Weekly News from COBRT - August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018
Colorado Business Roundtable is excited to share the latest testimonial video with Mike Fitzgerald from Denver South Economic Partnership Development. Denver South EDP is a partner of the Colorado Business Roundtable and we really appreciate their support.
The Colorado Business Roundtable believes in the power of being a champion. We are going to recognize Colorado's champions in collaboration, partnerships, the business community and who go the extra mile to help make the business ecosystem of Colorado stronger. We welcome your nominations in the following categories:
  • Aerospace
  • Education and Workforce
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Farming and Agriculture
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Lodging
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Technology
  • Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
Nomination forms will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of leaders in Colorado. The committee will identify three finalists in each industry. The final winner in each industry will be announced at the Awards Luncheon.

A representative from each finalist company will need to be available at the luncheon which is scheduled for December 10th at the Cable Center.

Finalists and winners in each industry will have the opportunity to host a segment of Connect and Collaborate - the Voice of Colorado Business Roundtable.
The deadline for nomination forms is October 12, 2018.

South Africa sits at the top left-hand corner of the map in Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek's office. "Most poeple tell me this map is wrong. It is not," Ersek said. "It's all about perspective. Who says north is up?" Ersek said listening to Western Union's customers, who are in every country except for Iran and North Korea, is key to growing the company.  With $5.52 billion in sales last year, the global money-transfer company ranked 10th among Colorado public companies for sales in 2017. 

By several measures, the national economy is the strongest it has been in decades. The U.S. monthly unemployment rate now sits comfortably below 4%, and we are in the second longest period of GDP growth since World War II. In most states, unemployment has improved in recent years as well, but that is not to say every state economy is equally healthy. Some states are experiencing an economic boom, while others continue to struggle with job losses, poor GDP growth, and poverty. 

Congressman Jared Polis made his clearest statement yet against an oil-well setback ballot initiative during governor's candidate speeches Wednesday at an oil and gas industry conference in Denver. Polis, the Boulder Democrat running for governor, told the sold-out lunch crowd at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association's Energy Summit that he's for more local government say over oil and gas drilling but doesn't back Initiative 97, which proposes 2,500 foot buffers around wells. 

Please join Congresswoman DeGette and a panel of business leaders on September 19th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Geotech for a town hall discussion about the effects of climate change and environmental factors on businesses in the Denver area. This event will discuss topics of climate change that focus on the business ramifications rather than the political or scientific aspects of the issue. The panel of business leaders will include representatives from the brewery, outdoor recreation, coffee and construction industry. A reception with appetizers and beverages will follow the panel discussion. Opportunities to tour the Geotech facilities will also be available.

Sixty Business Roundtable CEOs signed a letter to the Administration Wednesday warning that changes in immigration policy are causing "considerable anxiety" among thousands of employees and threatening to disrupt company operations. Due to a shortage of green cards, many employees must repeatedly reapply for temporary work visas, a cycle that can last for a decade. "Out of fairness to these employees - and to avoid unnecessary costs and complications for American businesses - the U.S. government should not change the rules in the middle of the process," Immigration Committee Chair Chuck Robbins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems, Inc., and the other CEOs wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. The letter cites major uncertainties for employees, including inconsistent immigration decisions; uncertainty about required information; revoking work authorization status for H-4 spouses of H-1B employees; and commencement of removal proceeding if visa extensions are denied.

The Colorado Business Roundtable joined CO-Labs  on a tour of LASP. COBRT is proud to be a strong supporter of the aerospace industry and the affiliate organization for Citizens for Space Exploration.
Pete Casillas, market president and publisher of the Denver Business Journal, will be expanding his geographic oversight within parent company American City Business Journal (ACBJ) to include multiple other markets along with Denver. The new position, vice president of local markets, becomes effective Sept. 15. Casillas and the company are beginning the search for a new DBJ publisher immediately.  

Partner, FWD.us,  to host Denver Startup Week headline event with international entrepreneurs discussing how they've leveraged civic engagement through corporate social responsibility to talk about immigration policy affecting their work and communities. Leaders will discuss how they've moved past rhetoric and are taking action to engage in public policy. Conversation will feature the founder of Colorado Fashion Week, co-founder of Leverphotonics, and a DACAmented education community leader. Don't miss out. 

Inaugural Swim brought 15 Olympians, 260 swimmers and raised $200 K for pediatric cancer research! 
This is Denver Business Journal's 20th celebration of Outstanding Women in Business, honoring women for their accomplishments in 13 categories. Nominees in each category were judged on innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments and community leadership from the information provided on the nomination form. 

The United States and Mexico reached a two-way trade deal Monday, moving President Donald Trump one step closer to fulfilling a core campaign promise to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement. The development, which happened after U.S. and Mexican trade officials met regulary for five weeks, could clear the way for Canada to return to the table to try to reach a final updated agreement in the coming days, according to three sources close to the negotiations. But Trump also warned that efforts to revamp the 24-year-old pact could result in two different agreements and threatened Canada with tariffs on automobiles if Ottawa didn't agree to negotiate "fairly". 

Listen at KDMT 1690 AM Denver's Money Talk from 
4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or  live stream online. Podcasts are available at  http://www.cobrt.com/radio-podcast and on your favorite podcast app the day after live airing.

Stream or Download These Recent Episodes

See all at our events page and use this contact form to add yours!

The Succeeds Prize - mindSpark Learning, Colorado Succeeds, and 9News



10/29/18 - 10/30/18
Future of Mining Americas - Mining Magazine and Mining Journal
COBRT partnership opportunities are now available. 

Get noticed. 
Support policy efforts. 
Invest in Colorado.

Enjoy this week's newsletter? Have ideas that can improve the newsletter's coverage in the future? 


Colorado Business Roundtable, P.O. Box 5608, Denver, CO 80216
Sent by contact@cobrt.com in collaboration with
Constant Contact