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In our ego-fueled world, many people want to be front and center. Leaders are told to lead from the front, even if all they do is get up on a white horse and exit stage left as soon as the battle starts. We all know the leaders who are more about themselves than about the organizations and the people they lead. Many of us interact with this type of leader on a daily basis and, while it can be invigorating for a while when things are going well and there are bright lights shining all around you and celebrations around every corner, it’s often complete and total misery when things get tough. The media wants hero stories. It also wants goat stories. And I find it completely boring and tedious. By Brad Feld
 
At some point, most business owners ask themselves, “Where can I get additional capital to grow my business?” or “How can I take some money off the table?” The question that often follows is “How can I do so without losing control of the business I’ve worked so hard to build?” In some cases, the best way to address these questions is a partial transaction through a private equity (PE) recapitalization with an eventual complete exit when the value has increased. By Joanne Baginski and Paul Edwards
 

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Dr. Kelly Brooks’ work with fungus at Penn State University has mushroomed into a spinoff startup in Colorado. Happy Valley, Penn., was just the place for such a company to take root: Penn State “happens to have the largest collection of fungi in the world,” says Alan Hahn, CEO and co-founder with Brooks. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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Time management expert Rory Vaden talks about three simple strategies to better manage your time.

 
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Social media experts say that listening to your customers is the key to a successful online campaign.



 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Delivered Lunches: Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches! Runners-Up: Panera Bread, Snarf’s Sub Shop.  Read more!

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Have you ever encountered or been an overtly cranky human being who delivers their own internal drama in unhealthy ways? This display of Animal Planet behavior is all too often exhibited right smack in the middle of the office dance floor with an eager audience observing from a distance…or not.  There are many different expressions of bullying behavior, ranging from out-right physical abuse to the silent stealth bombers who manipulate with threats, accusations and gossip. The office arena provides the optimal environment for control over other people, which some have suggested is “weakness disguised as strength.” Weakness disguised as strength shows up in the following behavior. By Lauren Miller
 
Emerging companies comprise a significant portion of Colorado businesses. Venture capitalists, angel investors and founders make up the shareholders and the boards of directors of many of these companies. I spoke recently to Fran Wheeler, a partner in the Business Department of the Colorado Office of the Cooley LLP, about board practices for emerging companies. Cooley represents more than 5,000 private company clients, including more than one-third of the Wall Street Journal's "Billion Dollar Startup Club". By Taylor Simonton
 

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While some dip a toe in a range of projects or professional pursuits, 58-year-old Cole Finegan immerses himself in law, business, politics, finance and development. He is entrenched in Denver.  Recognized in 2013 as “Lawyer of the Decade” by Law Week Colorado, Finegan presently serves as regional managing partner of the Americas and managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Denver office. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Catering Company: Footers Catering! Runners-Up: Biscuits & Berries, Epicurean Group Read more!

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Have you ever encountered or been an overtly cranky human being who delivers their own internal drama in unhealthy ways? This display of Animal Planet behavior is all too often exhibited right smack in the middle of the office dance floor with an eager audience observing from a distance…or not.  There are many different expressions of bullying behavior, ranging from out-right physical abuse to the silent stealth bombers who manipulate with threats, accusations and gossip. The office arena provides the optimal environment for control over other people, which some have suggested is “weakness disguised as strength.” Weakness disguised as strength shows up in the following behavior. By Lauren Miller
 
Emerging companies comprise a significant portion of Colorado businesses. Venture capitalists, angel investors and founders make up the shareholders and the boards of directors of many of these companies. I spoke recently to Fran Wheeler, a partner in the Business Department of the Colorado Office of the Cooley LLP, about board practices for emerging companies. Cooley represents more than 5,000 private company clients, including more than one-third of the Wall Street Journal's "Billion Dollar Startup Club". By Taylor Simonton
 

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While some dip a toe in a range of projects or professional pursuits, 58-year-old Cole Finegan immerses himself in law, business, politics, finance and development. He is entrenched in Denver.  Recognized in 2013 as “Lawyer of the Decade” by Law Week Colorado, Finegan presently serves as regional managing partner of the Americas and managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Denver office. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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Although leaders frequently engage me to help them find a shortcut of some sort—to more effective leadership, to a better strategy, to a more highly functioning team—we rarely find a solution that involves little work. Shortcuts to wealth are generally illegal. Shortcuts to leadership are typically manipulative. Shortcuts to brilliant strategy are rare. I’m often able to help people expedite their success, but never without some hard work, changed behavior or altered belief system. There are, however, hard-won paths to success to find, and there are activities that’ll get you there. Here are three suggestions that may accelerate your success. By Todd Ordal
Chances are, the people who need to know you, don’t. Your prospects don’t. Your website visitors, and social media contacts don’t. Even your clients don’t. That’s because, if you’re like many business professionals, your promotional bio is a bust. It may well be that your online promotional profiles and your website “About Us” section undersell you. As a result, those you seek to influence don’t know all that you do, have done, and can do. By Fred Berns
 

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The Colorado Rockies executed one of the more brilliant business ideas in the recent history of American sports. Unfortunately, it had no effect on the product on the field. Still, Rockies ownership and management deserve credit for recognizing an opportunity to turn around a floundering part of their business. For years, the seats in the upper deck in right field at Coors Field were mostly ignored. Then that area of seating was torn down and replaced with two levels of bars, food vendors and cabanas. Called “The Rooftop,” it has since come to be known by regulars as “the party deck.”  By Kyle Ringo

 
 
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Get personal
Experts talk about how social media has helped make some big corporations seem warm and fuzzy. 
 


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Business Dinner Spot: Elway’s Steakhouse! Runners-Up: Range Restaurant, Ocean PrimeBest  Read more!

