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Starting Your Business

Starting a business requires you to complete a number of steps and make some key decisions. You will need to select a location, decide on a business structure, and obtain the necessary licenses and permits. In addition, determining which financing options will meet your short-term needs and long-term goals is crucial. Within this section, we’ll provide information on these topics along with guidance on buying an existing business, copyright and trademark issues, and getting support from an outside expert. We offer the specialized small business education that you need to launch and grow a successful business!

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Successfully managing a business requires specific skills, knowledge and understanding of key business practices. We will walk you through a host of important topics to manage your business including: filing your business taxes, legal considerations, forecasting for future growth, and managing employees. We also provide access to numerous online tools that will enhance your business success. Jeffco BRC serves the business community in Arvada, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood, Morrison, Wheatridge, Westminster and Unincorporated Jefferson County, and offers business education and business counseling with an emphasis on the challenges that small business owners experience.

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Jeffco BRC offers free, unlimited and confidential business advising. If your business is located in Jeffco – you qualify for this free service. We work closely with start-up and existing business owners and provide comprehensive and relevant training and guidance. We will assist you at any stage of your business and have a variety of advising topics to choose from. We are here to help your business succeed!Business Advising services are offered by appointment only. Please call to set an appointment: 303-996-8976.



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Colorado Bureau Of Investigation Admits Dozens Of Faulty DUI Blood Tests

DENVER (CBS4) Responding to a CBS4 investigation, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged at least 56 of the DUI blood tests it conducted in the last six months were incorrect.

“The initial results in each of those 56 cases showed lower alcohol levels for the drivers than when additional quality assurance retesting occurred, said Susan Medina, a spokesperson for the CBI. “There is no indication that any defendant was inappropriately charged with an offense based on test results showing an erroneously high level of alcohol in a driver’s bloodstream.”

The CBI opened labs in July 2015 in Pueblo and Grand Junction and since then has done about 1,500 DUI blood tests for the Colorado State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies. Medina said the faulty tests amounted to about 4 percent of the DUI testing the labs have conducted since last July.

The CBI said it learned of its erroneous lab results “in recent months“ when an independent lab checked two blood samples that had also been tested by the CBI and the independent lab ChemaTox discovered what the CBI calls “anomalies.

ChemaTox told CBS4 it notified state authorities of the problems in December 2015. The CBI said it then checked some of its other DUI alcohol results and confirmed its lab testing problems.

“While a thorough review remains in progress, said CBI, “it is believed the cause of the anomalies has been identified and corrected.

Medina declined to say if the problem was human error, testing equipment, or some other factor.

Sarah Urfer of ChemaTox labs told CBS4, “I contacted CBI and said, Look, we had an anomaly and it s 24 percent different.’

Urfer said the anomalies are important “because those are people’s lives at stake.

David Miller, a Denver-based defense attorney who defends DUI clients, told CBS4 the CBI needs to come clean.

“It creates a problem with the integrity of the system. They’re not saying what the problem is so we don’t know what the problem is, so we’re going to have to get full disclosure to start with. I think it s up to prosecutors now to look at each case and see if the convictions are proper in the first place and notify the client or lawyer as to what s happening, said Miller.

David Miller (credit: CBS)

He said the CBS4 investigation revealing the faulty testing shows a “huge problem. It’s a big deal if you’re the person affected by it. It’s a big deal individually and if you look at the big picture, if you are the person affected by this it’s a very big deal.

Miller said to re-establish credibility, the CBI needs to have all 1,500 blood samples it has examined since last July re-tested.

In many cases, blood drawn from a suspect is a critical piece of evidence establishing either guilt or innocence in DUI cases. There are an estimated 30,000 DUI cases in Colorado each year, according to the CBI.

Dr. Pat Sulik, a chemist with Rocky Mountain Instrumental Laboratories, checked 16 blood samples from the CBI in recent months. She said of those 16 samples, seven were problematic having at least a 5 percent variance from the readings she found. Of those seven, she said five had more than a 10 percent discrepancy.

Dr. Pat Sulik (credit: CBS)

Sulik said she would normally expect to have her results and the CBI results be nearly identical 99 percent of the time.

“To see this many discrepancies when the CBI just started this summer, this is, at a simple overview, way too many discrepancies, said Sulik. “When we saw our first large discrepancy we retested the sample and gave ourselves a heart attack.”

Sulik said the CBI’s erroneous, lower testing numbers mean “they are not being taken off the road, the DUI law is not being enforced if the state lab is coming up with lower numbers.

Sulik said in at least one case she checked, the suspect in a DUI case would have faced a more serious charge had the CBI lab testing been correct the first time around.

Ironically, the CBI only began doing this kind of testing after similar testing by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment came under fire in 2013 and CDPHE testing of DUI blood samples was shut down. In that case, defense attorneys maintained that the Department of Health testing was biased in favor of prosecutors and that staff was inadequately trained in handling blood samples.

