COBRT's Weekly News for You - April 1, 2016
Deep Space Technology and Colorado Small Business
NASA has selected 137 research and technology proposals from 117 American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into deep space, while also benefiting the U.S. economy right here on Earth.

The agency received 323 proposals in response to its  2015 solicitation for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  Twelve SBIR Phase II General proposals were chosen from ten Colorado-located companies: Composite Technology Development, Inc.; ExoTerra Resource, LLC; Extreme Diagnostics, Inc.; Pioneer Astronautics (two projects); Quest Thermal Group; ROCCOR, LLC; Sporian Microsystems, Inc.; TDA Research, Inc.; Tendeg, LLC; and Vescent Photonics, Inc. (two projects).   Read more
Connect & Collaborate Radio
Listen from 4-5 PM Monday through Friday on Denver's Money Talk 1690 AM or streaming at

Podcasts are available from all shows including these recently added:
Gallup - Joe Daly on jobs outlook and Entrepreneurial Profile 10
Millennials at Work - Patrick Kelly of Change Point Consulting
Skillful: A Markle Initiative - Wan-Lae Cheng from Markle and Alison Dorey from LinkedIn 

More about next week's line up can be found here
April 4 -  Rick Barrera - Center for Heartled Leadership
April 5  - Todd Hauer - Morgan Stanley
April 6 - Doug Krug - Resultant
April 7 - TBD  
April 8 - Kristen Muzzy - Leaning2Lead

International Business
Colorado businesses saw increased exporting to top markets in 2015, even as state and U.S. exports nationwide declined after five consecutive years of record exports.  In all, Colorado companies exported to 203 countries in 2015, totaling $7,977,922,451. By contrast, companies accounted for $8,337,260,753 in exports for 2014, resulting in a 4.3 percent decrease year after year.

Exports to Mexico and China both increased around 1% from 2014. Paul Bergman, Director of Commercial Service Denver, said several factors had affected global markets in 2015, but that Colorado products were still being sought out from several markets.  Read more
Energy & Environment
COBRT thanks Stuart for his years in service to the mining industry in Colorado and wishes him the best in his retirement

The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) announced last week that Stuart Sanderson will retire from the position of President & Chief Operating Officer effective September 30, 2016, a position he has held since October 1994. Following his retirement, Sanderson will continue to serve as a consultant to the 140 year old trade association and to other clients.
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Last week, Coal People Magazine published a CEA opinion editorial entitled "U.S. Consumers -- and the Economy -- Need Access to Affordable and Reliable Energy." The article ran in the March edition. The opinion piece focuses on utilizing America's vast energy resources, ensuring an environment that is safe for future generations, and keeping the our lights on at an affordable rate. Read article
Transportation and Logistics
As the metro region prepares for the grand opening of the University of Colorado A Line on April 22, we will highlight aspects of the new transit option. This week, we remind people that these trains are not called "light rail," and why that matters.

L ike RTD's light rail trains, these  commuter trains  are powered by overhead electric wires. But commuter trains are bigger and faster. They run at speeds of up to 79 mph and they make fewer stops than light rail trains. And these vehicles are new to the Denver region. Read more
Education and Workforce

Latino Leadership Institute

Join this elite network in changing the face of leadership throughout Colorado by applying to the Summer 2016 LLI Fellowship. Applications will be available March 1, and the deadline is April 4. To learn more about the application process and Fellow profile, go to the LLI apply by April 4. Or hear from Joelle Martinez, Executive Director, and Olivia Mendoza, Director of Strategic Partnerships, who were on Connect and Collaborate Radio! Listen to podcast
Health and Retirement
Imagine Colorado, a program of the Colorado Innovation Network and LiveWell Colorado, is seeking ideas for healthy children through a statewide innovation challenge. With an estimated $190.2 billion price tag for annual medical costs due to obesity in the U.S., it is plain to see how employees, businesses and bottom lines are affected by obesity.

