Vote for this Colorado company to have a commercial in the 2016 Superbowl!
Experience Pros is a positive and business-oriented morning radio show, airing weekdays from 10 AM – Noon on AM 560 KLZ. It has won numerous awards, including the 2015 ‘Best Radio Morning Show’ by Colorado Community Media. Angel Tuccy and Eric Reamer ARE The Experience Pros!
The Experience Pros Radio Show has served the small business community since November of 2009, and has won numerous nominations and awards including “Best Midday Show 2013″ and “Best News/Talk Show Host/Team 2013 & 2014″ by the Colorado Broadcasting Association.
They are the founders of Ladies Who Lunch, Experience Pros University, The Extreme Customer Service Directory and their most popular brand: Fan Braggin’® Friday. Between the two of them they are bestselling authors of 7 books including “Lists That Saved My Life”, “Lists That Saved My Business” and “Waste Less Time/Gain More Customers”.Tuccy and Reamer are both certified professional speakers, and keynote together as one on topics ranging from small business development to how to offer extreme customer service.
Exciting things are happening for Experience Pros, as they are contending to win a Superbowl Ad. Every year, some of the world's biggest brands pay top dollar to feature their brands during the Big Game. They pay a premium for good reason. The live TV audience on game day has reached upwards of 121 million viewers! Because of the high demand and high cost, the commercials that run are usually for huge national corporations, but this year, small businesses could be among them. The winner will receive a 30-second TV commercial promoting their business that will run on the Big Game. Intuit QuickBooks will cover the cost of developing and producing the commercial as well as the cost of purchasing 30 seconds' worth of advertising time during the Big Game.
Simply go to https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/contests/sbbg/entries/51 to vote for Experience Pros to win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Let’s help promote small business on a huge scale!
The South Metro Denver Chamber is proud to have Experience Pros as members. Please visit www.experiencepros.com for additional information.
By Jared Brox for Express Employment Professionals
At 80 million strong, the Millennial generation is the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers. And, with the oldest of the group in their early- to mid-30s, many are beginning to transition into significant leadership roles.
According to the 2014 Hartford Millennial Leadership Survey, 34% of Millennials identify themselves as business leaders, and 59% aspire to be business leaders within the next five years. And there are many factors that point toward this generation being successful in their endeavors.
Data from the Pew Research Center shows that one-third of Millennials have a four-year college degree, making them the most educated generation yet. A relentless drive to learn new skills and stay up to date with the latest developments across a wide range of interests are key characteristics of this generation—and they’re also key characteristics of great leaders.
They’re tech savvy.
The Millennial generation came of age side-by-side with the proliferation of the internet and many other world-uniting advances in technology. They’re social media savvy, vocal proponents of the latest smart tech, and expect their worlds to be “on demand.” In fact, a recent Nielsen study found that Millennials ranked “technology use” as the most defining feature of their generation. They’re innovative thinkers and early adopters, which is an important part of successful leadership.
Forty-three percent of adult Millennials are “non-white,” making them the most racially diverse generation ever (Pew). And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 25% speak a language other than English at home. It’s that diversity that will drive many of their decisions, which can help create workplaces that are more inclusive and celebratory of the different points of view every player brings to the table.
They’re purpose driven.
According to the 2015 Deloitte Millennial Survey, 75% of Millennials believe businesses are too focused on their own agendas rather than working to make a difference in society. In fact, the survey also showed that 60% say a sense of purpose is a major reason they chose their current employer. Millennials want to know the work they do is meaningful. As leaders, they will seek to champion purpose-driven initiatives and support more cause-driven policies and procedures.
But, there are still plenty of lessons to be learned
Although there are many encouraging signs the Millennial generation of leaders will be an influential driving force in the business world, making the most of their unique strengths will require learning a few important lessons along the way. Millennial leaders must:
• Be humble
Millennials are a confident generation. And although confidence is an important part of great leadership, the line between confidence and entitlement can be razor thin. There are going to be times when they won’t get what they want and will need to learn how to address it, accept it, and move forward. Additionally, it’s important for Millennials to not only remember that they will fail, but also that it’s okay to ask for help. They can’t be too proud to ask for feedback from older generations or embrace ideas from younger generations—and they must learn to do it earnestly.
• Learn how to listen
Legendary news journalist and interviewer Larry King said it best: “I remind myself every morning—nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” One of the most valuable skills a Millennial leader must master is the ability to listen, and that doesn’t mean simply waiting for their turn to talk. In order to build strong working relationships, it’s vital they learn how to listen with the intent to understand.
• Find a mentor
According to a study by the American Society of Training and Development, 75% of executives said mentoring was directly related to their success. Mentorship is a time-honored tradition and an important part of becoming a well-rounded leader. What better way to learn about the principles of great leadership than from a seasoned veteran who has already survived the journey Millennials are just beginning to take?
