February 2016 - In This Issue:
For a complete listing of events, visit our website 
February 9th
5:30 - 8:00PM
World Trade Center Denver
Pacific Alliance Presentation
The World Trade Center Denver and Denver University present, "The Pacific Alliance". The Pacific Alliance, formed in 2012 by Chile, Colombia, México, and Perú, represents one of the most ambitious processes of regional economic integration in decades. 
The four Alliance countries have Latin America's most competitive and open economies. 
With a market of around 214 million people, the Pacific Alliance is an ideal platform to encourage and facilitate joint ventures, entrepreneurship, SME support, environmental protection, academic exchanges, innovation, foreign investment and cultural cooperation.

Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at University of Denver
WTCD Members :  $45
Non-Members : $55
Students: $15 (with valid student ID)
**Registration fee includes South  American style food and beverages**

Register   here
February 10th
6:00 - 10:00PM
Innovation Pavilion's Awards & Anniversary Party
The 2016 Inaugural Innovation Awards will honor recipients in the following categories:

- TiE Rockies Innovation Award for Woman Entrepreneurs 
- Parker Adventist Hospital Innovation Award for Digital Health and Childhood Obesity
 - Manufacturer's Edge Innovation Award for Manufacturing
- TechrIoT Innovation Award for IoT
Epiphany Innovation Award for Ad Tech
Governor John Hickenlooper will deliver the Key Note address discussing the future of IoT and tech in Colorado and how entrepreneurs are changing Colorado.  Live entertainment by the Tripping Griswolds. 

WHERE -  PACE Center 

TICKETS$25 Available Here
The World Trade Center Denver Enters Sub-Recipient Agreement with Manufacturer's Edge
Manufacturer's Edge is excited to announce our first sub-recipient agreement with the World Trade Center Denver. The World Trade Center Denver will work closely with Manufacturer's Edge to leverage federal resources to create a unique, comprehensive, and impactful program to support the Colorado manufacturing community. This program will help Colorado manufacturers improve their business while growing through export opportunities. A manufacturer's initial engagement will be through a thorough gap analysis conducted by Manufacturer's Edge and the World Trade Center Denver. This assessment will lead to the development of a road map that consists of education and technical services that will lead the company to global success. Depending on the company's responses, they will be guided through a customized program that could include everything from basic education and capacity building to market research and strategy execution. Each roadmap could include a variety of services, such as:
  • Customized Trade Research
  • Training and Education
  • Import/Export Assistance
  • Market Entry Strategies
  • Trade Missions
  • Networking Events
  • Coaching
  • Or...other custom trade services alongside traditional Manufacturer's Edge programs
This is the first of several sub-recipient agreements that Manufacturer's Edge is excited to be working on to leverage the federal funding that is coming to Colorado through the Federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

" The goal of each of these programs will be the internationalization of Colorado's manufacturers that will result in sustainable economic growth, job creation, and ultimately export sales
- Karen Gerwitz, President, World Trade Center Denver.

The World Trade Center Denver has trained over 30,000 participants on the fundamentals of international business and they provide connections to their local network throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and their global World Trade Center network in 100 countries.

If you would like to take advantage of this new partnership please feel free to contact Karen Gerwitz, President of the World Trade Center Denver or Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Chief of Programs and Operations for Manufacturer's Edge. 

Finalists Selected for Colorado Manufacturing Awards
Inaugural  Awards Presented by Manufacturer's Edge and Company Week to be announced  April 6th
Bart Taylor

One reason we waited to develop an awards program for manufacturers is because business is awash in awards. But with knowledge gained from writing about 400-plus manufacturers in two years, and a big push from Manufacturer's Edge, the NIST manufacturing extension partner in Colorado, we think the time is right for the inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards .

And we're well underway. The theme of the 2016 awards is U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness. You can find the three finalists in nine industry categories and the supply chain, selected from nominations received in November and December 2015 here. What sets these companies apart? They're game changers in their respective sectors, uber-competitive companies reimaging how we make things but also teaching us again why it matters.

