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  1. The future of weight loss is here, and it tastes like bison
    There are weight-loss clinics that espouse exercise and there are those that link clients with dietitians. But Kevin Lamar’s new venture may be the first in the country that builds its program around eating bison. PlainSmart clinic opens on Monday in Englewood with the aim of promoting what its owners call the lowest-calorie, highest-iron form of protein available to consumers. And they should know — the business is operated by Denver-based Golden Bison, one of the largest bison-meat distributors…
  2. KSL Capital buys WellBiz fitness-massage company
    WellBiz Brands Inc., a Colorado franchiser in the fitness and massage sectors, said it has been acquired by Denver-based private equity firm KSL Capital Partners LLC. Highlands Ranch-based WellBiz operates Elements Massage as well as the Fitness Together and FIT36 exercise chains. Terms were not announced. "We've seen tremendous growth with our franchises and our projections for the next few years are even more exciting," said WellBiz CEO Jeff Jervik. "Our alignment with KSL comes at a perfect…
  3. RTD’s new Flatiron Flyer bus between Denver, Boulder really stands out in traffic
    The Regional Transportation District (RTD) on Tuesday unveiled the Flatiron Flyer — a 57-passenger bus branded with a distinctive blue-and-sunrise-orange paint scheme — that will take passengers between Denver and Boulder, with stops at six Park-n-Rides along the way. The bus is the key component of RTD’s new bus-rapid-transit system along U.S. 36 that will launch January 17, 2016. Nearly 11,000 passengers per weekday are expected to ride the 59 buses that will work the route. The new buses…
  4. Supreme Court to 10th Circuit appeals court: Take another look at the TABOR case
    The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to revisit its ruling on a case challenging the Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. The hight court vacated the earlier decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Kerr v. Hickenlooper when it ruled that a group that included state lawmakers had standing to challenge TABOR in court. The 24 plaintiffs — state lawmakers, public officials, educators and private citizens — sued in 2011 to overturn TABOR, which Colorado…
  5. Solar deal will supply Denver government with 2% of power needs
    Denver has signed a deal with SunShare LLC, a developer of community solar power projects, which will supply 400 kilowatts of solar power to 16 city facilities from the company’s arrays. That covers about 2 percent of the city and county government's energy needs and is expected to save it about $6 million in electricity bills over the 20-year agreement, according to SunShare. The solar power Denver is getting as part of the deal accounts for about 40 percent of the power produced from SunShare’s…
  6. Vestas racking up big orders for new U.S. wind farms
    Vestas Wind Systems is racking up more orders from customers eager to put the Danish manufacturer’s wind turbines to work across the United States. In the last week, Vestas has announced orders for more than 250 of its wind turbines for U.S. wind farms. And Vestas’ factories in Colorado will be building components for those wind farms, according to a company spokesman. Vestas employs nearly 3,000 people in the state and has four factories: a towers factory in Pueblo, a nacelles factory and…
  7. Aaron Harber TV: Laurie Tisch discusses Illumination Fund (Video)
    The Denver Business Journal has partnered with The Aaron Harber Show to bring you industry leaders discussing the top issues of the day. In this video Harber is joined by Laurie Tisch, president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which works to improve access to education, healthy food and the arts. For more of the videos seen on the Denver Business Journal website, click here. For more of The Aaron Harber Show, visit his website.
  8. Colorado's community colleges put a badge on workforce development
    Colorado's plan to enhance workforce development to meet the demand of growing industries in the state took another step forward with the announcement of a new "badge" system for community college students. Students can earn a "badge" designation during traditional college coursework or on the job that's designed to meet a specific demand or need in an industry, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) announced Tuesday. CCCS's first focus will be in the manufacturing industry, where students…
  9. Summer job seekers: The climate's best in Denver
    Looking for a summer job? You're in the right place. Metro Denver tops a new list of "the top 10 towns for summer jobs" from ZipRecruiter, a Santa Monica, California-based online jobs posting website. "Summer is the ideal time to enjoy Denver’s mountain landscape and sunny weather, but a picturesque landscape isn’t all the city has to offer," ZipRecruiter notes in the report. ZipRecruiter found numerous openings for summer jobs in the Denver-Aurora area, including 578 in retail and hospitality. To…
  10. President/COO of King Soopers parent exits
    Michael Ellis — president and chief operating officer of grocery giant Kroger Co. — has retired, effective immediately, with a spokesman saying Ellis' exit is for personal reasons. Kroger is the parent of Colorado's King Soopers and City Market chains. Ellis, 57, had been with Kroger and its predecessor companies for 40 years, starting as a parcel lerk at age 16. He became president and COO in January 2014, when Rodney McMullen vacated those roles to become CEO after David Dillon retired. Cincinnati-based…