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On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I had a conversation with Axel Rüger, director of the renowned Van Gogh Museum, about what made Van Gogh so famous. Was it his talent, the fact that he cut off his own ear, or a combination of both? As we continued the discussion, perhaps an even bigger question that we debated was whether Van Gogh and his artwork would be more famous or less famous 100 years from now? Naturally, this line of thinking raises many other questions. Is there any kind of formula that can guarantee fame? Does grandstanding, plus talent, equal fame? . By Tom Frey
 
 
Mergers and acquisitions
It’s been a busy year for mergers and acquisitions, and next year could be even busier. Warren Henson, president and senior managing director of investment banking firm Green Manning & Bunch Ltd., said he is seeing a positive trend. “There is more capital to buy companies than there are companies to buy,” he said. “When there is more capital, the valuation levels are really good for really good businesses.” By Nora Caley
 

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Half of Colorado’s smallest businesses are considering changing health insurance carriers for 2015, according to results of recent statewide survey of small businesses commissioned by Delta Dental of Colorado. Among businesses with five to 49 employees, half are considering changing their insurance carrier next year, while the other half felt “extremely” or “very” confident that they would renew with their current carrier. By Kathy Jacoby

 
 
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Think about some of the famous brands you see every day. Everyone recognizes these brands, and expect a certain experience whether walking into a store selling that brand at the airport on the other side of the country, or a store down the street. Often, the brand has evolved into much more than simply a name that identifies a product. The brand is an experience. And that's the case for many businesses. Even a handyman provides customers with an experience – showing up in a clearly marked vehicle, wearing a clean uniform with name badge, being courteous and professional while explaining the problem and the solution. By Mark Trenner
 
 
Step up absence management
Whether you’re running a small company that’s dealing with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act for the first time or handling absences for a multinational corporation, you need to be aware of your obligations under the law and ready to deal with a variety of complex situations.  Helping employees deal with injury and loss and then helping them get back to work quickly and safely isn’t an easy job, but it’s one worth doing and worth doing well. By Jason Cole
 

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Sarah Welle and Dulcie Wilcox shared a love of good food and cocktails, leading them to launch a company that didn’t offer run-of-the-mill gift baskets, but instead local flair to spare. The result is Colorado Crafted, which they started in early 2013 and now features about 15 local producers ranging from Helliemae’s Caramels to Merfs Hand Grenade Sriracha Sauce. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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I’ve had two family members who moved to Colorado and lived with me for a couple months while they hunted for work. They treated the job hunt as an eight-hour-a-day job in and of itself. Within a few weeks, the more experienced of the two found work as an office manager, her career of choice. The less experienced, who lacked even a high school diploma, found a job at a fast food restaurant and over the following months was able to move from minimum wage to double that by changing employers. A GED and community college are on the horizon. By Tucker Hart Adams
 
 
Top 10 things to do before a divorce
Unless there is a good reason to separate quickly, it is much smarter to remain with possession of the children until you work out a temporary parenting plan. Make sure that you know the children’s teachers, counselors, doctors and other professionals. The last thing you want is to have the school teacher tell an evaluator that they do not know what you look like and have never met you. By Suzanne Griffiths
 

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Each morning, as I brush my teeth, I barely recognize the person in the mirror staring back at me. If I’m the same person I was 20 years ago, then why do I look so different, think so different, and why has my path of progress been so unpredictable? When people are sent to prison, the person coming out is dramatically different than the person going in. By Tom Frey

 
 
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How can I keep focused on dialing when so many are thinking about how to get home or on vacation this time of year?  Easy.  I had some good — no, I had some great -- mentors along the way.  Their guidance and philosophies have helped shape a career that I’m proud of and excited to work on every day possible.  So, when I sit down to my Thanksgiving dinner this year, you can bet I’ll have plenty to express gratitude for. Here are just a few of the people I want to thank now and always: By Sam Dobbins
 
 
The wild world of IPOs
Often initial public offerings are interpreted as symptoms of big things brewing and validation that the rest of the world is watching. Bold, buzz-worthy IPOs secure a spotlight and generous payday for the companies as well as the communities they’re stationed in. But it goes beyond that moment in time. It’s worth noting that public ownership comes at a cost, and the sparkle of the IPO can fade. By Gigi Sukin
 

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The truth is, I really like all three vehicles – I like the way they drive, the visibility, power, roominess and styling. I like all of the systems (the stereo, the climate control, the high-tech access, etc.). If any of the three vehicles were given to me, I would gladly take it and be happy driving it for many years to come. If I was pressed to name a favorite, I suppose I would say the Highlander Hybrid in that it has a hybrid engine and I would feel as though I was being “green” (even if that is mostly a ruse in this configuration). But the key in this scenario is that it would be given to me. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Diedra Garcia, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver (and a ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year finalist) was born in Las Vegas, N.M., and moved to Denver when her father enrolled in law school at the University of Denver. Her father returned to New Mexico, leaving her mother and grandmother to raise Garcia and her two sisters in a Southwest Denver neighborhood. Garcia, now 49, took the reins of the 2,300-member Chamber in February after leaving DRG Construction Corp., a commercial contracting firm she operated with her now ex-husband. By Lynn Bronikowski
 
