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Outdoor startups embrace small Colorado towns

Small mountain towns in Colorado are increasingly home to incubating manufacturing startups in the outdoor industry, and none seems to be doing a better job of it than Steamboat Springs. While famous for being the home to more Winter Olympics athletes than any other in the nation, it also is home to an incredible assortment […]

From wartime work to peaceful play

Everyone in Colorado knows why people from other states continue to move here. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with lots of hiking and biking trails, places to mountain climb or boulder, many areas for water sports, camping and fishing. But how did Colorado become one of the major outdoor industry hubs in the […]

Manufacturers picky about where they make camp

We all have reasons — sometimes leaking into rationalization — for being where we are. But whether it’s love, location or incredible luck or lucidity, here are some of our favorite reasons for outdoor manufacturers to be where they are in Colorado — which, of course is always a good place to continue to be, […]

Industry association: There’s green in those green spaces

The outdoor industry accounts for $646 billion in retail sales and services, $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues and 6.1 million American jobs, according to the Boulder-based Outdoor Industry Association. The industry shows no sign of a slowdown. Colorado established itself as a major outdoor-industry hub in the aftermath of World War […]


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  • Zayo completes new fiber route in Europe

    BOULDER — Zayo Group Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ZAYO) has completed a new fiber route in Western Europe. The coherent wavelength route spans from Marseille to Strasbourg, in France, via Milan. The route also provides connectivity to Paris, Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam. It leverages the fiber network it acquired from Viatel. The route is part of Zayo’s efforts to expand its dark fiber and longhaul wavelength network throughout Europe. A carrier based in India is the initial customer for the new route and selected Zayo for the solution. Additional customers include a U.S.-based global Internet services provider and an international wholesale telecommunications provider. “With our expanded capability, we are well-positioned to meet the needs of a growing base of global customers,” Randy Dunbar, senior vice president of transport, said in a prepared statement. “Our connectivity options in and out of Marseille are opening up new international markets for us, and we continue to see strong demand from multiple verticals.”  

  • Colorado Latino Festival takes place June 24 in Boulder

    BOULDER — The Colorado Latino Festival has debuted its schedule of events in its new home of Boulder. The festival will take place June 18 to 24 in downtown Boulder. The main event is slated for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 24 at Boulder Central Park, with music, food vendors and a car exhibit. Almost 20,000 guests from Colorado and neighboring states are expected to attend the festival, hosted by Barrio E’ and the Latino Chamber. The event’s theme is Activism, and it will be free to the public. The full schedule includes: June 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: A Networking Lunch at Zayo Group Boulder. June 20, 5 to 8 p.m.: Jyemo Club and Barrio E’ present Band on the Bricks on Pearl Street. June 21, 5 to 8 p.m.: A film screening and panel about Dolores at the Boulder Public Library. June 22, 5 to 8 p.m.: Dancing with Los Chicos Malos at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa. June 22, 5 to 8 p.m.: A Settlers hike with OSMP at the Boulder Public Library. June 23, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; A Flatirons hike with OSMP at Chautauqua Park. June 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: The Third Annual Colorado Latino Festival at Boulder Civic Park.  

  • Fraser replaces Pillsbury as head of CANarchy

    LONGMONT — Matt Fraser, chief operating officer for the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, the holding company for Oskar Blues’ and Fireman Capital Partners’ consortium of beer companies, has been promoted to president but will retain his role as chief operating officer. The promotion follows the departure of David Pillsbury, who had taken the job of president and chief executive in late 2017 after spending 11 years as president of the PGA Tour. CANarchy spokesman Chad Melis told industry website Brewhound that Pillsbury has been offered his “dream job” in the professional golfing industry and decided to follow his passion back into that field. CANarchy, previously named Oskar Blues Holdings, is a platform for its family of craft brewers including Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery. Fraser joined what is now CANarchy in July 2015 as chief financial officer after eight years with the middle-market investment advisory group of Lazard Freres. “Matt’s been an integral part of the forward momentum and progress that has been made over the last year, especially the last few months,” said Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues and a Boulder County Business Hall of Fame inductee, in a media release. “This positive momentum will continue with Matt at the helm, together with support from our CANarchy leadership,” including vice president for sales Chris Russell and chief marketing officer Patrick Daugherty, “as well as our individual brewery leaders.” Added Fraser, “CANarchy has delivered on the promise of a new path for the craft beer industry by launching the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective. We’ve increased our operational efficiency to scale our business and help brewing partners grow while maintaining control of their brand.”

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  • Conga raises $47 million from investors

    BROOMFIELD — Conga, a company that specializes in intelligent document automation, closed on $47 million in funding. The round was led by investment from Insight Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures. The funds will be used to develop Conga’s suite of products, which automates and streamlines data management tasks, document generation and contract management. The capital will also help fuel growth nationally and internationally. Earlier this year, Conga went through a string of acquisitions: Octiv, Orchestrate LLC and Counselytics. The acquisition of the latter company will help speed the growth of its latest product, Conga AI, and its New York office will be a new location to scale commercial operations. “Our steadfast dedication to our customers’ needs for better Intelligent Document Automation has been on full display this year as we’ve aggressively grown the breadth and depth of the Conga Suite through product development and acquisitions,” said Matthew J. Schiltz, CEO of Conga, in a prepared statement. The latest round of financing brings the total raised to date by Conga to $124 million. Conga is a Salesforce Premier Partner and has more than 700,000 customers across 85 companies. Conga is the trade name used by AppExtremes Inc.  

  • Ball to help NASA with its next generation telescope

    BOULDER — Ball Aerospace based in Boulder will help build NASA’s next space telescope. NASA has awarded the company a $113 million contract to build components for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, according to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera. The telescope is planned for launch in 2020 and will cost a total of about $3.2 billion. It will go beyond the capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope and help scientists determine the nature of the universe.

  • Aims targets working students with night, weekend programs

    GREELEY — Aims Community College is launching a group of degree and certificate programs that can be earned all at night or on weekends. Targeted at workers unable to attend classes during the day, the new programs include a complete Associate of Arts degree at night in Greeley, an accounting certificate program at night and on weekends in Greeley, and a welding degree and certificate in the evenings in Fort Lupton. Classes begin Aug. 20 and registration has just opened, according to an announcement from the college. “By offering evening and weekend college, this opens doors for those who cannot attend classes during the day and will help with completion,” said Leah Bornstein, Aims CEO and president. “I’m very excited for the opportunities this brings to our community.” The college also has other night and weekend classes, some that can result in a degree or certificate without attending daytime classes. They are: These degrees and certificates are in addition to the existing programs that offer evening and weekend classes: Police Academy, offered in the evenings and weekends in Windsor Nurse Aide Certificate, offered in the evenings with a weekend clinical in Greeley Fire Academy, offered in the evenings and weekends in Windsor Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), offered in the evenings in Windsor Paramedic, offered on Fridays and Saturdays in Windsor Paramedic Prep, offered in the evenings in Windsor Pre-Paramedic, offered in the evenings and weekends in Windsor Real Estate I and II, offered on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings in Greeley Automotive Degrees and Certificates, offered in the evenings in Windsor Carpentry Certificate, offered in the evenings in Greeley CPR Certification, offered in the evenings in Windsor Early Childhood Teacher, Beginning, offered in the evenings in Greeley Early Childhood Teacher, Intermediate, offered in the evenings in Greeley Child Care Center Director, offered in the evenings in Greeley For more information, visit www.aims.edu/academics/evening-weekend-college.

  • Small-Business Guide – 2018