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    1. Metro Denver unemployment rate drops to 2.4 percent

      Metro Denver's unadjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.4 percent in March, down from 3.6 percent one year ago. There were about 14,360 more people employed in metro Denver in March than in February, according to raw county jobs estimates released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The 2.4 percent unadjusted jobless rate is for a 10-county area that includes Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Broomfield and Centennial, but not Boulder County.

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    2. Inside the massive Amazon fulfillment center under construction in Aurora (Photos)

      Inside the massive Amazon fulfillment center under construction in Aurora (Photos)

      Today it's just the concrete shell, but by late summer the Amazon fulfillment center in Aurora will have 20 million items, 1,000 employees and 75 bays with trucks coming and going all day long. Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) construction managers on Friday morning gave some Aurora elected officials and members of the media a sneak peak inside the 1 million square foot facility under construction and expected to be completed by late summer.

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    3. Venture capital deals and dollars soar for Colorado companies, says MoneyTree report

      A supersonic jet company, a biopharmaceutical company targeting diseases with unmet medical needs, and a company working to thwart cyber crime are among the Colorado companies that made the first quarter of 2017 a comeback quarter. Colorado companies scored big in venture capital investment money with $345 million in 43 deals in the first quarter of 2017, climbing its way to the No. 4 state in the country for the total number of venture capital deals and dollars.

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    4. Denver entrepreneur incubator scores foundation grant

      Denver entrepreneur incubator scores foundation grant

      Denver's public campus and incubator aimed at working with entrepreneurs has landed a $400,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help women and minority entrepreneurs. The Commons on Champa, a campus for entrepreneurs that opened in 2015 at 245 Champa St., was launched and is run by the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP).

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    5. Business lender P2Binvestor raises $7.7 million, including funds from Japanese firm

      Business lender P2Binvestor raises $7.7 million, including funds from Japanese firm

      Denver-based P2Binvestor Inc., which lends money to businesses using a crowdfunding model, has raised $7.7 Million in Series A1 funding. The funding was led by Rockies Venture Club, the largest angel investor network in Colorado, and Future Venture Capital Co, Ltd., a Japanese venture capital firm. It was the Japanese firm's first investment outside of Japan.

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    6. Closing a Colorado business just got cheaper

      Closing a Colorado business just got cheaper

      If you want to close a business in Colorado, it will cost 10 bucks. Secretary of State Wayne Williams said it's a difficult decision to shutter a business. He cut the fee of dissolving the business from $25 to $10, effective Oct. 1. Williams said he was able to reduce the fee due to technology improvements that have cut overall operating costs in his office. Also, there have been more business filings this year than he projected. There were 28,074 new businesses formed in the second quarter of…

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    7. AOL co-founder in Denver to invest in one local startup

      AOL co-founder in Denver to invest in one local startup

      Billionaire investor Steve Case is on a road trip in search of the next big thing.

      Case is best known as co-founder of America Online, or AOL, but in 2005 he co-founded Revolution LLC and serves at its chairman and CEO. Revolution invests in early-stage companies and products in traditional industries, such as transportation, finance and food.

      His October road trip — dubbed the "Rise of the Rest"— covers 2,100 miles in western states and will land him in Denver Oct. 4, when he will hear from…

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    8. Metro Denver's unemployment rate dips slightly in August

      Metro Denver's unemployment rate dips slightly in August

      Metro Denver’s unemployment rate dipped in August to 3.2 percent, down from July’s rate of 3.4 percent, state officials reported Tuesday.

      Metro Denver's unemployment rate in August is also slightly lower than August of last year, when it was 3.4 percent. The data was released along with the state numbers that showed unemployment at 3.8 percent, which was unchanged from July, but was also lower than at this time last year.

      Metro Denver makes up about 55 percent of the state’s employment. The…

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    9. Denver Startup Week breaks registration record

      Denver Startup Week breaks registration record

      Registration for free events at 2016 Denver Startup Week, now underway, has broken all previous attendance records since the event was launched in 2012. At the kickoff Monday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he hoped the entrepreneurial event would attract 11,000 people. But event organizers announced Wednesday that 12,500 people have registered for the 300 events across the city. Last year, organizers were thrilled when more than 10,000 people attended events during Denver Startup Week...

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    10. Under Armour co-founder advises startups to differentiate their strategy at Denver Startup Week

      Under Armour co-founder advises startups to differentiate their strategy at Denver Startup Week

      Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle. "There's no clocking in and clocking out," said Ryan Wood, co-founder of the $4 billion-a-year Under Amour clothing and footwear store. Wood, who grew up in Colorado, was the keynote speaker Monday at the 2016 Denver Startup Week breakfast where 1,000 entrepreneurs attended. Under Amour is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with corporate offices in Austin, Houston, Denver, New York, Portland and Nashville. Wood has now launched his second startup, beef…

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    11. JPMorgan Chase gives grants to 4 Colorado nonprofits to kick off Denver Startup Week

      JPMorgan Chase gives grants to 4 Colorado nonprofits to kick off Denver Startup Week

      JPMorgan Chase is kicking off the 2016 Denver Startup Week Monday by handing out checks to four Colorado nonprofits that each have a mission to help launch startups.

      The mega-bank has earmarked $240,000 for the Colorado organizations — each will get $60,000.

