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National lab reaches out to energy entrepreneurs

Long renowned for research and innovation, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories are now trying harder to connect directly with the small business community.

Energy report: A power couple on the rocks

Given the magnitude of the climate risk, Boulder finds Xcel lacking, a lead-footed dance partner. Some liken Xcel’s effort to innovate to that of a sumo wrestler trying to perform ballet.

Food biz: Innovation from Colorado to the world

With success stories like Justin’s LLC – the pioneer of nut-butter based snacks and spreads, acquired this May by Hormel Foods Corp. for $286 million – the Boulder-Denver corridor has become the epicenter of food innovation.

Tech startup: How Community Funded was born

McCabe Callahan wanted to open a coffee shop across from the CSU campus in 2009 and got turned down by banks and the Small Business Administration, so he turned to his customers.

It took more than 20 years, but Zoës Kitchen has arrived

The Front Range fast-casual market is a crowded and competitive one, but Zoës Kitchen CEO Kevin Miles sees the demographics and Zoës’ emphasis of fresh and healthy fare – no microwaves or fryers – as a good fit.

How Metro State and Lockheed Martin are growing aerospace careers

Filling the skill gap and work-force diversity were hot topics at the groundbreaking of Metropolitan State University Denver’s $60 million Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) building last fall.

How the public sector can benefit from private investments

The idea of a virtuous circle of business says that every party involved – from the investors to the customers to the community – benefits in some way. Such is the story of Boulder-based Zayo.

Here's why we should celebrate small business success

In Colorado, 98 percent of statewide businesses have fewer than 100 employees, and 86 percent have 20 workers or less. Without question, small businesses are the heart of Colorado's economy, but owning your own business is no easy task.

Fast casualty: Chipotle's year of reckoning

After a string of E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus cases at Chipotle locations across the country in late 2015 – and a subsequent federal criminal investigation – same-store sales plunged 30 percent after years of defying gravity.

Cannabis comes out of the basement and into big business

Today, Colorado has a front-row seat to witness the birth of a multi-billion dollar industry. To continue to grow, those of us in the industry have an obligation to both our customers and to our fellow citizens to produce and sell product that is safe, of unimpeachable quality and made available only to those who are of age and educated to use the product responsibly.

What's on tap? Helping Colorado's beer industry to grow

Colorado is home to six of the 50 largest breweries in the U.S. and ranked third for the number of craft breweries in 2014.Brewers are undoubtedly looking for resources to grow their business.

Denver's best places to buy business apparel

So where do the best-dressed business folk in Denver go to get their duds? We asked our readers, and they told us. Here are the winners of the ColoradoBiz 2015 “Best of Colorado Readers’ Choice” voters in the "Best Places for Business Apparel" category.
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