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Spotlight Interview: Caldwell Insurance Agency Inc. – American Family

Interview with Bryan Caldwell – President/Owner 32186 Castle Ct. Ste 230, Evergreen 80439 (303) 670-2780 August 2020 Newsletter excerpt  Q. How would you describe this company’s values and mission? Here at the Caldwell Insurance Agency, Inc. – American Family Insurance, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We use a commonsense approach to our customers insurance needs and customize a plan to protect their assets, themselves, their loved ones, and dreams. We will always dream big and enrich others lives by delivering in excellence and doing what is always right. Q. Who are the clients/what are the projects that you…

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Spotlight Interview: Big O Tires Evergreen

Interview with Russell Hammond, Owner 29032 Crossroads Lane | Evergreen 80439 (303) 526-1100 August 2020 Newsletter excerpt  Q: How did you get started in this business? My father opened this (Evergreen) location in 2001 and I joined him in 2009.  He had always wanted to run a customer service business. I became the owner back in 2012 when he decided to retire. Q: To what do you attribute your success?  Our employees. We have a great team at our store who work very hard to give every customer the best experience they can.  They really do care and want to have customers leave…

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Spotlight Interview: Frozen Fire

Interview with Jordan Brooks, Client Support Specialist 3560 Evergreen Pkwy, #B4 | Evergreen 80439 (720) 340-5273 | July 2020 Newsletter excerpt  Q. What is Frozen Fire? Frozen Fire is a digital marketing, web development, and video production agency that serves clients across the country, across industries, and with a wide variety of unique needs. Frozen Fire has been around since 1999 – we’ve experienced change and understand the need to evolve. We are the marketing company that leverages each and every individual skillset within our organization to create the most powerful and effective marketing strategy to meet our client’s…

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Spotlight Interview: John Baldwin IT

Interview with John Baldwin, Owner Evergreen 80439 (720) 382-9729 | July 2020 Newsletter excerpt Q. What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture? IT Consulting and Managing. John Baldwin has had multiple senior positions in some of the biggest, most high profile companies in the world doing exactly this type of work. There’s not much we haven’t done as a company. Q. How do you measure success and over what time frame? We love meeting people who are just at their wits end with their IT. We understand we’re tarred with the same brush as other IT resources and we…

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Spotlight Interview :Swan Realty Group

Interview with Sandy Swan, Broker Owner 28225 Highway 74,  Evergreen 80439 (303) 350-7331 | July 2020 Newsletter excerpt  Q. How did Swan Realtor Group get started? Swan Realtor Group began in 2001 with Sandy Swan and one team member. Sandy’s previous career was teaching at the University of Minnesota and the University of Hawaii. Over a period of 19 years, the team grew into the Swan Realty Brokerage with 14 team members. Our philosophy is to educate our clients (whether it be the market, the loan process, home buying, home selling, relocation, investment, residential or commercial properties). Q. How…

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Spotlight Interview: Your Mountain Connection

Interview with Jeff Smith – Owner/Publisher (303) 674-3701 | | EST. 2004/Current Ownership since 2017. January 2020 Newsletter excerpt Q. How often do you publish? How many subscribers do you have?  Your Mountain Connection is a free publication that comes out on the first of every month. There are no subscriptions. They are delivered to each home and business in Evergreen, Conifer, Pine and Bailey and the surrounding areas. For those who do not receive their mail at home, the paper is distributed to racks at the Post Offices and around the communities. Q. What’s new with Your Mountain…

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50 and Fabulous!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Evergreen Chamber supporting local business, throughout the month of August we are spending $50 each business day at our local establishments. You can buy a lot for $50 and $50 can truly make a difference right here in town. Over $1000 goes right back into the society we love and support. We will be posting pictures of what you can buy for $50 on our social media to showcase the breadth and depth of what there is right here in our mountain community. Do you prefer to shop online? Almost every store…

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The Value of Being a Customer

July 2020 Newsletter excerpt  Every company’s greatest assets are its customers, because without customers there is no company. Michael Leboeuf, author, How to Win Customers and Keep Them for Life Each and every one of us counts as an extremely valuable customer to our local businesses. Owning a business in the Evergreen area is not a hobby, it is a way of life that we all participate in to sustain. Michael Leboeuf is spot on when he refers to customers as an asset. Think about it. Small business in the mountain community has had to reinvent how it operates during…

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It’s Business Appreciation Month!

