4.23.2014

Colorado Business Resource Book

Since 1998, the Colorado Business Resource book has been helping entrepreneurs and small business owners with the information they need to succeed.  Published by the Colorado Small Business Development Centers, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and other partners, the book is continually updated to reflect the most current information.  You can view a copy of the book here, or you can pick up a free copy at your local economic development center, chamber of commerce, or Small Business Development Center.  The business resource book contains the following sections:
  • Starting a Business
  • Business Entry Options
  • Legal Structure & Registration
  • Income & Property Tax
  • Colorado Sales Tax
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Bookkeeping
  • Sources of Assistance
  • Choosing Your Advisors
  • Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • Financing Options
  • Liabilities and Insurance
  • Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents
  • Emerging Industries
  • Important Contact Information

4.22.2014

Earth Day

A century ago, what we now know as Earth Day was called Arbor Day.  The day was celebrated by planting trees, and in Denver especially, Mayor Speer would give out hundreds of trees, and children would plant trees in City Park.  Most schools had Arbor Day celebrations or ceremonies; in fact, you can read about them in the historic Biennial Reports of Superintendents of Public Instruction, available from our library. 

Today, we celebrate Earth Day by not just focusing on trees, but on recycling, sustainability, and the environment.  If you are looking for small ways to help the planet -- every day, not just today -- the State of Colorado agencies have a few ideas:
  • Adopt-a-Highway:  The Colorado Department of Transportation sponsors this program through which volunteers help pick up trash from roadsides.
  • Eat at a restaurant that uses locally-produced ingredients.  Check the Colorado Proud Restaurant Guide to find out where.
  • Teach your kids about the environment.  See the Colorado Department of Education's Environmental Education Plan.
  • Learn about energy efficient construction from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
  • Volunteer at a State Park.
  • Find a Recycler:  View the map and information provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • Learn about Urban Agriculture from Colorado State University.  Shop at farmers' markets, raise your own chickens and goats, and more.

4.21.2014

Ludlow 100th Anniversary

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, which took place April 20, 1914.  On that day, the State Militia was called in to deal with striking coal miners, who wanted recognition of their union.  The Milita fired on the Colorado Fuel & Iron laborers at the Ludlow tent colony for 14 hours.  It culminated with the torching of the camp, which led to the deaths of two women and 11 children, who had burned to death after seeking protection by hiding in pits dug underneath their tents.  A number of striking miners were also killed in the incident.

An eyewitness account can be found in the 1913-14 Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the State of Colorado, available in our library.  From a dispatch of the United Mine Workers of America, reprinted in the Biennial Report:  "'One hundred and fifty gunmen, in militiamen's uniform and with state equipment, have, with six machine guns, kept up a constant attack on men, women and children since daybreak Monday morning. ... One boy, aged 11, was murdered by the gunmen when he ran to get a drink for his mother, who had lain in a cellar ill...the bodies of from fifteen to twenty men and women are lying on the prairie and in the ruins of the tent colony.'" 

The Biennial Report also includes affadavits of striking miners, testimonies of state officials defending their actions, and even the texts of President Woodrow Wilson's proclamation, proposal for strike settlement, and appointment of a national Peace Commission in response to Ludlow.  The Biennial Report represents an important collection of primary source documents in this event of national significance in the Labor Movement.

More resources and eyewitness accounts can be found in the newspapers of the time.  See this post from the Colorado State Library's Yesterday's News Blog for local newspaper articles of the time.  Additionally, the El Pueblo Museum, a property of History Colorado, is running a special exhibit, Children of Ludlow, through 2015.  You can also visit the Ludlow site itself, in Las Animas County near Trinidad, which includes a memorial.  The site is a National Historic Landmark.

A number of secondary sources can also be found in our library, including several books: 
  • Representation and Rebellion:  The Rockefeller Plan at the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company
  • From Redstone to Ludlow:  John Cleveland Osgood's Struggle Against the United Mine Workers of America
  • The Archaeology of Class War:  The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914
  • Remember Ludlow!
  • The Great Coalfield War

4.17.2014

Find Your Legislators

It's mid-way through the Session.  Do you know who your Legislator is? 

If not, colorado.gov can help.  Simply go to the Who is my Legislator? webpage and click on the link to the colorado.gov map resource.  Once there, you can zoom in on the map down to the block level.  Then choose whether you want to find the name of your State Senator, State Representative, or U.S. Representative.  You can also compare your address with data from 2002 to find out if your area changed representation during redistricting, which occurs every 10 years.  The map will show you the name of your current Legislator, the District number, and a link to the Legislator's homepage which includes contact information, party affiliation, photograph, committees, and other information.

4.15.2014

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

Founded in 1874, two years before Colorado became a state, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) has a long history in Colorado.  In our library, you can find many resources on CSDB's history, including annual and biennial reports going back to 1896; financial statements; master plans and future planning documents; facilities documents; and even information published for parents.  Many of these documents are available online; if not, the printed versions can be viewed in our library.  Check our web catalog for titles.