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February 11, 2009
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'Low Budget' blues: Déjà Vu with the Kinks on the road to recovery
Thirty years later, the lyrics from the Kinks' 1979's Low Budget album fit the nation's current economic woes like a (dusty) glove. ColoradoBiz editor Mike Cote sets the recession's staggering statistics -- 3.6 million jobs lost, daily newspapers' demise, and the fall of the seasonal Credit Manager's Index, among other casualties -- to a rock 'n' roll beat. By Mike Cote

What gives? Why airline fuel surcharges are sticking around
If you're wondering why the airlines have not lowered or eliminated the fuel surcharges instituted last summer when oil was $160 per barrel, here's a look at the factors driving such fees, despite the fact that oil today is in the $40 per barrel range. By Robert Polk

From the February issue

State of the state: February
Colorado's economic resilience recently caught the attention of the New York Times, which in a story used the Spire, a 42-story condo and retail tower under construction in downtown Denver by the Nichols Partnership, as evidence the city still has growth on its mind. Plus news about how Colorado ranks for encouraging energy efficiency and the battle to keep 3.2 beer in grocery stores. By Mike Cote

Rundles' wrap-up: Cheap is nice but unsustainable
Sure, economic times are tough, and everyone is being pinched, but consider this: Is now the right time to raise the gasoline tax? In the long run, it could be good for the economy and each person's pocketbook. By Jeff Rundles

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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Thomas Hoog, veteran PR guru, part 1
Thomas Hoog, who retired from his position as CEO and president of Hill & Knowlton four years ago, speaks about what he's been up to and offers advice for PR pros on weathering the current economy.


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Bruce Alexander, Vectra Bank Colorado, part 2
Bruce Alexander, president of Vectra Bank Colorado, talks about banking, small business and Colorado's housing market.

Hot Biz Deals

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