Weekly News from  
January 21, 2016 

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We are very pleased to announce that our Connect and Collaborate Radio program is increasing its number of shows each week from one to five and going live during drive time!

Effective Monday, February 1, 2016
LIVE from 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
KDMT 1690 AM Denver's Money Talk (new station)

Connect and Collaborate, the Voice of the Colorado Business Roundtable, will continue to provide programming about business leadership, innovation and current events affecting the business community. The fresh format is a novel concept of multiple hosts, some of Denver's most influential business leaders, inviting the audience into new networks. Listeners will hear interviews with experts, unique perspectives on business news and approachable case studies... Read More
The Colorado Minority Business Office and the State Purchasing & Contracts Office announced that the 7th Annual Advance Colorado Procurement Expo will be held on March 24, 2016 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec St. in Denver, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New this year is Expo Talks, which will equip sellers with strategies to help them be successful in working with state and local government. Seller exhibitors this year will be able to attend pre-event marketing training to help them achieve greater success in their participation of the event. In addition, one-to-one opportunity meetings will be scheduled between buyer and seller exhibitors.

Historically, the Expo attracts over 400 participants. Small businesses, including businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans, are encouraged to participate. There is no charge for attendees and there is free parking at the venue...  Visit Website
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Please join the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, Business Forward and COBRT for a White House Business Council briefing on January 28 with Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer of the Economic Development Administration, to discuss international trade. 

In this special session, Mr. Erskine will provide an overview of the Administration's international trade agenda and its effect on the greater Boulder region and the state of Colorado. This will be an opportunity to speak with a senior Obama Administration official on how trade policies affect businesses.

Mr. Erskine brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in business, public sector and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining the Obama Administration and the Department of Commerce, he led the private-public partnership driving economic development and foreign direct investment for the fifth largest metropolitan region in the U.S. and worked in senior roles at global business consulting firms. . Read More

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Reflecting on 2015 and the notable year it was for Colorado Business Roundtable, we produced a one-page summary and a short video.  We highlight policy advocacy, event collaborations and network partnerships -- but those lists are by no means exhaustive!  We couldn't have made it here without you. Thank you for being a member of COBRT. 

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Watch two-minute video here.
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Newsletter produced by ICOSA Media.

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1/9/16 through 1/24/16

A Transparent Discussion with Walt Rakowich, Former CEO of Prologis by The Center for Heart Led Leadership

The Risk Management Supply Chain by Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

White House Business Council Briefing on International Trade by Business Forward, CU Leeds School of Business and COBRT

China Business Review and Outlook by Colorado U.S. China Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development Breakfast: Mapping the Dollars and Sense of Land Use Patterns by Downtown Colorado, Inc. and Lakewood Economic Development

New Education Reality: Everyone Is At Risk by SMDC Women in Business

Global Leadership Forum with Representative Permutter with Representative Permutter by U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

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U.S. trade continues to expand, and with it, U.S. employment. Based on the latest available data (2014), trade supports 41 million U.S. jobs. This means that more than one in every five U.S. jobs is linked to exports and imports of goods and services.

Nearly three times as many jobs were supported by trade in 2014 as in 1992 - before the accelerated wave of trade liberalization that began with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 - when our earlier research found that trade supported 14.5 million jobs, or one in every ten U.S. jobs.

Business Roundtable has produced Trade & American Jobs: 2016 Update which is available on their website... 
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Biz Tax Reform Bill Introduced 
The plan would cut corporate income tax to 25%, moves toward a territorial tax system, allows full expensing and more.

Some stats from the report:
Ex-Im supported 109,000 American jobs.
* Ex-Im supported $17.0 billion in exports at no cost to American taxpayers.
* Nearly 90 percent of transactions directly supported U.S. small businesses.
* Ex-Im remitted $431.6 million to the U.S. Treasury for debt reduction.

The definition is important to small businesses because only accredited investors are allowed to invest in small businesses in some situations. SEC is currently accepting comments on the report as well as the recommended changes to the definition.
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Even with a slowdown in new business filings in Colorado during the fourth quarter of 2015, employment in the state is expected to expand over the first and second quarters of 2016, according to a University of Colorado Boulder report.

At 23,306, the fourth-quarter new entity filings were down from 25,164 in the third quarter of 2015 and down from 23,360 at the same time in 2014.
A total of 102,670 new entities were recorded during the 12-month period ending in December 2015.

The number of entities in good standing ticked up 5.5 percent year-over-year to a new record of 601,588.

"Despite a slight decline in business registration, our office continues to help Coloradans achieve their dreams," said Williams. "For the first time Colorado exceeded a major milestone having over 600,000 business entities in good standing."  Read More
Radio KNUS 710 AM 1:00 p.m. 
Saturday, Jan. 23
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This week on Connect & Collaborate, w e'll talk with Vistage Chair, Pat Maley who joins us with a guest from the wealth of Vistage speakers, Joe Hernandez, CEO of Lionshare Negotiations. He will share strategy for business negotiations which help both sides win. 

We also have a Brave Leader interview with Tracee Bentley, Executive Director of the Colorado Petroleum Council.

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