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Monfort entrepreneurial challenge semifinalists named

By Ken Amundson GREELEY — Ten semifinalists representing health care, education, sports and other industries will compete in the ninth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.. Semifinalists will present their business concepts Jan. 30 at UNC’s University Center. Five finalists will survive that round and go on to compete for $50,000 in prize money and the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of judges in the final competition at the University Center on March 27. The eChallenge provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive coaching, advice and recommendations that will help them launch their business ideas.… Continue Reading...

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Bohemian Foundation awards $550,000 in grants

By Ken Amundson FORT COLLINS — The Bohemian Foundation has awarded at total of $550,000 in grants to 36 area nonprofits that are engaged in programs to “encourage and enable youth to thrive, empower individuals and families on the path toward economic stability, and strengthen our vibrant community.” Bohemian Foundation awards grants twice each year from its Pharos Fund. Since its inception in 2001, Bohemian Foundation has awarded $17,760,000 in Pharos Fund grants to a variety of organizations serving the Fort Collins area. The Pharos Fund provides grants of up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental units.… Continue Reading...

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CU Boulder athletic buildings gain LEED Platinum status

By Doug Storum BOULDER — Three University of Colorado Boulder buildings that were part of recent athletic-department facilities upgrades — including a net-zero-energy indoor practice facility — have received LEED Platinum status by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 212,000-square-foot Champions Center, the 109,000-square-foot indoor practice facility and renovations to the Dal Ward Athletic Center were included in the project completed in 2016. CU Boulder has 25 buildings with Gold or better certifications, including 10 Platinum certifications, for either new construction or major renovations. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certifications verify electricity cost-savings, lower carbon emissions and healthy work environments.… Continue Reading...

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By Doug Storum The signature sustainability feature of a LEED-certified project at CU Boulder for three athletic-department buildings is the 850-kilowatt solar array that sits atop the indoor practice facility, which produces an estimated 1 million kilowatt hours per year. Courtesy CU Boulder. The post CU_Solar_Panels4GA-1-1 appeared first on BizWest. Source:: BizWest… Continue Reading...

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Colorado to release monthly marijuana sales reports

By Jensen Werley DENVER — The Colorado Department of Revenue is releasing statewide data on marijuana sales from January 2014 to the present, and will release monthly reports from here on. The reports, from CDOR’s Office of Research and Analytics, will show total sales (gross sales minus wholesale) for retail and medical marijuana by county. There will also be a running total of actual sales year-to-date, total sales per year since 2014 and total sales since January 2014. In 2014, total sales for Colorado were $683,523,739. In this year up to October, sales were $1,259,861,988.… Continue Reading...

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France recruits five Colorado climate scientists

By BizWest Staff BOULDER — Five Colorado climate change scientists are leaving the U.S. to work in France. French President Emmanuel Macron plans to bring 50 U.S. scientists to France after President Donald Trump announced the country’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, reports Colorado Public Radio. The first 18 have been announced. From Colorado are Philip Shulz, of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden; Benjamin Sanderson, National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder; Barbara Evans, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder; Christopher Cantrell, University of Colorado Boulder; Joost de Gouw, University of Colorado Boulder.… Continue Reading...

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Colorado Secretary of State to tour shop of 2017’s Businessperson of the Year

By Jensen Werley DENVER — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is paying a visit to Colorado’s 2017 Small Business Person of the Year today, Lorena Cantarovici of Maria Empanada. The visit is to shine the spotlight on nominations for the 2018 awards, due Jan. 9. Cantarovici is a native of Argentina, who came to Denver with $300 in her pocket and started making empanadas in her garage for friends and families. She now has three stores in the metro area. Her company obtained $3.5 million in funding from the Colorado Impact Fund, and in May she received the Businessperson of the Year honor from the U.S.… Continue Reading...

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