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February 05, 2009
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Jeff Rundles’ Executive Wheels: 2009 Mazda5 and ’09 Mazda CX-9
Mazda has, of course, been one of the Japanese car makes that has been serving the United States market for years – more than 40 years. But it has always played kind of fourth fiddle to the likes of Honda, Toyota and perhaps even Nissan. Here’s a look at how two of Mazda’s 2009 offerings — the Mazda5 and CX-9 — stack up. By Jeff Rundles

From the February issue

Business braces for Obama tax changes
Barack Obama was lucky enough to be elected president and unlucky enough to be elected president in the midst of a nasty economic crisis. Under normal economic conditions, record deficits and a staggering economy might engender a degree of caution about hiking deficit spending. But these are not normal times. We hope. By David Lewis

MBA students vie for best business plan
With $5,000 in prizes up for grabs, four teams of second-year MBA students squared off in mid-January to see who could write the best business plan and present it most convincingly, as if to a panel of venture capitalists. In fact, the judges were venture capitalists. By Mike Taylor

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 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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Smooch Repovich Reynolds, of the Repovich-Reynolds Group, part 1
Smooch Repovich Reynolds, of the Repovich-Reynolds Group, on executive recruiting, reinventing your personal career brand and the importance of curiosity in communication.


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Graham Russell, executive director of CORE, part 1
Graham Russell, executive director of CORE or Connected Organizations for Responsible Economy, talks about CORE’s 4th annual Sustainable Opportunities Summit March 17-19th in Denver.

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