The Boot Barn Grand Opening celebration included an official ribbon cutting ceremony by the South Metro Denver Chamber and a "Spin and Win" prize wheel for a chance to win a $100 Boot Barn gift card daily. Doug Tisdale, EVP of Economic Development at South Metro Denver Chamber, proudly announced Boot Barn as one of the official outfitters for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Jan. 9-24, 2016).
“We are excited to introduce Boot Barn to the south metro Denver community,” said James Moss, District Manager at Boot Barn. “We are stocked and ready to outfit our neighbors with the largest selection of western and work boots and apparel.”
From the humble beginnings of a family run storefront, to over 200 stores in 29 states, Boot Barn® epitomizes the American dream of hard work, honesty and value. When founder Ken Meany opened that very first store little did he realize that his vision and values would help drive what Boot Barn® is today. Even though we are a much larger company, we still embrace the down-home honesty that a family run business represents. From California to Florida, from North Dakota to Texas and Louisiana, we work hard to make sure every Boot Barn® gives you the same personal experience that Ken started years ago.
Wednesday, March 16th 2016 | 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Reception to follow from 5:30 - 6:30pm
The Denver Botanic Gardens
Inspired by “Shark Tank”, the SMDC Nonprofit Committee is excited to present “The Tank”.
The Tank provides SMDC Nonprofits the opportunity to vie for funding awarded by community business leaders, lenders and investors. Each nonprofit will have a few minutes to pitch their special program or organization to the audience followed by a Q&A session from the panel of ‘Sharks’. Each presenting nonprofit will be guaranteed a cash prize of $500 with the opportunity to win thousands.
Why “The Tank”? There are so many amazing nonprofits doing incredible work in our community, now is the time for our community members to find out more about these programs and to support a local cause. Nonprofits should use this opportunity to refine their presentation and showcase the needs to fellow SMDC members and receive program funding.
An application process will be used to narrow presenters down to 12 nonprofits. While it is limited to only a few nonprofits, The Tank is open to the public, allowing audience members to learn more about the programs and purpose. In preparation for the event, Chamber members will provide coaching and mentoring opportunities to help perfect the pitch.
For more information contact:
Barak Gibson, [email protected] phone: 334.413.1774
Sarah Lampard, [email protected] phone: 303.773.3332
Leadership in a Startup Economy
Centennial, CO- (Tuesday, December 1, 2015)- the 29th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast is a major event at the Chamber, hosting 500+ business executive attendees. This event provides actionable insights into the Colorado economy for local businesses and entrepreneurs. It also provides a valuable marketing opportunity for companies seeking to elevate their visibility in the south metro Denver business community.
The program this year will feature the following speakers: Dr. Richard Wobbekind, Executive Director of the Business Research Division and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder. He will provide a 2016 economic outlook for Colorado. Jane Miller, President/CEO, ProYo, and former CEO, Rudi’s Organic Bakery. She will provide a keynote on how to capitalize on the entrepreneurial spirit and changing workforce to achieve leadership and success in a startup world economy.
A to-be-named venture capitalist will also provide a presentation exploring startup economy sector trends and business opportunities for 2016.
This year’s forecast is sponsored by Wells Fargo and WhippleWood CPAs, and hosted by the Chamber’s Economic Development Group. Registration is open to the public. Prior forecasts have sold out, so advanced reservations are recommended.
The forecast will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 7:30 – 9:00 am at Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows (10345 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, CO, 80124). Plated breakfast will be served.
Tickets can be purchased at the following rates: $50/Member; $75/Non-member; $650/Corporate Table Sponsorship (10 seats). To register please visit: https://www.regonline.com/BestForecast2016.
For more information about the South Metro Denver Chamber membership and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.bestchamber.com or call 303-795-0142.
SMDC Annual D.C. Fly –In
The trip’s mission was twofold: to educate and empower Chamber members, and to represent the voice of the south metro Denver business community at the Capitol.
• Dr. John Batey, Assistant Town Administrator, City of Parker
• Abraham Laydon, Attorney/Shareholder, Burns, Figa, Will P.C.
• David Schlatter, Commercial Real Estate Advisor
• Steven Sherman, Civil Engineer, Colorado Department of Transportation
• Maggie Fouquet, President, International Business Circle
• Darrell Schulte, President, Commercial Lending, Colorado Business Bank
• Jeffrey Sprole, Ambassador Field Manager, Colorado PERA
• Dennis Houston, President and CEO, Parker Chamber of Commerce
• Michele McKinney, Assistant Vice President External Relations and Advocacy, University of Colorado
• Amy Sherman, President and CEO, NW Douglas County Economic Development
• Jeff Wasden, President, The Colorado Business Roundtable
On the U.S. Department of Energy… Martini: They presented the Quadrennial Energy Review. Harden: There were high level energy policy discussions, specifically regarding the President’s energy priorities, renewables, research at Colorado’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and lowering emissions.