June 2020 Newsletter excerpt  Every business is NOW OPEN in our community. In honor of this positive step toward economic recovery we are declaring this to be business appreciation month. Our businesses have stayed positive through the various stages of the COVID19 crisis and finally they are open. What does that mean? It means that is time for all of us to get out and show how thankful we are they have survived by shopping local. Make appointments with your doctor, dentist, orthodontists, etc that you have been putting off this spring. Get yourself back on track just like our…

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Continuing the Road to Recovery

May 2020 Newsletter excerpt  On behalf of our business community I would like to say thank you. Thank you for respecting the stay at home and then safer at home orders. Thank you for social distancing and wearing masks when appropriate in respect of those around you. Our collective efforts have encouraged our state and county health departments to slowly relax the guidelines and the spread of COVID 19 has not be explosive. It has been rough for everyone but we have made it through stronger together. Now as we embark on a summer that will involve more local travel…

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Stronger Together

April 2020 Newsletter excerpt Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. Marie Curie We are living in a worldwide medical emergency that will have an end. This is a temporary pause to life as we know it. This wasn’t planned and there was no roadmap in existence to help guide us along to recovery. And recover we will. Who could have predicted that in less than 30 days we…

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Join Us and Honor Outstanding Nonprofits and Volunteers of 2019

February 2020 Newsletter excerpt  Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” It’s amazing what people can accomplish when they put their energy into something. Once again the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with Leadership Evergreen to honor some special people.  People who put an amazing amount of effort into our community, not for money but for love. Nominations were gathered, online votes were tallied, personal interviews conducted and the selection is taking place to find out who will be recognized as Leader, Nonprofit, Young Professional, Volunteer, Ambassador and…

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It’s All Who You Know

January 2020 Newsletter excerpt  In a small community such as ours, conversation about which businesses are great, what is the local improvement district, what’s going on with the bridge at the lake, what local nonprofits are up to, what is the Evergreen Dog Mayor Program all occur in the course of casual chat. We talk with people we know and we share the knowledge we gain with others. That’s how communities grow, prosper and connect. We all have a hand in what goes on. We all have the power to give back and make this place we call home amazing.…

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Daddy’s Homemade, “Naturally, he knows best” is catching on as a locally homemade and healthier option for families

Dannie is a stay at home dad who wants the kids to eat healthier, especially during breakfast. So, he started experimenting with syrups – mixing, matching, and calculating all-natural ingredients and flavors. Our daughter is the pickiest eater, so when she approved the taste, we knew we were onto something. With the encouragement of Dannie’s mom, we started giving it to friends and family to sample. They loved it, he loved making it, and from creating the labels to taste testing, the kids love being a part of the process. For anyone following along from the beginning; you know how…

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Spotlight Interview: The Barber Stop

Interview with Lisa Jones, Owner of The Barber Stop 4570 Highway 73, Evergreen 80439 (303) 674-2257 2020 June Chamber Newsletter The Barber Stop is a family barbershop that offers low cost hair care services to mountain families. Head barber Lisa Jones has 29 years of experience and can take care of the whole family. Stop on by! Q. Does The Barber Stop give back to the community? In what ways? The Barber Stop puts a priority on giving back to the community. Lisa Jones, one of the owners gives free haircuts to orphans and homeless kids in Denver. We…

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Spotlight Interview: Wander Unlimited

Interview with Trevor Noel, Owner of Wander Unlimited Evergreen 80439 (303) 351-2086 2020 June Chamber Newsletter Q. What services do you offer? Wander Unlimited is a digital creative agency, based in Evergreen, working with clients large and small across the country. Our specialties lie in branding and content creation, crafting stunning visual messaging for brands. We are storytellers across digital mediums, which has become increasingly important as individuals and businesses have been adjusting to a new lifestyle. Q. What inspired you to start Wander Unlimited? Wanderers at heart, we began Wander Unlimited to blend our lifestyle and eye for…

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Evergreen, Colorado: Think Outside the City

add-as recently seen on the website, Evergreen is an amazing place to live!… When people think of Colorado, most commonly they think of Denver, or perhaps skiing in the beloved mountains. These two items are what define Colorado living for many who are unfamiliar with what else the state has to offer. And while, yes, the City of Denver and skiing are fantastic facets of the state’s diverse offerings, visitors and those relocating to Colorado should accept the challenge of exploring other communities outside of skiing and city life. Just a short 30-minute drive west of Denver’s high-rise buildings…

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Thinking Outside the Box When You Are Encouraged To Stay In One . . .

