The holidays in Colorado are a storybook time – lights and snow and ice skating create a magical winter season. For many of our Chamber members, it’s also a time to take stock of the past year and make adaptations and changes to business plans for the future. This past year has required business owners to be nimble, innovative and opportunistic as challenge after challenge appeared in the business climate. Beginning with a banking crisis and a tough legislative session for business, followed by a summer of economic recession and a capital crisis of considerable proportions — now the ups and downs of federal health care reform there hasn’t been all that much to be excited about. Today we can look to the light at the end of the tunnel and not be afraid that it might be a train. The economy is picking up and early indicators show this holiday season may see some increase in consumer spending. That’s good news for small business and for state and local revenue coffers down the road. Now is the time to take a look ahead and create a plan for the future we want for Colorado – not the future that is dealt to us. Count on your Chamber to be thinking ahead of the crowd for innovative ways to make 2010 a business success for all of us.