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In the 50 years since preservationist Dana Crawford revealed her vision for one of Denver’s most beloved shopping and dining destinations, the retail on historic Larimer Square has come full circle. It started with locally owned businesses, but Crawford soon discovered that she needed national credit tenants to make the popular destination profitable. She landed Ann Taylor, Laura Ashley, Talbot’s and Williams-Sonoma. “We realized we needed to get big national tenants that weren’t in Denver,” Crawford says. By Margaret Jackson
It’s not reasonable to think that we will somehow reach an era of being disaster-free. Machines wear out, computers break down, and even our best attempts at making a fail safe system will eventually fail. Add in a few earthquakes and nature’s own mechanisms for disrupting things when we least expect it, and we get a sense as to how fallible our future will be. So who will be left to pick up the pieces? Just us lowly humans. By Tom Frey
 

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The rap on Subaru for years was that while the line offered quality, the cars were stodgy and bereft of styling, and appealed to a small core group of people generally referred to, pejoratively, as gorp-eaters, environmentalists or worse. Subaru finally got the message about 10 years ago, updated its styling, made the cars somewhat larger, and greatly improved the interior details and comfort. If you look at car sales statistics over the past several years, Subaru is knocking it out of the park, particularly here in Colorado. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Solar today
Aaron Harber talks with North American Power CEO Kerry Breitbart about alternative energy today. 
 


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Charter Airline: Denver Air Connection!  Read more!

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Controlling your breathing gives you mindful power, more control of your mind and body – and more control over your life! When you inhale rapidly and deeply, you stimulate your sympathetic nervous system, which excites and energizes your mind and body in a healthy way. Anxious people usually breathe rapidly but shallowly into their chest. Rapidly breathing deeply into your abdomen, using strong, quick inhalations deep into your lungs, can help you feel stronger or more energized. It’s a natural stimulant that works faster than caffeine, has no bad side effects and can be extremely useful. By TC North
Most people would expect technology to play a large role in the pharmacy and health and wellness industries. But the level of cutting-edge innovation actually far surpasses what might seem obvious, including embracing technology to connect with consumers more directly. The pharmacy and health and wellness industries are actively harnessing new technologies to improve healthcare, and the future not only looks bright, but also beneficial to consumers and companies alike. Here are some of the visions as seen by innovators in the industry, looking ahead to what we may see in retail stores by 2026. By Steven Anderson
 

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Consider the new age of accounting which is innovative, progressive and interactive.  The last three words generally do not come to mind when you think of an accountant; yet the last 18 to 24 months in accounting has seen an explosion of innovation.  Gone are the days of shoeboxes full of receipts and antiquated accounting results 60 days after you turn information over to your accountant. The accounting industry has embraced the cloud and all things mobile. By Stacey Hekkert

 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with North American Power CEO Kerry Breitbart about the state of energy today.

 
Risk & reward
Board expert Tracy E. Houston talks about executive-level thinking and risk intelligence.
 
 


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Business Hotel: (Tie) Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, Renaissance Denver Hotel Stapleton! Runners-up: Four Seasons Hotel, JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, The Crawford Hotel, Warwick Denver Hotel Read more!

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Deep down, we all know a few simple things about what would make our business work, and we work hard to stuff them down deep. Because usually the thing that we know will make things work better has more to do with fixing me than fixing my business. I'd rather fix my business. We can sleep walk through building a business as the same unchanged person who started it, and come out the other end on the treadmill. There are a lot of seminars out there that will fix your business. But you might save a lot of money and be more effective if you just regularly ask yourself this. By Chuck Blakeman
JMark develops onsite and virtual training programs for defense customers and international allies, from intelligence to homeland security, cyber security, national security organizations, and commercial entities with education, training, research and analysis programs. With customers ranging from the Australian Defense Force to each of the U.S. military branches, JMark’s approach has powered exceptional growth during the past four years; revenues have increased by an average of 97 percent annually. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Consider the new age of accounting which is innovative, progressive and interactive.  The last three words generally do not come to mind when you think of an accountant; yet the last 18 to 24 months in accounting has seen an explosion of innovation.  Gone are the days of shoeboxes full of receipts and antiquated accounting results 60 days after you turn information over to your accountant. The accounting industry has embraced the cloud and all things mobile. By Stacey Hekkert

 
 
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Risk & culture
Board expert Tracy E. Houston talks about risk, corporate culture and the importance of executive-level thinking.
 


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Barber Shop: Floyd’s 99 Barbershop! Runners-up: Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, Cost Cutters, Proper Barbershop.  Read more!

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I’ve too often come across a business whose leaders chose a strategy of “me too” with no discernable difference between what they do and what their competitors do. A friend who just purchased a business with a well-known local brand told me that a gregarious founder built it but a “bean counter” purchased it, instituting all sorts of “best practices” to manage expenses. Profitability increased for a few years, but sales growth went negative and he was unable to cut his way to greatness. My friend hopes to revitalize their growth through innovation. There’s a time to benchmark and a time to innovate. By Todd Ordal
I see stories in the news all the time about how hackers – and they are legion – can somehow tap into your car’s controls and mess with the wipers and the radio and, of course, if they want, get all of your contacts and perhaps even credit card numbers and passwords. And while they’re at it, they can hack your home. It apparently isn’t difficult. Heck, a security researcher from Denver reported in May that he hacked into an aircraft computer system through the airline entertainment system. By Jeff Rundles
 

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Consider the new age of accounting which is innovative, progressive and interactive.  The last three words generally do not come to mind when you think of an accountant; yet the last 18 to 24 months in accounting has seen an explosion of innovation.  Gone are the days of shoeboxes full of receipts and antiquated accounting results 60 days after you turn information over to your accountant. The accounting industry has embraced the cloud and all things mobile. By Stacey Hekkert

 
 
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Exec MBA
Jason English of tech consulting firm Bluewolf, talks about why he chose the Denver-based Olin EMBA program from Washington University.
 


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Breakfast Spot: Snooze Eatery! Runners-up: Lucile’s Creole Cafe, The Egg & I.  Read more!

