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As Colorado’s growth rate continues to double the national average, more employers and employees are, now, Coloradans. One of the keys to success these employers is navigating Colorado’s employment laws.  After recently relocating to Denver from South Carolina, I thought that individuals and employers new to the state, like myself, would benefit from an overview of a few of the significant Colorado employment laws. Here are some of the most important things employers should know about Colorado employment law. By Kristen Baylis

 
More on a billion-person problem
I often think about the billion moment-sucking black holes that have been incorporated into our global system architecture. Every time I delete spam from my inbox, I feel a tiny piece of my life flitter away. Sitting needlessly at stoplights, or watching the minutes tick away as I wait in some line, or being forced to fill out yet another form, our precious time is being co-opted by everyone from inconsiderate businesses, to overbearing government, to painful security checks at the airport. This is what I call “time pollution.” By Tom Frey
 

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SQFT CEO and co-founder James Simpson sold residential real estate in Beverly Hills before moving to Boulder in 2010. “Here, things were a little bit different than they were in California,” says Simpson. He explains he showed houses when he was the listing agent in the Golden State, but Colorado’s “lockbox system” left something to be desired. “What’s the seller getting out of this for 3.2 percent?” What that means is the industry is about to see a “big market correction,” he adds. “It’s time for a second tier of service.” By Eric Peterson
 
 
 
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Nokero CEO Steve Katsaros talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Christopherson Business Travel
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First of all, let’s get one thing straight: Hemp is not marijuana, and it can’t get you high. Dozens of countries grow industrial hemp for its seeds, stalk and fibers – employing hundreds of thousands and bringing in truckloads of revenue. Until last year, planting it anywhere in the U.S. was prohibited. But the passage of Colorado’s Proposition 64 in 2012 legalizing the usage of recreational marijuana turned the tables on the powers that be, forcing the simultaneous legalization of industrial hemp and mandating the establishment of a permitting framework. By Lee Buchsbaum

 
The case for investing in kids
Nobel laureate Economist James Heckman says investing in the development of young at-risk children leads to increased productivity, better health outcomes, a decreased need for special education, remediation, social services, and less likelihood of involvement with the criminal justice system. The really good news is that, in Colorado, the effectiveness of early investment is not just economic theory. By David Hammond
 

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My friend, Peter Diamandis, likes to say, “The best way to become a billionaire is to solve a billion-person problem.” When I first heard this phrase, I had difficulty imagining what a billion-person problem looked like. A problem that affects a billion unique individuals is far different than one affecting a single person one billion times. It’s hard to imagine getting rich from solving the plight of even a few massively problem-plagued individuals, but perhaps solving repeated problems happening to larger groups is not so farfetched. By Tom Frey
 
 
 
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JustRight
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Startup companies in Colorado have long been the darlings of the tech and innovation worlds, catching the eye of investors and entrepreneurs. In fact, according the Startup America Partnership, Colorado startups achieve about $260 million in annual revenue, helping the state consistently rank in the top five nationwide for startup growth. Colorado’s positive business climate continues to attract more startups and entrepreneurs. But these new businesses also face legal and business hurdles as they launch and grow. By Darren Hensley

Sure, identity thieves like stolen credit card numbers. But they love pilfered electronic health records. “Credit card numbers are worth 50 cents or $1 on the open market,” says Sean Bruton, VP of product at HOSTING, a Denver-based data center provider. “Health-care records are going for $50.” With cloud-based systems increasingly popular in the health-care world, this means there are a lot of bad guys lurking around every virtual corner. By Eric Peterson


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I recently reviewed the new Lexus NX, and I was not impressed. I haven’t driven many Lexus vehicles of late, and I was worried that the entire line had succumbed to the lure of the whiz-bang at the expense of what should define a vehicle: driving. So when I heard that the Lexus GX (for “Grand Crossover”) was heading my way, I was prepared for another disappointment. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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JustRight Surgical Marketing Director Patti Hoag talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Matthew Hamilton of Aspen Skiing Co. talks about how businesses can leverage their sustainability practices.
 


