May 5, 2016

To cap off National Small Business Week, President Obama and senior Administration officials will join Business Forward's nationwide network of business leaders to discuss the role of small business in growing the American economy. The discussion will focus on key economic initiatives, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  In addition to hearing from the President, business leaders from across the country will have the opportunity to ask questions of Administration officials about how various economic policies affect their companies, employees, and local economies.
WHEN: Friday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT (noon if you are in Colorado)
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Podcasts are available from all shows including these recently added:
April 27 - Barbara Kreisman and Dr. Kent BradleyDaniels College of Business Executive MBA Program
April 28 - Carol Carter - Global MindED 
May 2 -  Doug Krug - Institute for Unlearning 
May 4 -  Chuck Blakeman - 3 to 5 Club and Crankset Group
Founder of Crankset Group, Author and Speaker, Chuck Blakeman has decades of experience leading companies in marketing, import/ export fulfillment and much more. We will discuss his 3 to 5 club, which helps business leaders focus on where they want to be in the next three to five years. 3 to 5 Club is looking for local facilitators. Check out Blakeman's TedX Mile High TalkThe Emerging Work World in the Participation Age, by clicking below:

Next week's Connect and Collaborate line up: 
May 9 - Pat Maley - Vistage
Vistage is a CEO Peer Group that encourages business executives to do better business, make better decisions and help fellow CEOs in managing executive level decisions.  Pat Maley, Chair of Vistage, introduces us to CEO Peer Group Members, Chairs and speakers.
May 10 - DORA - Patty Salazar
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies speaks about the many services available to businesses in Colorado. This week, Rebecca Laurie introduces us to Financial Services Commissioner Patty Salazar.
May 11 - Ponderosa Energy - Bernadette Johnson
Ponderosa Energy is a boutique advisory firm providing information about energy, gas and renewables. As managing partner, Johnson helps companies leverage state of the art analytical tools to advise on investment strategies. We will discuss how Denver-based oil producers can grow in the current market, the impact of the oil market and even get into mineral rights.
May 12 - Edgar Johansson - Colorado Space Business Roundtable
President of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable will introduce us to players in Colorado's thriving aerospace industry.  

May 13 - Chloe Sutton - Olympian and Motivational Speaker
Olympic swimmer Chloe Sutton joins us to share her experience as a two-time Olympian, one of youngest at age 16.  Now, she runs swim clinics and speaks with young people about reaching their dreams, overcoming obstacles and hopefully finding additional dreams to go after once achieving the first big dream. 
National Small Business Week
Colorado Business Roundtable knows that small business has a significant impact on all businesses, including the large companies that comprise the national Business Roundtable. This week, we have celebrated and supported National Small Biz Week and invite our readers to continue to do so -- it's only Thursday, after all! We've complied some of many resources and stories for Colorado small business owners and employees, so read more hereJoin the conversation at @ColoradoBRT #DreamSmallBiz

The team at InformationStation.org, a project of Job Creators Network, remind us that a celebration for National Small Business Week, an annual celebration of the country's small business entrepreneurs, is indeed deserved. Small businesses tirelessly work to provide us with the products we want for the lowest prices possible... but the events and discussions around the week also provide the impetus to discuss needs, concerns and challenges that sometimes prevent small businesses from thriving or even surviving. Read more

Late last week, the House approved the NSBA-supported Defend Trade Secrets Act which has already passed the Senate and is expected to be signed by the President.   Read more 
Recently, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to further protect small-business owners' credit cards from unfair and deceptive practices of credit card companies.   Read more 
On Tuesday, NSBA sent a letter urging Senate opposition to the VENUE Act, which is based off of portions of the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act (H.R. 9).   Read more 
Education and Workforce
The GlobalMindED conference on Access, Equity and Opportunity is June 9 and 10 in downtown DenverEducational leaders from 20+countries, eight national foundations, ten college presidents, and  thirty five non-profit/government partners will be featured. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn from the greatest educational leaders in the U.S and the world while contributing their own best practices to support a diverse, capable pipeline. 

