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Nov 8, 2021

Being kind to those who show up

Suddenly, the labor market, at least on the low end, has shifted from business-centric to worker-centric, and this dynamic is very likely to play out like that for some time to come. The market has spoken: Business is going to have to be kinder to those who show up. 

Nov 8, 2021

What’s next for Colorado hotels?

After 2019 set high-water marks for rates and occupancy across the state, the fall was notably steep. According to data from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association, Colorado hit 69.3% occupancy in March 2019, then the statewide number tumbled to 38.8% in March 2020. With looming a labor shortage, how will Colorado hotels fare?

Nov 8, 2021

8 things to know when selling your home

It’s a great time to sell a home in Colorado. One recent study found that Colorado is one of just eight states where more than half of all zip codes saw double-digit increases in home values over the previous year. But, even in a booming market, selling your home is complicated. Check out these expert-tips before you sell yo[...]

Nov 8, 2021

Hot market spurs home sales on the Plains…and 100-mile commutes

As home prices spiraled ever upward in Denver and every other city on the Front Range, many homebuyers looked east. Like the rest of the state, home prices are up across the board on Colorado's Eastern Plains. Most markets within 50 miles of the Front Range are seeing double-digit price increases in 2021

Nov 2, 2021

New law raises the roof on solar

SB21-261 removes the former limit on total capacity of roof-top solar. The limit, now gone, was 120% of the power consumed by occupants of that building. More important, the bill authorized a new concept called virtual net-metering to customers of Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy. This will allow a company to do business in on[...]

Nov 1, 2021

The transformation of public libraries

The prospect of systemic failure is disconcerting since the pursuit of societal opportunities at every level increasingly relies on online access to information from “safe and trusted” entities. This is a key economic reason to support our libraries.

Nov 1, 2021

Casa Bonita: Life imitates Comedy Central

The announcement by the “South Park” creators that they’re buying the iconic Casa Bonita restaurant was some much-needed positive news this summer for an industry that has been especially hard-hit during the pandemic. But, a Colorado Restaurant Association survey was decidedly less cheerful.

Oct 27, 2021

When is a good time for your technology to crash?

Data breaches and remote worker productivity support are driving an increased demand for reliable IT support among small- and mid-sized businesses. A look at how you can ensure your IT provider understands your business and industry's needs.

Oct 20, 2021

Q3 real estate market trends report

With fall winding down and winter on the horizon, the traditional seasonal market tempering is also following suit – if just a bit. Buying opportunities still remain and for those looking to make a move and sell, it’s still a good time.  

Oct 20, 2021

Annual checkup: Taking the temp on health care for 2022

As employers and individuals shop for health insurance during fall enrollment, they might also evaluate how they use health care. The COVID-19 crisis made people contemplate their own wellness, and it made businesses reconsider how they control health-care costs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care is typically one of the most […]

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Oct 18, 2021

Growing pains from supply chains

Considering these challenges, how can businesses keep growing as demand increases and supply chain issues persist? Business will need to get creative. It’s time to reassess supply-chain design and ordering practices.  

Oct 13, 2021

Revealed: The magicians behind DU’s Magic Sky Ranch Mountain Campus

The University’s plan for the new property is to develop a complementary mountain campus to its urban, Denver campus. The property, which will now be known as the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus, consists of 724 acres of land and almost 60,000 square feet of buildings.