A Guide to Library Resources for Starting Your Business

Not everyone thinks of the public library when starting a business. Yet, it’s the radical collaboration among entrepreneurs, libraries, and community partners that helps foster local economic development. Poudre River Public Libraries have just about everything a 21st century entrepreneur might need: work space, Internet access, reference materials and research databases, and professional guidance through […]

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Authenticity: A Key Sales Ingredient

Many people commonly associate “sales” with stepping out of their comfort zone. But, as I’ve learned, “sales” are less commonly associated with one key ingredient that actually makes sales successful. Can you guess it? Hint: It has to do with connection. *drum roll please…* Authenticity. Maybe this seems obvious. But let’s just get curious for […]

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Freelancers: Shape Your Success at the Library

Do you have friends who ask you to proofread their reports? Or maybe they want your help designing a logo or building website? Do people ask you to photograph their wedding? Perhaps you’re the go-to person for tech help among family members? Whatever your skill set, these friendly requests could be highlighting opportunities for freelance […]

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Process, Process, Process – a guest post by speaker Nick Armstrong

The number of those who consider themselves self-employed jumped 40% in the ten-year span between 2000 and 2010, and according to FreshBooks, 42 million Americans will be self-employed by 2020. Solopreneurship is difficult. Whether you’re figuring out how to delegate or trying to write better copy, most solopreneurs wear so many hats it’s hard to […]

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The One Skill that Can Make or Break a Company – a guest post by speaker Katie Hoffman

Many companies start with writing – jotting down ideas of a business plan on a napkin, drafting a 5 year-plan, writing down ideas for an investment pitch, and formulating business agreements. But most companies don’t realize writing only becomes more central to a business growing and thriving as employees communicate with each other, clients, and […]

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The Quality of Our Leaders Affects the Quality of Our Lives – a guest post by speakers Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie

Research shows a majority — 67% — of employees worldwide are disengaged, and a hyperfocus on growth and profits is coming at the expense of people’s well-being. There are significant gaps in leadership where an old style reliant on control and blame tactics isn’t working. To counter those trends and meet a market need, we […]

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The Value of Considering Culture – a guest post by speaker Todd Cornell

Having grown up in Fort Collins, I didn’t have much opportunity to interact with diverse cultures or mindsets. The city we know today is a mecca of diversity by comparison! Now, when interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds, I consciously stay open to things “outside my comfort zone”, remaining mindful of thoughts and inner […]

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Machine Learning for non-PhDs – a guest post from speaker Derek Haynes

Since I was a pasty, awkward middle schooler I’ve been writing computer code. Much of my coding time is spent fixing my own silly bugs, but a couple of magical coding moments standout: When I accessed my hideous, lets animate-all-the-gifs AOL-hosted homepage on a middle school computer. Character-by-character, copying Tetris onto my TI-85 calculator from […]

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3 Reasons Your Cloud Bill is So High – a guest post from speaker Lisa Gumerman

At Sunshower.io, we talk to a lot of people about their cloud infrastructure usage. In our professional lives, we’ve dealt with the confusion caused by different cloud vendors, including confounding billing methods, lack of insight into the infrastructure you’ve built, and just throwing hardware and money at the current problem and hoping it’ll fix it. […]

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