League of Extraordinary CEOs: From mission impossible to mission possible at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Café has grown from a single site in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1997 to having more than 600 locations in 43 states nationwide today. In Colorado, Tropical Smoothie has two Centennial locations and one coming soon to Arvada, according to its website. I spoke recently with CEO Mike Rotondo about the company’s journey and what’s ahead. Q: With your success and experience in the franchising industry, what did you see in this franchise that you knew you could add value? A: Tropical…


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The challenges of effectively communicating people data

Julie is nervous about her forthcoming meeting with the executive board. As HR director of her company, she has noticed a significant dip in employee engagement right around the annual performance appraisal period. She goes into the meeting armed with her engagement data and a proposal to change the current system that has been in place since the company’s inception. Having worked with hundreds of HR managers to implement new performance appraisal processes within their organizations, what…


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5 keys to creating better content than your competitors

According to Content Marketing Institute, 76 percent of businesses have some sort of blog they update on a regular basis. So, if you’re reading this post, your business likely has a blog…and so do your competitors.  The question is, how do you make sure your blog is better than theirs? A common issue is that we don't know which optimization techniques will give us a leg up on our competitors.  A few weeks ago, I ran across this fascinating content optimization cheat sheet from Siege Media.…


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DBJ's best of the week for Nov. 18-24: Techstars' money plans, big-ticket real estate deals and more

Here's our recap of our best online-only exclusives and stories of the week, available only to paid DBJ subscribers. (Not yet a subscriber? Click here to join us.) This week, Greg Avery reports on startup incubator Techstars' plans to raise $400 million to invest in growing companies. Also, Caitlin Hendee offers a roundup of big-ticket commercial real estate deals, while Ed Sealover examines a novel approach to fixing health care. Also below, under "National News," you'll find several reports…


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Here's how OSHA injury and illness data rules apply to your business

The Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) passed regulations that became effective Jan. 1, 2017 requiring certain employers to submit their injury and illness data electronically. Many employers are already required to keep injury and illness records, but did not have to submit the data electronically. Since January, the rule has been challenged by employers in court, leaving employers wondering when (or even if) they must submit the data, or whether there will be additional amendments. Originally,…


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Here's what flies (or dies) at charity auctions

Your charitable organization is hosting a gala as a fundraiser. It’s likely to include a live auction. Possibly a silent one, too.  There’s a committee soliciting auction items.  This can be a big moneymaker or a recipe for disaster with donors upset because their cherished item went for peanuts. What sells? What doesn’t? It goes without saying you need a good auctioneer. Hire one or get a member who has done it for years. They need to know how to excite the crowd! Who will…


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Why are shares soaring at this former biotech turned blockchain company?

Why are shares in a company that used to be a biotech, then turned itself into a blockchain technology company, soaring this week? Shares in Riot Blockchain Inc. of Castle Rock (Nasdaq: RIOT) soared more than 42 percent in Wednesday trading, and they soared another 47 percent in Friday's abbreviated trading. Riot Blockchain used to be known as Bioptix Inc., and before that, it was Venaxis Inc., a medical device company. Now it's Riot Blockchain as of last month. It says it's trying to become a…


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9News Light the Lights kicks off holiday season tonight (Photos, 9News video)

By Bobbi Sheldon and Lynne Valencia, KUSA-9News For years, Coloradans have gathered in front of Denver’s City & County building for a colorful celebration kicking off the holiday season. The annual 9News Light the Lights event returns tonight, featuring bright lights, music and hot chocolate. Festivities for the free event start at 6 p.m., with the official lighting ceremony (and a 9News live broadcast) scheduled for 6:30 p.m. 9News personalities Mark Koebrich, Corey Rose and Belen De Leon…


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Executive Gift Guide: A roundup of the finest holiday presents

Are you in search of that perfect gift for a certain executive on your holiday shopping list this year? Or, perhaps you’re looking to do some shopping for yourself from your corner office. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Welcome to The Business Journals’ Executive Gift Guide. Through Dec. 1, we're unveiling lineups of gifts as compiled by members of The Business Journals editorial team. Our goal in producing this guide was to find high-end, high-class, aspirational gifts that could…


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DIA's smoking policy lands airport on CDC health list

Denver International Airport, and its smoking lounge in Concourse C, has landed on a list of smokey airports on government health watch list. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday released its "Smoke-Free Policies in the World’s 50 Busiest Airports," with 14 of North America's 18 major airports credited with having a "smoke-free" policy. DIA isn't one of them: The airport still has the Timberline smoking lounge, operated by Smokin’ Bear LLC on Concourse C. Three other DIA smoking…


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