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If you’re seeking options and opportunities for successful self-employment, the May 30 “Un-Job Fair” is an event not to be missed! Colorado Free University is hosting its sixth annual, workshops and speaker-driven presentation complete with national presenters and authors who specialize in self-employment and entrepreneurial startups. As a new teacher to CFU myself, and curious about this affordable adult learning facility, I recently had the pleasure of meeting with its President, Dr. Helen Hand. What is CFU? By Esty Atlas

Are all our accomplishments just stepping-stones to something else that we don’t know or understand yet? Does the fact that we can ask questions like these, ponder the unponderable, think the unthinkable, and accomplish things that no other species can accomplish, somehow give us a higher purpose? If we limit our thinking to solving past problems, we can only see a very narrow spectrum of our larger purpose. But who gets to decide what that is, and how will that expand over time? By Tom Frey


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Alex Bogusky joined Miami-based ad agency Crispin and Porter as art director in 1989, but he never saw himself as a “lifer” anywhere. He added his surname to the agency’s nameplate in less than a decade and racked up industry accolades, awards and an affinity for outside-the-box campaigns. But in October 2010, Bogusky announced via Twitter he would be pursuing new ventures. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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Logic Integration CEO Shawn Hansson talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
InLine Media President Ilene Nathanson talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 


 
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There is a saying coined by Benjamin Graham (a legend in the field of security analysis) that is probably one of the most insightful comments on the nature of stock markets. Graham said, "Price is what you pay; value is what you get." While this sounds simple, it hits at the core of what is most challenging about investing. As markets bid up stock prices, investors assume there must be a fundamental reason for it. Contrary to what many investors and salesmen on Wall Street think, Graham recognized that there are many times when price does not come close to equaling value. By Fred Taylor

With the urban battle-for-parking scenario worsening in Colorado’s metro areas, smart cars offer a glimmer of hope. The pint-sized vehicles can be squeezed with ease into smaller curbside spots, and they’re available to car-share members anytime. Owned by the car-share company Car2Go, the fleet of Denver’s 450 eco-friendly smart cars first hit the streets in June 2013. Now, less than two years later, the Colorado-based business has increased by 150 cars and is up to 31,000 members. By Morgan Tilton


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Few people realize that humanity today is being confined to a macro-bubble. Our limited grasp of today’s technology, coupled with our limited understanding of the world, and just the limitations of being human, blind us from seeing our true potential. In short, we’re living our lives as bubble people, limiting our view of the world to what we know, what we can prove, and what “the experts” say is possible. By Tom Frey

 
 
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InLine Media President Ilene Nathanson talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Eric Gutknecht, president and CEO of Continental Sausage, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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Chances are, your human resource professionals know the law and the protocols your business has in place so they can ensure they are followed. Your supervisors, however, may not.  If they don’t, they may not have the knowledge they need to alert your in‑house human resource experts. For example, imagine an employee with a recently‑diagnosed medical problem—potentially a disability—struggling to perform the essential functions of their job. By Pamela Howland

Lately, the buzz around companies that account for environmental and social impacts on par with profits has been rising. Yet as the discussion has spread, so has the confusion over what constitutes a B Corp and how it’s different from a benefit corporation. As a result, it’s fairly common to see a company that has registered as a benefit corporation declare that it’s a B Corp. Or, a corporation that has achieved Certified B Corp status will refer to itself as a benefit corporation. By Kerby Meyers


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Part of top-tier Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School brought its Executive MBA program to Denver in 2013. Edith Varley, Olin’s director of discernment, says the 20-month program turns your career aspirations into qualifications that “make you hard to copy in a market full of lookalikes,” and is underscored by a professional-development process the EMBA team calls “Olinization.” By Stuart Bunderson

 
 
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Clear Peak LLC 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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So how do we overcome the stereotypes and discrimination that hold back the careers of our wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters—especially when the status quo harms us all, both financially and morally? The data are in—and have been for many years. It’s time for equality. I have two suggestions to add to the excellent advice that’s out there for women who look. The first is: ladies, find your confidence and please communicate it. Women notoriously ask for less compensation than their male counterparts. By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Part of top-tier Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School brought its Executive MBA program to Denver in 2013. Edith Varley, Olin’s director of discernment, says the 20-month program turns your career aspirations into qualifications that “make you hard to copy in a market full of lookalikes,” and is underscored by a professional-development process the EMBA team calls “Olinization.” By Stuart Bunderson


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I drove and reviewed these two vehicles just last fall, and I mentioned that to the Toyota people when we were discussing what was available. They seemed to think that the 2015 models were somehow different. Aside from a couple of minor design changes, the only change that really matters is the base price: The exact same Limited 3.5-liter, seven-passenger Sienna with AWD carried a base price last year of $41,700; this year they upped it to $42,780. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Armstrong Steel COO Eric Beavers talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
The Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations. Read more.


