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I love a parade
Wheat Ridge used to be “The Carnation Capitol of the World.” For nearly 50 years, Wheat-Ridgians have celebrated this honor with a Carnation Festival, kicked off with a parade. And not the modern, high-tech, fancy-float-night-lights kind of parade, either. By David Sneed

Ready, set -- sell!
Having the proper financial management and operations in place might not increase your company’s valuation, but it can definitely keep it from being discounted. The operations I am referring to have to do with lowering the risks that a buyer will be taking on. By Jon Wiley

2013 Top Company finalists: Financial
CoBank’s customers are also its owners. As a mission-based lender, CoBank bases its success on communities where its associates, directors and customers live and work. By Gigi Sukin

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The precedent-setting Parallel 17
Parallel 17 is an example of how a quiet, yet dignified bistro can slip into a neighborhood, seduce an entire restaurant-frequenting crowd and then maintain and sustain (for eight years), long after numerous nearby restaurants have come and gone. By Cathie Beck, The Wine Wench

 Who's tops in sales? We want to know!
ColoradoBiz wants your opinion to help recognize top performers. For the fifth consecutive year, we'll profile the state's 25 Most Powerful Salespeople in our January issue based on nominations from our readers.

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UMB's Brust
ColoradoBiz's Gigi Sukin talks with UMB Bank Senior Vice President Marti Brust about her role as a wealth advisor.
 


 
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