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April 17, 2015

Stay nimble to nurture success

It pays to diversify

By Clark Atkinson

The construction industry—and the world as a whole—changes constantly. If a company isn’t learning, adapting and growing, it quickly grows stagnant. In the more than 50 years Shaw Construction has been doing business in the Rocky Mountain region, we have built a myriad of projects for clients across many industries. Hospitals, airport hangars, university buildings, residential complexes, municipal structures, performing and fine art centers, resorts and hotels, custom homes, and even bridges—you name it. Our company’s growth relies on adaptability and

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April 17, 2015

Eighteen microcredit scenarios

More about alt credentialing

By Thomas Frey

(Editor's note: This is the second of two parts. Read Part One.) Here are a number of MicroCredit scenarios designed to expand your thinking and help you grasp the significance of this opportunity. Watching a Movie - If someone goes to a movie, and takes a short test afterwards, should they be eligible to earn 2-3 microcredits? Is this a cultured learning experience equal to reading a book? If this option is made available, movie studios will jump on this in a heartbeat as a way of validating their value. Reading a Book - Similar to the movie scenario, every publisher in the

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April 17, 2015

Striding toward a healthier state

But is the digital movement just what the doctor ordered?

By Gigi Sukin

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

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April 16, 2015

Strength in sales

It's all about relationships

By Sam Dobbins

Touching your prospects is the primary objective to most marketing campaigns these days.  Thing is, most marketers are content with “touching people” through the various social media.  They seem to believe that if you push out enough tweets and comments, monitor your company’s brand and post pictures of kitties and puppies on Facebook, sales will magically appear.  I hold a different belief. It’s people who do business, not social media pages. Don’t get me wrong: I sincerely believe that social media has a great place in any marketing campaign.

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April 16, 2015

The futurist: The coming era of alt credentials

How about a Microdegree or 10?

By Thomas Frey

The DaVinci Institute recently became the first organization in the world to offer Microdegrees® to the graduates of the Institute’s coding school, DaVinci Coders. People who complete courses in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Swift/iOS and Game Development will all be on track to receive this new form of credentialing. Working as a launch-partner with Atlanta-based Edevate, the Microdegree® is new form of digital credential that certifies someone has completed 1,000 hours of learning in a professional discipline. Completing a Microdegree will be the equivalent of a full year of

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April 16, 2015

Made in Colorado 2015: Take 3

Finishing Professionals to Knotty Tie Co.

By Eric Peterson

Finishing Professionals (Denver) finishingpros.com Who: Founded in 1976, Finishing Pros is the state’s only ISO 9001:2008 metal finisher certified by the National Association for Defense and Aerospace Contractors (NADCAP). Michael Webb took the reins as president in mid-2014 to help the growing company make the jump from a contract shop to first-tier vendor for aerospace and medical device companies. Growth drivers: Finishing Pros offers electroless plating, electroplating, and chemical conversion, but anodization has proven key to its recent growth. “Anodizing is

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April 15, 2015

Where to go when the bank says no

There are other options

By Glen Weinberg

You need cash and the bank says no.  Most small business owners have been in a situation where they have an excellent opportunity but they are short on cash and traditional funding is not an option.  Are there non-bank options available to help a business owner get the cash they need quickly? First, before going into alternative financing /non-bank financing, we need to discuss why traditional funding is frequently not an option.  After the 2007 meltdown in banking and subsequent bank failures, increased regulation and considerable consolidation occurred.  Gone are the

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