 
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Fear is simply a label we place on a situation we do not feel capable of handling successfully. As soon as we categorize a situation in the fearful file, we render ourselves limited in our capacity to show up with our greatest strengths and talents in life. What do you fear? Public speaking? Leadership positions? Conflict resolution? To help break the fear/anxiety loop from stealing your show, explore the following steps. By Lauren Miller

Part of top-tier Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School brought its Executive MBA program to Denver in 2013. Edith Varley, Olin’s director of discernment, says the 20-month program turns your career aspirations into qualifications that “make you hard to copy in a market full of lookalikes,” and is underscored by a professional-development process the EMBA team calls “Olinization.” By Stuart Bunderson


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Everyone knows someone with a narcissistic personality. Often, it is someone of power that shows the extreme symptoms of narcissism. Even a few leaders in the ancient world believed they were gods. I hope those times are done. A narcissist, by definition, is a personality trait of egotism, vanity or simple selfishness. They have grandiose visions about their own importance and believe they are special. In a sense, narcissism is arrogance on steroids. By Derek Murphy

 
 
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The Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations. Read more.
 
The EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community. Read more.


 
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Top performers constantly learn new skills and pertinent knowledge. They apply this in a consistent search to optimize performance. They constantly seek to test new approaches and ideas. They are always improving through trial and error. They prepare for every call and meeting. They ask themselves questions like, “Am I fully prepared for the meeting? What do I need to do to make this effective for everyone involved? Am I showing up at my best? Am I present, ready and focused?”  By Liz Wendling

“It’s Not Just for Fun: You Can Now Major in Social Media,” proclaimed one headline. “College Students to Tweet Even More in Class as Social Media Becomes a Major,” read another. The institution stirring all the interest was Newberry College in Newberry, S.C., which in 2012 became one of the first colleges in the nation to offer both a major and minor in social media. Not surprisingly, the news generated plenty of caustic commentary on college students gaining credit for frittering away their education on Facebook, Twitter and other networking platforms. By Mike Dano


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Part of top-tier Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School brought its Executive MBA program to Denver in 2013. Edith Varley, Olin’s director of discernment, says the 20-month program turns your career aspirations into qualifications that “make you hard to copy in a market full of lookalikes,” and is underscored by a professional-development process the EMBA team calls “Olinization.” By Stuart Bunderson

 
 
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New in 2015, the EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community. Read more.
 
The John Madden Leadership Award recognizes a businessperson who has made contributions to CO arts and culture. Read more.


 
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Startups are boldly transforming industries and showing no signs of slowing down. That includes health care, a sector ripe for innovation, thanks to revolutions affecting how care is delivered, by whom and where financial burdens fall. The current cost of health care accounts for roughly 18 percent of the national GDP and a hefty share of household budgets for many Americans. The good news is that nimble, tech-savvy businesses are crafting engaging, low cost, convenient digital health and health-care IT tools with the potential to dramatically redesign the health care system as we know it. By Gigi Sukin

Do you mine the collective intelligence of your board?  In today’s world, corporations are establishing processes that have an emphasis on collective wisdom for competitive advantage. This concept can be actualized at the board level through the board evaluation process. A recent study by PwC found that 63 percent of directors believe self-evaluations are mostly a “check the box” exercise. By Tracy Houston


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Most managers don't know what their key people are up to. This lack of understanding results from a failure by the manager to regularly and clearly communicate what is expected, what is to be delivered, by when it should be delivered, and what success looks like. My often used phrase, "clear unambiguous communication is critical" once again applies. Establishing this level of communication is not easily done, but failure to do so means the manager has no idea what their key people are supposed to deliver and in what time frame. By Larry Valant

 
 
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The John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a businessperson who has made significant contributions to arts and culture in Colorado.  Read more.
 
The CBCA Impact Award highlights the innovative use of the arts to propel business success, programs that engage employees with creativity. Read more.