 
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Health care policy is not for politicians; it’s for people. And what is decided in Washington DC, plays out across the country -- in each state - and eventually into every workplace and individual life. Here are five hot topics concerning health care management – and what companies like mine must balance in terms of regulation and policy with the goal of being able to deliver superior patient care and experience. By Erin Gibbs

Loveland has long been known as a thriving artists’ community, but recent development activity is taking the town’s culture to the next level among creative types. Minneapolis-based Artspace, which runs a network of 35 affordable arts facilities in 13 states, is transforming the old Feed & Grain building in downtown Loveland into a community asset with the arts as the common thread weaving together affordable housing, community programs and creative entrepreneurship. By Margaret Jackson


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When CEO Lane Hornung founded 8z Real Estate in 2010, he had a vision of a brokerage that does real estate differently.  At the time many people felt disenchanted with real estate as an investment, and the professionals in the industry, amidst the recession.  This inspired the company’s mission: “Real estate is broken.  We are fixing it.” By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Matthew Hamilton of Aspen Skiing Co. talks about how businesses can leverage their sustainability practices.

 
Lynette Myers of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program talks about how the state seeks out sustainability heros.


 
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Locally owned and operated, Alpine Bank has been a part of Colorado for over 41 years.  Now serving Cherry Creek North and Union Station neighborhoods. 
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Think about how much time, money and energy you've put into developing marketing materials, sales strategies and networking events. Dropping the ball at the follow-up stage sends a message to customers that they can’t count on you. This is unprofessional business behavior. Is that the impression you want to leave with your potential customers? You must walk the walk. Proper follow-up will assist your customer. It helps cement your relationship with your customer. By Liz Wendling

For Frank Segrave, it’s all about the littlest patients. After nearly 30 years as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry for Walmart and Cardinal Health, Segrave left the C-suite behind to fill a need for children suffering from serious illness and chronic conditions. “I am currently living the biggest risk that I have ever taken,” Segrave says. “I invested a large part of my life’s savings into founding Silvergate Pharmaceuticals as a startup company focused on innovating FDA approved drugs for the unmet needs of pediatric patients.” By Lisa Ryckman


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When CEO Lane Hornung founded 8z Real Estate in 2010, he had a vision of a brokerage that does real estate differently.  At the time many people felt disenchanted with real estate as an investment, and the professionals in the industry, amidst the recession.  This inspired the company’s mission: “Real estate is broken.  We are fixing it.” By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Lynette Myers of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program talks about how the state seeks out companies that are going above and beyond in the realm of sustainability.
 
Kara Peck of B Lab Colorado talks about how business can be a force for positive change.
 



 
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When you have a quality product, selling is relatively easy. Selling at full price is, however, much more difficult. As a business owner I am frequently forced to remind employees that I really don’t need their help giving away food. What I need is someone who can look the customer in the eye and explain that my product is worth the price I’m charging. By Tim Dodge

For an existing ESOP company that enjoys those tax benefits, the decision on how to finance on-going capital expenditures, including equipment purchases, should be considered carefully. There is rarely a single, best answer to the question of how to pay for required equipment; equipment financing programs vary, but a customized structure can help ESOP companies reach their financial objectives, optimizing both cash flow and tax savings. Here are some factors ESOPs should consider when it comes to acquiring capital equipment. By Douglas Dell


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When CEO Lane Hornung founded 8z Real Estate in 2010, he had a vision of a brokerage that does real estate differently.  At the time many people felt disenchanted with real estate as an investment, and the professionals in the industry, amidst the recession.  This inspired the company’s mission: “Real estate is broken.  We are fixing it.” By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Kara Peck of B Lab Colorado, which supports the global community of B Corps,  talks about how business can be a force for positive change.
 
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There’s a difference between wanting to win and not tolerating failure. Sore losers are usually no fun to be around and often have issues that go back to Mommy and Daddy. Gracious and competitive people want to win, but their self-esteem isn’t tightly wrapped up in it. Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to “package” failure to try to bamboozle everyone into thinking we won? During interviews for a senior job, what if you told prospects you wanted to hear about their three greatest mistakes and what they learned, and if they weren’t big, you’d stop the interview? By Todd Ordal

Tucked along Interstate 70 about 30 miles west of Denver, Idaho Springs is more than an oasis or fuel stop for motorists from the Front Range en route to Colorado’s mountain resort country. Getting more tourists to slow down and visit the historic gold-rush town has been a priority, and Idaho Springs and Clear Creek County have staked claim to a collaborative and inventive approach to grass-roots tourism development. By Whitney Van Cleave


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When CEO Lane Hornung founded 8z Real Estate in 2010, he had a vision of a brokerage that does real estate differently.  At the time many people felt disenchanted with real estate as an investment, and the professionals in the industry, amidst the recession.  This inspired the company’s mission: “Real estate is broken.  We are fixing it.” By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Nick Sterling of Natural Capitalism Solutions talks about how his organization works with communities, government and companies to implement real sustainability.
 
