September 30, 2016

From Colorado Succeeds: Colorado Succeeds led a delegation of twenty-five chamber and industry association leaders - representing every county of Colorado - to Washington D.C., in late September to meet with elected officials, diplomats, and national experts on key education issues and opportunities during an intense three-day trip.

"Education is the single most important issue we should all be focusing on and it isn't getting the attention is needs or deserves," said Sen. Michael Bennet during a meeting with the delegation at the U.S. Capitol. "We need business and civic leaders to reinsert education into the conversation."   More
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Stream or Download  Recent Episodes of Connect & Collaborate
September 22:  Eric Sondermann, Secure Futures Colorado
September 23:  Jesse Hassinger, Let Colorado Vote 
September 26:  Kelly Underell, Colorado Innovation Network (COIN); Chuck Sullivan, Something Independent; and Luis Benitez, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office 
September 27:  Mike Biselli - Catalyst /Digital Health Ecosystem  
September 28:  Carol Carter - Global MindED 
September 29:  Make-A-Wish Colorado  - Wish Kids
September 30 - Kristen Muzzy & Alvero Espinosa  - Manufacturing in Colorado
October 3 - Doug Krug & Christine Kahane - Institute for Unlearning
October 4 -  Sirine Swed & Molly McCoy - Women Entrepreneurs in Denver
October 5 - Stephanie Veck - Workforce Development in Colorado
October 6 - Andrea Young - Colorado Technology Association
October 7 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado

Unfortunately, the U.S. skills gap is real and growing. According to a Business Roundtable/ Change the Equation survey, 98 percent of CEOs report that finding candidates with the competencies and training to fill open positions is a problem, affecting all skill levels needed - from entry level to the highly technical.
Closing the skills gap starts with employers sending a strong and clear "demand signal" about the skills needed to fill open positions today - and where we see the workplace going in the future. This requires active involvement by CEOs, which is why Business Roundtable sponsors our own programs, builds sustainable partnerships with other stakeholders and advocates for broader policy changes that will teach Americans the skills they need to succeed More

From National Small Business Association: This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new online resource center designed to help small-business owners comply with the laws enforced by EEOC.

This new resource tool comes on the same week the EEOC is expected to release a final regulation that will require businesses to disclose extensive data on diversity and compensation. The agency  estimates that the proposed rule will increase the annual cost associated with completing an EEO-1 report by $25 million nationwide, and will also impose a one-time compliance cost of $27 million. The EEOC says the rule will help the agency identify pay discrimination patterns.   More

From Job Creators Network: JCN's "Bring Small Businesses Back Bus Tour" stopped into Chandler, Arizona on Tuesday, September 27. The team was joined at the event by Arizona's own Governor Doug Ducey, who has recently been selected as national honorary chairman.

The tour was also joined by a surprise guest, the world famous former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Guests spoke at the event about the problems facing American small businesses today, and the strides Arizona and Job Creators Network are taking to fix those problems.   More
Advanced Manufacturing
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October (this year, it's next Friday, October 7) any day can be a Manufacturing Day.

Companies and community organizations should plan their events on the date that works best for them and their community. Any day of the year can be Manufacturing Day. All events should be registered on this site no matter what date they are scheduled. Only registered event hosts have access to all of the free event planning and execution resources created by the national co-producers. Check out all the Colorado events! Register yours or find one to attend.
International Business
The Third Annual "Beer Flights" beer garden is back at Denver International Airport for the third year in a row. This popular event coincides with worldwide Oktoberfest celebrations and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and brings a taste of Colorado brews to the airport.

"'Beer Flights' allows us to showcase Colorado's outstanding microbrew industry but also recognizes our close friendship with our sister airport in Munich, the home of Oktoberfest," said airport CEO Kim Day. "We invite beer lovers - whether travelers or neighbors - to stop by our outdoor plaza and sample some of the best beer available this side of Bavaria."