On the Congressional Reception Dinner… Harden: This was a formal kick-off to the trip at the D.C. Coast restaurant. Martini: Yes, very elegant. Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Ken Buck stopped by to personally welcome the business leaders.
On the VIP Reception at the W… Harden: It gave you a feeling of being part of the D.C. culture… having a drink, on a beautiful rooftop overlooking the White House and the U.S. Treasury.
On the White House Tour… Harden: You can take photos now, which is exciting.
Was it just a tour of the East Wing? Harden: Yes, we saw the green room, press conference rooms, formal dining room, and the east lawn.
How about the White House Business Council Meeting? Harden: We met with Senior White House Policy Advisors to the President. We wanted to get insights on the President’s views about infrastructure, international trade, education, and energy. Then we met with our entire Colorado Congressional Delegation: Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; Representatives Perlmutter, Tipton, DeGette, Coffman, Polis, Lamborn, and Buck. Martini: Our members liked to see the entire delegation interact with one another and razz each other up. We talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership the day before the text was released to Congress. So fascinating to hear about that just before Congress begins to read and deliberate on the agreement.
On the breakfast at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce... Harden: We were hosted by them in the executive board meeting room. This building was very ornate and historic. We received formal briefings from the U.S. Chamber staff. Because of this meeting, our members were invited to participate in the upcoming meeting, “Transforming Higher Education Outcomes,” which will occur in Denver on December 1.
On the Pentagon Tour… Harden: It should be noted that the Pentagon does not ever give tours and briefings to the same group on the same day, but we were given the opportunity. The halls looked like a museum – armed services memorabilia, portraits, historical displays. There’s a very patriotic feel. Martini: There was a briefing from Lt. Colonel Patrick Seiber about increasing visibility opportunities for the Army and engaging with the business community, specifically with regards to STEM-related opportunities.
In conclusion: a testimony…
(This trip) was one of the most enriching, insightful, informative, special, and mentally energizing visits. The chamber and Jeff tapped their connections and did their research, reaching out to key entities in D.C. in order for us to get the most timely and in-depth insight on matters important to our county.
I felt like I was on a diplomatic visit. And...I know these trips, schedules, travel arrangements, dinners, etc. only happen because someone is making them happen. And to have ALL NINE congressional members spend time with us...unprecedented!!! Hats off to the chamber team.
A very special thank you to Amy Sherman and Dennis Houston for the VIP Reception at the W.
This is an annual Fall trip and space is limited. Next year’s fly-in is scheduled for November 14-17, 2016. If you have interest in being put on the contact list for next year, e-mail Natalie: [email protected]
Developmental Pathways recognized as a top service organization by three publications and works for positive change at the state level
November 10, 2015 - Englewood, CO – Developmental Pathways, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency created to serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays and their families, is celebrating three major honors this year. The agency has received recognition by the Denver Post as one of the Top Places to work in 2015, Parent Magazine’s top five Human Service Organizations, and one of the top ten Human Service Organizations in the Denver-Metro Area by the Denver Business Journal.
There are many reasons for the non-profit’s recognition in multiple publications, one major reason being the incredible leadership within the agency.
While Developmental Pathways primary goal is to provide inclusive services and programs to Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and the city of Aurora, Melanie Worley and Matt VanAuken, Executives at Pathways, are also looking at the bigger picture – influencing policy at the state level.
Melanie Worley, Chief Executive Officer of Developmental Pathways and its affiliate organizations, is no stranger to influencing government policy. Melanie was the Douglas County Commissioner for 10 years before coming to Developmental Pathways. Melanie officially took over as CEO in 2012; she has vastly improved the quality of service Developmental Pathways provides. On July 14, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Melanie to his Respite Care Task Force. The Respite Care Task Force studies, through data collection, the dynamics of the supply and demand for respite care services in the state. On or before January 31, 2016, the Task Force shall submit a report that includes its findings and recommendations to the State Legislature (http://1.usa.gov/1O1F0RZ).
More recently, Matt VanAuken, Chief Operating Officer of Developmental Pathways and its affiliate organizations, was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the State Board of Health. The Board is responsible for promulgating rules related to Colorado public health, approving funding for public health grant programs, appointing members to specific department committees, and advising the executive director as appropriate. Some of the topics the Board is responsible for include disease control, immunization, food safety, and public health improvement (http://1.usa.gov/1GVhs1C).
Media Contact: Tara Foristal, Associate Director of Communications – Developmental Pathways, 303-858-2381
Learn more about Developmental Pathways and the services they provide by visiting www.dpcolo.org.
As the Spirit of the Holiday season begins its yearly conversion of things ordinary and trivial into things festive and reflective, South Metro Denver Chamber encourages all to consider those who spend the whole year in the service of others in need. The following non-profit groups are but a small sampling of organizations, both large and small who are always in need of support whether it be monetary, goods, services, or simply time. Take a moment and give thought as to how you might share a bit of yourself for the benefit of others not only this time of year, but throughout the year.