InLine Media President Ilene Nathanson talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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When CEO Lane Hornung founded 8z Real Estate in 2010, he had a vision of a brokerage that does real estate differently.  At the time many people felt disenchanted with real estate as an investment, and the professionals in the industry, amidst the recession.  This inspired the company’s mission: “Real estate is broken.  We are fixing it.” At the core of “fixing real estate” are the Realtors who represent the company, while serving their clients, in every real estate transaction.  Many real estate brokerages plan their growth by recruiting, and growing the number of agents. Hornung and Stefan Peterson, the COO and head of Realtor recruiting, knew recruiting would have to be more selective. By Staci Striegnitz

What do a faith-based health care institution within a major hospital system in Colorado, an organ/tissue donation center based in Denver and a community hospital in rural Nebraska have in common?  All were recently recognized as recipients of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx) award.  Littleton Adventist Hospital, Donor Alliance and Community Hospital shared lessons learned along their respective journeys. By Triche Guenin


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It’s hard to imagine if you weren’t around in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but the little city of Glendale used to be Denver’s go-to center for drinking, dining, dancing and other fun. Long gone are Confetti’s, Thrills and the outrageous Celebrity Sports Center, a recreational cathedral with a giant bowling alley and Olympic-sized swimming pool, so named because it was the brainchild of Walt Disney. By Mike Taylor

 
 
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InLine Media President Ilene Nathanson talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

 
Clear Peak LLC founder/CEO Brad Cowdrey talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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What causes a natural expression of our inner truth and wisdom to come to a complete stop in the midst of delivery? This is a situation that you will rarely ever experience in a kindergarten classroom. With each question posed by the teacher, the majority of the students are so eager to share their ideas, insights and opinions that they jump out of their seats, verbally expressing their excitement to share. At that age, if they have not been told that what they have to say has no value, their entire body delivers their message without any concern as to what people will think. How often do we experience this confident execution in a boardroom meeting when we have something of value to share? By Lauren Miller

As celebration preparations are underway for Mother’s Day, it is important to take some time to assess your personal financial knowledge as it is the key to establishing (or achieving) a secure future for your family – and helps ensure that you will have the means to celebrate many Mother’s Days to come. Here’s what moms should keep in mind when it comes to personal finance. By Amber Stribling


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I used to fly all the time on business, and my preferred airline was Frontier. Its people were kind, its systems worked well, I never had a problem with my bags. Frontier was the clear choice. The Denver choice. But then the airline decided it would be better to clown around with some of the newer concepts in flying. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Clear Peak LLC founder and CEO Brad Cowdrey talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

 
Armstrong Steel COO Eric Beavers talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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You can use fame selfishly to get what you want, whenever you want. Or you can use it for the benefit of others, as some of the rich and powerful choose to do. Either way, and like it or not, famous people are role models for society, and especially for children. Based on their public attitudes, many celebrities don’t seem to understand the impact that even their smallest words and deeds can have on impressionable others. Why is that? And what can we do about it? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Ever curl up by the fire in your favorite pajamas with a good book on securities law? Though quaint at first, the dense 1930s legalese gets old fast in any attempt to comprehend the bewildering statutes that stifle entrepreneurs to this day. The oppression remains, but a glimmer of hope came through the weeds about three years ago with the passing of the JOBS Act. The “Jumpstart Our Business Startups” law promised to revitalize entrepreneurial investing by easing a few of these archaic securities regulations. Most notably, it was supposed to finally shed the “accredited investor” requirements that favor high-net-worth individuals. By John Metzger


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Here’s Charlie Coglianese’s education vision: Help 1 million kids with his software platform for personalized, data-driven instruction. “If we can get to that stage I’ll feel really great about what we’ve done,” he says. “I’m still not sure I’ll hang the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner, but it would be an amazing milestone.” Coglianese and his Denver-based startup, Schoolrunner, are well on their way. By Lisa Ryckman
 
 
 
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ACM Managing Partner Stacey Hekkert talks about how companies can leverage technology in conjunction with their accounting software, thus creating significant efficiencies.
 
