Company Perspectives

The future of aircraft: electric power

Bye Energy plans to develop an electric-powered system for aircraft and ultimately an electric-hybrid propulsion system for commercial application. The Greenwood Village-based company expects to begin making test or "proof-of-concept" flights of battery-powered aircraft in seven or eight months and have…

Succession in a Recession

Fewer than 30 percent of family businesses make it to the second generation, and only 10 percent survive to the third, according to Family Business magazine. The ColoradoBiz Top 50 Family-Owned Companies list is exceptional in that regard, as nearly a quarter of the firms (12) have made it to a thi...

The Snow Show blows in from Vegas

More than 18,000 people from the world's snowsports industry descended on Denver for the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show this past weekend, with a corresponding "Demo Days" at Winter Park this month. The convention -- the industry's largest -- was…

State of the state: Government

On the eve of Colorado's legislative session in January, George Clooney got a couple of free plugs for his latest movie from both sides of the political aisle. If there's one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree upon it's the…

State of the state: Labor

While promoting her book, "Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America," Denver journalist Helen Thorpe says businesspeople have shared their thoughts on illegal immigration and the conflicting ideals of compassion and compliance they've struggled with as employees....

State of the state: Retail

In the face of an unsettled economy, Ultimate Electronics is doubling down. The Thornton-based retailer recently expanded into such categories as computers, DVDs and Blu-Rays, and iPods while investing $18 million into Denver-area stores and opening new locations in FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield...

Spirit of Da Vinci

From solar breakthroughs to "a snot sucker" - as one attendee described the BabyComfyNose nasal aspirator - the fifth annual Colorado Inventor Showcase was marked by a strong turnout and a wide spectrum of innovations. DaVinci Institute founder and event organizer Tom Frey held court in full Leonar...