 
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As a global community, we’re compelled to create systems to monitor and assess our success. The most prominent system currently used is called the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which serves to gauge the health of a country’s economy, therefore gauging, in theory, the country’s overall prosperity. In recent years an alternative model to this system has become a prominent talking point in global affairs. the Gross National Happiness Index. By Natalie Steinberg

Clive Smith invented a better stethoscope in 2003. “Stethoscopes had not been improved since they were invented 200 years ago,” he says. The Thinklabs One digital stethoscope reimagines the archetypal device with a headphone jack that integrates with iPads, smartphones and computers. “It’s very loud and very clear,” says Smith, noting that Thinklabs is making inroads against the “mega corporations” that dominate the market. By Eric Peterson


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WÜF co-founder and CEO Sean Kelly grew up with dogs and invisible fences. Now he’s looking to take the concept into the 21st century. After getting an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Kelly was spurred to start the company and a family dog got loose and was killed by a car. “That prompted this back to the forefront,” he says. “After we lost our dog through very avoidable circumstances, I saw it as something that needed to happen – and I needed to do it.” By Eric Peterson

 
 
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The CBCA Impact Award highlights the innovative use of the arts to propel business success, programs that engage employees with creativity. Read more.
 
The CBCA Impact Award acknowledges a for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy. Read more.


 
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It’s no secret: the way people work is fundamentally changing. Fans of the television series Mad Men know that in Don Draper’s office, head count was taken at 9 a.m. sharp, and you’d best be at your desk. However, telecommuting, flexible work hours and locations and shared office space is becoming the norm for many businesses today — for established companies and start-ups alike. As a result, the prevalence of co-working spaces has exploded in cities across the nation, including Denver. By Charlie Johnson

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. “It’s who we are,” touts Laws. “I think we can match Maker’s Mark and everybody else.” By Eric Peterson


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This winter, while spending some time in Florida, my wife and I went to a show put on by Tito Puente. She said she bought tickets because Puente is a guitar player and I have been taking guitar lessons. (Turns out he is a drummer, but we had a wonderful time anyway.) His father was also Tito Puente, who I remembered from the late ’50s and ’60s as a great salsa musician. The son saluted the father with love and respect many times during the evening. By Pat Wiesner

 
 
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The CBCA Create Award acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy. Read more.
 
The husband-wife team behind the American Vein & Vascular Institute talk about why their company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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In my last article, I talked a little about Alice the Gatekeeper. Alice and her colleagues throughout the business world are tasked with making sure you and I, as teleprospectors, don’t get put through to waste their bosses’ valuable time on our sales pitches. Talk about the Patriots versus the Broncos kind of rivalry! I have decided after so many articles on selling over the phone, to turn the tables and interview Alice for a gatekeeper’s perspective on cold calls. By Sam Dobbins

James Viola and Robert LaPoint launched Frontière in 2009. After brokering meats for the first three years, they bought processing equipment and went into production. Bison represents about two-thirds of sales and Frontière also sells organic beef, chicken and pork. “Bison has become more of a national thing,” says Viola. “People are just getting more health-conscious.” Frontière owns a herd in Colorado. “They’re not nearly as challenging as raising cattle,” Viola notes. “They’re very hardy, naturally wild animals.” But there are some wrinkles, he adds: “A 2,500-pound bull – a barbwire fence ain’t going to hold him in.” By Eric Peterson


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A few years back, I came to the conclusion that the total amount of information that we could glean from a cow was actually bigger than the cow itself. By this I mean every detail of both the inner and outer workings of a cow, along with every synapse firing, repositioning and interacting of cells, atoms and molecules. Unraveling every micro-facet of an object will produce massive amounts of information. Here’s where I got it wrong. By Tom Frey

 
 
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Gordon and Erin Gibbs, the husband-wife team behind the American Vein & Vascular Institute, talk about why their company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
JustRight Surgical Marketing Director Patti Hoag talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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A few days ago, David Brown at Techstars wrote a great post titled “Staying Organized with Workflow” about how he stays organized. Brown and I work across the hall from each other and interact regularly. Often he’ll send me a note about something and I’ll just wander over and talk to him. He’s always available, super responsive on email, and very good at having a three minute meeting that results in a decision. There was one thing in his approach that was something I used to do a long time ago, but stopped doing when I started using Gmail. By Brad Feld