RevGen CEO Michael Turner talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 


 
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In today's investment world, there is a great debate among money managers about the best approach for investors looking to live off their money. One option is the approach used by many university endowments, pension fund managers, and asset consultants, which involves investing in numerous asset classes with a lot of different money managers. This might include a combination of index funds, private equity funds, hedge funds or even exchange traded funds. By Fred Taylor

When the iconic white tents of Denver International Airport first lined the sky in February 1995, many questioned its distance from downtown — 25 miles — especially compared to its predecessor, Stapleton International Airport, situated just three miles east of the city’s center. According to Kim Day, CEO of DIA, Stapleton was maxed out on space with no room for development, and the move to the 53 square miles of what was then Adams County was the best opportunity for Colorado to build an airport for the future. Denver annexed the land for DIA in 1988 with approval from voters in Adams County. By Katie Feldhaus


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All the luxury brands these days have the high-technology that people crave and all of the creature comforts one expects. Volvo is no exception – and this XC60 small SUV is loaded with apps and connections and Bluetooth and automatic braking systems, and pretty much what you’ll find in any other car of this ilk. Competition now, however, has to be fought on other grounds. By Jeff Rundles
 
 
 
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Michael Turner, president & CEO of RevGen Partners, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch.  Read more.
 
Ed Hilligrass of Diversified Machine Systems talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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We're looking for the 21- to 39-year-old go-getters in the Colorado business world.  Nominate someone today! 
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Some entrepreneurs succeed through a shotgun approach, firing ideas into the sky and seeing what comes down. Some are serial business builders, taking a shot at one enterprise after the other. Jim Deters, co-founder and CEO of Denver-based Galvanize LLC is strictly a sniper, obsessively seeking his target. Galvanize is his religion, Deters says, and he isn’t kidding. He recently quit the last of his board of director memberships and now says he has nothing to distract him from his two sole preoccupations: family and Galvanize. By David Lewis

After decades of burning the candle at both ends, and surviving on five hours of sleep / night, I realized the price I was paying because sleep is important,  Not only does it feel good, sleep improves your cognitive and physical abilities.  It gives you energy.  For an even bigger energizer, try jumping out of bed in the morning, clapping your hands,  and saying, "I feel energized. Today is a great day."  By Theresa Szczeruk


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Colorado’s economy is vibrant and strong. Many more companies are growing and need resources to meet their increased demand. What’s the secret to ensure business owners successfully meet their funding needs? There are three key elements business owners need to consider in order to smartly grow their businesses with lender support. By Marc Hendrikson
 
 
 
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Ed Hilligrass, executive vice president and CSO at Diversified Machine Systems, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
TechWise GM J Chesney talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.



 
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The professional teleprospector goes beyond just “yes” and “no” in recording their conversations. Corporate profits often depend on our ability to hear accurately and record responses to our queries in such a way that we enhance the value of the marketing databases that we feed information into. Over the years, I’ve learned about three distinctions amongst the “no thanks” I receive, and learning those distinctions has helped me to teleprospecting success. By Sam Dobbins

The B Corp movement commandeered Wall Street’s jaded eye, at least for a moment, in mid-April as Etsy, an online marketplace for selling crafts and handmade goods, took its stock public on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Yet while the initial reaction was overwhelmingly positive, it remains to be seen whether the event was a one-off occurrence or a spark of inspiration for other companies that adhere to the B Corp mantra of using business as a force for good. By Kerby Meyers


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Colorado’s economy is vibrant and strong. Many more companies are growing and need resources to meet their increased demand. What’s the secret to ensure business owners successfully meet their funding needs? There are three key elements business owners need to consider in order to smartly grow their businesses with lender support. By Marc Hendrikson
 
 
 
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Enhancing general self-confidence involves learning to strengthen the confident part of the brain (the confident neural network) while weakening the fearful part of the brain (the fearful neural network). This is the long-term foundation of greater self-confidence. In addition to building a strong base of self-confidence, it’s important to maximize your confidence when you most need it (think about making a presentation or speech, going on a job interview or asking for a raise). By TC North

