Weekly News from  
January 14, 2016 

KEY ISSUE - EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE
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Jeff Wasden, President of Colorado Business Roundtable, recently spoke to the New Mexico State Chamber regarding the importance of early childhood education and the business case for making these critical investments. 

Study after study show a compelling case that early investments in our youth is the best return on investment we can make in education. Ensuring all students enter school with the right skills and tools to learn show dramatic results-lessened cases of grade retention, less drop out, higher graduation rates, less cases of special education needs, and lowered risk for juvenile delinquency and arrest. 

Students without a quality early childhood program can already enter kindergarten up to 30% behind their peers. The United States spends significantly less than other industrialized nations and then there are some that cannot make the correlation behind why our students are scoring lower in math, science and reading than other nations. "Ensuring all students have access to a quality early childhood program will create a larger pool of educated, qualified workers entering the job market and allow business to continue to innovate and prosper and remain competitive in this increasing competitive global market," states Wasden.

To learn more about why early childhood education is good business, visit ReadyNation, a national organization that understands good schools is good business. http://www.readynation.org  

BRAVE LEADERS
New national poll finds small businesses are still in recession mode; overtaxation, overregulation, and lack of access to capital to blame

COBRT is throwing its support behind a major new campaign launched yesterday by The Job Creators Network (JCN) that draws attention to and identifies the major reasons for the ongoing struggles of American small businesses, with the ultimate goal of working with policymakers and stakeholders across the nation who are committed to creating an environment to help small businesses flourish and create jobs. 

The campaign, called Bring Small Businesses Back, consists of new polling information on small businesses, commercials on cable news networks, print ads in the Washington D.C. region, and a comprehensive white paper analyzing the state and challenges of small businesses ...  Read More
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BEST PRACTICES
Did you know that you could reduce certain property taxes, find inverted tariff relief and increase your business savings by utilizing the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone? How about potential payment deferral of duties/taxes? Furthermore, the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Program is recognized by Homeland Security as a Supply Chain "Best Practice." 

There are many reasons how the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Program may work for your business . Learn ten benefits of the FTZ.. Read More
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KEY ISSUE - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Please join the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business and Business Forward for a White House Business Council briefing on January 28 with Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, to discuss international trade. 

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 for you to speak with a senior Obama Administration official on how trade policies affect your business.. Read More
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KEY ISSUE - TECHNOLOGY
Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in North America, will return for a fifth year celebrating everything entrepreneurial in Denver Sept. 12 through 16, 2016. Following 2015's record-breaking year for both attendance and number of sessions, organizers are focused on continuing to grow the event aimed at helping people succeed in starting and growing a business in Denver...  Read More  
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2015 IN REVIEW
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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CALENDAR
1/9/16 through 1/24/16
1/15/16
South Metro Denver Chamber Economic Forecast Breakfast

1/16/16
2016 Impacto Legislative Preview and Leadership Reception by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver

1/21/16
Colorado Business Day by Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry

1/25/16
A Transparent Discussion with Walt Rakowich, Former CEO of Prologis by The Center for Heart Led Leadership

1/28/16
White House Business Council Briefing on International Trade by Business Forward and CU Leeds School of Business 

1/28/16
China Business Review and Outlook by Colorado U.S. China Chamber of Commerce

KEY ISSUE - SMART REGULATION
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The Colorado General Assembly last session failed to address the defect in state law that exposes homeowners and builders to a high risk of expensive, time-consuming litigation - despite broad bipartisan and coalition support. 

This defect means that Colorado's housing market is not keeping pace with the demand for attainable homes among first-time homebuyers and others with a modest income. Rising housing costs and soaring rents threaten to price many Coloradans out of the market...  Read More and download one-page flyer (as shown below) to share in person or online.
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NATIONAL AFFILIATE

Business Roundtable Chairman Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address:

"As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, we have seen progress since the end of the Great Recession. However, we still fall short of the economic growth that can provide all Americans greater opportunities for prosperity and success. President Obama and Congress should make 2016 the year of good jobs and stronger, sustained growth by enacting laws that help the U.S. economy reach its greatest potential. Those policies include passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and pro-growth permanent tax reform."
NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS
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SOTU: Small Biz Takeaways 
Below is a statement from NSBA President Todd McCracken on the address:

"I applaud the President's call for policymakers to work together through 'rational, constructive debates.' The frustration felt by small business owners as they see-and feel-the dysfunction in Washington is palpable.  Small businesses continually tell me that the way Congress operates is no way to run a business, or a country for that matter. We applaud the President's call for changes to our politics, to allow our country to move forward on the big issues that confront us. Political reform and compromise ought to rank higher than the next election." Read More
KEY ISSUE - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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Innovation-focused summit to provide global investors and economic developers with latest information on investment in the United States  

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced last week registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit's theme is "The Innovation Advantage" and will feature investment opportunities from every corner of the United States for global investors, while high-profile business and government leaders will share their insights on the latest innovation and trends...   Read More
OUR RADIO SHOW & PODCASTS
Radio KNUS 710 AM 1:00 p.m. 
Saturday, Jan. 16
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This week on Connect & Collaborate, w e'll talk with Kelly Sloan, Colorado-based consultant and policy fellow at the Centennial Institute, about considerations of Colorado's proposed single payer health system and whether it's right for our state.

Plus, we have a Brave Leader interview with former secretary of state Scott Gessler

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