Big Data and the board room
Businesses today now collect billions of additional pieces of digital information on customers, processes, products, competitors and employees. Very few of these bits and bytes of information are significant on their own. But, if compiled in totality and analyzed with today’s powerful computing platforms, they provide vital new insights. As directors, how do we guide management to gather and analyze the data that will enable us to assess performance and make better decisions? By Taylor Simonton
 

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With all the hype and expectations around SDN (Software Defined Networking) these days, there’s also a lot of confusion around what it really means. A year or two ago, the word on the street was that SDN was going to be the answer – it could program the network. But since then we’ve realized that what’s really driving SDN is that it enables dynamic response times, so businesses can quickly adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. So, what exactly is SDN? By Amy Gregory

 
 
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Most business owners are planning on the proceeds from the sale of their business to fund their retirement. However, the 2013 State of Owner Readiness Survey revealed that over 80 percent of business owners have no formal transition plan. Historically, only 25 percent of businesses up for sale actually sell. Combine the lack of readiness with the historically low success rates for selling a business, and you could be looking at the perfect storm for business owners. Here are five tips to increase your odds for a successful business sale. By Tensie Homan

 
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More than a decade ago, the employees of what was then a fledgling brewery in Fort Collins took a vote: Would they get their profit-sharing earnings that year, or would they instead put that money toward a 10-year investment in wind energy? “It was really a defining moment for us,” Katie Wallace says now. By Mike Dano
 

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With all the hype and expectations around SDN (Software Defined Networking) these days, there’s also a lot of confusion around what it really means. A year or two ago, the word on the street was that SDN was going to be the answer – it could program the network. But since then we’ve realized that what’s really driving SDN is that it enables dynamic response times, so businesses can quickly adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. So, what exactly is SDN? By Amy Gregory

 
 
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Your success depends on how well you sell, not how well you play with your toys. Technology gives people the illusion that they are becoming more connected when, in reality, it’s crippling their social skills. Liking, sharing, “favoriting” and commenting on posts might seem like a sincere way to establish or maintain valuable relationships, but no amount of likes or thumbs-up buttons will replace genuine human interaction. If you truly want to stand out and differentiate yourself, you need to step away from technology and step into real conversations. Stop typing and texting and start talking! By Liz Wendling

 
More endangered jobs
The question remains, will technology become a net-destroyer of jobs or a net-creator? For each of the endangered jobs listed above, I can easily come up with several logical offshoots that may amount to a net increase in jobs.As an example, traditional lawyers may transition into super-lawyers handling 10 times the caseload of lawyers today. By Tom Frey
 

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With all the hype and expectations around SDN (Software Defined Networking) these days, there’s also a lot of confusion around what it really means. A year or two ago, the word on the street was that SDN was going to be the answer – it could program the network. But since then we’ve realized that what’s really driving SDN is that it enables dynamic response times, so businesses can quickly adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. So, what exactly is SDN? By Amy Gregory

 
 
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Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety. If you’ve not heard the phrase “technological unemployment,” brace yourself; you’ll be hearing it a lot over the coming years. Technology is automating jobs out of existence at a record clip, and it’s only getting started  By Tom Frey

 
Back in Boulder: Rick George
Fixing a department drowning in debt, hemorrhaging customers, with apathy among donors and competitors relishing every chance to rub the Buffaloes’ noses in it, hardly seemed like a dream job. Yet Rick George left behind a lucrative vice president position with the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball to dive into a restoration project in Boulder few thought could be accomplished. By Kyle Ringo
 

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With all the hype and expectations around SDN (Software Defined Networking) these days, there’s also a lot of confusion around what it really means. A year or two ago, the word on the street was that SDN was going to be the answer – it could program the network. But since then we’ve realized that what’s really driving SDN is that it enables dynamic response times, so businesses can quickly adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. So, what exactly is SDN? By Amy Gregory

 
 
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So, I'm in at a new client, and inevitably that client asks, "How do you make this cold-calling stuff look so easy?"  Same thing happens with prospects. They shake their heads in amazement over what I can produce with just a few dials of the phone. I can get contact information, qualify a lead (or more appropriately, DISqualify them), learn interesting industry news, and more. My prospects and clients envision huge new streams of income with my demonstrations. You'd think I was a magician and not just a cold-call guy. By Sam Dobbins

