The TANK - Business Supporting our Community
Thursday, March 23rd 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Award Reception 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St. Denver
The 'Shark Tank' inspired event gives six local nonprofits the opportunity to compete for funding for their program or organization, in entertainment presentation approach. Six local nonprofits will pitch their unique program to "SHARKS" - community business leaders, lenders, and investors.
2017 PRESENTING NONPROFITS
Arapahoe Community College Foundation
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
The Crisis Center
Warrior Bonfire Program
The TANK brings for-profit and nonprofit sectors of the community together; exposing community members to the important work of these non profits. Attend the presentation event to learn more and celebrate their success at an awards reception.
American Cancer Society
Boy Scouts of America
Life Spark Cancer Resources
When purchasing your tickets, select a nonprofit to support! Ticket sales go directly back to the nonprofit you select. Purchase your ticket here.
SHARKS WANTED! Sharks will attend the event, listen to presentations, and decide which organization(s) you will donate to. This is a $250 minimum. Sign up to be a shark by clicking here.
Need More Information?
Hillary Klemme: [email protected]
Steve Bocher, Nonprofit & Business Partnership Chair, [email protected]
Thank You To Our Sponsors:
The Chamber has been celebrating the new year in ribbon-cutting fashion. We are excited to share these grand openings with you!
Body Mind Systems
Located on the corner of S Lowell Blvd in Littleton, this alternative health and wellness facility specializes in teaching Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Bagua and many others to children, teens, and adults. They also provide teacher training certification programs. Visit their website here or call 720.446.5428 for more information.
This tax and accounting services firm just celebrated their first anniversary at this location. Annual specialized training keeps their tax advisors the top of their game, and their business clients rely on Block Advisors for a wide range of services besides tax. A relationship with your Tax Advisor extends far beyond the return. Visit their website here or call 720.482.9128.
ACI Summit Health & Wellness Center
In Chinese medicine philosophy it is said: good doctors treat disease; great doctors prevent disease. Acupuncture & Chiropractic Integrative Clinic's knowledgeable and compassionate doctors are devoted to delivering the highest quality, best-evidence, holistic health care. This includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, rehabilitation, massage, or Tui Na, Tai Ji, Qi Gong, and yoga. Visit their website here or call 720.920.9195.
Denver School Choice Rally
Thursday, January 26th, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
West Steps of the Capitol
Washington, D.C. Fly-In 2017
Wednesday, March 1 — Friday, March 3
The South Metro Denver Chamber's annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In is an incredible opportunity to connect and network with other business members. It is a must-attend trip. With a new administration, you will get to hear and learn directly from federal organizations and our congressional delegation about several national priorities. You will have the chance to discuss with political and national leadership how to make Colorado a better place to do business. Join us for unprecedented opportunities for conversation, learning, visibility, and camaraderie.
Participant Pricing: $1,795
Pricing Includes accommodations, transportation within D.C. and most meals. Participants responsible for individual airfare.
Please contact Libby Ary at [email protected] for more information.
Daffodils are coming!
The American Cancer Society Daffodil Sales
As the first flower of Spring, the daffodil is a symbol of hope and a wonderful fundraising opportunity to support the American Cancer Society.
To order, please contact Amanda Seier at 720-524-5409 or [email protected].
Philidelphia transplant takes over for Denver office co-founder
By Doug Chartier
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Leading a Fisher Phillips office isn't new for Mike Greco. If anything, he's hoping to replicate in the Denver legal market the success he had out East.
Greco is the new regional managing partner for the Denver office of employment law firm, Fisher Phillips, which has 33 offices in the U.S. He succeeds the office's co-founder, partner Todd Fredrickson, who led the Denver location since its inception in 2008. Greco relocated to Denver in 2015 from the firm's Philadelphia office, which he co-founded and led as that location's regional managing partner.
Greco already has a few priorities set for how he'd like to see the Denver office —which has 15 attorneys— expand further through 2017. "Our focus for the future here is growth while maintaining quality of practice," Greco said. He added that the office is diverse in terms of the attorneys' personal backgrounds and employment-related practice areas, which range from immigration and wage-and-hour law to trade secret law. He wants to continue diversifying and deepening the experience of the office, he said.
Greco's litigation and counseling resume is hyper-focused on trade secrets and non-compete agreements, which have made up 100 percent of his practice for the past 20 years, he said. He has handled and litigated such cases in all 50 states, representing mostly large companies that have multi-state presence.
Back in 2007, Greco opened Fisher Phillips' Philadelphia location with colleagues Chris Stief, who is now that office's regional managing partner, and David Erb, who is now a partner in the firm's Baltimore office. Prior to that, Greco worked with Stief at a Philadelphia boutique firm, Rubin & Associates, which was solely dedicated to representing Merrill Lynch in non-compete litigation. Greco and Stief would meet Erb after they joined Saul Ewing in 2002, and the three would carry their shared practice focus to Fisher Phillips in 2007. The new office resembled a boutique for restrictive covenants and trade secrets starting out.
But it would eventually grow in breadth. There turned out to be a healthy demand for national counsel on trade secrets and non-compete matters, which implicate a motley of state laws. If a company had a new case spring up in Texas over a non-compete provision, it wouldn't have to seek a Texas-based lawyer to litigate the case it it already had someone like Greco with a grasp on the varying state laws.
Growing an office organically from a boutique-like model turned out to be a successful strategy, Greco said. Leveraging the relationships the firm had with national companies in their niche practice, Greco and the other partners connected those companies with other attorneys throughout the large firm whenever they had other employment law needs.