FRIENDS FIRST mission educates and mentors teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships. Their vision states all teens are empowered with tools, knowledge and positive role models to make choices leading to healthy relationships and successful futures. FRIENDS FIRST provides many opportunities for teens and families to get involved with their programs. For more information visit, www.friendsfirst.org
For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the way to transform cancer from deadly to preventable. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers we have made great advancements in the fight against cancer. Funds raised by ACS support free patient programs and services as well as cancer research. As an example, ACS volunteers give 4,700 rides every year to patients who would otherwise not be able to get to treatment. Currently in Colorado we are funding $6.9 million in life-saving cancer research through the University of Colorado, Boulder and Denver and the University of Northern Colorado. Visit coloradogives.org/acs/overview
Project C.U.R.E. is a humanitarian relief organization that collects medical supplies and equipment and donates it to developing countries. Since 1987, Denver-based Project C.U.R.E. has delivered donated medical supplies and equipment to the most desperately ill and impoverished people living in more than 108 countries around the world. Last fiscal year, Project C.U.R.E. delivered 83 cargo containers valued at more than $26 million worth of medical relief to developing countries. PROJECT C.U.R.E. is currently the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment. www.projectcure.org
For over 45 years, the Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASGD) has educated and provided high quality, programs for over 100,000 children and adults, accomplished major conservation efforts to protect birds, other wildlife, and habitats, and funded over 37 research projects for non-game wildlife. SGD provides natural science education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout Greater Denver region, offering activities at schools and at the Audubon Center at Chatfield. These programs meet the new Colorado science standards. Home schools and boy/girl scouts also participate in our programs. Learn more at www.denveraudubon.org
Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. Inter-Faith fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. Serving the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County, Inter-Faith is the largest non-governmental agency helping individuals, families and seniors who are struggling in the South Metro Denver area. Their goal this year is to “adopt” 550 families and 100 seniors for the holidays. www.ifcs.org
During the year, the Denver Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, education, Christian teaching, and work discipline to meet individuals at their physical and spiritual points of need. Operating five different facilities, each with a specific mission and clientele, the Denver Rescue Mission is the oldest full-service charity serving the needy in the Rocky Mountain Area. www.denverrescuemission.org
The Centennial Rotary Club works on many community service projects throughout the year both locally, nationally and internationally. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. www.rotary.org
Developmental Pathways is a Colorado non-profit agency created to serve persons with developmental disabilities and their families. It was established in 1964 as a community-based alternative to institutional care. Since that time, Pathways has developed a broad array of services based on the principle that full inclusion and participation in community life is attainable for every individual with a developmental disability. www.developmentalpathways.org
Goodwill Industries believes in the power of work as a means to self-sufficiency and a transformational element in the lives of the more than 19,000 people served each year. Goodwill promotes sustainable change throughout the community and supports a growing economy through a model that provides education, training and opportunities to help the working poor, people moving from welfare to work, and disabled adults attain true self-sufficiency. www.goodwilldenver.org.
For a complete list of SMDC Nonprofits visit SMDC_Nonprofits
The Chamber's very own Doug Tisdale, EVP, emceed the event - he entertained the crowd with science jokes. Lt.Governor Joe Garcia kicked off the day with a few words, followed by morning keynote Norman Augustine. Two panels followed; one focused on business and the other on education.
Thomas Friedman quieted the loud ballroom when he addressed the stage. His keynote was compelling and timely, zeroing in on a big issue: with the rate of technology progressing at such a fast pace, what does that mean for society? He described this as “life on the second half of the chessboard,” a story and legend dating back to the invention of the game of chess. It describes the power of exponential growth, which in technological terms, matches Moore’s Law.
“It’s a great time to be a maker, because you can get skills now, anywhere,” Friedman said. “It’s also an amazing time to be a maker, because guessing is officially over. Finding a needle in a haystack will become the norm.” These comments were in regards to big data. He went on to explain that when there are makers, there are breakers. With technology comes choice, and that means people have endless opportunities to make bad decisions with technology.“(There is a) new divide in the World… order between disorder. Not North, South, East, West. The idea of the high wage, middle-skilled job…. Which was what made up the middle class for the first 50 years after World War II. This is over… it is only high-wage, high skill now.”
Friedman had several remarks on what is changing for the job landscape in the United States. He referred to jobs that combine STEM and empathy as ‘stempathy’ and claimed those will be the most sought-after jobs, stating “the only jobs that have shown vast improvement since 2000 are ones that require cognitive and social skills.”
Friedman wrapped up the afternoon, and breakout sessions followed. The conference concluded with happy hour. The South Metro Denver Chamber would like to give a tremendous thanks to all of its sponsors, including: CSU- Global, Boy Scouts of America, AlloSource, Colorado Business Bank, Merrick & Company, ICOSA, Denver Water, Share Fair Nation, and Mile High United Way.
A very warm thank you to Stephanie Short, Kim DeCoste, Sue Kenfield, Mark Alpert, and Brian Bartony.
Photo credit: ICOSA Media