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Think you don’t lie to salespeople? How many times have you told a salesperson that you’ll think it over with no intention of doing any thinking? Or tell them to call you next week and never pick up the phone when they do? Maybe you even tell them to put together a proposal or send information without any regard for their time spent honoring your request. Or tell them you need to check with my spouse when you aren’t even married. Customers and clients lie. Not all, just some. Wouldn’t it be great to have a lie-detector on a sales call? It would be even better if we didn’t need one at all. By Liz Wendling
Husband-wife duo Doug and Wynne Odell made the move to Fort Collins from Seattle, took their home-brewed batches up a notch and went commercial. The beer biz has invested $17 million in building and production updates during the past four years, including a bump up in capacity from 80,000 barrels annually to 300,000 distributed currently to 11 states and England. Odell has garnered a reputation for innovative recipes, powerful business management, high employee engagement and solid ethics. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Consider the new age of accounting which is innovative, progressive and interactive.  The last three words generally do not come to mind when you think of an accountant; yet the last 18 to 24 months in accounting has seen an explosion of innovation.  Gone are the days of shoeboxes full of receipts and antiquated accounting results 60 days after you turn information over to your accountant. The accounting industry has embraced the cloud and all things mobile. By Stacey Hekkert

 
 
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High-tech accounting
ACM Managing Partner Stacey Hekkert talks about how companies can leverage technology in conjunction with their accounting software.


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Auto Dealership: Kuni Lexus!
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Mike Cameron, CEO of Christopherson Business Travel, talks about the evolution of managing business travel for companies and organizations.
 
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Metro State is launching an Aerospace and Engineering Sciences initiative. Learn how Lockheed Martin has shaped this cutting-edge curriculum.
 

 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Printer: EON Office! Runners-up: YellowDog Printing and Graphics, AlphaGraphics Read more!
 
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Amid growing concern about the vulnerability of computer systems to attacks, the demand for talented cyber security professionals has never been stronger. Careerbuilder.com currently lists more than 20,000 information security jobs across the country with more than 300 jobs located in Denver. In fact, our clients are telling us that in many cases they have more jobs than they can fill, in part because so many candidates lack the necessary skills to navigate successfully in a business environment. Here are the top five skills that hiring managers, consulting firms and cyber security agencies are seeking. By Steve Maciejewski
Started as a private trading platform in the basement of founding partner Raymond Deux’s home, NinjaTrader has become a leading developer of high-performance trading software for active traders and more than 40,000 global users. With advanced charting, market analytics, trading system development and trade simulation, the company seeks to optimize trader’s abilities to manage their potential profitability. Traditionally a software company, last year NinjaTrader – which has grown to 90 employees from just more than 30 a few years ago – broke into the brokerage biz after the purchase of a Chicago-based firm. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Business travel management is complex. On the one hand, you have travel managers who need hard dollar savings, the ability to maintain duty of care responsibilities, and travelers to comply with the corporate travel policy. On the other hand, you have the travelers who need service, safety, and convenience. But how do you bring the needs of both parties into alignment? By Krista Maurer

 
 
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Metro State is launching an Aerospace and Engineering Sciences initiative. Learn how Lockheed Martin has shaped this cutting-edge curriculum.
 
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ColoradoBiz Publisher Sylvia Harmon talks about the Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards.
 
 


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Law Firm: Messner Reeves LLP!
Runners-up: Gutterman Griffiths PC, Holland & Hart LLP
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I still want to be a spy. I’m 58, but I’m pretty sure that a recruiter from some clandestine government agency will call soon and teach me how to take out a bad guy with a clothespin. I guess I read too many spy novels. The old-school spies in the books I love best focus on “HUMINT” (human intelligence) rather than “SIGINT” (signal intelligence), because writing a book about a trained killer who sits at a desk looking at data probably won’t sell many books. Better to have them out in the field with a clothespin at the ready. By Todd Ordal
In case there were any doubts, Denver boasts the hottest real estate market in the country, at least according to Realtor.com’s monthly rankings that placed the Mile High City No. 1 among 300 U.S. markets for both April and May. Reading this report – based on number of views per listing on Realtor.com and the average time homes spend on the market – it struck me how conditions have changed in five years. The real estate subjects I wrote about in 2010 included one Realtor who gave up sales and launched a business decontaminating meth houses. By Mike Taylor
 

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Business travel management is complex. On the one hand, you have travel managers who need hard dollar savings, the ability to maintain duty of care responsibilities, and travelers to comply with the corporate travel policy. On the other hand, you have the travelers who need service, safety, and convenience. But how do you bring the needs of both parties into alignment? By Krista Maurer

 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountains president and CEO Chuck Morris about celebrities involved in charities and politics.


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Insurance Brokerage Firm: Madison Insurance Group!
Runners-up: IMA Inc., Equisure Inc.
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We have a number of new college graduates and young employees now. Our two summer interns joined the company as full-time employees, and three others were hired straight from graduation. They watch with intensity the goings on in our office; each high and low point is an important teachable moment. And while we may occasionally face generational differences, the positive attributes they bring far outweigh any age-related challenges. By Erin Gibbs
Starting Czero out of passion and today led by award-winning engineers with more than 25 years of experience, the fast-growing mechanical engineering research and development firm pragmatically helps clients develop new technologies for energy efficiency, recovery and renewable fuels. The in-house partner of Colorado State University’s Energy Institute co-located at the Powerhouse Energy Campus swiftly turns early-stage concepts into fully tested, fully functional prototypes. By Gigi Sukin
 

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The 46 members of EMBA Class 45 spent a week eating, sleeping and breathing self-discovery. They learned the importance of emotional intelligence, altered their perceptions of power and influence, and reflected on their management strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the week, the students were committed to authentic leadership. Their transformations came courtesy of Washington University’s Olin Business School and the Leadership Residency in Olin’s 20-month Executive MBA program. By Meg Shuff

 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountains president and CEO Chuck Morris about celebrity involvement in charities and politics.

 
Music's future
Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountains president and CEO Chuck Morris about the future of Colorado music.