      One of the grants will go to The Commons on Champa — a downtown Denver nonprofit co-working and event venue that the city, Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Technology Association opened in May 2015...

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    12. Denver's Ibotta leads the way to the app-to-app economy

      Denver's Ibotta leads the way to the app-to-app economy

      Bryan Leach is hoping to define a new business trend with the next incarnation of his Denver-based Ibotta Inc., a mobile app whose users earn rewards for shopping. Ibotta has launched an app-to-app marketplace, in which the company is partnering with mobile brands such as Boxed, Groupon, DoorDash, Hotels.com and Jet to offer rewards to shoppers for ordering goods and services from their smartphones and tablets...

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    13. Registration is open for 5th annual Denver Startup Week

      Registration is open for 5th annual Denver Startup Week

      Denver Startup Week organizers have announced their line-up for the fifth annual event, bringing entrepreneurs from the across the country for a week of intense workshops, nitty-gritty talks from CEOs who have been there and details on what it takes for startups to catch the eye of investors. Registration is open f or the more than 200 events scheduled for Sept. 12-16 in downtown Denver, at what organizers call "base camp" at 1515 Araphahoe St....

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    14. Safeway, Albertsons launch delivery service, online ordering in metro Denver

      Safeway, Albertsons launch delivery service, online ordering in metro Denver

      An old idea is new again as Safeway announced Wednesday that it will start delivering groceries in metro Denver.

      Customers of Safeway and sister grocery chain Albertsons can make their orders online at www.safeway.com or via a Safeway app available on Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

      The supermarket chain will deploy about a dozen trucks in the Denver area, from Lone Tree to Boulder, to make the deliveries — even frozen items can be delivered.

      “Safeway has offered grocery delivery in…

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    15. Colorado continues to add jobs, is among top 10 states with lowest unemployment rate

      Colorado continues to add jobs, is among top 10 states with lowest unemployment rate

      Colorado's economy continues to grow at mid-year, with the state adding 61,500 jobs since June 2015. That's an increase of 2.4 percent in June 2016 from June 2015, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the economy is not growing at the same rate as the two previous years and Colorado was among six states posting a statistically significant unemployment rate increase. It saw an uptick of 0.4 percentage point in June from May. Still, Colorado's unemployment…

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    16. Craftsy launches online cooking class series

      Craftsy launches online cooking class series

      Denver-based Craftsy, which specializes in online education programs for people interested in learning crafts, is teaming up with celebrity chefs for a new series of classes. The company says its “Culinary All-Star” series will feature HD video lessons, recipe demonstrations, interactivity and a live Facebook Q&A with the chef. The series, the company says, will give Craftsy students access into the minds of some of the biggest names in the kitchen. Founder and CEO John Levisay was unavailable…

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    17. Colorado's economy outperforming the rest of the country, says CU/Leeds report

      Colorado's economy outperforming the rest of the country, says CU/Leeds report

      At the halfway point in the year, Colorado’s economy continues to outperform the rest of the country, a new report says.

      The Centennial State has had faster growth in employment, home prices and personal income than the rest of the nation. It's having a knockout year in leisure and hospitality with a 5 percent increase in jobs, lost some jobs in mining and natural resources — which includes the oil and gas sector — and maintained its steady growth in the financial services sector...

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    18. Colorado moves up on CNBC's 'Top States for Business' list

      Colorado moves up on CNBC's 'Top States for Business' list

      Colorado has moved up on CNBC's list of America's top states for business, according to the cable channel's annual ranking of the states. Colorado, which landed at No. 4 last year, has moved up to No. 3 for attracting business and jobs. The state was tied for No. 8 in 2014 in the CNBC ranking and came in at No. 7 in 2013. This year, Utah was ranked as the No. 1 state for doing business in CNBC's 10th annual list of rankings, which was released Tuesday...

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    19. Voting starts now for Denver Startup Week sessions

      Voting starts now for Denver Startup Week sessions

      Voting is open to decide this year’s line-up at Denver Startup Week.

      A record 944 sessions were proposed by the community to be presented as part of the fifth annual event, which is scheduled for Sept. 12-16. The program usually draws thousands of entrepreneurs from across the state and country.

      Now, the community is invited to vote on the topics that most interest them. Voting will take place at denverstartupweek.org through July 15.

      “We continue to be blown away by the support for those…

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    20. Boulder startup going to Rio to compete in Olympics of sports startups

      Boulder startup going to Rio to compete in Olympics of sports startups

      Boulder-based sports product company Stryd will compete in an international startup competition in Rio.

      The startup, maker of a running power meter similar to one cyclists use, is the winner of the regional Global Innovation in Sports Competition, which was in Denver Wednesday and hosted by Black Lab Sports, a Boulder-based sports accelerator with a mentor roster that includes directors from the Denver Broncos, the Foundry Group and Techstars.

      “We’re going to Rio,” the Stryd team said.

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    21. Take3: STEM students take to the turf with Broncos (Video)

      Take3: STEM students take to the turf with Broncos (Video)

      The Denver Broncos have partnered with Arrow Electronics to launch a new program called "Tackle STEM" to show students how science, technology, engineering and math influence many careers.

      Here 50 Montrose High School students get a first-hand look at how STEM education is used to build a football stadium and maintain the playing field.

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