 
Academia charts a new course
As demand for education increases and more working professionals seek continuous development, local schools have adapted accordingly. The result is a lot of options. “With so many choices, the important thing for adult learners is identifying their goals,” says Michael McGuire, Dean of University College at the University of Denver. By Jamie Siebrase
 

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With all the hype and expectations around SDN (Software Defined Networking) these days, there’s also a lot of confusion around what it really means. A year or two ago, the word on the street was that SDN was going to be the answer – it could program the network. But since then we’ve realized that what’s really driving SDN is that it enables dynamic response times, so businesses can quickly adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. So, what exactly is Software Defined Networking? By Amy Gregory

 
 
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I have had many clients over the years who find themselves mucking through a mid-life crisis because of being stretched so thin they can barely see straight, let alone keep their identity intact. According to Webster, the definition of energy is your capacity for action. When your capacity for action is syphoned into one or two areas of your life, there is not a lot left for the other areas that perhaps align with your core values this holiday season. One of the biggest energy leaks in terms of our capacity for action occurs when we do not close the action loop of behavior and move on to another task. By Lauren Miller

 
Who stepped up during Colorado's epic flood?
No one who lived through the flood of September 2013 or followed it in the media will ever forget it. Flood waters along the Front Range forced the evacuation of more than 18,000 people and destroyed over 1,850 homes. More than 200 miles of state highways and 50 bridges were damaged. Ten people died. A year later, families and communities are still recovering from it.
 

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Sometime in the early nineties, we decided that we were causing some of our own problems because we weren’t training our own salesmen. Business was good and growing, but we wanted to make our team better. So for 10 or so years we ran classes and asked everyone who attended to rank, in order of importance, a dozen reasons they might go to work for a company. The list included items like: Working Hours, Ethical Company, Growth Opportunity, Salary, Guaranteed Advancement, Paid Vacation and Leadership Training. By Pat Wiesner

 
 
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In between the highs and lows, a little recognition can go a long way in keeping a team together when the going gets tough. It’s easy to take a colleague, a boss or an employee for granted and assume they know you “see” the quality of their work, their drive, their productivity, and their dedication to the company. It’s a common oversight, but it can be hurtful to both the employee and the boss – even though such an oversight is often unintentional, and even surprising for the manager to realize. It takes time to communicate, to express thanks – and if the business world is short on anything, it’s time. By Erin Gibbs

 
Reading for the plane
Here's some reading to take along on your next businss trip: Take Command Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business by Jake Wood. The founder and CEO of Team Rubicon and an ex-Marine sniper applies lessons in leadership and teamwork from the disaster zone and battlefield to show how to be a “first responder” in business. By Tracy Houston
 

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This is my last “SportsBiz” column, as I’m heading off to international adventures that will take me away from the market. My hope is that in small ways, over the years this column has helped shine a light on the ideas, people and companies that are doing creative things to advance sports business in the state. Here are some parting words from the wayback machine, an excerpt from a column I wrote in 2006 about business lessons I learned from participating in sports management on a personal level, as a longtime youth baseball and softball coach. My advice to managers everywhere was this: By Stewart Schley

 
 
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Perhaps you saw this miniseries, one of the best things I’ve seen on television, depicting real soldiers in WWII. It dawned on me that the most engaged, committed teams I’ve been part of or worked with had much in common with the Band of Brothers soldiers. I’m not delusional. Nothing we do in business will match the bravery or sacrifice of soldiers in war, but some themes are common. A business band of brothers shares a common foxhole. They know one another well because they spend a good deal of time together. By Todd Ordal

 
Oilfield innovators drawn to water
In August, Riggs Eckelberry flew into Aspen for a renewable energy conference, but perhaps surprisingly, his message concerned traditional energy development. He aimed to talk about his company’s algae-based system to help drillers clean up their water. “They will save money, which to me is a pretty attractive case of win-win,” said Eckelberry, chief executive of OriginOil. By Allen Best
 

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This is an exciting time to be living in Colorado, as there is an obvious economic boom underway, manifest mostly in visible construction, and it is truly something to behold. And this isn’t just some idle observation: I have been witnessing the booms and busts of our fair state and its capital city up-close for nearly 40 years as a business reporter. Still, I have never seen anything quite like what is happening now. But it begs some serious questions. For one: Who the hell is living in all of the apartments that are springing up everywhere? By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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The boom and bust in the energy industry on Colorado’s Western Slope has taken its toll on Grand Junction, which stands in stark contrast to other parts of the state that have come back from the Great Recession. The area is still 3,000 jobs short of its pre-recession level, so now it’s focused on bringing new industries to the region to combat the erosion of jobs, specifically in the oil and gas industry.  to fund startups. Hedge funds are once again  By Margaret Jackson