CEO Tripp Keber started making marijuana-infused soda for medical marijuana dispensaries in 2009. Five years—and Amendment 64—later, he’s built a showcase production facility in northeast Denver and says he can’t make his products fast enough. Innovation: “We’ve built what I believe to be the industry’s most state-of-the-art extraction facility,” says Keber. The company uses the resulting cannabis oils in sodas, energy drinks, mints, candy bars and other products. By Eric Peterson


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Part of top-tier Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School brought its Executive MBA program to Denver in 2013. Edith Varley, Olin’s director of discernment, says the 20-month program turns your career aspirations into qualifications that “make you hard to copy in a market full of lookalikes,” and is underscored by a professional-development process the EMBA team calls “Olinization.” By Stuart Bunderson

 
 
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JustRight Surgical Marketing Director Patti Hoag talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
UrgentRX CEO Jordan Eisenberg talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more



 
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This beautiful region, including the San Juan Mountain range, is home to a wide variety of businesses and internationally known products, despite the lack of rail service or interstate highway. The area includes creative and artistic businesses covering anything from music to model trains, entrepreneurial efforts supported by two business accelerators, subsidiary offices of technology companies, nutrition and beverage companies, a strong representation of outdoor product manufacturers, and growing companies serving the natural resources industry. By Suzie Romig

As in any situation where a business is seeking financing, lease terms are often dictated by the credit application submitted through the partner leasing company. Established businesses or those with ties to a parent company or franchisor with a strong credit history can often gain the benefit of more attractive rates and terms, which often range from 24-48 months. Many lease agreements require little or no down payment, which provides an additional benefit for franchises when it comes to preserving valuable capital for other investments or using the cash for operating expenses. By Brad Bayless


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When I was a kid first falling in love with sports, I spent countless hours in the backyard pretending I was one of my favorite players for the Denver Broncos or Chicago Cubs. Last fall, I kept harkening back to those days as I conducted some personal research on the world of playing daily fantasy sports on the Internet. By Kyle Ringo

 
 
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As far as gerunds go, manufacturing is a pretty broad one. In colorado alone, it encompasses robotic welding, machining and plating parts of all kinds, fermenting grains, distilling mash, cutting, sewing, carving, curds, whey, you name it. The origin of the word says it all: Manufacturing is derived from the Latin manu factum: made by hand. Of course, it’s not just hands anymore. It’s minds and machines and computers and centuries of time-tested techniques that are often passed down from generation to generation. It’s a diverse industry with one common thread: Every sector is visceral. Tangible. These companies make things. By Eric Peterson

Your IT Manager is the one person responsible for making sure that all new software is properly paid for and in compliance with the license terms. Having central oversight helps to ensure no employee is installing rogue copies of software on their computer. Remember, these are the same employees who might decide to turn your company in to the BSA if they don’t get that raise or promotion – or if they are terminated.  By Mark Trenner


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My wife and I often remarked that stepping into the Sears store in Cherry Creek North was like walking into a time machine. The place hadn’t changed at all in the 40-something years we have been in Denver. Inside it still looks just like the Sears, Roebuck & Co. stores that each of our respective mothers took us to in the 1950s and 1960s back in Chicago (for her) and Flint, Mich. (for me). By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Ed Hilligrass, DMS executive VP, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more



 
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Growing up in China, I remember no matter how difficult life was, my parents somehow managed to find fish for our New Year’s Eve “feast” every year. At the center of our dinner table on the New Year’s Eve, there sat the fish with its head and tail intact. We were told not to touch it and just look at it. It was meant to be saved for consumption on New Year’s Day. My parents always said that saving the fish dish for the next year was important. It meant we would not go hungry next year. By Helen Raleigh

The process for creating weatherproof outerwear hasn’t changed for close to 40 years, according to Voormi co-founder Dustin English. Three separate layers – a base, a face textile and a rubber-glove-like waterproof membrane – are glued together, resulting in a laminated construction referred to as a “sandwich.” Now, Pagosa Springs-based Voormi has changed the game. In January, the small-batch textile brand introduced Core Construction technology. The result?  By Morgan Tilton


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The Watering Bowl is a place where dogs are free to romp outside on a 9,000-square-foot turf play area while their owners sip beer and eat pizza or wings. Plenty of bars in Denver allow leashed dogs on their patios, but brothers Justin and Jerad Henry envisioned something grander when they opened the Watering Bowl in November 2013 on a property that includes a large A-frame building previously used for auctioning antiques. They aptly dubbed the place – the outside, anyway – “Your Best Friend’s Bar.” By Mike Taylor

 
 
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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.
 
