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5:00am

Mon February 9, 2015
Arts & Life

Colorado Company Attracts Students — And Venture Capitalists — With Online Crafting

Producer Lorie Hirose (left) works with instructor Marie Zinno (right) to produce a Craftsy video on business tips for machine embroiderers.
Grace Hood KUNC

Etsy, the website where people can buy and sell handmade goods, is rumored to be planning an initial public offering. The company won’t comment. The Internet has made crafting a lucrative business — and it’s not just for selling goods. Lately, a growing number of crafters are willing to pay to learn new skills.

For help, they’re turning to companies like CreativeBug or the Denver-based company Craftsy.

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9:44am

Fri February 6, 2015
Education

On-Campus Stadium, Medical Center Construction Coming to CSU

Grace Hood KUNC

Colorado State University’s Board of Governors gave the nod to two significant construction projects Feb. 5 for the Fort Collins campus. The largest and most contentious will be a $242 million on-campus stadium. CSU will also get a new four-story $59 million medical center.

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5:00am

Fri February 6, 2015
Business

Why 2015 Might Be The Best Year Yet To Sell A Small Business

Roy Hansen put his Fort Collins-based truck driving school on the market and is hoping to retire. 2014 and 2015 have been busy years for boomers seeking to sell their small businesses.
Grace Hood KUNC

From BBQ joints to ice cream parlors, more small businesses changed hands in 2014 compared to any time in recent memory. It’s a trend many business brokers were expecting.

According to bizbuysell.com, which tracks small business transaction data across the United States, 2014 saw small business sales increase 6 percent. The numbers are important because they can be viewed as an indicator of economic recovery across Colorado and the U.S.

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5:00am

Wed February 4, 2015
Oil and Gas

Will Colorado's Oil Economy Go Boom Or Bust? History Has Answers

Bo Insogna Creative Commons

The year so far has been a veritable roller coaster of low oil prices, layoffs and production cutbacks across Colorado. Only recently has the price of crude begun to rebound with Feb. 3 marking the highest settlement rate in 2015.

Experts are quick to weigh in with predictions over what the future holds for the oil and gas industry. Many hope to divine answers from key indicators like rig counts and drilling permit applications. Another set of answers can be gleaned from Colorado's last oil bust in the 1980s.

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5:00am

Thu January 22, 2015
Energy

CU Research Could Improve Wind Power With Better Forecasting

Windmills near the Columbia River Gorge, where CU researchers plan to collect data to improve wind forecasting models.
Sam Beebe Creative Commons

As use of wind energy grows in Colorado, industry and energy grid officials are looking for more sophisticated forecasts to tell them when exactly to use the ephemeral energy source. Current weather models are helpful, but researchers know that mountains and valleys can throw off predictions — requiring more complex weather forecasting.

Enter a team from the University of Colorado, which were recently granted $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve weather prediction for the wind energy industry.

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