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Every chef worth their salt has done a stint as a breakfast line cook.  If culinary school is like boot camp, then orchestrating a griddle full of flapjacks, hash browns and eggs is a cook’s first tour of duty. So unless you have a “Bobby” at the helm, the whole system is one broken yolk away from collapsing. Bobby would scream, “Fire a Benny SOS, fry two, flop two, wreck three – make ‘em cry, heart attack on a rack, and give it wings!” By Laura Cook Newman

Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere
Precious metals have had an 11-year streak. That alone should make an investor run. Past bubbles teach us that nothing goes up, without interruption, forever. Gold was recently at $1,276 an ounce and silver at $20.43. Arguably, these are reasonable prices. These general levels might even be permanent, a sort of inflation adjustment. But beware: gold and silver can have decade-long bear markets. By Ron Phillips
While the word has undoubtedly earned buzz-worthy status in recent years in Colorado’s professional landscape, where 98 percent of businesses are considered small, entrepreneurship is clearly more than just a trend. As one of the fastest-growing states, Colorado has become a fertile breeding ground for entrepreneurs. By Tess Ford

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Tis the season for gift giving. And with spirited “Go Local” campaigns abounding, more shoppers are growing more mindful about purchasing presents from their neighborhood ma and pa shops. Boulder-based Wishlist LLC encourages locally minded buying with a slightly different approach, enabling purchasers to give the gift of Colorado experiences. By Gigi Sukin
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