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February 24, 2009
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You are not your resume
When we know that our resume doesn't make half the impression we do - when we know that in person, we can tell our story much more convincingly than we can on paper - why do we still, so often, send our resume into the void and ask it to the heavy lifting for us? What we need today in our job searches aren't hand-to-hand or e-mail-to-e-mail resume passings. We need introductions. We need phone conversations, face-to-face conversations and LinkedIn correspondences. By Liz Ryan

Three peas in a pod
Economic pain in the U.S. is shared by major economic players around the globe. Much of the developed world is also in recession, while many developing nations are reeling from soft commodity prices, declining exports, rising unemployment, and extremely volatile stock markets. Two principal players - Europe and Japan - are in worse shape than is the U.S. As noted frequently, the U.S., Europe and Japan are in recession simultaneously for the first time in the post-WWII period. By Jeff Thredgold

Sales and the economic slowdown
"Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman - not the attitude of the prospect." So said W. Clement Stone, the bestselling positive-attitude guru who died in 2002. And it's true: One of my clients reported 144 percent sales growth last year because her sales team "got it." If your sales people have excuses like, "These are tough times, no one is buying anything," remember Stone's assertion. The overachievers - the A players you need on your team - will produce sales results no matter what the economy conditions are. By Theresa M. Szczurek

From the February issue

Who owns Colorado: Brighton
In recent weeks, Brighton had 552 sales of foreclosed homes under way; 367 bank-owned properties and seven defaults. Sounds terrible, and it is. But compare Brighton's numbers to a nearby Denver neighborhood with roughly the same population, Montbello - with 1,260 trustee sales, 2,160 banked-owned homes and 22 defaults - and Brighton doesn't seem so awfully bad, does it? Click here to learn about who owns Brighton; Click here for ColoradoBiz's monthly roundup of statewide property sales stats. By David Lewis

Colorado cool stuff
Learn about Belle Baby Carriers, which transfer more than half of a baby's weight from the shoulders to the hip; resistance training tool Body Bar Flex; protective iPhone and iPod cases by Otterbox; and organic vodka distilled right here in Colorado by Vodka 14.

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Attention Women-Owned Companies

Nominate your company for ColoradoBiz magazine's annual ranking of the state's Top 100 Women-Owned Companies. Click here.

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Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz on "The Road to Recovery"
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, where you can watch videos about about raising urban chickens, an uptick in the auto repair business, the success of a bison meat producer, the expansion of a comedy club and the growing trend for "virtual" offices.


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2009 Colorado Business Hall of Fame inductees:

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Bruce Benson
Bruce Benson, president of the University of Colorado, long-time veteran of the oil and gas industry and high-profile member of the state's Republican Party, was inducted into the 2009 Colorado Business Hall of Fame.


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Cathey McClain Finlon
Cathey McClain Finlon, who built her advertising firm, McClain Finlon, into the largest independently owned agency in the Rocky Mountain region before it closed last fall, was inducted into the 2009 Colorado Business Hall of Fame.

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Jeff Thredgold on the economy
Jeff Thredgold, an economist for Vectra Bank and author of econAmerica, on small business, the economy and staying optimistic.

Recession survival
Smooch Repovich Reynolds, of the Repovich-Reynolds Group, on executive recruiting, reinventing your personal career brand and the importance of curiosity in communication.

Hot Biz Deals

  • Warwick Denver Hotel is offering two special packages for meeting planners. The Meeting Planners' Bailout Package through April 30, 2009: every time the Dow drops, the Warwick Denver Hotel will discount your entire booking by the equivalent percent. If the Dow drops 5 percent on Monday, you will receive a 5 percent discount for any meeting booked on Tuesday, including meeting space, breaks, guest rooms and food and beverage. And if the Dow makes positive gains, any meeting package booked on the following day will receive complimentary morning and afternoon breaks. For the Meeting Planners' Stimulus Package, the Warwick Denver Hotel will give planners a 5 percent credit toward a future event or group booked (and consumed) for every $5,000 spent up to $20,000 through December 2010. Spend $10,000 on an event now and receive 10 percent off an entire future booking. Certain restrictions apply. Contact the hotel at (303) 832-0318 or to learn more.
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  • KBCO has relaunched its "I Ski with KBCO" promotion. Check for the latest lodging and ski deals.
  • Monarch Ski and Snowboard area extended their value-added offer for shopping in the quaint historic community until the end of February. Spend $75 shopping, dining or at the spa and receive a free companion lift ticket for Monarch Mountain. Visit to find coupons for steep discounts at area stores.