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November 26, 2014

Make Thanksgiving a lifestyle

Gratitude can save your life

By Lauren Miller

Yes, it’s true that when you practice random acts of kindness and gratitude on a daily basis you get physiological benefits in the Earth suit: Increased immune system Improved cognitive performance Increased energy Lower heart rate Balanced cortisol (hydrocortisone) levels, which result in less internal stress More likely to live a longer and a more satisfied life Laughter and inner joy resulting in decreased stress hormones Lower blood pressure and Diminished pain Wow, that’s a lot of benefits! So, how often throughout your day do you

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November 25, 2014

Help avoid litigation with an ethical will

It's been around for a while

By Morgan Wiener

Although many people may not have heard of it before (it was news to this author!), the ethical will has been around since ancient times and is an important tool for estate planners, clients and litigators to be aware of. Ethical wills began as an oral tradition and as a way to share and pass on a person’s values, life lessons, traditions, morals, ethics, and philosophy. Ethical wills are a means to pass on words of love and wisdom to future generations and are not designed to air grievances and complaints. While ethical wills began as an oral tradition, they have also been

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November 25, 2014

Eleven trends for finding fame

The future of getting noticed: Part II

By Thomas Frey

(Editor's note: This is the second of two parts. Read Part I.) During the Middle Ages, there were peasants and royalty and very little in between. Over the past couple centuries, mediums like newspapers, radio, and television were born, giving rise to whole new classes of celebrities. More recently, over the past two decades, the Internet has spawned countless new media channels, each giving birth to their own brand of celebs. At the same time, there are far more changes afoot than most of us realize. 1.) Additional Channels for Discovery – Today, the path to fame can take

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November 24, 2014

The futurist: How to become a star

The future of getting noticed: Part 1

By Thomas Frey

On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I had a conversation with Axel Rüger, director of the renowned Van Gogh Museum about what it was that 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? If a

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November 24, 2014

Mergers and acquisitions

Colorado firms strike deals while time is right

By Nora Caley

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.” For the first three quarters of this year, 131 deals totaling $8.93 billion took place in Colorado, according to Pitchbook, a Seattle-based

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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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