The program has extended the challenge by two weeks with a new submission deadline of April 15
There is new video about the challenge  here . Submissions can be made on behalf of organizations and companies as well.
Ideas should focus on one of two categories:  Physical Activity (ideas to get  kids moving and engage outdoor spaces differently) or  Nutrition (ideas that provide kids access to healthy foods and the education to make good choices).   Read more
Creative Industries
The 7/20 Memorial Foundation, in partnership with the City of Aurora, will honor those whose lives were lost or changed forever because of the tragic events of July 20, 2012 with a memorial garden where the community and those impacted by loss can remember loved ones and reflect, seek comfort, strength, peace and hope. They need you to collect or donate collegiate and professional sports memorabilia; comic book memorabilia; and lodging, dining, travel or entertainment opportunities.

The city is building the garden, while the memorial foundation and committee are focused on adding special features such as artwork, benches, etc. that will enhance the space and create places for individuals to take in the beautiful and serene area. The garden will be included as part of the planned, phased expansion of the current Aurora Municipal Center Xeriscape Garden expansion/continual improvements, located at East Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road in Aurora.   Donate and learn more
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2016 Cultural Leadership Award: Christin Crampton Day and Carol Wolf . The Cultural Leadership Award recognizes outstanding alumni of CBCA's Leadership Arts program who have made a significant impact on arts & culture in Colorado through a personal commitment to the arts. The initiative was led by the Leadership Arts Alumni Network and a committee of Leadership Arts alumni.

For two decades, CBCA's  Leadership Arts  program has trained professionals to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors and increase their civic engagement in the arts. This unique nine-month program equips individuals to be effective leaders in serving their community. Leadership Arts is the only program of its kind in the region that focuses on arts & culture. Applications for Leadership Arts 2016-2017 will be available in early June and due by August 12, 2016.  Read more
Smart Regulation
In the spirit of March Madness, we're putting four of the worst regulations on our bracket, and asking you to select which regulation you think most hurts American jobs and our economy's growth.
Click above on the regulation you believe is the most harmful.  With your help, we'll name the biggest regulatory burden and continue our fight to get the government out of the way of our free enterprise system.   Join now
From National Small Business Association
NSBA submitted a letter to the DOL regarding their interpretation on joint employment which could broaden business liability to employees of other firms.  Read more 
DOL Publishes Final Persuader Rule
From Business Roundtable
For the fourth quarter in a row, CEO expectations on the economy remain mixed, indicating an economy performing below its potential . Read more
Inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards by Manufacturer's Edge
Fireside Chats with Successful CEOs - Boulder by Clean Tech Colorado (Boulder)
Downtown Denver Annual Awards by Downtown Denver Partnership
4/11/16 through 4/14/16
32nd Annual Space Symposium by The Space Foundation (Colorado Springs)
4/13/16 and 4/14/16
Colorado Livestock Association Annual Meeting and Finest Celebration (Loveland)
4/13/16 and 4/14/16
Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference by ACG Denver
Fireside Chats with Successful CEOs - Denver by Clean Tech Colorado
4/22/16 and 4/23/16
Grand Opening of the University of Colorado A Line by RTD and partners with grand opening ceremony, station neighborhood theme parties and free rides on all lines (Denver, Aurora)
Annual Awards Celebration by Denver Regional Council of Governments
NOCOM 2016: Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership Expo (Loveland)
Global Leadership Forum with Rep. Lamborn by U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (Colorado Springs)
Innovators Dinner by The Posner Center for International Development
5/5/16 and 5/6/16
2016 Creative Industries Summit by Colorado Creative Industries/OEDIT (Carbondale)
5/15/16 through 5/17/16
Annual Meeting by Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission 
5/18/16 through 5/20/16
Collaborative Learning Conference by The Manufacturing Institute and the Dream It Do It Network (Arlington, VA) 
CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Annual Conference
6/6/16 and 6/7/16
Small Business Leadership Conference by NSBA (Washington, D.C.)

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