 
Only billionaires need apply
Five Colorado billionaires cracked this year’s Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, led again by Charlie Ergen. The DISH Network chairman and founder’s estimated net worth of $17.2 billion placed him 26th in the ranking. Other Coloradans on the list, released in advance of Forbes’ October issue: No. 40: Philip Anschutz, investor in energy, real estate and entertainment ($11.1 billion); No. 60: John Malone, Cable TV magnate ($7.6 billion); No. 90: James Leprino of the Leprino Foods cheese empire ($3 billion). By Mike Taylor
 

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I've noticed a growing trend of Top 10 lists on various sites. There are even Top 10 lists dedicated to why Top 10 lists are so popular. And I see why people like these lists - easy to assimilate and plays into our bullet point world. Is 10 the magic number though? Is five seen as too few, and 20 out of the question? With everything around us moving faster and commanding our attention, I'd argue that we should limit, not expand our focus. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying you shouldn't multitask, which would be absurd advice in this day and age. By Derek Murphy

 
 
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Every day, I’m reading about a new thing in the startup world. Big corporations are splitting in two or spinning off divisions that are being funded by VC firms. The amount of VC investment each quarter is growing, with us now in the $10 billion / quarter zone, rather than the $10 billion a year zone. Strategic investment is in vogue again, with virtually every large public company trying to figure out how to fund startups. Hedge funds are once again allocating big money to private companies and lots of cross-over public company investors are trying to get large dollars into private companies pre-IPO. By Brad Feld
 
Denver Investor Pulse Poll
Men – either themselves or on behalf of their spouse – more often take the lead on how to fund retirement.  At the same time, women – either themselves or on behalf of their spouse – more often take the lead in discussions about their own health and also about their spouse/partner’s health. Joint discussions about planning for an unexpected serious illness increase by age, from 68 percent among those age 25-54 and 69 percent of those 55-64 to 84 percent among those age 65 or older. By Keith Robinson
 

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Nine years ago, a group of about 75 architects, engineers, contractors and developers gathered in LoDo to answer a call for potential developers capable of spearheading an urban project of nearly unprecedented scope, complexity and stakeholder interest: redeveloping – reinventing, really – the historic Union Station area in downtown Denver. Mark Falcone was there when his friend Mark Smith walked in, scanned the crowded room and sat down next to him. By Suzie Romig

 
 
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Social selling can be tricky. There are no real rules other than the golden rule: Treat other people as we would wish to be treated ourselves. That means that you need to stop sending emails that are all about you! Stop focusing on yourself and start concentrating on your prospects needs and goals. Prospects have no desire to read emails filled with the details of what you do and how you do it. They don’t care about you. They care about themselves. They don’t care about your company. They care about their own company. And finally, they don’t care about your products or services. They care about results. By Liz Wendling
 
New school aims to prepare students for STEM careers
Serial entrepreneur Vic Ahmed believes massive debt incurred by college students hinders their career development and future education options, ultimately depriving the country the full use of some of its brightest minds. He’s one of the driving forces behind the STEM Learning Center at Innovation Pavilion, set to debut in Centennial this fall with the aim of preparing students for the work force or to start their own companies right out of high school. By Mike Taylor
 

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In 2004, scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester, used adhesive tape to lift a thin layer of carbon from a block of graphite, and placed it on a silicone wafer. They had created was a two-dimensional form of carbon known as graphene, and in 2010 they received the Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery. But that’s only part of the story. By Tom Frey

 
 
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Recently, a friend gave me a gift that included this tantalizing quote from clergyman Robert Schuller: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Definitely a question to spark the imagination. After rethinking every single aspect of my life, the question took me to leadership, because I believe that uncertainty is the biggest challenge facing leaders today. How do you charge into the future with the kind of drive and passion that motivates others to follow when you have no sense for what that future might hold? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

 
Understanding sanctions on Russia
In September, the U.S. Treasury Department, acting under the authority granted by President Obama's Executive Order 13662, materially escalated sanctions against Russia, imposing a broad-based package of restrictions on Russian entities operating within Russia’s defense and related materiel sector. The U.S. Department of the Treasury extended targeted financial sanctions to Russia’s largest bank, deepened existing sanctions on Russian financial institutions, expanded sanctions in Russia’s energy sector, and increased the number of sanctioned Russian entities in the energy and defense sectors. By J. Triplett Mackintosh
 

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Ryan Valentich started sewing as a hobby in 2010, then hit the road with his wife, Jill, and traveled the West with a camper that doubled as a studio. After stitching from the road, the couple settled in Colorado. “Of all the places we’ve been, Denver is by far our favorite,” Ryan says. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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Recently, a friend gave me a gift that included this tantalizing quote from clergyman Robert Schuller: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Definitely a question to spark the imagination. After rethinking every single aspect of my life, the question took me to leadership, because I believe that uncertainty is the biggest challenge facing leaders today. How do you charge into the future with the kind of drive and passion that motivates others to follow when you have no sense for what that future might hold? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

