Weekly News from COBRT
July 25, 2017
As part of Colorado Business Roundtable's ongoing education and collaboration series, we are honored to host David Avrin, CSP, International Speaker and Author of Visibility Marketing. 

One of the most in-demand Business Marketing /Branding Keynote Speakers in the world today, David Avrin, CSP is known as The Visibility Coach. With a surprisingly irreverent and entertaining style, David delivers a profoundly insightful and hard-hitting message to business audiences across North America and around the world. 

David will be joining our on-air radio show broadcast, 1690 KDMT at 4:00 pm and will have the opportunity to speak and connect with attendees afterward from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at a small reception. 

As  America recedes from global leadership under President Donald Trump's "America First" policies, a new generation of business statemen is stepping up to take on global issues of monumental importance: global trade, climate change, job creation, and healthy living. 
Mike Fries has a lot he can focus on. He leads Liberty Global Plc, which sells cable TV, broadband and phone services in 30 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. 

He's CEO and president of a multinational business that, while headquarters in downtown Denver, employs 45,000 people in other countries and does business in intense, customer-facing industries. 

On behalf of Business Roundtable, I am writing to express our support for your Administration's efforts to modernize and strengthen the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as well as to share our priorities for the negotiations. We understand the importance of updating this two-decade-old trade agreement to further benefit the U.S. economy and American businesses, workers and consumers. We are prepared to work with you, your Administration and Congress to achieve a successful negotiation. 
CH2M, the largest privately-held company in Colorado, is in "advanced talks" to be sold to a Texas-based rival, according to a news report. The deal would combine two global engineering and construction giants. Douglas County-base CH2M, largely owned by employees, played a lead role in the recent expansion of the Panama Canal. 
U.S. Bank has purchased a pair of buildings for $17.8 million in the Inverness Business Park near Centennial Airport and plans to hire 300 employees in the coming months. 

The Minneapolis-based bank will transform the former Arrow Electronics headquarters in Arapahoe County into its new regional banking campus, with expanded retail payment services, mortgage operations and corporate card services. 
In a bipartisan move, two senators announced Thursday their intention to grant legal status to a group of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, commonly referred to as 

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduced the legislation which would allow certain young immigrants the chance to earn permanent residency in the U.S. and be provided with a pathway toward citizenship. 

The Trump Administration's Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions provides an updated report on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Prepared by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Agenda represents the beginning of fundamental regulatory reform and a reorientation toward reducing unnecessary regulatory burden on the American people. 

People can now register for the annual Denver Startup Week, an event that brings together CEOs, entrepreneurs and innovators covering everything from how technology can combat opioid abuse to its role in manufacturing. 

The five-day event, now in its sixth year will take place Sept. 25-29 and include 300 free community events across six different programming tracks - founder, growth, maker, product, designer and developer. 

This year alone, more than 8,600 stores could close, according to industry estimates, many of them the brand-name anchor outlets that real estate developers once stumbled over themselves to court. Already there have been 5,300 retail closings this year, including Sears, Macy's, JCPenny and Kmart stores.  

For anyone in metro Denver looking to buy a small business, there are plenty to choose from. There were more small businesses for sale in the second quarter of 2017 than at any other time since 2007, when BizBuySell.com launched its quarterly Insight Report. The internet business-for-sale marketplace lists about 45,000 businesses for sale.   

On July 15, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Senate was delaying a vote on the second iteration of the Republican health care bill-formally known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) - until Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) returned to work after recovering from surgery. 

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   www.cobrt.com/radio and on your favorite podcast app the day after live airing.

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2017 Cleantech Manufacturing Forum - Colorado Hydrogen Coalition


COBRT author/speaker series event with Dave Avrin - Colorado Business Roundtable

25th Fall Conference & Exhibition - Colorado Nonprofit Association

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