• Empower the next generation
Think about some of the clichés that get attached to the Millennial generation—entitled, materialistic, high-maintenance, narcissists … the list goes on and on. If you’re a Millennial, you’ve likely heard them all. But here’s some insight to put it in perspective: older generations have been characterizing subsequent generations the exact same way for decades—just check out this great article on the topic from TheWire.com. Instead of following the same trends, Millennial leaders must make it a point to empower the next generation. Just as they would look to a mentor for guidance, they should also be a mentor to younger rising stars.
Time will tell what the Millennial leaders’ most significant impact on the workforce will be, but there’s plenty of reasons to be positive about the future.
Founded in 1983, Express Employment Professionals is one of the top staffing agencies in North America, with nearly 700 franchises, and winner of the ‘Best of Staffing’ award in client satisfaction for six consecutive years. The South Metro Denver Chamber is proud to call them members! Please visit their Littleton office location at 1709 W Littleton Blvd, 80120. Check out their website, www.expresspros.com/littletonco and call 303.347.2400 for additional information.
Summer Toast is celebrating its’ 13th annual year as Denver’s largest marketing event, and this year’s celebration will be on Thursday, August 13th from 5:30-9 PM at the Exdo Event Center, 3500 Walnut Street, Denver. This is an incredible event and a great way to connect with like-minded individuals who can help you grow your business. Networking galore!
Enjoy free beer from MillerCoors, Colorado Native, and free wine tastings from Infinite Monkey Theorem. Network with over 100 organizations, snack on complimentary food from Denver Eateries, participate in gift giveaways, and so much more! Go to www.summertoast.com to register today – this party will be festive and fun… don’t forget business cards!
Tickets $30, Student Ticket $15; Your ticket includes all you can eat from Denver restaurants, plus 2 drink tickets!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
• Meet our charity: Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute
• Mile High Spirits: New: Punching Mule in a can – tastings of Cuidado Tequila with Freshies Margarita Mix; Squeal Rum with Teakoe Teas; Nanna Teas; Corvus Coffee and Eldorado Water and Eldorado Vitamin Water
• Put your feet in the sand at the EXDO RiNo Beach Club. Bring your sandals!
• Greenworks Video – Lights, Camera, Action. Wait and see!
• Gusto Studio Booth is back – Get your happy going on!
• Experience Pros and Latin Life Denver – talking us up on their radio shows
• Denver Business Journal and Westword – spreading the news
• WB2 – Colorado’s Best – Our TV Sponsor!
• Photographers Alex Bowman and Michael Cano will capture your energy
We can’t wait to see you there!
The USA Pro Challenge 2015 begins Monday August 17th in Steamboat Springs and ends Sunday August 23rd in Denver. The race trails through some of the most beautiful cities in Colorado!
The USA Pro Challenge would like to offer members an exclusive 35% off discount to any of the Start Lounges or LEXUS Club Finish’s.
The Start Lounge (located at the start line each day) offers locally catered breakfast and provides an up close view of the world’s top cyclists as they prepare for the day's competition. Our LEXUS Club experience (located at the finish line each day) offers easy access to the action, upscale catering and flat screen TV’s with the live race feed.
If members are interested they can visit www.prochallenge.com/VIP and use the code SouthMetro15 to apply the discount.
The South Metro Denver Chamber would like to thank the USA Pro Challenge for their generosity!
Cherokee welcomes James Holmes as new Executive Director
~Anne Marie Boger, Weblink and Marketing Specialist
Tweet Kimball established the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation which entered into a Conservation Easement for the property on December 10, 1996. This unique venue facilitates a house museum, wildlife conservation, land preservation and has become a treasured venue for a variety of activities and site of many elegant parties. At Cherokee Ranch & Castle you can enjoy lunch on the terrace with a sprawling view from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak, take a geology hike to explore the Colorado’s largest petrified wood forest, or enjoy a front row seat to a Blues concert.
There’s opportunities for high tea, castle tours, and farm to table dinners. The venue is so stunning, couples dreams come true with beautiful weddings on the veranda. Artists have recorded full albums in the great hall and music videos in the courtyard. The list goes on: private corporate events, celebration of life ceremonies, youth education excursions, wine tastings, and marquee birthday parties. Cherokee Ranch & Castle is an exquisite part of Colorado and has been since 1954. So what’s new?
So as another chapter begins for the history of Cherokee Ranch & Castle, what does Colorado have to look forward to? We stopped by Cherokee Ranch to ask the new Executive Director himself.
