Weekly news from COBRT and partners
March 24, 2017

Colorado is a clear leader within the aerospace industry. This week aerospace leaders and enthusiasts came together for Aerospace Day at the Capitol to connect and collaborate through a full day of networking and dialogue with Colorado Legislators. Among many fascinating discussions, experts from many perspectives shared how Colorado became one of the largest space economies per capita and how they can effectively partner to continue to support aerospace in our state.

ICOSA Media, through the sponsorship of CAP Logistics, were grateful to join everyone at Aerospace Day at the Capitol. Please enjoy the gallery of photos below and stay tuned for an upcoming showcase video. 

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."

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

 Education & Workforce

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. 

The Western Pathways Conference will attract national leaders from business, education, government and philanthropy to share knowledge, experience, ideas, and best practices.The Conference is organized and hosted by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in partnership with the Colorado Business Roundtable, Education Commission of the States, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, and Business-Higher Education Forum .

Metro State Hospitality Center hosted the first convening of the new Business, Education Coalition. Dr. Stephen Jordan welcomed coalition state leads, Colorado Community College System, Colorado Succeeds, MBAResearch and the Colorado Business Roundtable, as well as leaders from University of Colorado, Pikes Peak Community College, Robin Wise, CEO of Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain (and COBRT Inner Circle Member), Frannie Matthews from IBM (COBRT Inner Circle Member) and other business leaders. 

The focus of the coalition to align the importance of education, our economic future and the success of all of our students. Business leaders all across this great nation are engaging with educators to drive continuous improvement.

If you missed this first meeting, we are having a second meeting in Colorado Springs on April 5th at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC. We are looking for business and industry representatives to share their expertise with education researchers and curriculum developers for high-school level courses in business administration.

Please RSVP to Laurie Urich at UrichL@MBAResearch.org by March 10th In advance, we appreciate your support and hope that you or your designee will be able to join us.

Economic Development

Governor Hickenlooper Proclaims March 22 as Small Business Development Day 

Business has changed dramatically over the last 30 years, and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been there throughout. Since 1987, Colorado's SBDC- the only statewide program of its kind -has helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.

With nearly 70 locations across the state, the Colorado SBDC Network provides local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2016, Colorado's SBDCs provided 12,000 hours of consulting to 6,236 client businesses, resulting in 3,770 jobs created; $95 million in sales growth; $122 million in capital investments; and 451 new businesses started.

To celebrate the collective impact and success the SBDC has had across the state and in local communities each year, Colorado is participating in the  first national SBDC Day on March 22. SBDC Day is a national movement to help share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.

International Business 
"Look no further than Colorado to see the U.S.-UK special relationship at its best. Our business ties are incredibly strong, with British companies employing more Coloradans than any other foreign investor in the state - and in turn, many Colorado-based companies, from Fortune 500s to start-ups, are investors in the UK," said Erin Kuhn, UK Consul based in Denver.

"We are also important security partners, with British and U.S. military officers working side by side at Colorado's many military bases. Our cultural, tourism and research connections continue to grow as well. The Great Britain House is an opportunity for us to celebrate and strengthen these important relationships, and we look forward to welcoming the Colorado community to many of our events this week." 

Learn More Here

To see some of the work being done locally here in Colorado on the issue of transportation, below is COBRT President Jeff Wasden's letter to House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham. Click here or on the image below to view a full-sized PDF.

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

Peter Moore is a member of RWO's business practice group and is active in many civic, pro bono, and community activities, including, founder and Board Chairman and CEO of Vital for Colorado (2013 to present).

Vital for Colorado is a 65,000 + coalition of Colorado citizens, business leaders, trade association, chambers of commerce, and businesses.  They advocate for responsible energy policy in Colorado and are run by a 15-person volunteer board of directors. 

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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Energy and Environment 
Xcel Energy Inc. is making a multibillion-dollar investment in wind power across seven states, from Minnesota to New Mexico - and using Colorado-made turbines from  Vestas Wind Systems for a large chunk of it.

The Minneapolis-based company (NYSE: XEL) is proposing to build or buy power from 11 new wind farms in the seven states that would generate up to 3,380 megawatts worth of renewable energy - enough to meet the power demand of about 1,014,000 homes.

Read the full story in the Denver Business Journal

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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.

Stream or Download These  Recent Episodes
March 20 - Björn Lyrvall, Swedish Ambassador - Export and Trade
March 21 -  Jeffrey Campos, Global Chamber - Multicultural Communities
March 22 - Anthony Lambatos - Footers Catering & The Unreasonable Institute
March 23 - Stéphan Lessard, Canadian Consul General - NAFTA & Colorado-Canada Trade

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)

4/3 - 4/6/17
33rd Space Symposium - The Space Foundation


Colorado Business Education Coalition (Meeting in Colorado Springs)

Trade event with Canadian Consul

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