Life for all of us has been turned upside down.  The quarantine life has been a challenge nationally, locally and personally.  Most of us find being confined to our home a great sacrifice.  All done for the well-being of humanity protecting the like of our residents who, because of advanced age and co-morbidity are highest at risk for getting COVID 19.  Media stories abound of the difficulties of isolation, the economic hardships for businesses, and the massive impact the pandemic has made on our nation’s economy.   Daily we hear the stories of valiant heroes in healthcare and those who are…

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Adapt or Die: How to Maintain Relevance Through Economic Upheaval

There’s a lovely little eatery down the road from me called Willow Creek Restaurant. It maintains a charming ambiance and serves delicious American fare. (I’ve got a soft spot for their spring mushroom gnocchi.) Willow Creek — like the rest of the decimated restaurant industry — has faced adversity in the wake of coronavirus. But it’s how they responded to that adversity, that stands out to me and serves as powerful example of pivoting powerfully into a new economic reality. Thriving in Upheaval The restaurant business isn’t alone. Whole industries have gone from “thriving” to “barely surviving” in what seems like…

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4 Tips So Your Business Survives COVID-19

How do you stay afloat until this shutdown is lifted? We’ve put together some tips to help guide you in this second message on how to Survive COVID. 1. Explore all the economic resources available to businesses right now. From the U.S. Small Business Administration to your local, state and federal economic relief programs, there are plenty of resources worth exploring. KEY- Cutting marketing costs decreases brand awareness, search result ranking, and brand loyalty. Once those things are gone, they are very expensive to get back. 2. Make a list of all the business tasks you’ve been putting off because…

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Additional Guides & Resources created in response to the CARES Act

To learn more about the CARES Act, and for the most up to date information, please visit our COVID-19 Business Resources web page. Below are some additional guides and resources created in response to the CARES Act. Resource links only permitted from Federal Government, State Government, and local Evergreen Chamber Members. FEMA / CDC /White House CARES Act overview United States CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Information, Instructions, & Resources Step by Step Guide by Kristin Robbins, RPM Agency Insurance Brokerage The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act Guide by the US Senate Committee…

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Thoughts on Working From Home

How are you doing with this “new normal?” With everything that’s been going on, many of us are adjusting to all sorts of newness with our families, schedules, and work life. I’ve worked from home a great deal over the last 20 years or so. For the most part, it’s worked well for me but I also had the balance of working outside the home as well. This is different. I went to the grocery store yesterday and realized I hadn’t been out of the house, other than outdoors, for the past week. Strange. Strange or not, we all have…

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COVID-19: A “Howl-to”

Have you heard it?  I have.  For the first time, a few nights back.  Doors closed, windows shut, and I’m hearing what sounds like an elk in distress. I step outside, and there it is again–but this time unmistakably human.  And then it clicks: the 8pm community “howl” to honor our brave medical professionals, first responders and essential-service providers. Sure enough, it was 8:01pm. Without pure coincidence, many of those essential-service providers (grocery clerks, gas station attendants, pharmacists) are now closing their doors at 8pm–a new, if only temporary, normal. There are shelves to be restocked and facilities to be cleaned. While not new…

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Each Day a New Dawn

Letting go of our need to resist the new, the different, and the
 unfamiliar — allows us to move forward incrementally —
 to eventually embrace it. — Jani McCarty   This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced an uninvited, unwanted period of reckoning. I remember another time of great upheaval -which for me – was unprecedented, inconvenient and extremely uncomfortable. Kind of like now. The big difference between then and now was that while the outside world continued along pretty much as usual, my own familiar Life crumbled into unrecognizable pieces. Not that my Life was going all that well…

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3 Reasons to Update Your Website During the COVID-19 Crisis