 
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Leaders have trumpeted this worn-out buzzword phrase for decades now. And every time it's repeated, it allows leaders to ignore working on the one thing that truly is their greatest asset, or in most cases, their greatest liability. We never say people are our greatest asset -- to them, to ourselves or to the business world in general. We have the best people you can find, not because we use worn-out buzzword phrases, but because our beliefs lay the foundation for attracting and retaining great people. By Chuck Blakeman
The cure for cancer has long been an elusive quest, but by combining medical background with high-tech talent, Pharmatech seeks to chip away at the problem by accelerating cancer drug development. The Denver research management and biotech firm, whose clients include the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as well as physicians, is positioned to manage indication-specific challenges, focusing on enrollment and timeline management, ultimately gaining a reputation for rescuing clinical trials. By Gigi Sukin
 

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The 46 members of EMBA Class 45 spent a week eating, sleeping and breathing self-discovery. They learned the importance of emotional intelligence, altered their perceptions of power and influence, and reflected on their management strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the week, the students were committed to authentic leadership. Their transformations came courtesy of Washington University’s Olin Business School and the Leadership Residency in Olin’s 20-month Executive MBA program. By Meg Shuff

 
 
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Manager musings
Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountains president and CEO Chuck Morris about his career.



 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Photographer: PHOCO
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A mentor is like nothing else in your life. If you don’t have one, find one. If you’ve already arrived, I hope you’ll become one. Mentors guide us to a new destination in life, and sometimes we don’t even know where that is. They teach us to be the best at what we’re to become. Mentors have walked the path before you and have been to the places you’re headed. They offer you life and leadership skills, vision and perspective, wisdom and feedback.  By Kathleen Quinn Votaw
Regionally recognized Cactus aims to create marketing campaigns for companies and causes that generate social change. Using data-powered strategies, advertising, design, interactive digital campaigns, and integrated media services, the 53-person agency – which earned north of $33 million in revenues last year – has accrued extensive experience and a history of successes. By Gigi Sukin
 

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The 46 members of EMBA Class 45 spent a week eating, sleeping and breathing self-discovery. They learned the importance of emotional intelligence, altered their perceptions of power and influence, and reflected on their management strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the week, the students were committed to authentic leadership. Their transformations came courtesy of Washington University’s Olin Business School and the Leadership Residency in Olin’s 20-month Executive MBA program. By Meg Shuff

 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountains president and CEO Chuck Morris about the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.


 
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Has the word entrepreneur become too trendy as to have lost its meaning? I’m hearing it and the word entrepreneurship being used in so many conversations incorrectly. Here’s a simple example. On a daily basis, I have an email exchange with someone who says they are an entrepreneur. I respond “What company did you start?” They respond, “Oh, I didn’t start a company, I was the fifth employee of Company X.” Another example is the email that I get from someone in a large company who says “I want to create more entrepreneurship within BigCo.” By Brad Feld

 
Aviation fuels small-town economy
From mid-April to mid-November each year, the Leadville-Lake County Airport buzzes with engineers and trainees from across the U.S. and sometimes Canada and Europe, Brown says. Fuel sales more than double and flight operations quadruple during the busy season. The added business helped fund a new 11,000-square-foot heated hangar completed in January, and a new storage hangar is set for groundbreaking this summer. By Suzie Romig
 

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The 46 members of EMBA Class 45 spent a week eating, sleeping and breathing self-discovery. They learned the importance of emotional intelligence, altered their perceptions of power and influence, and reflected on their management strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the week, the students were committed to authentic leadership. Their transformations came courtesy of Washington University’s Olin Business School and the Leadership Residency in Olin’s 20-month Executive MBA program. By Meg Shuff

 
 
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Matthew Hamilton of Aspen Skiing Co. talks about how businesses can leverage their sustainability practices to take a greater role in energy and climate issues. Read more.


 
Congrats to the Best Advertising/Marketing Agency: Cactus
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When an employee resigns to join a competitor, it is important to respond promptly.  Odds are that the employee has been orchestrating his or her departure for weeks or months. The security of your trade secrets and/or customer relationships may have already been compromised. It is important to act quickly.  Here are some things to keep in mind. By Michael Greco

 
Is coworking cooler than college?
Anyone growing up has a rough idea of what they think success should look like. For teenagers, their heroes are people who have launched their own video games, started a band, filmed a rockumentary, created a mobile app, written a graphic novel or won a major video game tournament. To them, the accolades and notoriety that come with this kind of experience far outweighs the tedium involved in credentialing new skills. For Millennials, nothing resonates quite like being involved in an authentic accomplishment-based learning experience where meaningful work is making a meaningful impact. By Tom Frey
 

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The 46 members of EMBA Class 45 spent a week eating, sleeping and breathing self-discovery. They learned the importance of emotional intelligence, altered their perceptions of power and influence, and reflected on their management strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the week, the students were committed to authentic leadership. Their transformations came courtesy of Washington University’s Olin Business School and the Leadership Residency in Olin’s 20-month Executive MBA program. By Meg Shuff

 
 
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Matthew Hamilton of Aspen Skiing Co. talks about how businesses can leverage their sustainability practices to take a greater role in energy and climate issues. Read more.
 
Green champs
Lynette Myers of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program talks about how the state seeks out companies that are going above and beyond. Read more.


 
Congrats to the Best Title Company: Land Title Guarantee Co.!
Runners-up: Guardian Title Agency LLC, 8z Title
 
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Stress is simply a signal within your body that gives you the opportunity to identify and adjust your perception of any situation. You are not a victim to life unless you choose to be. Practice being the observer of your life instead of the reactor. Practice becoming a curious human being about everything that unfolds before you. When you play the part of watcher, you begin to remember that you have time to consider how you want to respond. By your choices, you form your life, so choose wisely. Because we live in such a fast-paced society, we often fall victim to time. Carve out moments between what happens before you and your desired response to it. Practice slowing time down. By Lauren Miller

 
Companies to Watch: Construction, real estate
Engrain capitalized on its technological omnipresence, becoming a leader in touch screen marketing, sales, leasing and messaging platforms for real estate. Working with developers, property managers and others in the field to craft a more visual, meaningful and accessible experience, Engrain’s award-winning TouchTour system serves as the centerpiece of an information ecosystem with custom websites, email and SMS-based sharing and integration tools. By Gigi Sukin
 

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When I first brought up the idea of coworking taking over colleges, it seemed like an absurd notion. But there is a secret reason that very few people are grasping. At first glance, the highly structured ivory towers of academia seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from the unstructured anything-goes world of coworking. But the more I thought about it, it seems inevitable that the two are on a collision course. In fact, it’s already happening, but not in the ways you may imagine. By Tom Frey

 
 
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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. Read more.
 
