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Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)

Ent Credit Union, the #1 credit union in Colorado as ranked by Forbes in their inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey in 2018, reported an unprecedented year of membership growth and financial performance in 2018. Ent’s membership grew by more than 11%, with the credit union now serving more than 340,000 members throughout the state. Ent members received more than $43.8 million in dividends this past year, including more than $11 million in Ent Extras® cash rewards.
 
Ent’s strong membership growth was also coupled with strong financial performance in 2018, increasing total assets by more than 10 percent and total loans by more than 14 percent. S&P Global recently ranked Ent Credit Union #11 in its recent national list of “Best-performing credit unions of 2018,” the first appearance on the list of a Colorado-based credit union.
“Last year’s strong growth reflects the appeal that one organization focused on providing exceptional service, convenience, financial education and advice – in addition to competitive pricing and financial rewards – has with consumers,” said Ent’s CEO Chad Graves. “As Colorado’s leading credit union, we’re committed to delivering value in each of these areas in order to help our members live better financial lives.”

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by Ed Duffy

Freddie's Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers is now open in Fountain, Colorado.


The new store opened about a month ago and is their 22d in Colorado, including three in Colorado Springs and one in Monument.

Freddie's features lean beef, cooked-to-order for it's steakburgers and of course, their famous frozen custard, hot dogs and shoe string fries.



You'll find the new Freddie's in front of the Walmart and Sam's Club at 4445 Venetucci Blvd (the part that's across from Pikes Peak Community College, off S. Academy Blvd), Colorado Springs, CO 80817. You can reach them at 719-576-3368, follow them on Facebook or visit them on the web.

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by Laura Lollar

Recently, I watched as a highly influential public figure, business owner and community leader treated someone who has an impairment with a level of respect, kindness and consideration rarely seen these days. And I was once again struck by the fact that those who succeed – in business, in school, at work and in their communities – are not always those with thousands of “friends” or followers, a blue checkmark next to their Twitter name or the title of “Influencer” on LinkedIn. They succeed where it counts — in the way they treat others, no matter who they might be.



These are leaders who:

1. Learn from the past. Smart leaders take pains to learn why things are being done the way they are. They believe in the old adage, “Those who cannot remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana, writer and philosopher) We are on this earth for just a blip of time and we’re not the first to face certain challenges or aspire to those BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals). Some say there are no new ideas. Centuries of lessons learned came before us, and we don’t have the corner on innovation. We should be wise enough and humble enough not to put people through costly, stressful, time-intensive exercises in futility.

2. Acknowledge others. Leaders say “thank-you,” look people straight in the eye, offer congratulations and generously share the success of others. They look for opportunities to give colleagues and fellow team members the spotlight. Most of all, they respond. Good leaders know the worst thing you can do to a person is ignore them. It is the fastest way to devalue someone’s worth and demoralize the team.


3. Ask for feedback. They don’t “school” or scold if they don’t agree with the opinions of others. If they have more knowledge or experience in a matter, they don’t discount the input they just received. They take notes. They say, “I’ll get back to you.” They appreciate it when people take the time and make the effort to offer suggestions. And they are open to the idea there may be more than one way to skin that proverbial cat.

4. Extend invitations. Wise leaders know that some are just waiting to be asked to participate. They seek out people who are often overlooked — the wallflowers, the quiet ones, people who aren’t normally considered one of the “cool kids.” These are the folks who will work their hearts out for a worthy cause, if given the chance to help.

5. Are loyal. They remember old friends and those who helped them get where they are now. Rather than allow themselves to be blinded by the flash of flattery, fast talk and glitter of groupies, they put their faith and trust in those who supported them, way back when.

6. Aren’t afraid to apologize. Leaders aren’t perfect. The pressure to deliver can be intense and there’s never enough time to consistently do it right. But when they screw up, they fess up. No waffling and no blaming others.

7. Know the difference between confidence and arrogance. A friend of mine has said, “Politicians aren’t kings.” Well, community and workplace leaders aren’t either. True leaders know they are “in service” to customers, co-workers and constituents. They may exude confidence, but humility keeps them grounded, approachable, credible and trustworthy. Arrogant people in power are seen as obnoxious.

8. Are committed to solving problems. Strong leaders do not play politics with people’s lives. Their job is to remove obstacles and make things better, not to deflect, exacerbate and inflame. True leaders remember whom they were “hired” to serve, the mission that guides them and foundational principles that gave them the opportunity in the first place.

