December 16, 2016

Colorado Business Roundtable has been honored to host   Business Roundtable  President John Engler on numerous occasions including last year's  "Business, Education Reform and America's Workforce" luncheon with Gov. John Hickenlooper.  Engler announced  on Thursday, December 15 his plans to retire in mid-2017.

"The outlook in early 2017 to achieve passage of major components of the Business Roundtable economic growth agenda is very bright," he said. "Tax reform, regulatory relief and immigration reform are all possible with the new Administration and Congress. I expect the pace to be brisk as everyone gets to work next year."

A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler assumed leadership of Business Roundtable in January 2011 after serving six years as President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. Read more
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Stream or Download These  Recent Episodes
December 6 - Jeff Krebbs and Lauren Beede - Make-A-Wish Colorado, Corporate Sponsor Campaigns 
December 7 - Stephanie Veck - Workforce Development,  TalentFound - Inventory Talent Development Assets
December 8 - Edgar Johansson - Aerospace Advocate
December 9 - Kristen Muzzy - Leading2Lean, Advanced Manufacturing with Jo O'Brien 
December 13 - Holly Green - The Human Factor, Business of the Business 
December 14 - Carol Carter - Global MindED, Technology Track  
December 15 - Paul Bergman - U.S. Commercial Service, Export Assistance Center - Trade and Export Promotion  

Still to come this week:
December 16 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado 
December 19 - Bernadette Johnson - Drilling Info/Ponderosa
December 20 - Chuck Blakeman - 3 to 5 Club
December 21 - Anthony Lambatos - Footers
December 22 - Kelly Sloan - Trump Administration preview
December 23 - Stephanie Frances - Prodigy

Energy and Environment
The  Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC), an industry affiliate of the  Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, released this week its annual study measuring Colorado's competitive position in the oil, natural gas, coal, renewable energy, alternative-fuel vehicles, and sustainability sectors of the energy industry.

The eighth edition of  Resource Rich Colorado (RRC) compares Colorado to the 49 other states based on the availability of natural resources for energy generation, pertinent energy policies and programs, and applicable intellectual resources crucial to the energy industry.

"While many states are typically strong in either fossil fuels or renewables, Colorado has the advantage of rich and abundant resources in both, positioning it as an energy leader not only in the United States, but globally," said Brian Payer, Program Manager for Strategic Operations at Sphera and co-chair of the CEC's Resource Rich Colorado Committee. Read more
Western Governors formally approved seven new policy resolutions on the state-federal relationship, states' share of royalties and leasing revenues, water quality, tax-exempt federal lands, and storage and disposal of radioactive waste at the  Western Governors' Association 2016 Winter Meeting .

The inauguration of a new Administration presents an unusual opportunity to realign the state-federal relationship. Western Governors are eager to work in true partnership with the federal government and call upon the Administration to engage them in the development and execution of policy that impacts state authority. Governors and states have knowledge, perspectives and competencies that should be brought to bear in federal decision-making processes.

The resolutions adopted this week by Western Governors are informed by their dedication to the protection of their constitutional prerogatives. WGA Policy Resolution 2017-01 articulates specific policy on the state-federal relationship and suggests a framework for its realignment.   Read more
Education & Workforce
Part 3 of a three-part series by Shelley Ford, Morgan Stanley:
Did you know?
  • Only 14.6 percent of senior executive positions are held by women.
  • Among senior women executives, 10 percent say they had the aid of four or more executives in helping them advance, compared to their male counterparts at 17 percent. 
  • Yet more than half of the senior women acknowledged that it is important to have support from higher-level seniors in order to advance.
  • Women currently own 36 percent of all businesses - a jump of 30 percent from 2007. 
Leadership today is no longer just about the results you produce. Your ability to connect with others, how you incorporate perspectives and navigate groups proves just as important. Explore the networking opportunities within your company.   More
Colorado Education Initiative's board of trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of the organization's new President & CEO, Rebecca Holmes, who joins the CEI team in January 2017.

