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February 12, 2009
ColoradoBiz Update
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Spare a dime for the news? Rethinking free content on the Web
During a pledge drive promo this week for Colorado Public Radio, an announcer asked listeners to imagine their lives without the station. Sure, it's a strange business model, the announcer noted: The station provides content and then people send in contributions to keep it running. Doesn't sound strange at all, actually. Just imagine if newspapers did the same thing instead of giving content away for free. By Mike Cote

GDP stink
It would be difficult to find much in the way of good news in the GDP report. To add insult to injury, the data will be revised at the end of February and again at the end of March, with the U.S. Commerce Department then working in further revisions as they see fit down the road. But there are signs the recession will give way to weak, but at least positive, U.S. economic growth beginning in 2009's third quarter. By Jeff Thredgold

Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit underway in Boulder
The role sustainability plays in mitigating climate change, among other threats to life on Earth, is at the heart of this year's Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit, which began last night at the University of Colorado in Boulder and runs through Friday. By Dan Ray

From the February issue

On Management: We can get it done here like nowhere else in the world. Let's keep it that way
The U.S. has the reputation all over the world of being the one place where you can get a sure return on your own hard work. Everyone everywhere knows that if they can get to the U.S., they have a chance to make it big. These days while we are trying to change our economy and recapitalizing and rewriting our laws, we should be careful to preserve our essence. By Pat Wiesner

Smallbiz tech startup of the month: ColdQuanta Inc.
ColdQuanta provides tools to researchers studying ultracold atoms. Dana Z. Anderson was a fellow at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics; Rainer Kunz had just sold his California-based software company and was interested in physics. The two met by coincidence and, with two other co-founders, they launched their business commercializing ultracold technology. By Eric Peterson

Attention Women-Owned Companies

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See ColoradoBiz stories on Channel 7

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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Tom Clark, of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, on Colo.'s aerospace and energy economy
Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, talks about adding a runway at DIA and the state's hearty aerospace and energy economy.


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Andrew Hudson, of Andrew Hudson's PR Jobs List, on job seeking
Andrew Hudson, a former spokesman for Frontier Airlines and Denver mayor Wellington Webb, talks about his popular PR Jobs List and job seeking in a down economy.

Hot Biz Deals

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