Presidential Hopefuls Supportive of Space Funding
From Citizens for Space Exploration
  • Clinton and Trump on Space: Clinton supports human Mars exploration. Presidential contender Hillary Clinton pledged support for the human exploration of Mars in response to a questionnaire fromScienceDebate.org. Clinton did not elaborate on possible changes to current strategy that calls for a human presence in the Martian environs by the mid-2030s. Rival Donald Trump expressed support for a strong space program, but did not elaborate on Mars as a goal.
  • Bill Nye to Trump, Clinton: Stay the Course in Space. Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society and widely known as the Science Guy, urges presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to stay the course with NASA and space hardware developments that enable future human deep space exploration and other planetary science missions.
Smart Regulation 
Protect American Opportunity: Vote
Protect American Opportunity: Vote

US Chamber Urges Voter Participation and Encouragement
From U.S. Chamber of CommerceJobs are on the ballot this fall, but they need your vote.
That's why we just launched www.VoteforJobs.com, to ensure those of you who are proud to stand up for free enterprise and the American economy have a voice. 

Even if you're a regular voter, and know all these details cold, share this tool with someone who doesn't vote as often . Maybe a younger person, or someone who recently moved and isn't familiar with their polling place. You can help get more people to the polls.  People who are committed to our American free enterprise system -- who know the value of opportunity afforded by our economic system -- must vote .
Health and Retirement 
Secure Futures Colorado is a non-profit advocacy initiative to advance substantive reforms of Colorado's public employee retirement system. The initiative is built around four principles:  ensure retirement security for public employees;  add fiscal responsibility and solvency to the system;  expand transparency; and  support a system that fits the employment patterns for younger, future generations.
Secure Futures Colorado is hosting a roundtable discussion at COBRT on October 25, and you're invited. Chuck Reed, the former mayor of San Jose, CA and a leading national expert on pension reform, will be one of the speakers. He will be joined by Ben Valore-Caplan, a former member of the PERA Board. Eric Sondermann, who was on our recent podcast, will moderate the discussion and will talk about Secure Futures Colorado. Attend

See all at our events page and use this contact form to add yours!
RESCHEDULED for 9/30/16
Colorado Ballot Issues: What a Woman Needs to Know by Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce and Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development
4th Annual Manufacturing Day Summit by CAMA
Rocky Mountain CitySummit by Downtown Denver Partnership
Adams County Small Business Conference by Colorado SBDC and Front Range CC
Knowledge Without Boundaries Academy by University of Phoenix
LCD Gas Forums: Rockies and the West 
U.S. Senate Candidate Forum by Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
PERA Reform Roundtable by Secure Futures Colorado
32nd Annual Meeting and Luncheon by Colorado Oil & Gas Association
3rd Annual Legislative Reception by Colorado Business Roundtable

Wasden Speaks for Small Biz on CNBC
Don't miss Jeff Wasden speaking to presidential candidates' tax plans on CNBC's Squawk Box on an episode entitled, "Ahead of first presidential debate, Main Street speaks out on taxes, regulation." Wasden said, "We're here to take care of our families [and] employees and work within the community. We just want a government that will be supportive of a business like ours and that will get out of the way. That will create a regulatory culture that has predictability and certainty."
Colorado Experience Road Show Returns Kicking Off Ten-Stop Statewide Tour
The popular "Colorado Experience Road Show" presented by The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media and Rocky Mountain PBS returns for the 2016 season with the premiere screening of "Hotel De Paris," kicking off a 10-stop statewide tour celebrating Colorado history and original television content.
We Need YOU to Help Launch Careers in Colorado
We are running a series of podcasts to educate businesses and families about LaunchMyCareerColorado.org, a new academic- and career-planning webtool. If you know anyone who has used this tool and would like to tell us about your experience in a sound byte or a whole podcast, please contact PR Coordinator Tara at 303-396-6210 or tara@cobrt.com.
Denver Business Journal honors 11 Power Book winners (photos)
The Denver Business Journal held 2016 Power Book awards last Friday. The Power Book is "an exclusive look at business men and women in 11 industry categories who were prominent in the news over the last year or who, in our judgment, otherwise deserve recognition for recent business accomplishments."
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