On the history of Cherokee… The history of Cherokee is very important to Holmes and one of the reasons why he is so passionate about his new position. The Castle was built in 1924 by the Charles Johnson; their original vision for the land was a summer home for his family. As time went on, the family found themselves using the castle less and less, and sold their summer home and surrounding properties to Tweet Kimball, a southern belle and debutante from Tennessee. Tweet needed a new home after a divorce settlement, which included her husband’s purchase of a new home for Tweet as long as she moved West of the Mississippi. In 1954 Tweet and her two young sons Richard and Kirk moved to then “Charlesford” before renaming the property Cherokee Ranch.
Tweet was a trailblazer with a strong interest in cattle. Inspired by the unique Santa Gertrudis of the King Ranch, which initially refused to sell their warm climate cattle to Tweet for a ranch in Colorado. Never one to accept no for an answer, Tweet found another seller and for the first time the Santa Gertrudis breed was introduced to Colorado; this was the onset of her cattle ranching business. A business that still exists today, there are now 140 Getrudis that call Cherokee their home. Tweet went on to establish the Rocky Mountain Santa Gertrudis Association and become the first woman to ever serve on the National Western Stock Show’s Board of Directors, among numerous other accomplishments as a respected cattle rancher.
On Tweet’s legacy… In 1996, Tweet worked to establish the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation, a conservation easement that protects the land as a wildlife sanctuary. She passed away in 1999, and the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers have been keeping her legacy alive since. Her passion for the music, art, and literature has “inspired us to make Cherokee a prominent venue for music,” Holmes said. He feels it’s what she would have been pleased to see, and went on to say he feels an obligation to uphold what Tweet would have wanted.
On Holmes’ legacy… “What is it that I would want my lasting legacy to be? With a lot of non-profits, you hear about the legacy of their Directors, so if someone 20 years from now were discussing mine, I would want people to look back and say that James Holmes fully restored Tweet’s legacy, and that I made decisions that were thoughtful, and that those decisions were made with the long-term view in mind. I want to make decisions and put policies in place that make it easy for future Executive Directors here to make good decisions. I also would like to have made a turning point financially for Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation so that we can fulfill our potential and fully realize Tweet’s dream.”
Holmes’ background is anything but ordinary. A former race car driver, equestrian athlete, and cyclist turned corporate sponsorship developer, who spent 26 years in the mortgage and real estate industry as a serial entrepreneur since 1983. In 1997, He began volunteering for a lot of philanthropic organizations and political candidates and causes. Holmes developed a particular interest in the area of fundraising for public art. In 2001, he helped raise $1 million dollars for the Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” monument in Denver’s City Park. He has been on the Denver Art Museum Board of Trustees since 2004.
He’s been involved with dozens of public service organizations, appointed to several boards, recognized as a recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Business Leaders Award,” perhaps most proud to have received the “Juanita Ross Gray Community Service Award” among other honors. “I’ve given a lot of time to the arts and non-profit organizations, so when I look at Cherokee Ranch I see lots of challenges and yet there are many more opportunities. My professional and philanthropic backgrounds are fully in alignment here,” and then added, “timing for this amazing job could not have been more perfect in this time in my life. I love coming here and I would like to be here for the next 20 years of my life.”
On Holmes’ vision… “We are going to make Cherokee Ranch’s cattle operation prominent again,” he said. “Over the last few years, Tweet’s importance to the Cherokee story has become a little diluted; the idea that we are stewards of Tweet’s vision was dwindling and this will also be corrected. One of my primary objectives is to restore Tweet fully, as well as ensure her legacy stands the test of time. Tweet is the reason this place has become a Colorado treasure and a gift for all of us today.”
Cherokee Ranch and Castle is a true marvel and important part of the Rocky Mountain Region. With Holmes in charge, no doubt it’s in great hands and will continue to thrive. Please visit www.cherokeeranch.org for more information.
~Anne Marie Boger, Weblink and Marketing Specialist
The Women in Business group of the South Metro Denver Chamber is hosting its 6th Annual Women in Business Conference on Tuesday, September 1st, at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO. Convening top business leaders from around the city, the event promises to be a day of education and inspiration as well as an excellent opportunity to meet other successful women from businesses of all kinds and at all levels.
We are very excited to announce that Denise Plante will be emcee for the event! She’s an upbeat and talented radio and television personality. Denise hosts middays on KOSI 101.1 and also hosts the successful television talk show “Colorado and Company” on KUSA Channel 9.
The conference expects to kick off in the ballroom with four amazing speakers – following those will be keynote, Jacqueline Hinman, first female CEO of CH2M.
The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions and will feature roundtable discussions to engage the audience with the speakers in meaningful and actionable conversation. The afternoon will conclude with happy hour and give attendees another opportunity to network and engage.
Expected attendance is around 300 business leaders. Register TODAY at www.wibignite.eventzilla.net A HUGE thank you to our PLATINUM SPONSOR, Albertsons Safeway!
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Event Chair, Kimberly Alexander: [email protected]
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BMGI is excited to announce a special 20% off Best Chamber Discount for the following courses! That’s $650 in savings.
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