 
Understanding sanctions on Russia
In September, the U.S. Treasury Department, acting under the authority granted by President Obama's Executive Order 13662, materially escalated sanctions against Russia, imposing a broad-based package of restrictions on Russian entities operating within Russia’s defense and related materiel sector. The U.S. Department of the Treasury extended targeted financial sanctions to Russia’s largest bank, deepened existing sanctions on Russian financial institutions, expanded sanctions in Russia’s energy sector, and increased the number of sanctioned Russian entities in the energy and defense sectors. By J. Triplett Mackintosh
 

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Ryan Valentich started sewing as a hobby in 2010, then hit the road with his wife, Jill, and traveled the West with a camper that doubled as a studio. After stitching from the road, the couple settled in Colorado. “Of all the places we’ve been, Denver is by far our favorite,” Ryan says. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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A chat with Connect First CEO/co-founder Geoff Mina.  Learn more about this GenXYZ 2014 winner.
 
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As a business owner, I am particularly sensitive to trends. The restaurant industry is as competitive as any, and the Denver market is particularly so. Thanks to homegrown successes like Chipotle, Qdoba, Noodles & Co. and Smashburger, as well as newcomers like Pizzeria Locale, we have a very educated group of customers. Anyone who eats out is a self-proclaimed expert. As owners and operators we ignore these “expert” opinions at our own peril. Some trends cut across all food categories. By Tim Dodge

 
Dream homes shouldn't become nightmares
Because of all the emotions and memories that are tied-to a person’s home, many decide to have a custom home of their own built, or have major renovations done to an existing house, so that they can live in a home that features their own designs and ideas. It becomes the best way to create their personal abode. If you’re beginning to seriously consider having a custom home of your own built, or having major renovation work done, there are some very important things to consider as you begin you’re planning. Without the proper perspective, information and resources, the home of your dreams could become a living nightmare. By David Jackson
 

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Colorado’s mountain resorts made the news last winter for reasons unrelated to snowfall; instead, Kaiser Health News reported that a four-county region – from Breckenridge to Vail, and from Aspen to Glenwood Springs – had the highest health-insurance costs in the country. It wasn’t a shock. Aspen and Vail have some of the highest real estate prices in the world. Why would insurance be different? The heartburn story about high-priced insurance emerged because of a redrawing of boundaries. Before, high-priced resort communities had been pooled with other counties of the Western Slope. By Allen Best

 
 
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Imagine an actor who has trained all his life to play Macbeth and suddenly he’s cast in, say, The Lion King.  Yes, they’re both kings, but that’s where the similarities end.  But unlike salespeople, actors have a methodology for taking on a new role that might be quite unlike themselves and making it their own so that they can confidently deliver it.  I’ve found this same methodology can be extremely helpful for salespeople struggling to take on a more assertive role like that of the Challenger. Here are three ways you can become more of a Challenger with your customers. By Julie Hansen

 
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As a board member for Mile High Youth Corps since 2012, Lucas Mallory helped create an assessment tool that helps provide work opportunities for disadvantaged teens. As chair of PCL’s United Way Committee, he’s overseen the highest levels of employee giving in the company’s history: $1.45 million. Attorney Tommy West founded Boulder Flood Relief and championed a state Senate bill to expand civil liability immunity for disaster-relief volunteers. And even as she was breaking sales records, Monica Perez was saving the young professionals group at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. By Lisa Ryckman
 

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I'm not alone. I know many, many men who really like minivans. I also actually know a few women who fall into this category, most notably my wife. Our love for minivans is one of the many things we share – that love, and also we share a 1991 Toyota Previa minivan with nearly 200,000 miles that is, without question, the most versatile vehicle ever invented. I would love a modern-day Previa, but I guess I will have to settle for the Sienna – although it isn’t really settling. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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McWhinney CEO Chad McWhinney talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
 
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If the masses are irrational, emotional fools, can they be exploited? If greedy investors are bidding up the market to insane levels and fearful investors are dumping high quality stocks at bargain-basement prices, surely there is an opportunity for the patient, rational, long-term investor to take advantage of these weaker beings! Actually, my answer is: yes. There is a way to exploit the nonsense that happens in the market year in and year out.  It doesn't require a crystal ball, a complex trading strategy or a black-box algorithm. It is simple. By James Osborne

 
Changes in the boardroom
Recent research on 40 years of data from the Standard & Poor's 500 index revealed that digital technologies are disrupting existing business models and their underlying sources of value. The research finds that investors assign higher valuations to organizations that embrace emerging technologies, such as big data, social media, the Internet of Things and mobility. By Tracy Houston
 

