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December 19, 2014

Make or break relationships this holiday season

It takes just one choice

By Lauren Miller

Have you ever wondered why you cringe when you see another human being in distress either physically or emotionally? Recently, I watched a Broncos player get steamrollered by another player; I instantly recoiled in my seat and groaned as if I were the one hit. The other day, I was watching a woman who had lost her child tearfully tell her story on TV; I wept for her situation even though I have never personally lost a child.  When working with clients one-on-one, I will be able to read an emotion around a situation they are describing before they verbally share how they felt about

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December 19, 2014

Six reasons to add live chat to your website

How about more sales?

By Katie Wilson

You’ve seen that little chat box on websites you frequent. You may even have used the live chat function on a consumer or business site to answer questions about a product before you bought it. However, did you ever consider adding live chat to your own business’ arsenal of sales and customer service tools? Live chat has a lot to offer B2C and B2B companies that market their products and services on the web. In this age of instant gratification, being able to answer your customers’ questions and concerns in real time not only helps reinforce the fact that your company cares

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December 19, 2014

Made in Colorado: Get your giving going!

Great last-minute gift ideas!

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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December 18, 2014

Shine a year-end spotlight on your finances

It might brighten your future

By Shelley Ford

A year-end financial review can be instrumental to your future financial success. However, you may not want to wait until the end of the year to review your financial affairs. Consider doing it during the fall so you'll have ample time to take any corrective action before year's end. Here's a quick look at some of the key issues you should consider when conducting your review. Review your retirement assets. Whether your retirement is a long way off or right around the corner, it is likely that you'll have to make periodic adjustments to your retirement portfolio. Make sure

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December 18, 2014

What do Dominos and an appraiser have in common?

Four tips to value your home

By Glen Weinberg

I recently reviewed an appraisal (we don’t require them, but the borrower had gotten one prior) and out of curiosity I looked at the appraiser's resume that was attached to the appraisal.  Their most recent experience was a manager at Dominos pizza (currently employed there) and they got their appraisal license online. I have nothing against Domino’s pizza, but I am less than convinced that delivering pizzas provides real estate expertise.  Does this background provide the necessary experience to accurately assess a property’s value?  This leads me to a

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December 18, 2014

Executive edge: Diedra Garcia

Hispanic chamber leader draws on small-business past

By Lynn Bronikowski

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. What was your first job?

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December 17, 2014

Down with the corporate selfie!

How to ditch it and still look good

By Julie Hansen

What do you want to see go out of style this year?  Kale?  Skrillex?  Kim Kardashian?  Here’s one I hope will go out of style in business: The Corporate Selfie. What’s that you ask?  It’s that slide businesses have that kicks off their client presentation. You know the one: It shows any or all of the following:  a picture of your building (ho hum), the timeline of your company’s growth (blah, blah, blah) and/or the logos of your best customers (I’m sorry, are you still talking to me?) One thing I’ll say about the corporate

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