Colorado’s economy is vibrant and strong. New developments continue to spring up across the state, many entrepreneurs have started new businesses, and many more companies are growing and need resources to meet their increased demand. What’s the secret to ensure business owners successfully meet their funding needs? It’s actually pretty basic. There are three key elements business owners need to consider in order to smartly grow their businesses with lender support. By Marc Hendrikson


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What if the things you were thinking about buying already knew you were considering a purchase? Much like going on a date, where the person you were dating wanted to look their best for you, what if the product went through a similar process, primping its hair and donning an inviting smile to present itself in the best possible light? By Tom Frey

 
 
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Colorado’s economy is vibrant and strong. New developments continue to spring up across the state, many entrepreneurs have started new businesses, and many more companies are growing and need resources to meet their increased demand. What’s the secret to ensure business owners successfully meet their funding needs? It’s actually pretty basic. There are three key elements business owners need to consider in order to smartly grow their businesses with lender support. By Marc Hendrikson

DeNiro's got it. So does Streep. Keanu Reeves? Never had it. What is "it?" Presence. If you're alive and taking up space, you have presence, too. It's simply a matter of degree. Do you have enough presence to command the attention of one, 10 or 100 people? For how long? Ten seconds? Twenty minutes? Two hours? Presence is a critical component in business if your job requires you to engage, motivate or lead others. By Julie Hansen


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Your part in Dining Out For Life is the easiest of them all!  Take a break from rattling those pots and pans in your kitchen and check out the dining guide instead. With more than 250 participating restaurants in the Denver/Boulder market alone, specializing in every type of cuisine from Anchovy pizza to Za’atar flatbread, you’re sure to find a tempting treat in your neck of the woods. By Laura Cook Newman

 
 
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TC North, co-author of the Amazon bestseller Fearless Leaders, talks about the power of mindfulness in business and life. Read more.
 
 
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Holland & Hart  is the largest law firm based in the Mountain West with more than 400 lawyers in 15 offices across seven states and Washington, DC. Holland & Hart  is one of the sponsors of ColoradoBiz's Top Company of the Year award.
 
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A Colorado federal jury reportedly awarded $15 million recently to 11 workers who claimed they had been subject to workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation because of their race and national origin. What can you learn from this significant discrimination verdict? Even if the verdict is later reversed or reduced, you can learn what not to do when managing a racially and ethnically diverse workforce. By Mark Wiletsky

Management is one of humankind's most complex activities. And, while it should never be defined as "telling people what to do and having them do it", it has everything to do with communicating clear expectations. In fact, when you can communicate clear expectations, you are 80 percent of the way to successful management. What do you do if your present management team falls into that uninspiring 95 percent? You must train and develop them to meet the above standards. By Larry Valant


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Stress is simply the power we give to outside circumstance to define our worth, value and what we believe we are capable of handling successfully. Let’s face it, we live in a society that judges success by numbers. which has led us to the unhealthy conclusion that unless we have something physical to show for the work that we do in this world -- awards, degrees, titles, books sold, money earned, programs attended -- then our work has little value. By Lauren Miller

 
 
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In 1997, a Steamboat Springs-based snowboarder named Gary Hammerslag had one of those insights that makes consumers lives’ easier and entrepreneurs wealthy. Hammerslag saw something that wasn’t there, a niche nobody had noticed. And he asked a question: Why is it everybody is paying attention to the bottom of shoes, and no one takes notice of the top? Why is it, in other words, that shoes nowadays can behave like a tire tread or a tire pump, a rocking chair or a bed of nails but – whether cloth or leather laces or Velcro – hardly anybody can close them properly? By David Lewis 

Colorado continues to enjoy a favorable business environment. In Denver, we’re seeing a number of small and mid-sized businesses investing in additional equipment to keep up with a growing demand for their products and services. Thanks to a growing economy and favorable borrowing terms in 2015, many small and mid-sized companies are turning to equipment financing to drive growth. Here are the factors driving the trend – and how Colorado companies can prosper. By Kirk Fronckiewicz


