coyote Power" means - and it's got nothing to do with chewing your own arm off to escape a regrettable situation. Competitive Edge Seminars hosted the quarterly networking and speaking event.


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Denver International Airport at 14
Kim Day, aviation manager for Denver International Airport, talks about DIA's growth over the past 14 years and the global market. Read more about Day in this month's Executive Edge article.

Gutterman Griffiths: A family law firm sets itself apart from the pack
Suzanne Griffiths and Sheila Gutterman, two of five partners at Gutterman Griffiths, a 2008 Top Company finalist, talk about what sets their divorce and mediation law practice apart from the pack. To nominate your company for the 2009 Top Company awards, download an application now. There is no cost to apply. Nomination materials are due June 9.

Hot Biz Deals

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  • Warwick Denver Hotel is offering two special packages for meeting planners. Contact the hotel at (303) 832-0318 or sales.denver@warwickhotels.com to learn more.
  • Breckenridge Hospitality: Spring rates start at $85, summer rates start at $95. Packages include free meeting space.

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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 TheDenverChannel.com.

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Now accepting 2009 nominations! With revised criteria plus a new category for 2009, the companies recognized this year will be some of the best ever. Nominate your company today!
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