February 16, 2017
Join us with Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham and Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Crisanta Duran along with CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt for networking and discussion about the future of the state's transportation infrastructure. 
ICOSA Event Center
4100 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80216

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  • February 17 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado

February 20 - Colorado Succeeds - Launch My Career Colorado 

February 21 - Carol Carter - GlobalMindED
February 22 - Tom Clark - Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.
February 23 - Jeff Campos - Global Chamber 
February 24 - Producer's Special! 


Education and Workforce 

Colorado Business Roundtable's Inner Circle gives our members access to the Colorado's top business women and men. Inner Circle members share their leadership lessons and invite you to learn more about them and their organizations. We've be adding new members every week, so stay tuned in the newsletter and on social media as the COBRT Inner Circle continues to expand
Wayne Williams was elected Colorado's 38th secretary of state in 2014 with more votes than any other SoS candidate in state history. He is committed to the vision of ensuring fair, honest, and open elections as well as making Colorado the friendliest state in the country for businesses and non-profits.

How would you describe your leadership style?
Collaborative with risk-taking. As I told someone, I don't drive to Denver every day to do nothing.

What are some industry trends that have an impact on your role as a leader?
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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and members of the winning teams that competed in the Go Code Colorado challenge 2016. (Photo by Lynn Bartels )

Join Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams as he hosts, with the Colorado Technology Association and Colorado Business Roundtable , a discussion on GoCode. This discussion is a can't-miss event if you are interested in tech entrepreneurship or civic engagement.

4140 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80216

Whether you are an App Developer or just curious to learn more about the 2017 challenge statement, you will want to attend this FREE roundtable discussion.
Seating is limited; please  register here .
International Business 
Are you or your clients considering or interested in expanding internationally? Maybe you have already started and realized how valuable some additional guidance would be. You don't have to get training internationally to trade internationally, thanks to World Trade Center Denver.

The Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute's spring schedule of international business trainings is kicking off next week. They have a terrific lineup of classes for startup businesses, multinationals and everyone in-between! 
The goal through the trainings is to educate and raise awareness to help the Colorado business community become more globally savvy.  Trainings will cover the following topics:
  • Developing Your Export Strategy
  • Import Logistics
  • Incoterms
  • Export Compliance, Obligations & Risk Mitigation
  • Trade Finance & Letters of Credit
  • Complying with U.S. Controls
  • Managing Global Hiring, HR & Teams
  • Due Diligence for International Business
  • Export Documentation, Shipping & Insurance
  • Import Sourcing
  • International Sales
The Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute is the premier international business skills training institute in the region. We are dedicated to providing practical, real-world training to ensure that you and your peers remain up-to-date on all aspects of international trade. The Institute works in partnership with World Trade Center Denver member companies to provide training on the practical and operational aspects of international trade and business transactions.  View the program guide and register
Immigration Policy 
Colorado Business Roundtable and FWD.us are convening Colorado's new statewide immigration coalition as we look at President Trump's Executive Orders around immigration and critical reforms necessary for an immigration system that protects communities, respects our laws, and allows businesses the important workforce to innovate, expand and compete globally. Space is limited, so please register in advance .

Energy and Environment 
Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) continues to engage cyclists and cycling enthusiasts throughout the state of Colorado and expand understanding of the oil and gas industry in the cycling community through its support of the COGA Elite Cycling Team. They've developed an infographic to show what they were up to in 2016.  See the infographic .
Education and Workforce 
This week marks the opening of the public nomination process for the 2017 class of the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2017 for individuals in the following categories: 
*Arts, Entertainment, Media, & Sports
*Business, Innovation, Science, & Technology
*Community Service & Philanthropy
*Public Service 
*Unsung Hero
Ideal nominees have made extraordinary contributions to the State of Colorado and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and character in advancing the Latino Community.  For more information on the nomination process and to submit a nomination, click here. .


On Tuesday , the U.S. Senate voted 81:19 to confirm the nomination of Linda McMahon as Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Read more
On Wednesday, NSBA Past Chair Tim Reynolds, President of Tribute, Inc. in Hudson, Ohio, testified before the House Small Business Committee on tax reform.   Read more

Business Roundtable Welcomes SEC Decision to Review CEO Pay Ratio Rule
The CEO pay ratio rule  provides no material information to shareholders or investors, Business Roundtable (BRT) said this week in welcoming the announcement by Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Michael Piwowar that the SEC would reconsider that provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. "Public companies provide significant disclosures that are meaningful for market participants," BRT President & CEO Joshua Bolten said  in a statement . "Reconsidering the CEO pay ratio rule is consistent with the SEC's mission to focus on rules that protect investors, maintain fair and orderly capital markets and facilitate the creation of long-term shareholder value." 
Business Brief Asks for Supreme Court Review of Class-action Certification in Antitrust Case
Business Roundtable has filed an amicus brief ( here ) asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case that could dramatically expand class-action liability. International Paper Company et al. v. Kleen Products et al. is an appeal from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which allowed a class-action suit against containerboard manufacturers based on claims of price-fixing. But the court's ruling rested on a presumption that changes in a price index are sufficient to justify class-action certification in an antitrust case. In recent years, courts have weakened the standards for class certifications. In this case, the prospect of treble damages and joint-and-several liability under antitrust law multiplies the stakes for defendants. Joining BRT in the amicus brief are the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Forest and Paper Association, and the American Tort Reform Association. 
BRT Letter Urges Senate to Invalidate 'Blacklisting' Executive Order on Federal Contractors
In  a letter to U.S. Senators , Business Roundtable urged passage of a Congressional Review Act resolution ( S.J.Res. 12 ) to overturn regulations enacting a 2014 Executive Order ( EO 13673 ). These Department of Labor "blacklisting" regulations expanded reporting requirements for federal contractors that may have violated labor laws. The letter from Wes Bush of Northrop Grumman, Chair of BRT's Education and Workforce Committee, stresses BRT's support for responsible federal contracting, while detailing specific problems with the "costly and flawed" rules. The House of Representatives last week voted  236-187  to adopt the resolution.
CEOs Stress Importance of Early Literacy in Addressing Need for Skilled Workforce
Improving third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful lever to address the skills gap over the long term, a new BRT report concludes. "Early literacy is the foundation for building the highly skilled workforce required for our knowledge-based economy," said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, who led BRT's CEO task force that developed the report. "Current low reading proficiency among young students is deeply troubling; we must take steps now to address the problem." The report,  Why Reading Matters and What to Do About It was released Thursday in North Carolina.  Brian Moynihan of the Bank of America also participated in the task force.

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Ball for All Gala: A Roaring Mardi Gras by Center for Legal Inclusiveness 
2017 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference 
Driving Forward Transportation Networking by Fix CO Roads and Colorado Business Roundtable
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College: The National Cohort (Info Session)
Immigration Reform Roundtable with FWD.us and COBRT 
Learn About U.S. - Russian Relations with Consul General Petrov and Special Guest Governor Owens by Global Chamber Denver
Day at the Capitol by Colorado Technology Association
2017 Made in Colorado Manufacturing Forum & Awards by ColoradoBiz Magazine
3/8/17 (new date)
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