Payreel President Heidi McLean talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more


 
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The demise of local retail stores has been painful to watch. Empty storefronts and weed-infested parking lots are gut-wrenching symbols of community decay. So if I told you there was an immediate way to turn this around, would that catch your attention? This whole transformation in thinking started with a short visit on Saturday to “The Source,” an artisan food market inside a former 1880‘s brick foundry in Denver’s River North District. By Tom Frey

Resort and tourism managers hope most visitors will have positive, memorable experiences so their word-of-mouth or sharable reviews on TripAdvisor or Yelp draw the next wave of customers. Tourists may not know the term, but to resort marketers, a high Net Promoter Score is golden. When nine out of 10 people surveyed would recommend a destination to a friend or colleague, that translates to a 90 NPS. By Suzie Romig


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Alex Bogusky joined Miami-based ad agency Crispin and Porter as art director in 1989, but he never saw himself as a “lifer” anywhere. He added his surname to the agency’s nameplate in less than a decade and racked up industry accolades, awards and an affinity for outside-the-box campaigns. But in October 2010, Bogusky announced via Twitter he would be leaving his self-created post as “Chief Insurgent Officer” at CP+B’s holding company, MDC Partners, to pursue new ventures. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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Payreel President Heidi McLean talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Meritage Funds' Derek Pilling talks about the Capital Connection event at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference. 


 
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One of the dumbest things I ever did was sell my two shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock many years ago. “Warren Buffett is getting old,” I said to myself, “and he certainly can’t continue this kind of record!” Well, he has! The overall return (based upon market value) of Berkshire Hathaway stock for the past 50 years has been 1,826,163 percent compared with the Standard & Poor’s 500 index return of 11,196 percent. Buffett’s advice goes way beyond investing; it’s just as much about leadership and life. Here are some lessons I pulled from the 2014 edition. By Todd Ordal

With the urban battle-for-parking scenario worsening in Colorado’s metro areas, smart cars offer a glimmer of hope. The pint-sized vehicles can be squeezed with ease into smaller curbside spots, and they’re available to car-share members anytime. Owned by the car-share company Car2Go, the fleet of Denver’s 450 eco-friendly smart cars first hit the streets in June 2013. Now, less than two years later, the Colorado-based business has increased by 150 cars and is up to 31,000 members. By Morgan Tilton


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Nissan is nothing if not innovative in design – inside and out. But innovation itself isn’t always superior, and in many ways this 2015 Nissan Juke, while innovative, is also a bit goofy.
It looks like a smushed-down version of an SUV, and it features large wheel wells that make the tires look as if this vehicle is some kind of kiddie-car that might well keep going if it flipped on its top. 
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Axion Health President & CEO Tom Carson talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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We’ve all received endorsements for skills we didn’t know we had from people who don’t even know us. Though I think I could navigate compensation and benefits, I’ve never done it, so I was mystified when a mystery endorsement came from someone who endorsed me for “compensation and benefits.” So, in an effort to understand more about this function and to educate those in a job search, I went to explore the pros and cons of endorsements. By Shawna Simcik

Friday, September 19, 2014. This day had two historic events. Scotland voted to stay together, keeping their 307-year-old union. And China, with the U.S. as midwife, floated the largest IPO in history. Why is this important? It shows us two stages that investors need to be aware of: the grow stage and the manage stage. I have nothing against Scotland but, looking through the lenses of an investor, it wouldn’t be a growth market. The country is merely managing the economy, worrying about an old relationship. Now head east to China. By Ron Phillips


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Marketing is imperative for the real estate industry. Without marketing, projects do not get sold, land stays on the market and people do not visit the final development. Real estate sales activity and user engagement cannot and does not rely on, “If we build it, they will come.” As a marketing professional in the industry for nearly 10 years, I'm sharing some tips on how to market in the real estate industry to build brand awareness and ultimately generate leads, from digital practices to print collateral to foot-traffic engagement. By Keo Frazier
 
 
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Mesirow Financial VP Miki Tynan talks about the Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference and an event that will brings together high-powered women leaders.
 
Well Master CEO Rob Bender talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch.  Read more.


