May 13, 2016

On Wednesday, COBRT and Consul General Marcy Grossman welcomed Canada's Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr. David MacNaughton.  Over lunch, Ambassador MacNaughton and the group discussed trade and the importance of public-private partnerships.
Our Connect and Collaborate radio/podcast producer Tammy Schmidt was able to interview Ambassador MacNaughton, and she shared with us this clip even before it's on the radio show!  Listen here (it's about five minutes long) or download and listen later.  More
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Podcasts are available from all shows including these recently added:
May 5 - Sandra Solin - Fix Colorado Roads
May 9 -  Pat Maley - Vistage Chair and Guests (Thomas Ajspur, ENVATE;  Chris Younger, Capital Value Advisors;  Carter Freeman, vcfo)
May 10 -  Emily Schromm Work Place Wellness
May 11 - Bernadette JohnsonPonderosa Energy

Today, May 13, don't miss as  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. 
Olympians Peter Vanderkaay and Chloe Sutton share how to be a good teammate in this video for the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour. 

May 16  Brenda Morrison - Engaged Public
Engaged Public partners with citizens, civic leaders and public and private stakeholders to tackle complex public challenges head on. We will talk with Brenda Morrison, partner with Engaged public about some of the tools and resources they have developed to educate the public about tax and budget issues.   
May 17 -  Stephanie Veck - Colorado Workforce Development Council  
As one of COBRT's partner agencies, CWDC joins us monthly to discuss progress in growing our state's talent pipeline for a strong workforce.
May 18 - Brittany Evans - Clear Intentions
Clear Intentions takes recycling seriously. Brittany Evans has developed a system for recycling glass bottles, which are often missed in the single stream recycling efforts. To prevent glass, which can be re-used, re-shaped and re-purposed from ending up in landfills, Clear Intentions offers a variety of programs to intervene.
May 19 - Paul Bergman - Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service
We will bring you live conversations from World Trade Day Denver at Infinity Park. Paul will have guests from among the many influential speakers and participants of the event.   

May 20 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado
Peter Moore joins us to discuss issues concerning oil and gas production in the state of Colorado, and introduces us to important players in the industry. 
Transportation and Logistics
60 events. 150 organizations. Thousands of participants. One week to tell America how #InfrastructureMatters
Infrastructure Week is just around the corner, kicking off next Monday, May 16 and running through an entire jam-packed week of events. We wanted to share this exclusive pre-week tipsheet as an introduction to all of the great events, studies, news stories, social media engagement opportunities, and more that will be a part of Infrastructure Week 2016.
This year's theme for the week is Infrastructure Matters. Infrastructure is responsible for keeping everything from water, to electricity, to goods, flowing from one point to another. When it works well, it keeps us safe and healthy, and our economy strong. But as we've seen in too many catastrophes in this country, when infrastructure is neglected, it can put people in danger, it dampens our economy, it leaves our roads and skies congested, and it means we fall behind our international competitors.
Appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box on May 6, Business Roundtable President John Engler reacted to release of the monthly employment report by saying the U.S. economy appears stuck because elected leaders have failed to act on major, pro-growth policies such as expanded trade, tax reform, immigration reform and resisting the "regulatory onslaught." Engler identified infrastructure investment during a time of low interest rates as a "ray of hope" for bipartisan action, noting recent supportive comments by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. "We hope the first 100 days will be focused on the domestic economy," he added. "I think whoever gets elected is going to look around and say there are fires going on all over the world. We better fix the U.S. economy so we can go out and deal with the global issues." Clips of the Engler segment are available here  and here .
The labor market showed signs of cooling in April after three quarters of subdued economic growth. Non-farm payrolls added 160,000 jobs and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.0 percent while labor force participation slipped from 63 percent to 62.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Standards reported today.  However, earnings were a bright spot this month as average annual wage growth reached 2.5 percent. For more detail, see The Top Line graphics online here.

National Small Business Week Wrap-Up
The Adams County Board of Commissioners, Adams County Economic Development (ACED), Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) and the North Metro Small Business Development Center have partnered to create the Adams County Microloan Fund with starting capital of $1 million, the largest in the metro area. This program provides Adams County's small businesses access to capital for those who have difficulty obtaining financing from traditional sources but are capable of repaying debt.   More
From the U.S. Small Business Administration, we share a recap of the entire week which includes highlights from the celebration in Denver. Yes, Denver was chosen for a special visit from the SBA team headed by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. Betsy Markey, the former Colorado Congresswoman who was appointed as the SBA Region VIII Administrator in January 2016, also joined. They met with recipients of Colorado Small Business Person of the Year awards after being welcomed by Governor Hickenlooper who shared his experiences as a small business owner. Find out how many banks turned him down and more.