In Summary

I’ve been fortunate to have worked with and for a number of talented leaders throughout my career. Leadership is a tough position to be in. You can’t make everyone happy and too often, leaders end up on the firing line when they speak up to raise important issues. While we may not always agree with their positions, we have to give them credit for being willing to take the heat. If you’ve never risked it all — job, reputation, friendships, business opportunities and even personal safety — you can’t imagine how difficult it is to hold the line. That’s what leadership courage is all about and we can all learn from it.

About the author:
Laura Laura is a writer and speaker on leadership and personal growth. She is a USAF Veteran, wildfire survivor and host of the Laura Lollar Podcast. Laura and her husband live in Black Forest.

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By Ed Duffy

Chuy's fine Tex-Mex is officially open for business at 11 am this morning. Their first store in Colorado Springs held a pre-opening/fund raiser last night to help train new employees.



Chuy's features tasty, fresh made Tex Mex and large portions. The decor is kind of a new take on retro in a festive, family friendly atmosphere and you can't beat the view on the heated patio.



Proceeds from drink sales at the event benefit Angels of America's Fallen, a non-profit whose mission is to support the children of fallen first responders.

You'll find Chuy's at the southwest corner of Briargate Parkway and Chapel Hills Drive. The street coming off Chapel Hills Drive (Forest Bluffs View) isn't on the map yet and as of last night, didn't have a sign, but it's easy to spot.



You can also visit them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/chuyscoloradosprings/ The image above is from their page and shows the Super Fans who started lining up as early as 12:30 am for the 11 am opening.

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Press Release (PRNewswire)

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America's largest grocery retailer and Nuro, the robotics company transforming local commerce, today announced the launch of their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston. The innovative service will be available through two Houston Kroger stores, reaching customers residing in four local zip codes.

Since August 2018, Kroger and Nuro have operated a popular, first-of-its-kind self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ, servicing a single zip code with an autonomous vehicle fleet. In late 2018, the partnership expanded to include Nuro's custom vehicle, R1, marking the nation's first fully unmanned delivery service available to the general public. The pilot proved the companies' combined technology and digital expertise can transform the grocery delivery experience. Together through the pilot, Kroger and Nuro have successfully and safely completed thousands of deliveries to customers in Scottsdale. With the upcoming launch, Kroger and Nuro will transfer the autonomous grocery delivery program to Houston for the next phase of the pilot.

"We've seen first-hand in Arizona how enthusiastic customers are about getting their Kroger groceries delivered by a Nuro self-driving vehicle," said Nuro co-founder, Dave Ferguson. "Texas has been a leader in encouraging self-driving innovation, and we're excited to help deliver that future for Houston — a dynamic, diverse, and welcoming metropolitan city that we're excited to soon explore and serve with this autonomous delivery service."

"Our Arizona pilot program confirmed the flexibility and benefits provided by autonomous vehicles and how much customers are open to more innovative solutions," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer. "It's always been our shared vision to scale this initiative to new markets, using world-changing technology to enable a new type of delivery service for our customers. We operate 102 stores in Houston—an energetic market that embraces digital and technology advancement. The launch is one more way we are committed to sustainably providing our customers with anything, anytime, and anywhere, the way they want it."

Autonomous Delivery Service Details:

Where: Two Houston Kroger stores
Store One: 10306 South Post Oak Road, Houston, TX, servicing 77401 and 77096
Store Two: 5150 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX, servicing 77005 and 77025
Customers across Greater Houston will continue to have access to the grocery delivery service currently offered by Kroger.
When: Customers can place orders for delivery 7 days a week. The service will begin in both stores this spring.
How: Customers shop via Kroger.com or the Kroger app and place orders based on slot availability.
What: Grocery orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery by Nuro's fleet of self-driving vehicles, beginning this spring with Nuro's self-driving Toyota Prius vehicles.
Price: $5.95 flat fee; no minimum order.
Like Scottsdale, Kroger and Nuro will begin the service with Nuro's self-driving Toyota Prius fleet and will introduce the next generation of the custom driverless vehicle later this year.

Scottsdale customers will continue to have access to delivery through Kroger's established service available through frysfood.com.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve over nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,779 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About Nuro
Nuro combines software and hardware expertise to design and build products that accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life. Nuro's first product is a self-driving service for local goods transportation. The company is led by world-renowned experts in robotics, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Privately held, Nuro powers partnerships with local businesses seeking new ways to cost effectively transport goods and create new experiences for their customers. For more information, visit www.nuro.ai. Follow Nuro on Twitter and LinkedIn.