When presented the opportunity to come to Denver, Greco admitted that he was worried about "starting over" and working to establish a new network of businesses and fellow attorneys. "When I was considering whether to leave Philadelphia... I had a network in place and relationships I valued," he said.
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This article originally published by LAW WEEK COLORADO.
January 17, 2017
Contact: Allison Wittern, 303-754-3443
Colorado project becomes first-ever industry-accredited public-private partnership agency
With almost 40,000 municipal, township and county governments in the U.S, Centennial’s Public Works Department became the 119th accredited public works agency, and the first public-private partnership public works agency in the U.S.!
“This is a milestone for our City. Meeting the criteria for this accreditation confirms we have been moving in the right direction since the City was formed,” said Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon. “We strive to be efficient, effective and accountable to our citizens in the services provided by the City through smart contracts such as what we have with CH2M. This achievement recognizes excellence as well as our innovation.”
Centennial’s Project Manager, Craig Faessler, said, “This accreditation is a validation of CH2M’s commitment to superior service delivery on the Centennial project.” CH2M and the City of Centennial began the accreditation process in November 2014. Two years later, the Centennial Public Works Department completed the process to be recommended by the APWA review team for accreditation.
“The process actually started on July 1, 2008, the first day of our contract,” said Centennial's Public Works Director, Travis Greiman. “Since then, the project has continuously improved service delivery through ongoing refinement in workflow processes and the incorporation of innovations. The Public Works Department is very proud to be receiving this accreditation.”
The accreditation process is no easy feat. There are 40 chapters and 608 subchapters in the accreditation process in public works, 360 of those applicable to Centennial. CH2M and the City wanted to demonstrate that the city is compliant with the accreditation requirements for each applicable subchapter. To do so, they provided documentation of city policies, backed up by actual processes and associated work proofs related to each individual accreditation service area.
The accreditation program aims to motivate organization self-improvement; offer an evaluation and education program; recognize exemplary performance; improve public works performance and delivery of services; increase professionalism; and instill pride among agency staff, elected officials and the local community.
On Thursday, February 16th, the University of Colorado South Denver is hosting a National Parks Adventure. Tour the campus, indulge in fine eats, and enjoy 3D cinema on the big screen.
ROAD TRIP ITINERARY
TRAVEL DATE: Thursday, February 16, 2017
DEPART: 6 pm. Please arrive promptly to register for your adventure
RETURN: 8:30 pm.
DESTINATION: CU South Denver; 10035 S Peoria St, Parker, CO, 80134. See our fabulous facility, taste our fine cuisine, experience CU expertise and celebrate the opening of our latest film on our Giant Screen.
ABOUT THE FILM: Immersive 3D cinematography captures the dazzling beauty of our National Parks... a rip-roaring, heart-pounding, soulful road trip.
RSVP: Seating is limited, reservations required by February 12. Email kari.ploysa[email protected] or call 303.315.9446.
On Friday, January 13, 2017, the Chamber hosted its annual Economic Forecast Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency DTC. Over 400 business leaders, owners, and elected officials gathered to hear from our distinguished panel of speakers. Topics included Colorado's economic outlook, the election, and the financial market in 2017.
A warm thank you to all of our sponsors and to Versatility Creative Group for the great photos.
Thank you to our panelists: Dr. Richard Wobbekind of University of Colorado Boulder, Maria Garcia Berry of CRL Associates, and Don Childears of Colorado Bankers Association.
COMCAST FOUNDATION AWARDS $388,000 IN 2016 TO COLORADO AREA NONPROFITS
Grants help expand digital literacy, promote community service and build tomorrow’s leaders
Denver, Colo. – JANUARY 4, 2016 – The Comcast Foundation announced today that it has awarded $388,000 in grants to more than 50 community organizations across Colorado in 2016. The grants help grow the impact of programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation’s three areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow’s leaders.
To expand digital literacy, Comcast partners with organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Anchor Center for Blind Children, and Mi Casa to offer a variety of STEM and technology skills-building programs and classes. Comcast’s partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs includes the “My.Future” program, an initiative designed to teach Club members about the digital world and ignite their passion for technology. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy.
In the area of promoting service, Comcast celebrated its 15th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Last April, nearly 6,000 local Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners volunteered to complete more than 40 different service projects across Colorado. The projects benefitted organizations in Aurora, Basalt, Brighton, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Greeley, Kremmling, Lakewood, Littleton, Pueblo, and Rifle. As part of this annual day of service, the Comcast Foundation provides grants to local community partner organizations on behalf of everyone who volunteers on the projects. The grants help these organizations continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. Comcast Cares Day partners included:
To help build tomorrow’s leaders, Comcast supports youth mentoring and leadership programs in partnership with organizations including Easterseals, City Year, Denver Indian Center, Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, Denver Scholarship Foundation, Servicios de la Raza, Young Americans Center for Financial Education, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Comcast’s partnership with Easterseals includes offering the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Plus program for high school students with physical disabilities. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend a one-week program at the Easterseals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado, to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of openness, trust and respect.
“Comcast is dedicated to improving the communities we work and live in, as well as enriching the lives of those around us,” said Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President for Comcast Mountain West Region. “We are proud to support and partner with many valuable nonprofit organizations that work every day to make the people of Colorado proud to call this state their home.”
Including the support in Colorado, the Comcast Foundation has donated $19 million in 2016 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism, and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.