Liz Ryan on job hunts, IRS tips for late filers & social media's magic
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May 11, 2009
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What job seekers can learn from PR pros
In this job market, a job seeker has to be able to get an employer's attention and convince the employer that further conversation would be a good investment -- just like a good PR person does when he or she pitches a story to a reporter. By Liz Ryan

Missed the tax deadline? Here's what to do
There are an estimated 10 million people this year who didn't file their taxes in time for the April 15th deadline. Are you one of these people, or does this apply to your small business taxes? If so, it's very important that you act. By Rick LaFave

Drink up -- American Craft Beer Week arrives
In case your calendar doesn't mention it, let me alert you to the occasion of American Craft Beer Week, which begins today (Monday, May 11). This might sound like nothing more than a self-congratulatory event pumped up by craft brewers and their trade group - in this case, the Boulder-based Brewers Association. But, hey, none other than Stephen Colbert gave a wry shout-out to the seven-day celebration last year, so let's not treat it lightly, Nation. By Jay Dedrick

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In this month's issue

Tweet on the street
In the wake of the collapse of the daily, new media is emerging at a furious pace, in the form of hundreds of social-networking sites on the Internet, with a new one seemingly sprouting every day. The PR power of "tweets" on Twitter and status updates on Facebook is undeniable. By Eric Peterson

Colorado Cool Stuff: TerraLUX lights
Anthony Catalano started TerraLUX in 2003 after his wife bought a battery-powered Chinese lantern with a standard incandescent bulb that went dark after an hour. Catalano went to his garage and made an LED-based replacement bulb that lasted 10 times as long and delivered more light.

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Women in business: CONNECT: The Knowledge Network
Maureen Clarry, president and CEO and Todd Saunders, chief solutions architect, of CONNECT: The Knowledge Network talk about how their information technology consulting company helps clients run their businesses more efficiently and save money.


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Women in Business: Donna Petrocco, president of Valley Bank & Trust
Donna Petrocco, president of Valley Bank & Trust, talks about the 39-year-old Brighton-based community bank, which has 13 locations (mostly in small towns) that specialize in small businesses.

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.

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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

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