Genuine green
Nick Sterling of Natural Capitalism Solutions talks about how his organization works with communities, government and companies to implement genuine sustainability. Read more.


 
Congrats to the Best Residential Builder:
Shaw Construction!
Runners-up: Oakwood Homes LLC, Classic Homes
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Feeling good because my first cast landed a rainbow trout, I confidently tried to cast underneath a low hanging tree and ended up with a tangled mess of flies and line that took 10 minutes to unravel. I’m relatively new to fly-fishing and am amazed (and amused) at my ability to do stupid things. Thank goodness fish can’t tell stories! On the way home from this fishing trip, I thought about the lessons you can learn with a fly rod in your hand and how they might apply to business. As far as I know, there are only four things to do when you get a tangled mess like this. By Todd Ordal

 
Greece has been holding the markets hostage
Why do the markets even care what happens to Greece? The concern stems from the possible domino affect or contagion that could occur if one weak member of the Eurozone leaves and places the remaining 18 members at risk. If Greece can default on its debt obligations, what prevents others who have borrowed a lot of money from doing the same thing? When the euro was created in 1999, there was no exit strategy if one member got into financial trouble and wanted to leave. By Fred Taylor
 

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A few years back, I ran an inner-city charter high school in Colorado Springs. The school educated primarily minority youth. Many were expelled from the school district due to bad behavior. These adolescents, while tough on the outside, had the same human vulnerabilities we all experience at some point in our lives. While some were intrigued by the opportunity of gangs, most were seeking a way out as they tracked to become the first high school graduates in their families’ histories. By Tom Binnings

 
 
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Nick Sterling of Natural Capitalism Solutions talks about how his organization works with communities, government and companies to implement genuine sustainability.
 
B Lab
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.


 
Congrats to the Best Residential Real Estate Agency: Coldwell Banker!
Runners-up: 8Z Real Estate, RE/MAX Professionals. Read more!

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Gay couples have a Constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized nationwide. In a 5-to-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that states are required to license a marriage between two people of the same gender under the 14th Amendment. As a result, gay couples may now legally marry in all states. This ruling has massive implications, as rights and benefits extended to opposite gender spouses will be available to same-gender spouses across the U.S. Here are steps you should consider in light of the Supreme Court ruling. By Sarah Wisor

 
Joint employment risks: Three steps you can take
The ambiguity of the definition of joint employment leaves many employers at risk of not knowing whether they are considered a joint employer and subjects many organizations to the liability of several employment laws. To help protect their organizations from potential liabilities due to joint employment, here are three steps employers can take. By Curtis Graves
 

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They’re not stars yet. But they are on the verge, scooting their way to center stage, attempting to unseat the icons of their respective industries. Now in its seventh year, Colorado Companies to Watch, presented by UMB Bank, highlights 50 second-stage companies that are discovering and devising valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, elevating communities, and redefining the marketplace. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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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.
 
Brain talk
Aaron Harber talks about brain research with Patricia Kuhl of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.


 
Congrats to the Best Commercial Real Estate Agency – Coldwell Banker!
Runners-up: Column Commercial Partners; Jones, Lang LaSalle
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Whenever I ask a borrower what their property is worth, more often than not they respond: “The Zillow value is X.” This got me thinking: How accurate are online realty sites (Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia, etc.) at valuing a property? For this article, I will focus on Zillow, since it is the largest and most well-established of the online real estate valuation/information companies. Should you use Zillow to value a property? To evaluate the accuracy of Zillow, I pulled a Zillow report (along with other comparable data from a lender program we subscribe to that pulls directly from the assessors) for each residential property I inspected. By Glen Weinberg

 
The energy-water nexus
Colorado’s natural environment has always been central to our state’s character, economy and worldwide appeal. For decades, elected officials have worked across party lines to bring together communities, scientists, health experts, energy companies and environmentalists to identify commonsense rules.  As a result, Colorado has become a national leader in responsible energy development and often hailed as a national model.
 

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Sue Heilbronner started her business accelerator, MergeLane, because she noticed something about female business owners: There weren’t many of them. “We were seeing a discrepancy in the concentration in leadership positions in important stages of the startup journey,” says Heilbronner, who cofounded MergeLane with angel investor Elizabeth Kraus. “We got curious about why.” By Nora Caley

 
 
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Baby talk
Aaron Harber talks about infant communication and brain development with Patricia Kuhl of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.


 
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Property Management Company, SummitCove Vacation Rentals!
Runners-up: Mission Rock Residential, Real Property Management   Read more!

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The manager's worst habits are to a) solve things and b) decide things. No other actions are as debilitating to others. When a manager solves and decides, the only thing left is to delegate tasks to be executed--"Put this nut on that bolt, at this rate." But when we delegate tasks, people feel used. Managers who solve and decide things are fundamental in the dehumanizing of the workplace, because tasks are for machines. Leaders do it quite differently. They train others to solve problems and make decisions, and then they get out of the way. If you're becoming less and less important in your position, you're leading. By Chuck Blakeman

 
Home safety: A building industry issue
Current and past building codes combined with existing design principles and methodologies have not adequately addressed private home safety. Safety in public spaces, not private homes, has been increased though legislative requirements such as those identified in the American’s with Disability Act (ADA). However, even those prescribed requirements are not thorough enough to allow for maximum personal safety in our homes. Recent emphasis in the home industry has been directed towards “aging-in-place” and “universal design.” By Erik Listou & Louis Delaware
 

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In September 2013, 18 inches of rain in 72 hours swelled the Saint Vrain River 10 times normal levels. Jacque Watson, Lyons economic development manager, reported that the flooding left town utilities inoperable, forcing a six-week business shutdown. Some businesses never re-opened, including the Valley Bank of Lyons. Almost two years after the flood, the community still awaits FEMA funds to complete cleanup and recovery efforts. By Pamela Sichel

 
 
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Aaron Harber talks about infant communication and brain development with Patricia Kuhl of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. 
 