 
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Every week I receive calls from professionals wanting to learn how to be better closers. Some want to learn different techniques to close more sales. Some want to improve the closing skills of their salespeople. I tell them that it’s not their closing skills that are the issue – that's a symptom of a bigger issue. They think they’re not closing the sale because they lack that magical phrase, slick one-liner or some fancy closing statement. By Liz Wendling

The three generations in today’s workforce include Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. Each generation has its own set of values, communication style and expectations about their work environment as it relates to their health.  The companies we work with have realized that effective wellness initiatives must appeal to this diverse workforce. As a result, employers must first understand the different expectations and unique needs of their multigenerational workers before implementing a wellness program. By Sandy Alexander


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Marketing is imperative for the real estate industry. Without marketing, projects do not get sold, land stays on the market and people do not visit the final development. Real estate sales activity and user engagement cannot and does not rely on, “If we build it, they will come.” As a marketing professional in the industry for nearly 10 years, I'm sharing some tips on how to market in the real estate industry to build brand awareness and ultimately generate leads, from digital practices to print collateral to foot-traffic engagement. By Keo Frazier
 
 
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Well Master CEO Rob Bender talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Sharklet Technologies CEO Mark Spiecker talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch.  Read more.


 
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At the beginning of a new year, at the end of each quarter and along the way, assess progress. You may have done this already in your life planning and in your work strategic planning. If so, take out your notes and review them now. If you haven't done so yet, it's never too late. Try these simple techniques. By Theresa Szczurek

There’s a growing trend within the investment industry that reflects an increasing awareness of looking beyond traditional financial analysis. Known broadly as responsible investing, the practice encompasses a broad swath of philosophies and approaches that assess a company’s impact on the environment, its employees and the varied communities that it touches as rigorously as its financial returns. Some of the dynamics behind the rising prominence of responsible investing could push the subject onto the radar of business owners and managers. By Kerby Meyers


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Marketing is imperative for the real estate industry. Without marketing, projects do not get sold, land stays on the market and people do not visit the final development. Real estate sales activity and user engagement cannot and does not rely on, “If we build it, they will come.” As a marketing professional in the industry for nearly 10 years, I'm sharing some tips on how to market in the real estate industry to build brand awareness and ultimately generate leads, from digital practices to print collateral to foot-traffic engagement. By Keo Frazier
 
 
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Sharklet Technologies CEO Mark Spiecker talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Eldon James President Marcia Coulson talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch.  Read more.


 
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If you’re in the cold calling business, picking up the phone can be one of the hardest things you do.  Dial after dial and rejection after rejection can leave you feeling defeated and demotivated.  It’s no wonder people burn out on cold calling in a relatively short time. You need more than rhinoceros skin. You need a magic bag of tricks to keep you motivated and successful.  Here are some of my favorite tools to juice up my dialing day. By Sam Dobbins

You have been hearing a lot more about the strength of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies for some time. The U.S. dollar has risen 15 percent against the Euro in the past 12 months Today, a U.S. dollar is equivalent to .87 Euros and a Euro will buy 1.13 U.S. dollars. A few years ago, the Euro traded at $1.58 and the dollar only bought .63 Euros. Other European currencies have also been hurt, including the Russian Ruble, which dropped 41 percent this year, making it one of the worst currencies in the world after the Hryvnia in Ukraine. By Fred Taylor and Charlie Farrell


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Marketing is imperative for the real estate industry. Without marketing, projects do not get sold, land stays on the market and people do not visit the final development. Real estate sales activity and user engagement cannot and does not rely on, “If we build it, they will come.” As a marketing professional in the industry for nearly 10 years, I'm sharing some tips on how to market in the real estate industry to build brand awareness and ultimately generate leads, from digital practices to print collateral to foot-traffic engagement. By Keo Frazier
 
 
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Eldon James President Marcia Coulson talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
 
Best-selling author Dr. TC North talks about the power of passion to fuel greatness both personally and professionally. Read more.


