June 2018
Highlighting Colorado Manufacturers Video Series: Premier Manufacturing
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Upcoming Events
Sumer Sorensen-Bain receives two extraordinary honors in one month
Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Manufacturer's Edge Chief of Programs and Operations, recently received two nearly simultaneous honors. After being selected as one of a handful of participants from around the state to attend the annual Colorado Capital Conference, Sumer spent all of last week in Washington DC conversing with representatives, business leaders, students, and educators from Colorado as well as an impressive line-up of guest speakers that included Senators Schumer and McConnell. Additionally, Sumer had the honor of watching Representative Scalise secure the first out in the 2018 Congressional Baseball Game.
In her own version of a double-play, Sumer will be recognized again next week when she is inaugurated into the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program at a pinning ceremony on June 28. Created by Governor John Hickenlooper, the Fellowship Program is a bipartisan educational program founded on the premise that government is only as good as the people in it and seeks to unite and develop leadership across a number of diverse sectors.

To say that Sumer is excited about these opportunities is a bit of an understatement. She said recently, "I am tremendously humbled and honored to be included in the Colorado Capital Conference and the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program. The opportunity to interface with leaders across the state-and the entire country-to bring new ideas about innovation, development, and advocacy for Colorado's manufacturing sector is a real career highlight for me!"

A monthly article featuring tips and insights from Manufacturer's Edge Cyber Program Director Jennifer Kurtz who will show you how to make sense of cyber -- simply! 
Jennifer Kurtz  
When I came up with this title I thought it just sounded like a funny and alliterative  lead-in to talking about cyber parasites that one can pick up while traveling. It turns out there really are human bot flies that pass their larvae through mosquitoes to human hosts. In a disturbing parallel to the way bots work in cyber space, these bot fly larvae grow barbs when they burrow under the human host's skin to prevent their removal. Gross! The recommendations that follow for safe cyber practices to adopt while vacationing this summer may be a bit tedious, but they don't require tweezers or other special tools; well, maybe a paper clip or two.
  1. Repair screen doors and windows
  2. Remove/lock down doggy or other hidden access doors
  3. Fix leaks
  4. Pack light, shop-or at least protect-heavy
Enjoy a safe summer vacation and don't bring parasites (whether animal or technical) back with you!
fhe2Last Chance to Register for Cyberspace for the Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain Workshop
Did you know that 60% of small and mid-sized businesses have to shut their doors  within 6 months following a cyber attack? If you operate anywhere within the aerospace or defense supply chain, you are most likely familiar with the compliance regulations as outlined in NIST 800-171. You may or may not, however, have started your journey toward becoming fully compliant. Many of the manufacturers we have spoken to are overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. Regardless of where you are in your efforts, do not miss this opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance and a full risk analysis from our cyber expert, Jennifer Kurtz. Register today to receive a thorough gap analysis and learn how you can secure and protect your company's future.

Date: Thursday, June 27
Geotech Environmental Equipment, Denver
$1,000 to cover a full on-site gap analysis; up to 3 participants from each company

Find out more and register
brighton Brighton Manufacturers Mixer to Be Held on July 25
Manufacturer's Edge and the Brighton EDC want to hear from you!
Calling all Brighton-based manufacturers! Manufacturer's Edge and the Brighton Economic Development Corporation are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership designed to leverage the strengths and resources of both organizations in order to assist Brighton manufacturers. We want to know what challenges you are facing, the goals you have for the future, what you love about living and working in Brighton, and what we can do help you grow and flourish. Between the two entities, we also have access to several funding opportunities we'd like to talk to you about and we can help you assess your eligibility and apply. To that end, we are hosting a kick-off manufacturing mixer on July 25 at Big Choice Brewing. We look forward to getting to know you better and hope to see you there!

When: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 4-6pm
Where: Big Choice Brewery, 21 South 1st Ave, Brighton
Cost: FREE

oedit Colorado Cleantech Companies Invited to Apply for Grant Funding to Attend the Green Expo in Mexico City
Applications are due by July 2
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is looking for five companies to participate in the Green Expo Trade Show September 4-6 in Mexico City. This event allows the state to showcase Colorado cleantech businesses and provides an opportunity to present and discuss new ecological and sustainable technologies while connecting with buyers in Mexico. This is an exciting opportunity for companies in the environmental, renewable energy, water and green housing industries aspiring to make an international impact and connect with industries in Mexico. The program is financially assisted by a grant from the State Trade Expansion Program to cover travel and exhibition costs.

Applications are due July 2, 2018 and eligibility requirements can be viewed here.

Additional questions can be directed to Laura Brindle at 303-892-3858 or Laura.Brindle@state.co.us.
events Upcoming Events
Visit our website for a complete calendar of
manufacturing events taking place around Colorado
Cyberspace Security for the Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain
June 27 @ 8:30am-12:30pm
Geotech, Denver
Let Manufacturer's Edge help you boost your cyber (and business) resiliency and defend your competitive position within the aerospace and defense supply chain.
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Jeffco EDC Aerospace & Defense Small Business Industry Day
June 28 @ 7:15am-4:30pm
Sheraton Denver West 
This event is designed to bring together small businesses and prime aerospace contractors to create greater collaboration and opportunities.
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Northeast Colorado Manufacturing Expo
June 29 @ 9am-3:30pm
Sterling, CO
Opportunity for manufacturers and vendors of Northeastern Colorado and neighboring areas to network and share information vital to the growth and economy of the manufacturing industry.

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