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Be prepared for group interviews. It is possible and even likely that if you are at a VP Level or above, you will be given a group interview of some sort or another. These are the most difficult interviews, but they are survivable. Understand that you’ll have certain predictable players. By John Heckers

 
 
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Over scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital (he had yogurt), we talked about immigration reform and our broken immigration system. Both Jeff and I have been working hard on making it much easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to get visas to start their companies in the U.S. Both of us have been unsuccessful in our efforts at a national level. At the end of the discussion, we decided to start the Global EIR Coalition to open source our approach and try to help every state in the U.S. implement a similar program. By Brad Feld

Ryan Martin has been making jeans to order from raw denim since 2012. Priced at $335 and largely sold to European customers, W.H. Ranch Dungarees are the rare luxury good that double as durable work wear—one rancher wore his pair daily for months without serious damage. Inspirations: Family and the mass market. “My mom’s a fifth-generation pattern maker and sewer,” says Martin “My jeans definitely have a Lee influence.” By Eric Peterson


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People's engagement with work is directly affected by their experience within their organization. In other words, if you are the manager, you are responsible for creating an engaging work climate. If you don't want turnover to be the next drain on your budget, keep these tips in mind. By Derek Murphy

 
 
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Axion Health President & CEO Tom Carson talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch.
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In our business lives, the start of a new fiscal year causes us to look ahead to what we want to accomplish. But I don’t believe you have to wait until Jan. 1 to set resolutions that will change your personal or professional path. I also don’t believe that you have to wait to start what you know needs to be done. “Do it now!” is my motto. Most recently, I set goals in October, announcing to my team that the next 12 months will be a year of numbers. The salesperson in me would love to be spontaneous and make decisions based on my gut instincts. By Kendra Lee

Al Laws teamed with ex-Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey distiller Jake Norris to create premium whiskey concocted with barley grown by family farms in Colorado. The bourbon aged for a full 34 months before it hit the market in fall 2014. In an environment where many upstart distilleries buy pre-aged spirits and slap on their label, the patient approach has paid off. Batch #1 sold out in eight weeks, as did Batch #2. Batch #3 was bottled in early 2015. By Eric Peterson


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Economists and business leaders acknowledge that openness to disruption is key to creative innovation, but many companies struggle with it. To get a better understanding of how a company can spur creativity, we talked with Michel Laprise, director of KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, currently touring in North America.  He emphasized three key concepts. By Gil Gruber

 
 
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If you want your customer’s trust, you have it earn it. You have to build it. You have to work to consistently keep it. Trust is built over time. It can be lost in seconds. Trust is the single biggest motivator of buyer behavior. Trust is the key component to establishing a successful buyer/seller relationship. Building relationships is the key to sales success. Trust is the foundation. Customers have negative perceptions of salespeople because selling itself had been associated with manipulation, dishonesty and trickery. That stereotype of untrustworthy, lying salespeople still comes back to haunt the sales professional every day. By Liz Wendling

Many of us spend years carefully working and planning for a comfortable retirement. We assume our retirement savings are protected to some extent. Unfortunately, there are uncontrollable and often unpredictable external variables at play, such as the rising cost of health care. Have you ever considered what may happen if you or your spouse required long-term care? By Shelley Ford


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Centennial-based Evolution Digital LLC is a different kind of family business that not only survived, but is due to bump revenues from $14 million in 2010 to $109 million in 2014 to $200 million this year. Sounds pretty good, right? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, folks, because in the next three to five years the company looks forward to sales more in the region of $500 million. By David Lewis

 
 
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Well Master Corp. CEO Rob Bender talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 


 
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Questions about experience are common when a business is on the hunt for a potential agency or firm. ‘How many other health care companies have you worked with?’ ‘How many finance-related companies?’ For many, prior experience is what proves competence. But that mentality can work to the detriment of the client. When members of a team have worked on the same kind of project again and again, it’s easy to simply go down a standard checklist, ticking each box, doing things the same way they have always been done. By Clark Atkinson

Learning languages, filing patents, creating art or producing a documentary all involve unique forms of learning. Should Microdegrees be formed around a single topic or a combination of multiple topics? Colleges have created specific taxonomies for categorizing credits like math, social sciences, humanities, etc. But MicroCredits are far more granular in nature, creating the potential for new ways of grouping and qualifying skills. By Tom Frey