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    So at the beginning of a New Year, at the end of each quarter, and along the way, assess progress. You may have done this ...

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  • Top five tips to juice up your cold calls

    If you’re in the cold calling business, picking up the phone can be one of the hardest things you do.  Dial after ...

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  • Lighten the load with kindness

    Though each of us is part of the walking wounded at least some of the time, we tend to forget all of the things others ...

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  • When key employees go to a competitor

    Your executives and top salespeople have access to your most valuable business strategies, sales contacts, growth plans and innovations.  What do you do when ...

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  • Best of CoBiz: Deadly dozen job search mistakes

    Here are a few of the really stupid mistakes that job seekers make. Make sure you’re not making any of them. 1). Not answering ...

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  • Passion is the fuel of greatness

    In my consulting, I have found one of the distinguishing traits of passionate, high-performing organizations is an obsessive focus by the people in it on ...

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  • Personal finance lessons from “Downton Abbey”

    In episode 5 of season 5, which aired recently, Mrs. Patmore, the head cook from downstairs, just inherited 300 pounds from her deceased aunt. That might not sound ...

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  • Denver energy investors’ outlook

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  • Best of CoBiz: Try doing it Apple-style

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So, how are things going?

Assessing progress

By Theresa M. Szczurek

Feel-good investing

Might be on your radar soon

By Kerby Meyers

Top five tips to juice up your cold calls

Plus a bonus!

By Sam Dobbins

The currency game

The upside and the down

By Fred Taylor and Charles Farrell

Lighten the load with kindness

Invisible crosses we all bear

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

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Denver developers build for the future

Planning for tomorrow -- today

By Erik Hagevik

Best of CoBiz: The business value of culture in a merger

Making cultural due diligence measurable

By Lisa Jackson

When key employees go to a competitor

Protecting your proprietary info

By Mark Wiletsky

The top 10 emotional whammies of divorce

You really go through four divorces

By Sheila Gutterman

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Best of CoBiz: Deadly dozen job search mistakes

These can kill your employment hopes

By John Heckers

Passion is the fuel of greatness

Do you have an unrelenting fire?

By TC North

Best of CoBiz: Five quick acting lessons for sales pros

Play the part, and close the deal

By Julie Hansen

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How to find values in a bull market

It can be done

By Ron Phillips

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Real estate: Buena Vista’s south main taking shape

This community reminds me of one of the communities here in Myrtle Beach that experienced the same kind of growing pains, but as they say.....If you build it they will come........and they have. I love that South Main will be a community for all and not just focused on one demographic. I look forward to reading more about the progress of South Main and the plans for the organic farm and all that will be offered in that area as well. By Kathy Dulhagen on 2015 02 13

Six great ways to optimize your tax strategy

Rick, Besides business tax, what about personal income tax? There's also a way to avoid paying tax in my country. Legally. http://www.moneydigest.sg/how-to-pay-zero-income-tax-legally/ By David on 2015 02 13

Pot banking: What are they smoking?

One other item to note. An attorney friend highlighted that if policies change on the federal level, this bank will be the first target of any action. Also what would happen if one of the depositors was found to be doing something illegal in the industry (money laundering, etc... which the feds recently busted). The feds will go after the accounts at the bank and could endanger other accounts. By Glen Weinberg on 2015 02 12

The futurist: 37 critical drone-delivery problems

What a great list! I visualize new fortunes being made for the 3rd or 4th time for people trying to restrict drones and other new technologies. The ethical issues being raised today are not going to go away. This was one very profitable brain session. You have thrown the gauntlet down to the industry to solve issues in advance of regulation. Can business arise and still keep this concept viable as an revenue channel? The next few months will be interesting for us all. By Jeffrey C. Fischer on 2015 02 12

Made in Colorado: Wonderful winter gear

Melanzana in Leadville also makes cool outdoor gear. By Phil on 2015 02 12

Pot banking: What are they smoking?

Some banks will not do business with these types of companies, due to the fact it is still a federal Crime, and banks are governed by the Federal Govt. So I think its a great idea. By Phil on 2015 02 11

Pot banking: What are they smoking?

Mark, Thanks for the comments. I definitely understand the reasoning behind the credit unions. I am all for a banking solution. The problem is the credit union is the wrong solution to the problem and could be a huge detriment to the industry. During the last crisis, even though the banks did some crazy stuff, not a dime of depositor money was lost. During the next crisis (there will be another one) the credit union with private depository insurance would surely fail and depositors would lose substantial money Harlan, I agree this is a huge problem not just for the marijuana business but related industries. This much cash floating around is a recipe for disaster. The issue has not been addressed strongly enough on the federal level to enable a real banking solution By Glen Weinberg on 2015 02 11

Pot banking: What are they smoking?

What the author is missing is the recognition that this was the reason credit unions were created in the first place. A credit union exists to provide financial services to those who would not be otherwise able to receive banking. Given the likelyhood of another financial crisis, that might be all the more reason not to put your eggs in the same basket as all the financial institutions that gave us the last crisis. I have studied the Fourth Corner Credit Union in depth, and they are the solution the industry needs to solve this problem. By Mark Goldfogel on 2015 02 11

Pot banking: What are they smoking?

This is not just a problem for the marijuana industry. A client who id a general contractor has a construction contract for an individual in the industry who will be paying for the project in cash. My client tried to deposit the down payment of $40,000 in his bank and the bank refused to take the deposit. How does he purchase materials and pay his subs if he can't bank his payments? By Harlan Rubottom on 2015 02 11

The Economist: The other side of the looking glass

Dear Ms. Adams: I'm sorry this will be your last column for Colorado Biz. I have truly enjoyed reading your columns - and learning so much - for many years now. I will miss them mightily. Nevertheless, I wish you all your heart's desires in whatever future endeavors you undertake. Best wishes! By Carla Wilson on 2015 02 09
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