 
The Ahbe Group
Greg Bacon, Chief Operating Officer of TAG Insurance Services - The Ahbe Group, talks about the consumer experience and changes in the insurance industry.


 
Congrats to Colorado's best mortgage brokers!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Mortgage Brokers: (Tie) Alpine Bank and 8z Mortgage! Runners-up: Coldwell Banker Mortgage, Cherry Creek Mortgage Denver West.   Read more!

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LinkedIn is a useful and powerful tool for professionals to increase sales and revenue. It offers the greatest and most efficient opportunity to identify ideal clients and customers. LinkedIn is a mighty weapon if used properly and with precision. It can also be a reputation killer when used improperly and unprofessionally. There is no shortage of people on the internet telling professionals the best way to use LinkedIn to increase traffic and close more sales. Some Linkedin advisors offer sound advice and useful methods to use this attention-getting tool respectfully and professionally. They preach that the same rules apply online as well as offline. Luckily many people follow that simple and straight forward advice. By Liz Wendling

 
On the road with CTA: Day 3
The crew cruised to Copper Mountain to spend the afternoon with the resort’s Director of Marketing Dwight Eppinger to discuss tech’s on-mountain impression. Two seasons down and in-development on updates for winter number three, Copper Mountain launched its app, Sherpa, to creatively communicate with guests. “I approached Made [a digital agency based in Boulder] and they came back to us with an audio-based app that fits right in line with Copper’s brand,” Eppinger says. By Gigi Sukin
 

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I say it all the time: ‘There’s no wrong way to deface a nickel,’” says Adam Leech, who’s been whittling coins into hobo nickels since 2008. Buffalo nickels are his preferred medium: He often carves away the metallic flesh and leaves a bison skeleton in its wake, using a microscope and tiny hand-tools. When he’s not crafting nickels into images of Stephen Hawking, dogs playing poker, and Star Wars Stormtroopers, Leech makes a line of rings and pendants cast from his creations, takes custom orders, and runs the Leechpit, a vintage store on the west side of Colorado Springs, with his wife, Heather. By Eric Peterson
 
 
 
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ColoradoBiz Publisher Sylvia Harmon talks about the Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards issue on Channel 2's Colorado's Best.

 
On the economy
Aaron Harber talks with David Higgins, the Executive Chairman of High Speed 2 in Great Britain about his country's economy.
 


 
Congrats to Colorado's best interior design firm!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Interior Design Firm: Eheart Interior Solutions! Runners-up: Aneka Interiors, Slifer Designs   Read more!

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Unless you just crawled out of the primordial ooze, you’ve heard a lot about how you must optimize your business to make Millennials happy. Coddling, free time and pet-happy policies are mentioned often. In working with many companies that question what to do about this and observing what does and doesn’t work, I concluded the following: Do not build your business around the expectations of the people on the bandwagon tooting their horns about Millennials’ special quality. That’s about as smart as building government policy around Greek pensioners’ expectations. By Todd Ordal

 
On the road with CTA: Day 2
The second day on the Colorado Technology Association’s first statewide Tech Tour took the team of inquisitive Front Rangers from Telluride to Grand Junction. Several themes and collaborative conversations worth noting emerged from the tour’s first stop, which included a visit to the Telluride Venture Accelerator and a tech-centric happy hour. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Chipotle Mexican Grill recently made waves by announcing it will remove GMOs from its restaurants. The Denver-based fast-casual food business has consistently pushed for local, “responsibly raised” ingredients. “Sustainability isn’t really the goal. The goal is to make the very best food we can,” says Chipotle’s Director of Communications Chris Arnold. “It just happens that the best tasting ingredients are those that are raised in ways that also respect the environment, farmers and the animals themselves.” By Eric Peterson
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with David Higgins, the Executive Chairman of High Speed 2 in Great Britain about the economy.
 
On the rails
Aaron Harber talks with David Higgins, the Executive Chairman of High Speed 2 in Great Britain about rail systems.
 
 


 
Congrats to Colorado's best general contractor!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best General Contractor: Shaw Construction! Runner-up: HITT Contracting   Read more!

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Day one of the Colorado Technology Association's inaugural Tech Tour saw seven passengers board a colorfully decorated bus at daybreak Monday to travel from Denver to Telluride, exploring technology's economic and community impact along the way. All this week, tour participants will visit Telluride, Grand Junction, Aspen, Frisco, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins to meet and mingle with communities of varying size and scope that are embracing technology within existing and highly innovative industries. By Gigi Sukin

 
FoCo: Much more than a beer-brewing college town
It takes several things to grow an entrepreneurial community, critical nodes in an ecosystem that together have brought places like Boulder and Denver to the national forefront of tech innovation. One is an educated workforce. Fort Collins, as a university town, has it in spades. A number of large tech companies realize this, and see the secret sauce in Fort Collins that constitutes a quality of life, which attracts creative, tech-minded talent. Intel, HP and AMD—three monster tech companies—make their home in Fort Collins. By Andrew Cole
 

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Dr. Kelly Brooks’ work with fungus at Penn State University has mushroomed into a spinoff startup in Colorado. Happy Valley, Penn., was just the place for such a company to take root: Penn State “happens to have the largest collection of fungi in the world,” says Alan Hahn, CEO and co-founder with Brooks. Building off Kelly’s research into mushroom root structures – mycelium – the premise of MycoTechnology’s business is to use fungi to strip bitterness and other unpalatable aspects – such as gluten – from products ranging from chocolate to wheat. By Eric Peterson
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with David Higgins, the Executive Chairman of High Speed 2 in Great Britain and the former Chief Executive of Network Rail, about rail safety and maintainence.
 