"We're excited that Rebecca is joining the CEI team," said CEI Board of Trustees Chairman Leroy Williams. "Her experienced leadership, vision, and passion for making a difference in Colorado education is contagious - while she understands the dynamics and unique challenges of Colorado's K-12 public education system. Her wealth of experience and ability to partner and collaborate will be great assets in advancing CEI's mission to help all students achieve success." Read more
By Scott Laband, President/CEO of Colorado Succeeds and originally published in Entrepreneur:  Perhaps you recently watched 10-year-old Jack Bonneau, from Broomfield, Colorado, on ABC-TV's Shark Tank, show pitching his lemonade stand and marketplace business and picking up a $50,000 low-interest loan from billionaire venture capitalist Chris Sacca.

First, kudos all around - to Jack, his parents, his teachers, his mentors and his principal - for all the dedication they invested and the direction they gave him to land this deal and attract the publicity that has followed.

But, here's the big question: Should we be surprised by such prodigious business acumen?  More
In related news: 
A recent guest of Connect and Collaborate Radio, Lori Jones of Avocet Communications, spoke about the process with "Shark Tank" for Jack's Stands for Marketplaces (above) and Denver's TekDry. Check out the podcast for some behind-the-scenes insights! 

As important as technical skills are in employees, employers across industries are finding it difficult to find workers who also have the critical skills of communication, teamwork and critical thinking.  A recent survey of hiring managers revealed that across the U.S. 59% of those managers said that soft skills were "difficult" to find and that the lack of these skills is impacting the productivity of their companies.  Many organizations hire the technical skills but wind up firing for a lack of "soft skills", costing them in both productivity and the cost of replacing those employees.
Sue Kenfield, of See It Thrive™, is offering a unique, experiential opportunity starting in January for employers to help develop what she calls Essential skills in employees who struggle in this area, designed in a way to drive true skill development. Additional details and registration information can be found through this link. Take advantage of Early Bird savings.
Immigration Policy
The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program is pleased to announce the release of a new white paper titled  Opportunity Reimagined: An Inclusive Vision for Healthy Communities. In light of some of the most pressing challenges facing our society today, this paper offers a non-partisan, multi-sector perspective on the issues affecting opportunity and makes the case for expanding it to include Latinos and all Americans in the future prosperity of the nation.

The paper is a product of the Program's 2nd Annual  America's Future Summit: Reimagining Opportunity in a Changing Nation. Building upon content created during the Summit, including speaker remarks and topical participant discussions, this paper lays out recommendations for fostering healthy communities and expanding opportunity in four principle areas: 
  • improving health equity
  • advancing opportunity through education
  • expanding pathways to economic opportunity
  • establishing an equity agenda 
On Training, Infrastructure, Business Roundtable CEOs Speak Out
BRT-member CEOs received national attention this week as leading advocates for training, skills and investment in infrastructure.
  •          Ginni Rometty of IBM had a column published in USA TODAY prior to her joining other technology CEOs in a meeting with President-elect Trump, "We need to fill 'new collar' jobs that employers demand."
  •          Mike Petters of Huntington Ingalls stressed the importance of the workforce development pipeline on a panel, "A 21st Century Workforce," at the This Way Up Summit sponsored by Opportunity America. Business Roundtable co-sponsored the event, which featured House Speaker Paul Ryan.
  •          On Bloomberg TV, AECOM's Mike Burke expressed optimism about infrastructure's future and whether the president-elect's plan can jumpstart the economy.
  • The National Small Business Association needs your help in completing our 2016 Regulations Survey. Throughout the year, NSBA surveys small-business owners on a variety of topics, and this survey will gather critical data about the regulatory climate you're facing. As the new administration and 115th Congress are setting priorities for the coming two years, it is important we provide them data on how regulations impact America's small businesses. This survey will take no more than 10 minutes of your time and will provide a wealth of valuable information to ensure NSBA is best representing your needs in Washington, D.C. Please click here to take the survey today.
  • Congress Approves HRA Bill: On Dec. 7, 2016, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) or "Cures Act," which included a provision that would allow small employers to offer a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) to employees independent of whether or not they offer an Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant health plan. An HRA allows employers to establish and fund a pre-tax account from which employees can pay for qualified medical expenses. Read more

Job Creators Network placed two op-eds this week addressing big issues that will affect American businesses large and small.
  • In the Independent Review Journal, they argue that the Dodd-Frank financial bill has killed small, regional banks, making it harder for small businesses to get credit for expansion and growth.
  • In the  Orange Country Register, they discuss why CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder is a great choice for Labor Secretary. "It's high time we have someone in the Labor Department who knows how to create jobs."

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