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The simplification mandate
Much like a cancer on society, complexity is sending the livelihood of countless millions to an early grave. Imagine what a tax code that is understandable by 95 percent of the population would look like?
By Thomas Frey and Raymond Alvarez
Great hires and bad hires
Most companies tend toward the tactical in their hiring practices, focusing on long lists of competencies, specific experience required and other hard skills. But equally important are the soft skills. How will the person you hire fit into your culture?
By Kathleen Quinn Votaw
The nation's unemployment rate rose slightly to 9.5 percent in June, a 26-year high. The disappointing employment report will lead to expanded discussion about the need for another government stimulus package. Let's hope sanity prevails.
By Jeff Thredgold
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Cote's Colorado: Website helps Hispanic entrepreneurs
At www.hispanicbic.org, entrepreneurs can access tools for doing business in the 21st century: How-tos explain loans, writing marketing plans, getting certified for government procurement, determining taxes and preparing financial statements. See the video on ColoradoBiz TV.
By Mike Cote
ColoradoBiz managing editor Mike Taylor plans to plans to subsist entirely on his Denver backyard garden this August. Follow his journey, which includes interviewing local business owners for tips and tools. Read his latest column about greenhouses and making the most out of your garden plot. Watch his videos about growing potatoes and making potato vodka; or read about it here.
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Minority-Owned Companies: Arrow Technologies LLC
Arrow Technologies LLC owner Michelle Barker and her father Bill LeCaine, president and CEO, talk about the Centennial-based fiber optic and copper cabling solutions company. Arrow Technologies ranked 19th on ColoradoBiz's Top 50 Minority-Owned Companies list, up from 31st in 2008, and saw its gross revenues grow 139 percent between '07 and '08. Read more in ColoradoBiz‘s July issue cover story.
Colorado Sustainable Design Awards
Celebrate the state's best architecture
ColoradoBiz wants to recognize statewide building projects that exemplify social, environmental and economic sustainability. The magazine is now accepting applications for the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards, a program launched in partnership with the American Institute for Architects (AIA Colorado), the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado) and United States Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter (USGBCC).
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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 TheDenverChannel.com.