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Quilt Company Stitches Hometown Back Together

For a startup that now employs more than 100 people, has thousands of YouTube followers and is changing the face of Main Street in their hometown, its beginning was pretty unassuming.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 11, 2014
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How are company names chosen? The initial impression of a company is its name because that is how any conversation about the venture is started. Therefore, how do you get the name right? Oftentimes there's a story rooted somewhere in the company's history that explains how the business ended being called what it is. And I can imagine, if its importance was taken into consideration, choosing that name was a daunting task.

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Taylor Brown
on June 10, 2014
Graduates, Where To Next?

This edition of Top of Mind, I offered my own version of a high school commencement speech. Using the experience honed raising my own three children, I want to help provide guidance for students debating the path to their future, which may include college, and sometimes not.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 09, 2014
How an Entrepreneur in the Governor's Seat has Benefited Colorado

What makes a great politician? There are likely as many answers to that question as there are perhaps people.

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Annette Beck
on June 04, 2014
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The media seems to be a buzz with the nation's small business decline. From the increase in the number of startups failing, to the decrease in the number being started, this trend--not the reason for it, much to my disappointment--is being spun across the nation's news outlets. Entrepreneurship certainly ebbs and flows and while policymakers and entrepreneurial ecosystem members (hopefully) figure out what's causing the current ebb, I am encouraged to see another source stepping up to increase a form of entreprenruship: intrapreneurship.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 04, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

The media seems to be a buzz with the nation's small business decline. From the increase in the number of startups failing, to the decrease in the number being started, this trend--not the reason for it, much to my disappointment--is being spun across the nation's news outlets.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 04, 2014
Website Must-Haves For Optimal Marketing

If when you look at the endless options for marketing your business and feel overwhelmed, you are certainly not alone. Take the traditional marketing venues--newspaper, radio, TV, direct mail--and combine them with the almost limitless opportunities presented on the Internet today, and the task of identifying a marketing mix that can produce the best results for your business can seem near impossible.

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Amanda Schnieders
on May 30, 2014
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Angel funding hit the news last week in a big way with the Angel Capital Association launching its "Protect Angel Funding" campaign. This professional and trade association supports the success of angel investors in high-growth, early-stage companies. It launched the campaign in an effort to keep startups from losing this source of funding if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) increases the financial qualifications for accredited investors.

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Thom Ruhe
on May 30, 2014
10 Reasons Your Business Needs a Positioning Statement (and How to Start Building Yours)

As an entrepreneur, there's no greater fear than developing a product or service that no one wants and no one is willing to pay for.

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Annette Beck
on May 28, 2014
Craft Distillery Proves Startups Can Be a Family Affair

The smell is potent. It's apparent as soon as you walk in. The tinge of distilled mash is unavoidable, and a pleasant reminder that this building is more than just a beautiful space that people now host weddings and events in. It's also a startup. A startup craft distillery, that is.

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Amanda Schnieders
on May 22, 2014

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