Companies across the country have been making sweeping changes to the way they do business. Regardless of size or industry, the Coronavirus has affected every American and the business impacts will reach well into the future. Direct communication through your website is one of the best ways to keep your customers informed, happy and engaged with your brand. Below are three reasons to add a COVID-19 response to your website. Accessibility Your website is the one place that is accessible 24/7 in spite of social distancing. You can reach your entire customer base from your website. A working website is always open,…

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Spotlight Interview:Diane Florschuetz/Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Below is an extended interview with Diane Florschuetz/Coldwell Banker Real Estate from our March/April 2020 Chamber Newsletter. What type of business form do you have, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation? Technically, I am a sole proprietorship, but work under the umbrella of Coldwell Banker. What are the advantages of this form of business ownership? Coldwell Banker provides me with the strongest support in the real estate industry so I, in turn, can deliver the support my buyers and sellers need. What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture? As a full-time real estate professional, I have the knowledge you need to get…

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Red Rocks Community College’s IDEA Lab Answers a Call for Help During COVID 19

News Release- In these uncertain times, the students, alumni, and staff in the IDEA Lab at Red Rocks Community College are providing their expertise to address the shortage of medical equipment and parts in urgent need in our community.  On Thursday, March 19, an email was sent by a CU Anschutz doctor with a plea for help and an idea to use 3D printers to make a shared ventilator connection.  This plea has turned in to a full-blown effort as the newly formed taskforce, Make4Covid, including doctors, hospitals, medical businesses, engineers, other Colorado universities, members of the general public, and…

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10 Things To Do While Staying Safe at Home

Many of you are working from home (some with kids and pets), many are feeling lost without your national sports games, local restaurants and gyms, and a lot of you are on lock-down, having cancelled your spring break travel plans. At Madison, we believe that, while we can’t anticipate what the pandemic will do in the future, we can control how we respond to it. That’s why the team at Madison & Company has decided to put together a list of fun things you can do during this time. Think of this slow time as a time to reset and…

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Social Distancing + Remote Work Tips

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, many organizations have moved to incorporate social distancing recommendations, including remote working. This includes most schools across the United States closing in-person classes, and now many parents find themselves, not only working remotely, but trying to do so while educating their children. It can be overwhelming, even for us—and we have lots of practice at this! The Internet has been flooded with tips and tricks on how to manage it all, and what we find, like most things, is that someplace in the middle is the best spot to land. All you can do…

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Business Positioning for the Future

The world is changing. COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s daily lives, in both big ways and in small. This pandemic has forced businesses to evolve. This is especially true for businesses that rely on foot traffic and group entertainment. While many of you may be focused on making it through the short term, it is just as important to think through your business positioning for the future. It is vital to consider how your company will operate these next few months and how your company will use this as an opportunity to adapt and move into the future. Although these are…

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Professional Deep Cleaning Is ESSENTIAL To your Health

You are probably thinking about getting your carpets cleaned when you see obvious spills and spots on your carpets, but what about the danger of the unseen pollutants? Carpets can hold up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch, and not only carpets, but tile grout, furniture, and even wood floors. Textiles in the home act as a large filter, picking up bacteria, breeding mold, and soaking up all manner of organic matter. This includes dead skin and hair. As this builds up over time, it continues to circulate through the breathing air of your home. When you are constantly breathing…

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The Importance of Social Media for Your Business During COVID-19

It’s no secret that social media is often the first place your customers go to check for updates – whether that be on hours, services, products, or anything else. During this tumultuous time, the importance of social media cannot be understated. Your business needs to be communicating effectively and efficiently to your customers, so you can make the most out of this difficult situation. Communicating Updates The COVID-19 crisis has brought to light a key importance of social media: the ability to communicate with your customers about changes happening within your business. Maybe your processes have changed and you’re acting…

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5 Big Differences Between Rafting on Clear Creek and Upper Colorado River

Are you looking for rapids, thrill, and exhilaration? Are you looking for a slow leisurely float through the wilderness? Here’s a look at the main differences between Clear Creek and Upper Colorado rafting to help you decide which one is better suited for your adventure trip this summer:     A Longer Trip The beginning of Clear Creek beginner rafting is located in Idaho Springs. That makes it a very conveniently located raft location for many people given most places offering rafting are located within 10 minutes of that starting point. But the overall rafting time is also shorter -usually…