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I play two main roles in life: corporate consultant to leaders and parent of two teenagers. I am often struck by the similarities between these two "jobs." As I see it, many leaders spend their day trying to "make up" for parenting that didn't happen. And, if you happen to be doing both jobs - you have the perfect opportunity to cross-train. I consider these six rules the basic foundation of a happy family and a happy workplace. See how you can apply them to both domains in your world. By Lisa Jackson

 
 
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TopCo First Western Trust
First Western Trust CEO Scott Wylie talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
CoBank CEO Bob Engel talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
 
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There is naturally fear in making predictions about the future because you are virtually guaranteed being wrong about at least part of your prediction.  Most leaders in businesses are more comfortable waiting for current reality to change and then trying to react to it. Depending upon your industry, this may be “good enough” during your tenure. Hope that you have no fierce competition, execute brilliantly and you may have a good career, but don’t kid yourself, you’re like the novice gambler who wins big early and thinks he’s a genius. By Todd Ordal

 
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CoBank, a part of the U.S. Farm Credit System, is an agricultural credit bank serving cooperatives in the agribusiness and rural infrastructure industries. This past year, the customer-owned organization announced a $1 million gift to Mile High United Way in support of its new community headquarters in Curtis Park. The facility will feature the CoBank Leadership Center, a 10,000-square-foot conference and collaboration space open to nonprofits and community organizations. By Mike Dano
 

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I’m probably the last guy on earth that Subaru should have sent a WRX STI model. I don’t fit any type of demographic for a car like this – in age or audience – and I’m not a racing enthusiast, rally or track. And several years ago I wrote a review of a WRX they sent me -- saying basically that I love Subarus generally but found the WRX a sort of silly vehicle for everyday street use – and the e-universe of the time went nuts. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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CoBank CEO Bob Engel talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
Carl Clark, CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
 
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Companies invest in social branding and sparkling websites then are left wondering about the return on investment for this effort. You engage in Facebook comments or personal news media and post blog entries and generally are left creating your company's news all day, every day (you can come up with 165 characters of tweeting eight to 10 times a day, right?). The question is, who's bothering to read all your social media messaging? By Sam Dobbins

 
Top pro services companies
Open for business since 1985, Workplace Resource is the region’s only independent Herman Miller certified dealer, working to help organizations realize the potential of their workplaces and thereby their teams. Woman-owned WR attempts to build long-standing customer relationships to foster an efficient work force that communicates each company’s philosophy and values. By Mike Dano
 

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Consider the following scenario: Sometime in the not-too-distant future, patients walking into the doctor’s office will first receive a full-body scan, creating a complete data model built around several thousand data points. Any area that gives even the slightest hint of troublesome activity will warrant closer inspection. For any number of conditions, rather than prescribing medicine as a treatment, doctors will prescribe a device. Devices will have a wide range of purposes ranging from ingestible cams and monitors, to wearable super data-collectors, to body function amplifiers. By Tom Frey

 
 
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In early 2009, the financial press was dumping praise on any mutual fund manager who had evaded a bulk of the stock market decline.  These managers were lauded as heroes, visionaries with the keen insight to see that the worst market and economic environment for 80 years had been just around the corner. Fund managers who moved portfolios to defensive positions saw their trailing performance shoot up relative to a declining S&P 500. One of the most famous of these managers was John Hussman. Somewhat bizarrely, Hussman turned from being bullish in late 2008 to rampantly bearish in early 2009 after the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury took action in the public marketplace. By James Osborne

 
Top manufacturing companies
Founded in 1997 and debuting craft beer-in-a-can in 2002, the brewery has since experienced explosive growth, now distributing in 37 states around the country. Recognizing that product design can dramatically impact consumer goods, Oskar Blues intends to continue creating innovative packaging to serve new and already popular brews to its audience. The brewer — which also manufactures Reeb bikes in Longmont — is presently in the thick of construction on a mountain bike destination and performance space in western North Carolina, where it opened its second brewery in 2012. By Mike Dano
 

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In this Tiguan, you turn the key – how quaint – put it in gear and drive. If you want to change the radio station, it’s old-school knobs and push-button settings. If you want to alter the climate, turn some knobs for fan speed, turn up the heat or turn down for cold on AC, find where you want to air to come out and set the knob. There’s no LED screen. No car mouse. Basically, you just drive. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Michael Brunson, Denver Data Center Manager, discusses how OneNeck® IT Solutions understands that customers want more than the latest version of blinking lights. 
 

