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   Today in ColoradoBiz Update
Franchising disaster clean-up
When Kathy Lawrence called Delta Disaster Services after being referred by a neighbor, she didn’t expect them to come to her home on a Friday night or be so understanding. By Patricia Kaowthumrong  
 
IOnce the darlings of the venture community, cleantech firms now face a more rugged financing landscape, with U.S. investments down 55 percent. By Michele Chandler
 
The words “Making a list, checking it twice” should remind you not only of Christmas, but preparations for year end and the upcoming New Year. By Marty Koenig 
 
   ColoradoBiz EXTRA

A very sexy bird
Black Swan is a breathtaking, intense, horrifying and beautiful cinematic essay on obsession, maturity and the fine line between reality and fantasy. By Dave Taylor

 
Is your family business the best?
Nominate your company for ColoradoBiz magazine's annual ranking of the state's Top 50 Family Owned Companies in the February issue!
                                    
                  Seeking sustainability superstars! 
 
The 2011 Sustainability Champion Awards recognize business teams that have gone above and beyond to create a program or initiative that has made a measurable contribution to the environment, the economy and society. Nominate a team today, or find out more about the award or how to become a judge. Nominations are due by Jan. 6. For more information, contact Natalia Korobova at natalia@corecolorado.org.
 
 
 
 
The Association for Corporate Growth
  Learn more about the Corporate Executive Breakfast: Power of Peer Collaboration  on Jan. 26. And read the latest ACG news here and web exclusives here. 
 
 
 The most popular columns at CoBizmag.com
 Today on ColoradoBiz TV
Editor Mike Cote continues his interview with Telesphere CEO Clark Peterson.
 

Outstanding women wanted
The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment and forge leadership paths for other women to follow. Nominate an outstanding woman today -- deadline: Feb. 4. And find out more about the 2011 Athena Awards gala on April 28. 
 ColoradoBiz Podcasts
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Publisher Bart Taylor talks with Denver Water CEO Jim Lochhead about the agreement between Denver and Western Slope interests.
See more ColoradoBiz stories on Channel 7
 
KMGH Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz are collaborating on stories that explore how business affects your life. You can also find them online at TheDenverChannel.com   
 
 
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