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February 02, 2010
ColoradoBiz Update
Colorado Companies to Watch COLORADO COMPANIES TO WATCH is accepting nominations for the 2nd Annual Awards. NOMINATE THE COMPANIES IN YOUR COMMUNITY BEFORE FEBRUARY 5, 2010.

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In the magazine

Taxed by Confusion
CPAs and financial advisers have these three words of wisdom for taxpayers this year: Duck and cover. By David Lewis

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Four secrets to finding companies flying under the radar
Most large corporations are far less eager to hire workers over the age of 40 than smaller corporations are. While age discrimination is illegal, it is also commonplace. By John Heckers

The Snow Show blows in from Vegas
More than 18,000 people from the world's snowsports industry descended on Denver for the SnowSports Industry America (SIA) Snow Show, the biggest convention in the business. By Eric Peterson

Nobody likes performance review surprises
Meaningful performance reviews are based on agreed-upon standards and expectations. That’s how the review becomes a valuable tool rather than a huge source of frustration. By Larry Valant

See Eric Peterson’s slideshow from the SIA Snow Show 2010.

Take the Groundhog Day challenge!
What does Groundhog Day mean to you? A. Nothing. B. Another silly holiday. C. Prediction of a short or long winter. D. A valuable lesson from a movie starring Bill Murray. By David Behr

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Community Calendar

Find out more about the Feb. 8 event sponsored by Colorado CareerConnect, a group for executive and professional job seekers. Check out ColoradoBiz's other sponsored events and community events or submit your own event.

Nominate your firm for ColoradoBiz magazine's annual ranking of the state's Top 100 Women-Owned Companies slated for the May issue. Submission deadline: March 19

Call for ATHENA Award Nominations

Do you know an outstanding woman who strives toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment? A co-worker, a neighbor, your boss, your mentor, yourself? Don't miss the opportunity to nominate someone for the Athena Award!

The deadline for nominations is February 8. Go here for award criteria and nomination form.

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On ColoradoBiz TV

ColoradoBiz Update

Room 214 – Social media for small biz
Founders James Clark and Jason Cormier of Room 214 talk about how small businesses can successfully use social media and offer tips on how to jump in and start using social media to reach customers.


See more ColoradoBiz stories on Channel 7

Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz on business
KMGH Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz are collaborating on stories that explore how business affects your life. You can also find them online at

ColoradoBiz Podcasts

Top 25 salesperson Cindy Hughes
Cindy Hughes, outside account manager for the Colorado region at Systems Technology Associates Inc. in Centennial, talks about the sales secrets that helped make her one of ColoradoBiz’s Top 25 Salespeople.

Help for Haiti

The nonprofit humanitarian relief group Project C.U.R.E. is accepting donations of first aid and hygiene supplies to help Haiti in the aftermath of its devastating earthquake. Donations can be sent to or dropped off at Project C.U.R.E. distribution centers in four cities nationwide: Denver, Phoenix, Nashville and Houston. To assist with transportation costs for medical relief supplies, Project C.U.R.E. seeks the support of individuals, groups and organizations who are interested in contributing to relief efforts in Haiti. Donations can be made online here or by cash, check or credit card.

The Better Business Bureau serving Denver/Boulder advises that giving to charities to help Haiti through text messages can be safe and easy — but you should still use caution. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance has compiled a list of relief groups that meet BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.


ColoradoBiz UpdateLearn more about the 2010 Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference -- Managing Beyond the Recovery: New Realities, New Rules, New Values. And read the latest ACG news here and web exclusives here.

Hot Biz Deals

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CEBA SEATS ARE LIMITED! Please join us for a candid and dynamic panel discussion on February 4, 2010 when Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance launches the new Ethics in Leadership Series (click here for details). Moderated by: Mike Cote, Editor, ColoradoBiz Magazine. Distinguished panel: Mario Carrera, Vice President and General Manager, Entravision Communications Corporation; Steven W. Farber, President and Founding Partner, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck; Ding-Wen Hsu, Co-owner and President, Pacific Western Technologies Ltd.; Lisa Schomp, President and CEO, Ralph Schomp Automotive. Sponsored by Berenbaum Weinshienk, ColoradoBiz, Rocky Mountain PBS, and Ryden & Associates Integrated Marketing.