More #smallbiz exporters are using Ex-Im Bank today than 3 years ago @EximBankUS

Just 5% of #smallbiz exporters report actually being hurt by free trade agreements

Majority of #smallbiz exporters are more likely to enter a new market if it is covered under a free trade agreement

Top concern among non-exporting small firms is a lack of knowledge and how to get started

#Smallbiz exporters most want feds to create export tax incentives and enhance technical assistance
The President of Colorado Succeeds, Scott Labandshares the story of Ryan Heckman, Colorado Impact Fund co-founder and former Olympic skier. Heckman found that his college internship experiences at start-ups gave him a sense of belonging and enrichment unlike the classroom or lecture-hall environment.  More   
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. The theme of the conference is Collective Impact: Who Will Magnify Your Work and Results

Huffington Post has published several articles from the President/CEO of GlobalMindED, Carol J. Carter, in which students share benefits from attending the 2015 conference and highlight the importance of increasing access, equity and opportunity:
The Downtown Denver Partnership issued this week the  2016 State of Downtown Denver Report. The annual report, funded in part by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, is one of the most comprehensive statistical looks at the stories and statistics behind a thriving center city, detailing increasing investment, strong office market fundamentals, a growing and highly-educated workforce and vibrant residential population in Downtown Denver.   More
Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW) will announce 50 winners selected from 76 finalists and over 1,000 nominations at the June 17, 2016 Awards Gala Dinner. The CCTW program is now celebrating its eighth year, honoring second stage companies headquartered in the state of Colorado. The 350 companies honored since the program's inception demonstrate high performance in the marketplace or exhibit innovative products or processes. The program is designed to seek businesses from a wide range of industries throughout the state, not just the major metropolitan areas. Each year, these second stage companies make an astounding impact on Colorado's economy by collectively providing thousands of jobs and contributing millions of dollars in revenue. These second stage companies are fueling the economic fire for Colorado!   Register now
Rosy Aburto McDonough, Director, and LeRoy Romero, Manager, welcome you to the new Minority Business Office: "We're the same office as before, but we've got an updated look, a user-friendly website, revamped workshops and events, and a renewed vision for helping minority owned businesses in Colorado succeed. We've always been dedicated to advancing the efforts of Colorado's minority- and women-owned businesses by using our established network of public, private and government resources. Now, we're just doing it with a renewed sense of passion." Visit new website
Tax Day 2016 has come and gone, but it didn't leave taxpayers unscathed, according to InformationStation.Org. The site reports on findings from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTU). F ederal tax filings  cost Americans 6.1 billion hours  of preparation time and over $234 billion in compliance costs. For perspective, that's more than  the gross domestic product (GDP) of Israel .  A  recent Job Creators Network poll  found that two-thirds of business owners claim high taxes threaten the viability of their business.   More
In this op-ed, business leaders discuss laws and initiatives affecting the energy industry. Robert Golden, president of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, and Mike Kopp, executive director of Colorado Concern, join COBRT President Jeff Wasden to urge voters to study before signing petitions. It is their belief that "the best way to achieve economic prosperity and environmental conservation is through dialogue, collaboration and cooperation, as we've seen with the governor's task force. Let's work together to see that we continue this strong partnership." More

Declining Energy Prices Lower the Cost of Living: On May 3, the Energy Information Administration released a study that says decreases in crude oil and natural gas prices have reduced household energy costs by 1.2% from June 2014 to February 2016.

#SubEnergyPower Examines Two Bills to Improve our Nuclear Power Landscape: On April 29, the Energy and Power Subcommittee held a legislative hearing examining two energy bills to improve our nuclear power landscape.

BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards: On May 2nd, the Bureau of Land Management extended the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards to May 31, 2016.

Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Accelerate Integration of Solar Energy into Nation's Electrical Grid: On May 2nd, the Department of Energy announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.

Energy Department Requests Proposals for New Institute to Boost Efficiency in Manufacturing: On May 5, the Department of Energy requested proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute as part of the Administration's broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
The Great Denver Cleanup is an  annual, one-day, citywide cleanup sponsored by Denver Solid Waste Management. This year, it will be Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  This is the one day each year when Denver residents can clean up their properties - or neighborhoods - and haul all their  unwanted junk and yard waste  to a  free disposal site . Learn more
Advanced Manufacturing
As the Colorado lead for Manufacturing Day, Manufacturer's Edge is pleased to announce that this year Friday, October 7 is National Manufacturing Day for 2016. 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, activities during the first week of October, and even throughout the month, contribute to Manufacturing Day buzz.  Companies and community organizations should plan their events on the date that works best for them and their community. All events should be registered on the MFG Day website no matter what date they are scheduled. Registered event hosts have access to all of the free event planning and execution resources created by the national co-producers.
Manufacturing in Colorado accounts for $20B+ in sales and employs 135,000+ workers. Join in telling that story! 
5/15/16 through 5/17/16
Annual Meeting by Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission 
Imagine Colorado Finale Event by Colorado Innovation Network and LiveWell 
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
43rd Annual World Trade Day by World Trade Center Denver
2016 Coalition Business Expo by Minority and Women's Chamber Coalition
Doing Business in Latin America by Global Chamber Denver
6/6/16 and 6/7/16
Small Business Leadership Conference by NSBA (Washington, D.C.)
6/9/16 and 6/10/16
Launch My Career Colorado by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Gallup, Inc., the American Institutes of Research and Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry
Women in Technology Conference by Colorado Technology Association
Gala Awards Dinner by Colorado Companies to Watch
3rd Annual Small Business Night at Coors Field by Colorado SBDC Network

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