In 2014 the state Legislature approved a bill providing nearly $2 million in annual funding and the hiring of five new full-time employees for the CBI to take over the DUI blood testing that was previously conducted by the Department of Health. Now the Department of Health is assisting in the investigation of the faulty CBI testing.

According to Medina’s statement to CBS4, ”After the review the CBI will issue amended reports to the law enforcement agencies that submitted the blood samples, and work with stakeholders to ensure accurate scientific results and prosecutions statewide.

Mike Rankin, the CBI Director, said, ”While the CBI works extremely hard to avoid any testing errors in our laboratories, the quality assurance procedures served their designed purpose of safeguarding the integrity of the program.

The CBI declined to answer any other questions from CBS4 citing an ongoing review of what happened. Medina said the agency might be able to provide more information once the review is completed.

Miller told CBS4 he intended to reopen any DUI cases he has handled in the last seven months that involved CBI blood testing. Urfer called the problem “very frustrating. I’ve been through this twice before. It seems like this should be a preventable problem. There are a number of labs that have not had these problems.



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Detailed law firm profiles have information like the firm’s area of law, office location, office hours, and payment options. Attorney profiles include the biography, education and training, and client recommendations of an attorney to help you decide who to hire.

Use the contact form on the profiles to connect with a Colorado Springs, Colorado attorney for legal advice.

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About California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program

California Law requires that all drivers of vehicles within the State maintain evidence of financial responsibility. California’s Low Cost Automobile Program (CLCA) was established by the Legislature in 1999 and exists pursuant to California Insurance Code Section 11629.7 as a program designed to provide income eligible persons with liability insurance protection at affordable rates as a way to meet California’s financial responsibility laws.

However, too many income eligible drivers remain uninsured because the costs of standard insurance premiums are beyond their financial reach. Learn about affordable solutions that may help protect you, your friends, family and other drivers on the road.

Effective January 01, 2015 a new law, SB 1273 passed by the Governor on September 19, 2014, provides an exception to the three-year continuously licensed requirement to allow drivers with less than 3 years verifiable driving experience to participate in the program and increased vehicle values from $20,000 to $25,000. For more information on the CLCA program please visit: www.mylowcostauto.com.

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See our Sample Performance Tests section for detailed test reports. The actual load you can achieve is highly dependent on your network infrastructure, your server/client hardware, the file sizes, and your web application. We also provide screenshots of Webserver Stress Tool .

Paessler AG – Chi siamo

Il software PRTG Network Monitor di Paessler AG è una soluzione unica nell’ambito del Unified Monitoring: è potente, pagabile, facile da utilizzare ed è già stato premiato. Siccome è un software molto flessibile e aperto, è adattissimo al monitoraggio di qualsiasi infrastruttura informatica e viene utilizzato in aziende, organizzazioni e industrie di ogni dimensione. Più di 150.000 amministratori in più di 170 paesi nel mondo si affidano a PRTG Network Monitor e stanno più tranquilli ogni giorno. Fondata nel 1997 con sede a Norimberga in Germania, Paessler AG rimane una società privata ed è riconosciuta sia come membro del Cisco Solution Partner Program che come VMware Technology Alliance Partner.

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Cable Television in Oklahoma City

If you re looking for cable and satellite television in OKC, you have several options. It is best to research the plans and availability for each, as you can frequently receive excellent initial sign-up offers with your preferred provider by referencing competitor pricing and specials.

Here are the cable and satellite providers in the Oklahoma City area, with general information on plans and contact details for establishing service.

Important: Plans and prices change frequently. Contact the individual company to confirm current offers.

Services. Long a telephone provider in the Oklahoma City area, under the names AT T, Southwestern Bell and SBC Communications, the company moved into the television market with its broadband U-Verse service. Though AT T merged with Directv, the U-Verse TV packages are still available.
Plans. U-Verse digital television service begins at $50 a month for a package that includes over 200 channels. In addition, you can bundle television service with your internet. See a full list of all current AT T plans .
How to Sign Up. Check availability and sign up online. call at (800) 288-2020, or visit an area AT T store .

  • Services. Cox Communications is the lone company with which the city of Oklahoma City has a cable television provider franchise agreement, allowing Cox to utilize public right-of-ways to provide cable service. Cox also provides internet and phone services, with a customer base of over 6 million people in the United States.
    Plans. Residential cable plans from Cox start at just $31.99 per month for a basic television lineup. There are plans that include On Demand access, and Cox offers DVR and Whole Home DVR service. In addition, you can bundle cable service with phone and internet.
    How to Sign Up. Sign up for Cox Communications cable television or other services online or by calling (405) 600-8282.
    • Services. The leader in satellite television service in the United States, DIRECTV is well known for exclusive sports programming packages such as NFL Sunday Ticket and MLB Extra Innings.
      Plans. DIRECTV packages start at $50 per month and include a minimum of 145 channels. Available options include DVR, multi-room service and a variety of special premium additions such as the above-noted sports packages and movie channels. See a full list of DirecTV packages .
      How to Sign Up. To order DIRECTV service, do so online with the package link above or call (888) 777-2454.

