Free Business Intelligence eLearning Course

In October, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office launched a free online course designed to teach the general public how to use several online government databases in order to access public information. The 90-minute course was created in conjunction with the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and shows users how to access both Federal and State databases in order to “work with and analyze public data to make informed business decisions.”

The course illustrates how to navigate a variety of State databases that contain information that could be potentially very useful to small business owners from sources ranging from the Department of Revenue, Department of Local Affairs, and more. The course can be accessed on the Secretary of State’s website on their “Tutorials & Training” webpage under the heading “Business Intelligence Center.”

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Ku Cha House of Tea

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Broken Arrow

Bob O’Borne was taught by his father at the age of 5 to shoot a long bow. When he was old enough, he harvested the mighty “Wapati” and joined the United States Air Force. He traveled around seeking out different animals with his bow until he settled in Colorado. Bob has always had a desire to own his own shop but did not have the time or opportunity. He believed, “You will never rise to

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Southern Ute Cultural Museum

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VeriClean Springs

When you meet Dee Anna Thompson, not only does she greet you with warm smile and welcoming hug, you would never know she was the President of a fast growing, award winning business based on her humble personality. Dee Anna Thompson, President of VeriClean Springs opened in 2000. At the time, Dee Anna needed to make ends meet. Given cleaning was the only experience she had coming out of high school, finding a job was

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Espinoza Cultural Services

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