 
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Though each of us is part of the walking wounded at least some of the time, we tend to forget all of the things others may be carrying on their backs that affect their mood, behavior or performance. When someone doesn’t meet our expectations we typically jump to judgment of the “rude” person who accidentally lets the door close in our face or the “lazy” food server who doesn’t immediately take our order. When it comes to understanding and reacting to the crosses that others might be bearing, the Golden Rule often disappears. By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Denver apartment developers are researching the best ways to make sure that their buildings are efficient and sustainable for years to come.  Some of their recent discoveries include installing fuel cells into buildings as a way to harness a building’s continuous release of energy and power and recycling it for future use.  Quality construction with a focus on sustainability is the key to any building’s success into the future.  Designing the project to the sustainable principles of LEED standards continues to be a focus. By Erik Hagevik


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The rules of making money and making deals have shape-shifted in an era of greater uncertainty and transparency. There is an increasing expectation of "full disclosure" in every part of our world, customers are more savvy, and employees expect to play a part in decisions that used to be executive territory. The job of leading a company is more precarious and difficult than ever. By Lisa Jackson
 
 
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Best-selling author Dr. TC North talks about the power of passion to fuel greatness both personally and professionally. Read more.
 
Mother-son team of Geil and Morgan Browning talk about why their company, Emergenetics International, is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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In my consulting, I have found one of the distinguishing traits of passionate, high-performing organizations is an obsessive focus by the people in it on both the what and the how of their business. The what in business is the one thing for which the business is known. What product or service differentiates the company from others in its market? The how is about creating a high-performance culture to sustain passion and great products or services. What are you highly passionate about in your work? By TC North

I have a real fondness for conglomerates. I think they’re very underrated companies that have hidden synergies that help them through tough economic times. For example, as one unit is floundering another could be growing and giving strength and support to the others. The most famous conglomerate is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. We can see from his success that this strategy is a great way to build wealth. By Ron Phillips


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Unless they're Brad Pitt or Meryl Streep, most actors must audition for every role they get. When competing against hundreds of other actors, they have to find ways to quickly stand out and convince the casting director that they are right for the part. As salespeople, you are also on an audition of sorts and need to quickly convince the prospect or customer that you are right for the sale. By Julie Hansen

 
 
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TeamSnap President & CEO Dave Dupont talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Linda Appel Lipsius, CEO of Teatulia Organic Teas, talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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In a recent episode, head cook Mrs. Patmore inherited 300 pounds from her aunt. That might not sound like much today, but it was worth a lot more in 1924. Mrs Patmore is a prudent person so she chose not to squander the money. But she didn’t know what to do with it, so she asked the head butler, Mr. Carson, for financial advice. Why consult with Mr. Carson? She explained that Mr. Carson is a male and an authority figure to her. It turned out Mr. Carson didn’t know much about personal finance himself. By Helen Raleigh

You know a good salesperson when you see one, and “good” to me doesn’t just mean the salesperson closed the deal. It’s easy to recognize when a salesperson has gone above and beyond to make sure the sale was great and the customer satisfied. A good sales experience for both the salesperson and the prospect is something that everyone can relate to and hope for. So what is it that makes for an amazing sales experience? By Gary Harvey


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Companies that are led and managed in a superior fashion consistently outperform their competition. Good leadership and management are generally poorly understood by those who lead and manage, but more tragically, they are poorly understood by those who hire, i.e., the boards of directors. Poor selection of leaders and managers occurs because the criteria for hiring superior leaders and managers are poorly understood and therefore incorrectly applied. By Larry Valant

 
 
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Linda Appel Lipsius, co-founder and CEO of Teatulia Organic Teas, talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
David Sunshine, president & CEO of Silver Bullet Water Treatment Co., talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.


 
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Modelling and game-testing our systems is a cause with epic meaning. If the U.S. government had game-tested the Affordable Care Act prior to implementation, they would have found hundreds, perhaps thousands of ways to improve the system before hiring all the people and writing all the operations manuals. Game-testing systems like this can also be applied to every change in the tax code, social welfare, business incentives, legal changes to the Constitution and much more. By Tom Frey

For many affluent Denver investors, climate change is real. More than half say that climate change is having at least some impact on planet Earth, with 34 percent reporting that climate change is having a lot of impact. More than half of investors place the blame on human activity: 60 percent say that humans are having at least some impact on climate change. This is significantly lower than the proportion of high net worth investors nationwide who say that humans are affecting climate change (71 percent). By Stephen Stribling


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Remember those first-day-of-school jitters? You were nervous with anticipation and, as a result, probably slept very little wondering where your classes were and what your new teachers were like? That’s not even considering all the social issues that arise such as who would be in your class and where you would sit for lunch at the cafeteria. We all hoped that those first-day jitters ended as soon as we received our high school and college diplomas, but that's not the case. Whenever one starts a new job, they are faced with those exact same apprehensive feelings. By Derek Murphy

 
 
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