    Services. Dish Network is a satellite television service provider.
    Plans. Dish Network plans are typically discounted for new subscribers and start at just $49.99 a month for the first two years. The America s Top 250 is $74.99 and includes premium movie channels and regional sports. Also available are options such as the Hopper Smart DVR. See a full list of Dish Network packages .
    How to Sign Up. Order Dish Network service online. by calling (888) 581-9813 or by visiting a local retailer .



    Monday, February 4, 2013

    Eliminating customer churn is the key to revenue — and valuation — growth for your SaaS company. It actually starts by first thinking like a “service provider” and not a like a “software company.”

    Bessemer Venture Partners has two great quotes about customer churn and SaaS Vendors:

    • The only acceptable reason to lose a customer is death (bankruptcy) or marriage (acquisition).
    • The most important part of Software-as-a-Service isn’t “software;” it’s “service! Support, support, support!

    If you put those two quotes together, you have the recipe to grow a SaaS business: eliminate churn by providing amazing service.

    But customer retention actually starts before the sales process begins, through what I call “indoctrination” — getting top-of-mind with your market and getting them to know, like and trust you. From there, you set the stage for long-term customer retention throughout the sales process by not overselling (and under-delivering), managing expectations, simplifying on-boarding, ensuring customer adoption, etc.

    Your goal as a SaaS provider should be to get your customer engaged with your service as fast as possible (this is relative by category, obviously) so they quickly begin to “realize value” and get out of your service what they thought they would.

    Of course, customers that are actively realizing value from your service are not just less likely to churn out; they are more likely to fight to keep your service active in the face of budget cuts, competing vendor offers, etc.

    And customers that are actively realizing value from your service are also more likely to spend more with you through up-sells and cross-sells, generating expansion revenue and increasing their Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) in the process.

    As a SaaS provider, you can (and should) actively look for behaviors that might indicate a customer is unhappy, confused or simply not using your service any more — what I call “churn threats.”

    These aren’t just indicators of a customer about to churn — but a threat to your company’s growth. You should proactively work to fix whatever situation you discover so the customer will continue to realize value and stay a customer longer.

    Sure, a last-ditch phone call to try to save an account (usually by providing steep concessions) can work, but by recognizing behavior early and stepping in to help move your customer to a position of value recognition, you save the customer before they become a serious churn threat.

    The best part is you saved the customer not by desperately offering discounts and perhaps prolonging the inevitable but by helping them get value from your service, which is all they’re really looking for.

    Simply put, when realization of value stops, that customer is already gone; and as a SaaS provider you are in a unique position to actively monitor for threats and stop your customers from getting to that point.

    This means that developing a customer-retention strategy — and building in the tools necessary to monitor and proactively eliminate churn threats — is just as important to the scaling of your company as are customer acquisition and the core functionality of your service.

    So don t wait until you have a churn problem; get proactive on customer retention and get your company on a massive growth trajectory!

    Comments

    February 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm By Sreekumar

    customer retention actually starts before the sales process begins You are absolutely right.
    How do we block customer poachers ( customers can be lured away in a less matured market, where lot of experiments are going on and there could be a limit to anticipate, right?

    February 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm By Lincoln Murphy

    Without more context I can t give a specific answer, but generally I d say there are two things you could do to avoid this problem.

    1. Know your customer It s so cliché but there s a reason for that it s super important to fully understand your customer, their needs, wants, etc. By knowing your customer and providing them a real solution to their problem they will be less likely to go to a competitor or go around trying new things. I d say in immature markets this phenomenon is due to products being built and then searching for customers rather than because companies are building products and services with a known customer in mind.

    2. Get your customers using your product If you get customers Invested in your product time, resources, energy, social capital, etc. and they continue to realize value from your offering, they will not be tempted by competitive offerings (even cheaper ones) and will certainly not be tempted by shiny objects out there.

    Again, I realize those are very generic ideas, but hopefully they get you thinking and moving in the right direction.

    September 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm By Shiva

    Hi Lincoln,
    Thanks for this post. Say, if following are the acquisition business numbers for last year (month wise): 90K, 100K, 110K, 120K, 120K and 125K, what would be the targets for my retention teams based on these, if I m on a SaaS based subscription model elearning business.

    November 4, 2016 at 3:42 am By Balbir Singh

    Hello, I appreciate your article. Many times, we encounter questions from end users or decision makers regarding the security or misuse of data of employees; the compensations paid to staff and other data might be shared across business by service provider. Except this one point, SaaS concept is great.

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