We'll expand on why these companies were selected in the winter issue of MFG, CompanyWeek's quarterly print companion, to be published in early February and online at www.companyweek.com

Category winners from this select group will be announced at an  Awards reception from 5-7 pm, on Wednesday, April 6 at the ART Hotel, 12th and Broadway- and everyone's invited. We'll celebrate the 10 companies who win but more than that the makers and manufacturers in our midst. Keep an eye on CompanyWeek and future emails from Manufacturer's Edge for information on how to attend!
A show for Colorado Manufacturers by Manufacturers Comes to The Ranch in Loveland on April 28th
Thursday, April 28th, from 9am to 5pm the Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership is presenting NOCOM 2016, a show for Northern Colorado Manufacturers to highlight the vast available industries and knowledge in the area. 

This event will feature over 75 exhibitors, spotlight presentations, a speaker hall featuring industry leaders and a Women in Manufacturing forum, reception, B2B Lounge and more.

Booths start at $275, with attendee tickets available at $10 in advance or $15 day of, with students getting to attend for only $5 (includes $5 food/drink coupon).

$275 for 10x10
$375 for 10x20
Each reserved 10x10 space includes 5 attendee passes
Limited Sponsorships are available! For Sponsorship Opportunities c ontact event chair Mike Synder

If you are interested in presenting as part of the speaker hall, contact Nathan Morimitsu with an abstract of your presentation.

For more information, download the Save The Date flyer or visit www.NOCOMFG.com
Tickets now available for March 3rd Forum and Awards
Join ColoradoBiz Magazine and Manufacturer's Edge for the 2016 Made in Colorado Manufacturing Forum where we will unveil the 250 Made in Colorado manufacturers list in the March/April issue of ColoradoBiz Magazine! 

We will also be awarding the companies who have excelled in manufacturing over the past year.

Come ready to network, share knowledge and celebrate manufacturing in Colorado!

For more details and ticket information visit https://2016madeinco.eventbrite.com 
Kids Connection Updates
Adams 12 STEM Launch Looking for Engineers with Magnetic Personalities 
Hey  Engineers!  STEM Launch Third Graders invite you to be part of our Magnet Design Sprint. 
Help foster the inquisitive minds of the next generation of engineers!  Our third graders will be participating in a rapid prototyping design sprint using magnets in an invention. We are looking for engineers, physicists, design experts and science-minded individuals to facilitate a small group of students through the design process.  Kids will come with an understanding of magnetic forces and plans for their inventions. You will help support your group in producing a physical prototype. The day will be structured, but fast-paced and exciting.   
February 9, 2016 9:00AM-2:00PM. At the Adams 12 Educational Support Center 1500 E. 128th Ave. Thornton, CO 80241 - RSVP to Marti Page (720)972-7099.

Wheels Manufacturing Machine Scholarship Applications Open
The Wheels Manufacturing Machining Scholarship is open for applications. Current High School Seniors could be eligible for  $1500 Towards FRCC Machining Program Tuition! Deadline for applications is March 1st.  For details, contact Jennifer Fyhrie at  jennifer.fyhrie@frontrange.edu .
STEM Magnet Lab School Needs Experts
The students at STEM Magnet Lab School are working hard on their PBLs (Problem Based Learning units). Many of them will be presenting in the next several weeks. We are looking for wide variety of experts willing to listen to student ideas and give authentic and supportive feedback. If one of the descriptions fits your niche, please contact Tracey Calderon, (720)972-3353

New Podcast Aims to Help Manufacturers Market Better
Looking for some ideas, suggestions and tactics for your 2016 marketing programs?  Check out this new podcast, Manufacturing Marketing Matters, as a source of great content for manufacturers looking to boost the effectiveness of their marketing function.  You can listen to the podcast at iTunes, Stitcher or SoundCloud.  The podcast is produced by the Manufacturing Marketing Institute where you can access all of the podcasts directly.
Please direct any questions or comments to Executive Director, Bruce McDuffee, ;  bruce@mmmatters.com or call directly at 303-953-4361.