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March 16, 2017

Millennials are igniting a transformation in B2B sales & marketing and becoming key purchase decision makers. In this session, we'll share results of our study of 2,000 millennial B2B buyers and learn what drives their B2B path to purchase behaviors.

From Facebook to Glassdoor, we'll discuss the channels and content types that matter to millennials, learning why this group is digital by default, socially savvy, and engaged with cause marketing. As this data impacts the evolution of B2B, we'll give insights on transforming your business to attract and retain millennial buyers.

Please join Colorado Business Roundtable and Vistage as they welcome Sacunas CEO Adam Vasquez for his presentation, "The Next Generation of B2B: How the Millennial Buyer is Changing B2B Sales & Marketing." Learn More and Register for Free Here

Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT
ICOSA Event Center
4100 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80216

CEOs' plans for hiring and investment, and expectations for sales over the next six months jumped sharply, according to the Business Roundtable first quarter 2017 CEO Economic Outlook Survey.
The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index - a composite of CEO projections for sales and plans for capital spending and hiring over the next six months - made its largest increase since the fourth quarter of 2009.
The Index jumped 19.1 points, from 74.2 in the fourth quarter of last year to 93.3 in the current quarter. For the first time in seven quarters, the Index has risen above its historical average of 79.8. Its highest level over the past 10 years was 113, reached in Q1 2011.
CEO plans for hiring increased by 18 points from the previous quarter, while expectations for sales and capital expenditures increased by 21 and 18.4 points, respectively, over the previous quarter.
CEOs project 2.2 percent GDP growth in 2017, a 0.2 percent increase over their projection for 2017 made last December.
"I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to enact a meaningful pro-growth agenda that will benefit all Americans. As these results confirm, business confidence and optimism have increased dramatically," said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of Business Roundtable.

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Education & Workforce

Colorado Business Roundtable's Inner Circle gives our members access to the Colorado's top business women and men. #COBRTInnerCircle members share their leadership lessons and invite you to learn more about them and their organizations. We've be adding new members every week, so stay tuned in the newsletter and on social media as the COBRT Inner Circle continues to expand
Robin Wise serves as President & CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain. Since taking the helm in 1992, the organization has grown from reaching just 8,000 students during 1990/1991, to reaching nearly 135,000 this past school year. 

Robin recently received the 2017 William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities from the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

She was selected as one of the 2015 Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, and has received a number of local and national awards for her leadership and business savvy, including the Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business Award.

Colorado is poised as a leader in STEM-related industries. Over the next five to ten years at least fifty-five percent of the state's top jobs will require STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) skills and degrees. 
Colorado Succeeds is working to be certain that our students get a strong STEM education to prepare them for success. 

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Tax & Fiscal Policy
You've probably heard a lot about tax reform in recent weeks. And for good reason: Taxes are crushing our small businesses.
Two-thirds of small business owners say that high taxes  threaten the viability of their business. A new JPMorgan Chase study  shows that small business expansion is negligible, as many small businesses-the backbone of the U.S. economy-"operate on a tight budget and essentially live month-to-month."

As JCN President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz  recently wrote in The Hill, "Tax reform must be broader than just focusing on the country's anti-competitive corporate tax rate-it must focus on providing relief for America's 28 million small businesses and the 85 million Americans who owe their livelihoods to them.

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COBRT and ICOSA Media, through the sponsorship of CAP Logistics, are pleased to join Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), Citizens for Space Exploration (CSE), and the Aerospace States' Association (ASA) for a day at the Colorado State Capitol. We hope you'll join us too!

You'll be in for a full day of networking and dialogue with our Colorado legislators, discussing how Colorado became one of the largest space economies per capita in our nation and how they can effectively support aerospace in our state.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available, or  register  as an attendee for no cost. 

Energy and Environment 
Colorado Oil and Gas Association raised $100,000 on Friday, March 3 at their first annual Mardi Gras Ball, a charity event for Children's Hospital. The event also honored community impact award winners. Jan Kulmann from Noble Energy won the Individual Community Impact Award, Bonanza Creek won the Small Company Community Impact Award, and PDC Energy won the Large Company Community Impact Award

Economic Development
Source Credit: Ed Sealover - Denver Business Journal
Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. leaders have reached out to a familiar face to head the organization, tapping Colorado Economic Development Commission chairman and longtime investment banker  J.J. Ament.

Ament will take the place  of retiring CEO  Tom Clark.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal 

International Business 
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    UK creativity and innovation will be on display at the Great Britain House Denver 14-18 March. Over the course of four days, the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center Building in Downtown Denver will go British, showcasing the very best that the UK has to offer in tech, creative, industry and culture and celebrating the special relationship between the UK and the U.S. The UK has historically close ties with Colorado and those exceptionally strong economic, educational, military and cultural relationships are only deepening. Since 2009, Colorado exports to the UK have increased 56 percent to $221 million, and Colorado services exports to the UK have risen 33 percent to $1.3 billion. The UK is the state's largest foreign direct investor, having created more than 15,000 jobs. The Great Britain House Denver will foster the continued growth of this special relationship.

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The CBO has released numbers for the Republican health care bill showing  a reduction to the federal deficit of $337 billion and an increase of 24 million uninsured over ten years. (more)

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently introduced NSBA-supported legislation to require regulators to analyze the full impact of proposed rules on small business.

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 and on your favorite podcast app the day after live airing.

Stream or Download These  Recent Episodes
March 10 - Kristen Muzzy with Mark Yoss of Lockheed Martin Space Systems 
March 13 - Pat Maley, Vistage Colorado
March 14 - Rebecca Laurie, DORA - Securities  
March 15 - Christie Lee, Lockheed Martin and Jay Lindell, Colorado Aerospace Champion, give a preview of next week's Aerospace Day at the Capitol

The 2017 Western Pathways Conference is uniquely focused on an issue central to the future of our economy and society: how can we build an education and workforce development system that will prepare ALL young adults for careers leading to economic independence? This will be an action oriented conference in which teams from the participating states will work together to develop plans for addressing such issues as the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, providing high-quality career development and career pathways, and much more.

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

3/30  --  4/4  --  4/11
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College: The National Cohort (Info Session)

Colorado Business Education Coalition (Meeting in Denver)
C-Level @ Mile High by Colorado Technology Association
Colorado Aerospace Day at the Capitol
The Tank - Business Supporting Our Community by South Metro Denver Chamber 
Colorado Business Education Coalition  (Meeting in Greeley)
Colorado Business Education Coalition  (Meeting in Colorado Springs)
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