 
 
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Ever wonder why some startups get investment capital while others struggle, fade and disappear? Of course, the primary reasons entrepreneurs do well is because they have a solid product, a strong management team, and a hungry market they can prove exists. I spent several years with a company that matched high potential entrepreneurs with private “angel” investors. Many entrepreneurs got funding while others failed despite a valid concept. What made the difference? Here’s my take on it. By Gale Dunlap

 
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Even with health insurance coverage now available in many states through government exchanges, the vast majority of Americans – nearly 158 million – will continue to obtain health benefits through their employer. Many companies set aside a two-week period between October and December for when their employees can select health benefits, so now is the time to start getting prepared. It’s essential that consumers fully understand their options during open enrollment so they can choose a plan that will help them enhance their health and possibly save money. By Beth Soberg
 

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It’s been seven years since the University of Colorado Hospital moved to the Anschutz Medical Campus, leaving its location at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard as a prime spot for redevelopment.Time and again, developers have tried to buy the property and launch a project, but market conditions and neighborhood opposition have thwarted those efforts. Now, however, an all-star team led by Continuum Partners has the 41-acre site under contract for $30 million in a deal that’s expected to close by the end of the year. By Margaret Jackson

 
 
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Michael Brunson, Denver Data Center Manager, discusses how OneNeck® IT Solutions understands that customers want more than the latest version of blinking lights.
 
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Heather Lafferty of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver talks about why her organization is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more about it.
 

 
 
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Welcome to the era of micro-location tracking! If you don’t know what it is, read on to understand how to use it to grow revenue for your business. Essentially, micro-location tracking picks up where GPS tracking leaves off. Instead of using satellites and your smartphone to track you like GPS does, micro-location tracking uses hardware called “beacons” or “iBeacons” (Apple’s version of the technology) and your smartphone to track your location. It might seem like the same, however this technology tracks your location more precisely, especially indoors, which companies use to market to you more effectively. By Sarah Procopio

 
Growing old isn't for sissies
Helping your parent or loved one to find the right living environment as they consider retirement communities will take time, attention to detail and a great deal of care. There are multiple things to take into consideration, including the level of care, the professionalism of a staff, the quality of service and amenities, safety and security and cost.  Keep in mind that it’s your job to gather the information, and then make sure that your parent or loved one is highly involved in the final decision. By Brandi Williamson
 

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With the right dose of technology, experience and ambition, entrepreneurs can set up shop just about anywhere nowadays. Still, one thing hasn’t changed.  “Creating companies from nothing is hard – period,” said Brad Feld, co-founder and managing director of Boulder-based Foundry Group LLC, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage information technology. But across Colorado, the collective startup swagger is evident. sinesses are materializing with support from meet-ups, incubators, accelerators and other startup forums. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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Heather Lafferty of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver talks about why her organization is a 2014 Top Company finalist.  Read more about it.
 
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“Why are you wasting my life?” Can you imagine a client saying that to you after you delivered what you thought was a pretty good, on target business presentation? Jeff Bezos did exactly that after one of his engineers delivered a complicated, boring presentation to the outspoken founder of Amazon. While it’s rare that prospects or clients express themselves quite so bluntly after a presentation that misses the mark, I am sure there are times when they have wanted to stand up and join Jeff. By Julie Hansen

 
Key differences in reporting standards
In the first article in this series, we explained the concepts behind the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants release of its  guidelines called Financial Reporting Framework for Small and Medium-Sized Entities (“FRF for SMEs”). The FRF for SMEs provides an alternative to U.S. GAAP for private companies. The Framework condenses all of its accounting rules into a 188-page document, which by its nature leaves significant room for judgment by the reporting company and its auditor. Let's highlight some of the key differences between GAAP and the Framework. By Jake Vossen
 

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When you do meet Johnny Alamo, despite your best effort to detect a prima donna, Jerry-Maguire-pre-spiritual-crisis thing, you find this impossible, because under a red baseball cap in a wood-and-brick-and-exposed ductwork office on Boulder’s Pearl Street is this genuine, enthusiastic, earnest entrepreneur talking about alignment, balance and “authenticity” in life and business. And then you are basically fated to like him. By Stewart Schley
 
 
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I recently worked with a group of sales professional at an Insurance agency. All agents were performing below average and producing inconsistent results. Many came to our Monday morning sales trainings with a poor attitude toward the week ahead. Some had negative feelings and doubts around the potential outcome of meetings on their schedules. Some shared that they expected to write very little business and the week was probably going to be a waste of time. The most shocking was when they revealed their private negative thoughts. Here is some of their sales baggage: By Liz Wendling

 
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The real estate franchise company celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Denver-based firm, founded by Dave and Gail Liniger in 1973, has grown to 94,000 agents in 95 countries. But some people don’t realize the Colorado company is that large, says CEO Margaret Kelly. “My favorite question is, ‘Are you in all 50 states?’” she says. It is indeed a worldwide business, with 6,400 offices, most owned by franchisees. The company went public last year, with an initial public offering that Kelly calls a huge undertaking. By Nora Caley
 

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I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it. Several companies may find what I’m describing to be rather disturbing. It’ll be disturbing because this technology is on the verge of undermining most, if not all, of their product development plans. By Tom Frey
 