Additionally, 100 first-generation to college students will participate in design-thinking, rapid prototyping, networking and pathways to entrepreneurship sponsored by Camelback Ventures, Village Capitol and other funders who support minority and women owned start-ups. The speakers so far include representatives from Google, Microsoft, American Indian College Fund, Gallup and others. Learn more at www.globalminded.org.  
Health and Retirement
The Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and LiveWell Colorado announced this week the ten finalists for the nation's first-ever statewide innovation challenge Imagine Colorado. Over 75 teams from 19 Colorado counties submitted videos on how to connect our state's youth to a healthier lifestyle. The ideas addressed issues such as Colorado's growing childhood obesity rate and food desert challenges, and included unique ways to encourage physical activity and provide all Coloradans access to our Rocky Mountains.

The 10 finalists will pitch their ideas in front of a panel of local celebrity judges, including Colorado Chief Innovation Officer Erik Mitisek and Colorado Rapids Player Dillon Powers, at the Ideas Showcase finale event on May 17 from 4-8 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  A live audience will vote to determine who will win the $25,000 in cash prizes, and Gov. John Hickenlooper will be in attendance to present the awards.All Coloradans are invited to attend. Read more
Energy and Environment
Business Roundtable welcomed last month's Senate passage of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, which was advanced through the efforts of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA). In welcoming the bipartisan Senate passage of S. 2012, the  Energy Policy Modernization Act, Business Roundtable noted that many of its provisions reflect recommendations made in the BRT's report,  Powering Forward: North America's Energy Resurgence. BRT stressed  its willingness to work with Congress to enact legislation for an effective national energy strategy.

In addition to the op-ed shared below, we would like to report that last week, the South Metro WISE Authority received a 2016 Metro Vision Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) for The WISE project. The award was presented by Elise Jones, DRCOG Chair and Chair of the Boulder County Board of Commissioners, at DRCOG's Annual Awards celebration, held April 27 at the Westin DIA.  The Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency Partnership (WISE) is a regional water supply project between Aurora Water, Denver Water and members of the South Metro Water Supply Authority. First conceived in 2008, the partnership combines water supplies and system capacities to create a sustainable new water supply for the region.  Read more

In case you missed it last week, we are sharing a guest op-ed by Eric Hecox, director of the South Metro Water Supply Authority, which represents 13 water suppliers encompassing most of Douglas County and parts of Arapahoe County. This piece is the first installment of a special feature on Colorado water resources. Check back soon for more, and check out the Colorado Water Plan.

The Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency (WISE) project is a major component of first-of-its kind collaboration among the Denver Metro area's three major water entities and for the unprecedented statewide the project has received.  Taken together, WISE provides a model for the type of regional and statewide cooperation called for in the recently finalized statewide water plan.   Read more

Statement from Agriculture Secretary on the Signing of the Paris Climate Agreement On April 22 , Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  released  a statement on the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Secretary Vilsack referred to the signing as "moving forward on our commitment to take real action on climate change."

Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal ProgramOn April 26, the Bureau of Land Management announced the dates and locations of a series of public meetings in May and June.  These meetings will provide the public with opportunities to help the BLM identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program. 

Need, Opportunity to Boost American Oil and Gas Development in Low Price EnvironmentOn April 26, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), in her opening statement, called the current low price environment surrounding oil and gas development an opportunity to pursue federal reforms that will boost energy production and provide economic benefits across the nation.

Full Committee Clears Bipartisan Pipeline Safety BillOn April 27th, the Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed H.R. 5050, the Pipeline Safety Act of 2016.

Federal Regulatory Process Clouds Renewable Energy Growth: On April 27, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing to examine the limited growth of hydropower and barriers to expansion.

Leadercast Denver hosted by KNUS-KRKS-KDMT and presented by COBRT
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.)
6/9/16 and 6/10/16
Gala Awards Dinner by Colorado Companies to Watch

These events are located in Denver unless otherwise indicated.
See all at our   events page   and use this contact form  to add yours!

COBRT is presenting Leadercast Denver for the second year in a row, hosted by KNUS-KRKS-KDMT. Leadercast is the world's largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 6, 2016. 

Last year, Leadercast attendees said that it was the best event they ever brought their customers to. Why? 1.  You get to spend all day with them. Buy tickets to sit together. 2.  You're not just engaging over dinner or a game of golf (all good stuff), but at Leadercast you get unique insights and can be inspired together. You'll gain common tools that could be used as you plan a vision together. COBRT partners and members receive a discounted rate of $50, so click here to register or  read more here .
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