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   Today in ColoradoBiz Exclusives
Universities teach only some of what you need to succeed. The rest you either get from good advice or the vicious School of Hard Knocks. Try the easier way. By John Heckers
What's the most important investing technique? Technical or fundamental analysis? Value or growth investing? ILow P/E, momentum investing or commodities? None of the above. By Ron Phillips
The employee-owned bank reported that the past three years were the most successful since its inception 48 years ago due to conservative management, a focus on credit quality and a long-term approach to customer service and growth. (Watch an interview with CEO Rob Cohen.)
   ColoradoBiz EXTRA
Last year, fewer than half the firms reported a year-over-year revenue increase. This year, more than three-fourths - 197 of the 250 - reported improved sales numbers in 2010. By Mike Taylor


ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year
ColoradoBiz is seeking candidates for its CEO of the Year program. In partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth, we are ranking and identifying Colorado's top businesses and business leaders. Twenty-five finalists, eight each from small (fewer than 100 employees), medium (100 to 249 employees), and large businesses (250 or more employees) and one overall winner will be selected and featured in the December issue of ColoradoBiz.  Honorees and dignitaries including past finalists and winners will be recognized at an awards reception in January. CEO of the Year rankings will be at the discretion of the judging panel,which will select candidates based on financial success, community leadership and long-term operational excellence. We are inviting nominations from the business community. Please address the three areas above in no more than 500 words. Submissions are due by the close of business, 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Send nominations to Mike Cote at 
   Community Calendar
Find out more about the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards reception on Oct. 27. And check out ColoradoBiz's other sponsored events and community events or submit your own.   
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 Today on ColoradoBiz TV
IMA Financial CEO Rob Cohen talks about the business practices that helped make his company a 2011 Top Company finalist. Read more about IMA Financial and all the finalists.    
The Association for Corporate Growth
ACG Denver presents a Private Equity/Intermediary Networking Event at Sports Authority Field on Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Go here to register! Plus -- read the latest ACG news here and web exclusives here. And check out ACG's Special Section! 
 ColoradoBiz Podcasts
Mile High Memories
Publisher Bart Taylor chats with CoBiz columnist Stewart Schley about the origins of Invesco at Mile High .  
 See more CoBiz stories on Channel 7
KMGH Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz  collaborate on stories that explore how business affects your life. Find them online at     


Family Business Council, an educational forum for family-managed firms, presents:
November 10, Family Business Compensation;
December 8, Managing Personalities and Family Dynamics.