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July 2012 Archives

Denver: JumpStart Biz Plan Awards and $50k for best business plan

Think you have a great idea for a small business? Well the City of Denver is looking for applicants for its first ever JumpStart Biz Plan Awards coming this fall. The Denver Office of Economic Development announced the competition last week. It is designed to honor the best and brightest in small businesses by recognizing the top ten startups as well as business concepts in their early stages of business planning and development. The top prize is $50,000 in cash and business support services to help the lucky entrepreneur launch his or her brilliant idea.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office sued for wrongful termination

A former deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has filed a lawsuit claiming employment discrimination when he was terminated in May of 2010. The lawsuit claims his termination was in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. His wrongful termination suit alleges Sheriff's Office supervisors made negative comments about the plaintiff's military service, including one comment from a supervisor that the plaintiff was letting his team down when he attended reserve duty.

Black Keys, Danger Mouse sue for copyright infringement

Brilliant ideas are the heart of business innovation in Denver and around world. New technologies are created, new songs are released, books are published and it seems there is always someone or some company out there trying to capitalize on someone else's great idea. Just look at the number of patent infringement lawsuits surrounding cellphone technology, software and Internet technologies and anyone can see that infringing on the intellectual property of another can be both costly as well as profitable for those who attempt it.

How are Colorado employers affected by health care reform?

Since the United States Supreme Court upheld the health care reform legislation signed by President Obama, many Denver employers might be wondering just what exactly does this ruling mean to their business. First and foremost, many of the issues affecting employers will not go into effect until 2014, so employers have anywhere from 18 to 24 months to get prepared.