 
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When the doctors told me at 38, with three young children and going through a divorce, that I had a 50/50 chance of survival, I had no idea the extent of my instinct for survival and my choice for life no matter what I heard. At the time of the diagnosis, my business was and still is teaching people how to maintain inner peace no matter what surrounds them, and here I was, facing two of the top stressors at the same time: cancer and divorce. I say this without any sense of victimization because this was truly a schoolhouse of opportunity to practice and apply what I had been teaching and learning about for 20 years. By Lauren Miller

 
What in the world do bagels have to do with selling? Yes, I like bagels. Most people do, right? However, I don’t mean the kind you eat.  BAGELS is an acronym I use in coaching my clients that might help you stay on track of the things you need to do daily to increase your sales. By Gary Harvey
 

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“I get a lot of calls such as, ‘I make this great salsa for friends and family, and I’m looking at opportunities to market it,’” said Wendy White, marketing specialist with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Farmers markets are a great place to start selling and getting a lot of customer research. It’s a great place for vendors to sample products and try packaging and price points.” A common next step is to sell to hometown stores and attend food industry shows to make connections and find outlets. “Growth depends on the goals and desires (of producers),” White said. Those aims range from direct sales to online to supplying to restaurants. By Suzie Romig



 
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In my relatively young career, I've had the privilege of working with a great many clients from all walks of life. School teachers and successful entrepreneurs, young married couples and retired engineers, doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants. How all of these people reached (or are reaching) financial independence isn't entirely dependent upon the right investment strategy, the right life insurance, the best tax strategy or even good luck (although all of those things help a great deal).  The one thing that ties them all together, the thing that actually results in financial independence, is this. By James Osborne

 
So much has changed since the days when your parents were planning their retirements — and it can be challenging to keep track of what’s new that could affect you. Most everyone knows about the prospect of longer life expectancies and how that will impact their retirements but are unfamiliar with the other factors that could make a big difference to them down the road. Let’s examine some of these overlooked issues. By Herb White
 

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I first went to Honduras in 1999 with a couple pilot friends. We received 10,000 pounds of medical supplies from Project Cure, loaded an old DC3 and went to Tegucigalpa. It was mostly for the adventure. There I met Tony Stone, who had started a micro-credit organization in Honduras which loans money to the very poor. It helps start businesses and ideally, they  repay the loan over time, which is then redistributed to other borrowers. Since then, my wife and I have been going to Honduras for 15 years. By Pat Wiesner



 
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It’s fun to consider the bucket list of intimidation that factor into running (and owning) a successful business. But it ultimately boils down to the intersection of time and money. Most of us have experienced life without either one – and then there are cycles when there’s time but no money, or money but no time. But that elusive pot of gold we’re after is an abundance of time and money. If you’ve found it, it means you’ve made a difference, experienced success and done something responsible with your life. Is it possible? Don’t let fear get in the way of finding out. By Erin Gibbs

 
The majority of stable and long-term job growth has a tendency to be driven by established businesses and regional employers. This means increased competition for top talent, customers and market share. The good news is, technology can help your business stay ahead of the curve and share in the surrounding economy’s boom. Here are three ways you can put your company at the front of the pack. By J.P. Westwood
 

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Eric Wallace’s love of craft beer began while living in Germany, where his father was in the Air Force. After graduating from the Air Force Academy himself and being stationed in Northern Italy and Turkey, Wallace settled in Colorado, where in 1993 he co-founded Left Hand Brewing Co. Starting as a home brewery in a condo in Niwot, it has become the 38th largest craft brewery by volume in the nation.   By Lynn Bronikowski



 
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Many businesses try to navigate the road ahead by looking in the rear view mirror, and some haven’t turned on the lights! The fact that you cannot see around all the corners doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. You’ll never see all the competitive threats, substitute products or environmental changes that are down the road, but if you’re diligent, you’ll see many. If you don’t turn on the lights, you’ll be lucky to see the ones right in front of you. By Todd Ordal

 
The main problem the AICPA was trying to solve in releasing the Framework is that small and closely held companies often don’t need the types of standards that large and public companies need. Smaller or more entrepreneurial companies mainly deal with bankers, not outside investors and bondholders, for their financial needs. Many smaller companies believe that GAAP is overly complex and too difficult and expensive to implement. Prior to the Framework being released, companies who did not want to adopt GAAP had limited options to present financial statements in a meaningful comprehensive way. By Jake Vossen
 

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As CEO of Channelinsight, a Denver provider of channel data management software, Mark Geene says the company spent hundreds of hours integrating cloud-based services. “We had to connect data from clients’ CRM and accounting system,” he explains. “We started building stuff ourselves. It was hard to do. We saw an opportunity for a business there.” Geene subsequently left Channelinsight to co-found Cloud Elements, and serves as CEO. By Eric Peterson



 
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