January 13, 2017
There's no rational reason for Friday the 13th to be any more or less fortunate than the other 364 days in a year. Yet, many people still approach the date with apprehension, if not dread. This can have a dramatic toll on companies. Remember when stocks plunged from a failed United Airlines buyout in 1989? How about when the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank in 2012? Those happened on Friday the 13th.

According to  CNBC, "The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates between $700 million and $800 million are lost every Friday the 13th because of people's refusal to travel, purchase major items or conduct business."   Read more and weigh in

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Stream or Download These  Recent Episodes
  • January 6 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado (guest Cathy Proctor)
  • January 9 - Pat Maley - Vistage (guests: Rob Bohacs, Eric Schraufnagel, Neil Anderson) 
  • January 10 - Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) - Financial Literacy (guest hosts: Jill Sarmo and Natriece Bryant)
  • January 11 - Andrew Moriarty - FWD.us Immigration Reform (guests Brithany Gutierrez, Susana M. Muñoz and Elias G. Quiñonez)
  • January 12 - Edgar Johansson - Aerospace Advocate (guests Rene Simard and Scott Palo)
Still to come this week:
  • January 13 - Kristen Muzzy - Manufacturing Pathways (guests Tony Rubino and Janet Colvin)
  • January 16 - Greg Bashaw - Colorado MicroBusiness Alliance (guest Justin Vaughn)
  • January 17 - Jeff Wasden, COBRT - Manufacturing in Colorado (guests Colorado Community College System and Dream It Do It Colorado)
  • January 18 -  Doug Draper  - Denver Transportation Club
  • January 19 - Paul Bergman - Denver Export Assistance Center
  • January 20 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado  (guests  Scott Prestidge and Brian Payer)
Pro-Manufacturing Economic Reforms Require Fully Functioning Government
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' December employment data:
"Despite an increase in manufacturing employment in December, the sector lost 45,000 workers in 2016. That is unacceptable. To really accelerate job growth and fully reach our economic potential, manufacturers are looking to the incoming Trump administration to take bold actions, beginning on day one. To spur job creation right here in the United States, we want to see smart reforms on regulations, taxes, health care, energy and more. But to achieve that, we need a fully functioning government, so we are calling on the Senate to act swiftly on the president-elect's Cabinet nominees. Unnecessary delays mean lost opportunities for manufacturers and the men and women who make things in America.

"Manufacturers and the NAM appreciate the incoming administration's willingness to listen to our concerns and seek our insights. If leaders on both sides of the aisle can come together, we can revitalize modern manufacturing in America-and lift our economy and country to new heights."
Fixing What Already Works: How to Make Good Organizations Great
Video by ICOSA Media

The first Colorado Business Roundtable Author Series event brings to our members Alvaro E. Espinosa, co-author of Fixing What Already Works: How to Make Good Organizations Great. Learn about operational effectiveness at any level and how to make it work for your manufacturing operations or office. 

After the Author Series, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne will join us for the Partners Launch of Dream It Do It Colorado with Colorado Community College System, Manufacturer's Edge and Women in Manufacturing. Get your no-cost tickets now for this January 25 event.
Education and Workforce 
The University of Colorado Boulder is sharpening its focus on leadership, offering a thriving minor, a speaker series launching next month with a visit by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and new courses aimed at fostering leadership in students with a diverse array of backgrounds and career paths.

"It is a common refrain you hear from employers in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. We need more leaders, better leaders and more effective leadership," says former CU Boulder President Alexander Bracken, who now holds the Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership. Learn more and find out how to get tickets
DaVita CEO lives up to diversity pledge  (Photo from DaVita Kidney Care ; article by Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post)  Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita Inc., pledged before the Women's Foundation of Colorado in 2015 that within two years, a majority of the company's directors would be either women or minorities.
The survey seeks parents' insight on what information they want most about schools, such as performance data, school details, and student information.  Survey available through the end of January. Take it now !
STAY TUNED for next week's debut  of our Inner Circle! 

Transportation and Logistics 
Yesterday  as the 71st General Assembly convened, both Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) and House Speaker Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) acknowledged present and future transportation needs facing our state. Both lawmakers spoke to the importance of solving our state's transportation challenges.

While the growing population is adding to the gridlock felt by commuters on a day-to-day basis, roads and bridges are in need of repair and expansion. Fix Colorado Roads is a broad-based, statewide coalition of business leaders and local government officials dedicated to finding a permanent and reliable fund for transportation projects and improvements. The organization and its members are dedicated to working with lawmakers this legislative session to ensure the topic does not go unresolved.   Review reactions from Fix CO Roads and partners  
Economic Development
Metro Denver Economic Development Leader Tom Clark Announces Retirement  We've seen Tom Clark in many hats throughout the years as a leader in the nine-county metro Denver region. Here, he dons a wig and dispenses wisdom as the Economic Development Guru. But Clark is indispensable to the regional approach that lead to the Denver area's success and growth of today.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced this week $20 million in grants to dramatically increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for careers. Developed as part of JPMorgan Chase's $75 million global New Skills for Youth initiative, each winning state will work with government, business and education leaders to strengthen career education and create pathways to economic success.

"The number of young people who graduate from high school without the necessary skills to compete is one of the greatest moral and economic inequities of our time," said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. "These investments will help states build career education programs that align with the needs of growing industries and give young people a chance to succeed."

Dimon  has just begun a two year term as Chairman of Business Roundtable.  Learn more
On Jan. 5, the House passed the REINS Act, which requires Congressional approval of major regulations with an estimated annual economic impact of $100 million or more. Read more 

Join National Small Business Association (NSBA) in Washington, D.C. Feb. 16-17 for the 2017 Small Business Congress. This event allows small-business owners to gather, discuss key issues facing your businesses and develop a comprehensive agenda for policymakers inside the Beltway.

See all at our events page and use this contact form to add yours!
Annual State of the Base by  Colonel David Miller Jr., Buckley Air Force Base Installation Commander and Commander, 460th Space Wing; Aurora  Chamber/Aurora Rotary Luncheon
1/18/17; 1/25/17; 2/1/17
1/24/17; 1/26/17
I-25 PEL: Colorado Springs Denver South Connection Public Meetings
2017 Colorado Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Cuba Events by World Trade Center Denver and University of Denver

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