Women leaders
Aaron Harber talks with Harvard Business School Historian Nancy Koehn about women in leadership.



 
Congrats to Colorado's best engineering firm!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Engineering firm: SSG MEP Inc.! Runners-up: CH2M Hill, EVstudio   Read more!

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For his whole career John* built an arsenal of achievements that did not end once he became a C-suite executive. His success was noted in a number of ways. He was highly respected, called on to speak at leading industry events and his advice was sought after in private meetings. He had a strong sense of accomplishment and was happy with how his career had progressed. Eventually, the full life of an executive lost its appeal and he decided to retire. He was comfortable with his financial position and was ready to have a new life – one where he could relax and enjoy all he had made so many sacrifices for. Except that he immediately felt as if he had fallen off a cliff. By Tracy Houston

 
Vital signs: Prognosis improves for VA hospital
No matter how many doomsday reports flood local newspapers; no matter how many politicians cry foul; no matter how many Special Reports receive top billing on the 10 o’clock news – the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be completed. “Kiewit-Turner is working diligently with Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a final path forward,” says Tom Janssen, spokesperson for Kiewit-Turner (KT), the joint-venture contractor group heading up construction. By J.B. Bissell
 

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As probably everyone knows, Nissan, like all of the Japanese-based car makers, has a luxury division, and that is Infiniti. I drove these two vehicles back-to-back over two weeks, and I put them here in the same review because getting into the QX60 in the second week was something of a déjà vu – they are remarkably similar vehicles. By Jeff Rundles
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with Harvard Business School Historian Nancy Koehn about women in leadership.
 
Alt energy
Aaron Harber talks with Kerry Breitbart, CEO of North American Power, about how his company is incorporating alternative energy.



 
Congrats to Colorado's best architecture firm!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Architecture firm: Oz Architecture! Runners-up: EVstudio, Stream Design Landscape Architecture Read more!

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Listen to yourself. Many of us recognize this as intuition, instinct, or sixth sense. Passionate Pursuers have the ability to connect with this inner voice. Messages from the wise self may be communicated through head, heart, or hands energy, as well as through intuition. This perception capability is defined as direct knowing independent of rational thought and inference. Your wiser inner self communicates through insights or a sudden flash or idea. You might even have a visceral or gut reaction and feel pain or pleasure. Your inner self, or spirit companion as I personally call this part of me, is always there as a source of wisdom and connection to the flow of the universe. By Theresa Szczurek

 
Education companies to watch
Starting with a single customer five years ago, JMark now develops onsite and virtual training programs for defense customers and international allies, from intelligence to homeland security, cyber security, national security organizations, and commercial entities with education, training, research and analysis programs. With customers ranging from the Australian Defense Force to each of the U.S. military branches, JMark’s approach as a small, agile business has powered exceptional growth. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Marketing is a combination of science and art. Today mobile activity has surpassed laptop activity. Knowing that simple fact allows you to think differently about how you’re reaching your specific audience. The science of marketing uses a combination of psychogenic market segmentation and analysis studies, while the art of marketing creates an appealing community through engaging messaging. By Keo Frazier
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with Kerry Breitbart, CEO of North American Power, about how his company is incorporating alternative energy into its model.
 
Great leaders
Aaron Harber talks with Harvard Business School Historian Nancy Koehn about what makes a great leader.



 
Congrats to Colorado's best Commercial Builder!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 Best Commercial Builder Shaw Construction! Runners-up: Roche Constructors Inc., Brinkman Partners  Read more!

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It happened again. On Monday, you wrote out a to-list for the week, but procrastination took over and won again. You got fired up to start a project but were unable to keep the fire burning.  Most likely you chalked it up to a lack of will power. You hit another motivational slump. Motivation is the desire to do something. Shockingly simple! It’s not some magical ingredient that gives us power to do whatever we want; it’s simply the desire to want to do it. Motivation is there -- or it’s not. By Liz Wendling

 
Companies to watch: Consumer and lifestyle products
They say the gift of giving far overshadows receiving rewards from others. But Cloud 9 Living goes one step further and suggests the gift of an experience trumps that of physical belongings. The small company has partnered with more than 600 experience providers to craft memorable moments with more than 1,800 offerings, from becoming a Top Gun pilot for a day to ninja lessons to wine tasting and hot air balloon rides. In 2014, Cloud 9 was ranked No. 16 on Outside magazine’s annual “Best Places to Work” list. This year, the company predicts it will hit more than $7 million in revenues and grow its team 17 full-time employees. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Marketing is a combination of science and art. Today mobile activity has surpassed laptop activity. Knowing that simple fact allows you to think differently about how you’re reaching your specific audience. The science of marketing uses a combination of psychogenic market segmentation and analysis studies, while the art of marketing creates an appealing community through engaging messaging. By Keo Frazier
 
 
 
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Chris Mygatt, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and ColoradoBiz Publisher Sylvia Harmon talk about ColoradoBiz's Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards. Read more.

Breitbart: Energy
Aaron Harber talks with North American Power CEO Kerry Breitbart about the state of energy today.



 
Congrats to Colorado's best wealth managers/financial planners!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 wealth managers and/or financial planners! Winner: Brown & Tedstrom Inc. Runners-up: Alpine Bank, Edward Jones Read more!

