Connect & Collaborate Hosts for November 21-25, 2016

November 21 – Colorado Ag Trade to Mexico – Tom Lipetzky and Brent Boydston
The Colorado Business Roundtable shares concerns about the TransPacific Partnership and other trade issues. We’ll talk with Tom Lipetzky from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Brent Boydston of Farm Bureau of Colorado about Colorado agricultural trade with Mexico, along with Thad Lively from the U.S. Meat Export Federation and State Representative Jon Becker from House District 65.

November 22 – Rebecca Laurie – DORA
Rebecca Laurie, Director of Communications for Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), joins us to talk about the Sunrise/Sunset Review process and what that means for business in the state. Her guests are Bruce Harrelson and Brian Tobias of the Colorado Office of Policy, Research & Regulatory Reform. 

November 23 – Anthony Lambatos  – Footers Catering
Anthony Lambatos, owner of Footers Catering, shares his perspective on running a business and connects us with like-minded business owners with innovative ideas. His guest is Justin Kruger, founder of Project Helping and Kynd Hub. 

November 24 – Sirine Swede & Molly McCoy – Women Entrepreneurs
Meet two driven Denver women who have launched their own businesses after finding their own success in the corporate world. Sirine Swede is the CEO and Founder of Battington Lashes. A lover of glamorous false eyelashes, she became determined to find better options and built a business. Molly McCoy has found success starting several businesses. Her latest is Flower Bombers, an improvement on ordering flowers online. We’ll discuss the challenges of starting and maintaining a business and some challenges unique to women. (Encore presentation)

November 25 – Stan Litow – P-Tech Schools
An important innovation in high school and early college education has reached a small number of Colorado schools. We will talk with Stan Litow, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, about the P-Tech schools emerging in the Saint Vrain School District. Partners in Technology Early College/ High School (P-TECH) programs provide students with a six-year program to earn their high school diploma and complete an associate degree, along with the guidance of a mentor from an industry partner like IBM and several other companies participating in Colorado. (Encore presentation)