Category Archives: Colorado Business

Online real-estate: Start up with sponsors

“There are a lot of niches in a newspaper, and everyone of these is going to be a niche online.” John Rebchook, author, reporter and publisher of the Colorado real-estate blog, Inside Real Estate News, took two years to prove that the niche he had developed as a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News could…

DIA cargo drops for third consecutive month

Denver International Airport posted a third consecutive monthly drop in cargo handled in March 2012, compared with cargo handled in each of the first three months of last year. Cargo handled in March this year dropped 12.3 percent compared with the same month in 2011. That decline followed a 4.6 percent drop in February 2012,…

Owners rank Colorado, Denver and Colorado Springs ‘small-biz friendly’

Colorado Springs got an “A”; Denver and the state as a whole each got a “B+”; and Colorado came out 13th among 45 states ranked for “overall small business friendliness” in a recent national survey of 6,000 small business owners. Thumbtack.com, a San Francisco-based nationwide referral service of local small businesses, said Idaho and Texas…

Colorado bankers answer call for small-business access to capital, by Robert Schwab

Bankers have been called nasty names for years by small-business owners who have been denied credit, but the Colorado Bankers Association has launched an effort that could change that. Through a website, SmallBizLending.org, Colorado bankers are beginning to refer customers who don’t qualify for their loans to other organizations around the state that might find…

Facebook: For friends or for business? Guest post by Keith DuBay

For me, it’s friends, and more importantly, family. That’s what I told attendees of the Denver Advisory Board when I spoke at their February meeting. Internet people call Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and others “social networking,” but I disagree with the term. It should be named electronic networking, so that’s the term I’ll use. Business people…

DIA contract opportunities posted online

Small business owners seeking opportunities at Denver International Airport have an online resource that has kept up with the airport’s  record-breaking, year-over-year passenger growth. Check out contract and concession opportunities ranging from supplying and replacing restroom air fresheners each month to providing pet day care, boarding and grooming services at the airport through the DIA…

PioneerHQ concept passed in Senate Bill 143

Calls for an affordable online presence for Colorado small businesses to market themselves to each other as well as consumers have been wrapped up in a bill that passed the state Senate on March 5, sponsored by Sen. Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora). Senate Bill 143, according to a write up on the website of the Colorado…

Health/wellness cluster added as asset to region

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. has added “healthcare and wellness” as an eighth industry cluster that can attract new business to Colorado, citing a 9.5 percent job expansion for the industry in the region in 2011. “They’re good jobs,” said Janet Fritz, the EDC’s director of marketing. The  EDC’s 2012 Industry Cluster Study cites…

Obama’s proposed SBA budget from a credible source

A first explanation of the Obama administration’s proposed 2013 budget for the Small Business Administration comes from Robb Mandelbaum, writing in “You’re the Boss,” the New York Times blog on small business. Mandebaum notes that the budget document released so far does not reflect a recent announcement that Obama wants to merge the SBA and…

2011 metro-area unemployment drops across state

Metro-area unemployment across Colorado dropped significantly during 2011, signalling a grinding but sure recovery from the Great Recession, which in effect lasted much longer than December 2007 to June 2009, the officially designated downturn caused by the financial crisis and housing bubble. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the (preliminary) state unemployment rate reported…