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I admit to having an affinity for aw-shucks people. I’ve met combat veterans who aren’t fond of attention and will tell you they were just doing their job — of getting shot at to protect you and me. My father-in-law was of this variety (and as a WWII vet, the “greatest generation”). Only those who knew him well understood his backbone, perseverance, bravery and talent. Conversely, I’ve met blowhards who are far more hot air and hubris than talent; Donald Trump comes to mind. As a leader, where should you fall on this continuum? By Todd Ordal

 
Companies to watch: Advanced manufacturing
Strong values dictate how FHE approaches work each and every day, accounting for its story of success. Whether customers approach FHE with an unworkable configuration, an absurd delivery date or inconceivable challenge, the team of more than 25 faces customer requests with determination. FHE manufactures, services and certifies pressure control equipment for the wire line sector of the oil and gas industry. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Marketing is a combination of science and art. Today mobile activity has surpassed laptop activity. Knowing that simple fact allows you to think differently about how you’re reaching your specific audience. The science of marketing uses a combination of psychogenic market segmentation and analysis studies, while the art of marketing creates an appealing community through engaging messaging. By Keo Frazier
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with North American Power CEO Kerry Breitbart about the state of energy today.


Info ecology
Aaron Harber talks with MAYA Design CEO Mickey McManus about information ecology.
 



 
Congrats to Colorado's best venture capital firms!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 venture capital firms! Winner: Foundry Group
Runners-up: Access Venture Partners, Colorado Impact Fund

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In the 50 years since preservationist Dana Crawford revealed her vision for one of Denver’s most beloved shopping and dining destinations, the retail on historic Larimer Square has come full circle. It started with locally owned businesses, but Crawford soon discovered that she needed national credit tenants to make the popular destination profitable. She landed Ann Taylor, Laura Ashley, Talbot’s and Williams-Sonoma. By Margaret Jackson

 
Does your company qualify for R&D tax credit?
Does your company spend time and resources in the development and/or improvement of a product, process, formula, technique, software or invention? If so, you should consider taking advantage of both federal and state research and experimentation tax credits. Also known as the “R&D” or “research” tax credit, its purpose is to encourage innovation and provide a powerful incentive for businesses to continue to invest in people and technology. By Richard Wile
 

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Marketing is a combination of science and art. Today mobile activity has surpassed laptop activity. Knowing that simple fact allows you to think differently about how you’re reaching your specific audience. The science of marketing uses a combination of psychogenic market segmentation and analysis studies, while the art of marketing creates an appealing community through engaging messaging. By Keo Frazier
 
 
 
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Trillions
Aaron Harber talks with MAYA Design CEO Mickey McManus about his new book.



 
Congrats to Colorado's best venture capital firms!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado 2015 venture capital firms! Winner: Foundry Group
Runners-up: Access Venture Partners, Colorado Impact Fund

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Much of your anxiety in family relationships flows from your inner list of requirements that connect you to your ‘tribe’. You connect with the tribe when you follow the tribal rules, many of which are unspoken. When you feel that you fall short of connecting to your tribe and honoring the tribal codes, anxiety begins to quickly grow. Perhaps it is as simple as when your family gathers for Sunday dinner and one Sunday night you have plans. A common emotional response may be guilt—and all participants have their role in it. By Lauren Miller

 
Financial companies to watch
With the glut of data accumulating by the second, experts are needed to make sense of it all. That’s where Sanity Solutions comes in – to put some reason to the madness with customizable and easy-to-integrate storage, protection, security, computing and infrastructure. With its offerings, data becomes increasingly available and less likely to be lost, all while bringing costs down. Rather than selling, account executives at Sanity focus on problem-solving. Sanity was recently named Dell’s Partner of the Year for the second year in a row. By Gigi Sukin
 

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I have always been simultaneously awed and petrified by technology. But “advancements” of late scare the bejeebers out of me. Sometimes I feel like that guy in a stupid television advertisement who goes “off the grid!” Nowhere seems safe anymore. For instance, it’s comforting to know that while I’m driving a car, should something happen, I am protected by multiple airbags. Or at least it was comforting. By Jeff Rundles
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with MAYA Design CEO Mickey McManus about his new book.
 


Green impact
Matthew Hamilton of Aspen Skiing Company talks about how businesses can leverage their sustainability practices to take a greater role in energy and climate issues. Read more. 


 
Congrats to Colorado's best credit unions!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado credit unions! Winner: Bellco Credit Union Runners-up: Elevations Credit Union, Public Service Credit Union. Read more!

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I want to take this opportunity to challenge my fellow business owners to look beyond the current job pool and begin championing the Denver youth well before they are old enough to be of direct value as an organization’s next great hire. In light of recent news hitting our area about lowering Denver’s fortified graduation standards to eliminate science and social studies, it is up to the people who live and work in Denver to put pressure–not only on city resources, but on one another—to cultivate the next generation of business leaders and innovative rock stars. By John Oechsle

 
Building for Millenials
Denver’s strong economy, solid job growth and enviable quality of life have made the area attractive to Millennials. The number of college graduates aged 25 to 34 living in the Mile High City has risen 47 percent since the year 2000. The influx of these young professionals has spurred a construction boom, particularly in the multifamily market. The most sought-after new apartment developments offer amenities which active, environmentally-oriented Millennials crave – from bike storage rooms to vehicle charging stations to rooftop pools and fitness centers. By Scott Conrad
 

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The Colorado Rockies executed one of the more brilliant business ideas in the recent history of American sports. Unfortunately, it had no effect on the product on the field. Still, Rockies ownership and management deserve credit for recognizing an opportunity to turn around a floundering part of their business. For years, the seats in the upper deck in right field at Coors Field were mostly ignored, only used for popular games such as Opening Day or fireworks nights around the Fourth of July. By Kyle Ringo
 
 
 
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Matthew Hamilton of Aspen Skiing Company talks about how businesses can leverage their sustainability practices to take a greater role in energy and climate issues. Read more.

Green champs
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. Read more. 


 
Congrats to Colorado's best banks!
Congrats to the Best of Colorado banks! Winner: Alpine Bank; Runners-up: FirstBank of Colorado (1st Bank), Wells Fargo BankRead more!

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A&P consistently ranks among the nation's top 50 construction managers and general contractors. Founded in 1946, the company serves the education, multifamily, health care, commercial, municipal and senior living market segments.
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