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November 21, 2014

How to inspire loyalty and retention

Hint: Make it personal

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Everything is personal. We all know that from firsthand experience. Who doesn’t like to be complimented or remembered? Feel valued or part of something more? And who doesn’t hate being treated unfairly or ignored? We are emotional creatures, so it’s natural that our loyalty goes to the people and places that make us feel best. What perplexes me is why so many businesses still ignore this fact. Where businesses go wrong is in assuming that if they offer a good product or service and market it effectively, that’s basically all that matters. The customers will come;

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November 21, 2014

Fast-track to U.S. residency

Immigrant Investor program gains a following in Colorado

By Eric Peterson

$500,000 and 10 full-time jobs. That’s the going rate for a visa or two-year green card via the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. Foreign investors in commercial projects get fast-tracked to permanent legal residency – although the term “fast-tracked” is somewhat relative. Established in 1990, the program grants up to 10,000 visas a year, with as many as 90 percent of them going to Chinese applicants. While EB-5 money was subsequently used to great effect in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major cities, Colorado has been largely off the investors’

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November 20, 2014

Top four ways to add value to your business

What every biz owner needs to know pre-valuation

By Mark Trenner

Whether you are looking to sell your business, bring on partners or investors, apply for a business loan or plan for transition, you need to have a good understanding of what your business is worth. This is often referred to by experts as a business valuation. A lot goes into a business valuation, but in high-level terms, the business valuation includes both tangible assets (e.g., buildings, equipment, inventory) and intangible assets. Let's explore intangible assets and how you can add more value to your business simply by identifying some intangible assets and taking steps to protect

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November 20, 2014

Stepping up your absence management

How technology can help to ensure compliance

By Jason Cole

With unemployment under five percent in Colorado, it’s harder than ever to find a replacement when someone on your team can’t work, so every company has to be prepared to handle employee absences effectively, efficiently and legally. 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 with employees in all 50 states, you need to be aware of your obligations under the law and ready to deal with a variety of complex situations.  Helping

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November 20, 2014

Made in Colorado: Get your giving going!

By Eric Peterson

1. Colorado Crafted Boxes 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. For the holidays, gift-givers need look no further than the Denver Box – chock-full of goodies from Mile High makers – or boxes with bath products or whiskey accouterments from

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November 19, 2014

The Economist: Businesses are hiring…

...but landing that job might take some work

By Tucker Hart Adams

My column last issue that touched on (un)employment spurred a lot of commentary, all from people challenged to fill open positions. Perhaps it’s that the unemployed are too busy job hunting to read ColoradoBiz. One man described at length the trouble of finding qualified workers. When he posts a job, he told me, he receives resumes from: •    People in faraway places like Iran and Venezuela •    People hoping for a big raise if they move to Colorado •    Failed entrepreneurs •   

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November 19, 2014

Top 10 things to do before a divorce

Think carefully

By Suzanne Griffiths

1. Do think really carefully before you start the process. The decision will have a long term impact on your life and those around you. Never threaten to divorce until you are ready.  It will seriously injure your partner and he or she may simply start divorce planning, which could hurt you. 2. Get your documents organized. If you are more efficient, your attorney will be as well and you will save money.  Gather your past tax returns, bank statements, check registers, investment statements, retirement account statements, employee benefits handbooks, life insurance policies,

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