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Spotlight Interview: RPM Agency Insurance Brokerage

Below is an extended interview with Michele Robbins, Owner of RPM Insurance Agency Brokerage, from our February 2020 Chamber Newsletter. What type of business form do you have, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation? C-Corp What are the advantages of this form of business ownership? Allows me to have a 401k for employees What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture? Full-service insurance brokerage offering home ins, auto ins, life ins, boat ins, ATV ins, RV ins, motorcycle ins, trailer ins. Do you have employees? How many? 2 but growing to 6 this year What made you choose your current location? Really wanted…

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2020 Honoree Celebration Nominees

Visit the official Honoree Celebration page, linked [HERE] Nonprofit of the Year Nominees Active4All Evergreen Foundation Active4All Evergreen Foundation is the charitable partner of Evergreen Park & Recreation District. The Foundation mobilizes public support and financial resources for recreation activities. They run the Evergreen Lake Plunge. Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity A homeownership program for local, hardworking families in need of a decent and affordable place to live. They build several homes a year with volunteers in spring, summer, and fall. Bootstraps, Inc Since 1945, Bootstraps has served more than 2,000 promising mountain-area students through scholarships and interest free loans.…

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Spotlight Interview: Paul Davis Restoration of the Front Range

Below is an extended interview with Sara Rumrill, the Marketing Manager Paul Davis Restoration of the Front Range from our January 2020 Chamber Newsletter. • What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture? 24/7/365 residential and commercial emergency cleanup and restoration services for disasters of all sizes. Whether it be damage caused by water, fire/smoke, mold or storm, we can help with the cleanup and rebuild. • What made you choose your current location? Centrally located to quickly and efficiently respond to emergencies throughout our primary service areas of Jefferson, Boulder and Denver counties, including. • What inspired you to get…

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2020 Tips: Branding is Key!

You heard Betsy. In a recent Chamber newsletter, she wrote, “January is the perfect time to work on updating your marketing materials. Brush-up your website, get creative with promotional products, and restock your business cards or brochures!” It just so happens, we’re here for all of that. Wander Unlimited specializes in all areas of creative marketing, branding, and promotion, and we know what a difference this attention to detail can make for a business. Branding is key. It isn’t just about creating a new flyer for January, rather designing a piece of marketing that tells the story you put out…

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Skate the Lake FAQ

Skate the Lake 2019 (revised 12.19.19) Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs Q: Is Skate the Lake cancelled? A: No! There is no skating on Evergreen Lake, butNew Year’s Eve still happens and so does our New Year’s Eve Festival. It is just different. It will be a GIANT Street Party with Fireworks at 8. Q: Will there be skating at Skate the Lake? A: No. The Evergreen Lake is closed for skating and will not open until mid January. Q: Why is the Skate the Lake still being called Skate the Lake if there is no skating? A: Since this…

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Why is there no Skating? Staying Safe on New Year’s Eve

A letter concerning Skate the Lake New Year’s Eve Festival, Written by Skate the Lake Event Manager Jackie Mohr.  Hey folks! I am the Skate The Lake New Years Eve Festival Event Manager. As many of you have already heard, the lake is closed for skating at this time. This is my 15th year planning this iconic Evergreen tradition and then add a few more years that I attended as a volunteer and patron! I’ve seen it all over the years. I was there when it was cancelled in 2005 due to a slushy surface on top of 14″ of…

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2019 Sparkle & Shine Annual Business Award Nominess

Business of the Year Award Nominees: Any successful business who is an Evergreen Chamber member that demonstrates a positive impact on the community. Last year’s winner was Anderson Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance. AlphaPixel Reach AlphaPixel Reach specializes in helping businesses reach more potential clients. They achieve this through the use of a variety of media including websites, social media, eBlasts and newsletters. Buffalo Park Dentistry Buffalo Park Dentistry provides comprehensive family and cosmetic dental care in a welcoming, comfortable, private practice environment. They believe in advancing the health of their patients and supporting their community. Evergreen Dental Group Evergreen Dental…

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