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.
The program will feature the following speakers:
Jane Miller – Keynote – Leadership for a Changing Workforce in a Startup Eonconomy
Prior to Charter, Jane had twenty-five years of experience in consumer products. She was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy. She worked for HJHeinz as the Chief Growth Officer and then the President of the UK & Ireland Division. She ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking. The first fourteen years of her career were at PepsiCo, where she rose to be the President of the Central division of Frito-Lay.
Jane is the founder of a career advice website, Janeknows.com, and the author of Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success). She is deeply engaged as a mentor at the University of Colorado and with the Blackstone Entrepreneurial Network. She serves as a board member and lecturer at the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is also a board member at Justin’s Nut Butter, Natural Foodworks Group, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water, Madhava Sweeteners and Rework. Her involvement as a mentor for young professionals and start-ups resulted in her being named the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for the Denver Business Journal in 2013 and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who Light the Community in 2015.
Jane has a Russian Studies degree from Knox College in Galesburg, IL and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Dr. Richard L. Wobbekind – 2016 Economic Outlook for Colorado
Rich is currently the president of the National Association for Business Economics. He also participates annually in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Regional Economic Roundtable and is a contributor to the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast newsletter.
He is a member of the Governor's Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Forecast 2035 Advisory Committee, the Colorado Tourism Office Education and Research Committee, the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and the Boulder Economic Council.
For his efforts in community development and outreach, Wobbekind was awarded the 1997 University of Colorado Bank One Community Outreach Award. In 2006 he was awarded the Robert L. Stearns award for lifetime contributions in teaching, research and service.
Wobbekind teaches MBA students in macroeconomics, public policy, entrepreneurship and managerial economics. He has received three awards for teaching excellence from the students of the Leeds School.Wobbekind has lived in Colorado for more than 34 years and has spent much of his time studying the development of the Colorado and regional economies. He received a BA in economics from Bucknell University and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Peter Adams – Startup Economy Forecast & Business Opportunities for 2016
Adams is a serial entrepreneur, having founded five companies and he has also served over a dozen years as Economics Director and as CIO of an international professional services firm. Adams is also the CEO for BizGirls.org, a non-profit summer camp for high-school girls to learn entrepreneurship and Omniportraits, a for-profit e-commerce venture. Adams is a co-author of “Venture Capital for Dummies,” John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
In November 2015, the Chamber led a coalition of business advocates to Washington, D.C. to voice our support for several key business initiatives. During our travels we discussed our agenda with all nine members of our Colorado Congressional Delegation, the White House Business Council, the U.S. Chamber, and the Department of Energy.
Our key initiatives included:
We have had quite a few victories in the last few weeks regarding our D.C. Fly-in agenda. The oil export ban has been lifted (despite our conversation with the White House Business Council to the contrary).
We have also seen the passage of a long-term transportation bill, into which the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank was included.
With regards to the “The Every Student Succeeds Act,” the new education plan includes grants for the development of state-led STEM master teacher corps, or nonprofit/agency partnerships with local educational institutions to develop STEM programming.
Finally, with regards to the Trans Pacific Partnership, our sources believe it will be voted on after the 2016 presidential election, and that the likelihood of passage is high.
Whether or not you were able to attend this year's D.C. Fly-in, we thank you for helping strengthen the voice of business at our nation’s capital through your membership. Although we cannot know the precise impact of our support, we can feel satisfied that our positions were made clear, and that the ultimate outcome was positive.
For more information on how you can attend the 2016 D.C. Fly-in, please contact Natalie Harden at [email protected]
The City of Centennial is excited to announce a FREE added service to the local business community! All registered Centennial businesses have the opportunity to be listed on the City’s new online business directory portal dubbed “Explore Centennial”.
Explore.CentennialCO.gov is an online tool for connecting the community with local businesses. Businesses registered in Centennial may expand their profiles to include contact information, photos, products and services, social media links, business/chamber distinctions and more. Each month, new businesses registered in Centennial will be automatically added to the Explore Centennial directory, and expired businesses will be removed, so the portal maintains current, relevant information.
Are you a Centennial-based business? Don’t miss this free opportunity to promote your organization! Here are some of the benefits of Explore Centennial:
• Improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through this incredible marketing opportunity. Upon login to Explore Centennial, businesses may expand their profiles to provide a comprehensive company snapshot. Businesses may use their profiles to drive traffic to their physical location, their website and their social networks.
• Identify B2B relationship opportunities within Centennial. Centennial businesses can use Explore Centennial to identify potential partners, vendors, and consumers within the Centennial area, fostering a collaborative and prosperous business community.
• Increase visibility with public and corporate procurement departments. Explore Centennial is a powerful resource for public and corporate procurement departments to locate vendors within the Centennial area.
Want to register your Centennial business? Simply visit Explore.CentennialCO.gov and select “Register Today” to create your account. All you need is your valid Centennial business registration/license number (CEN-######), located on the top left-hand corner of your business registration/license. Enter this number as your business’ unique ID number.
Food is our Forte! People are our Passion!
Footers Catering is a full service catering company that caters more than 700 events each year in the Denver, south metro area and mountain regions. Weddings, corporate parties, non-profit galas and social gatherings are some of the functions where Footers is able to create exceptional experiences for their clients and the guests that attend those events by cooking food on site at events and by hiring and training all of their service team in house. Founded in 1981 by Jimmy Lambatos, Footers is now owned by Jimmy’s son, Anthony, and Anthony’s wife, April.
In addition to the move, Footers Catering has almost doubled in revenue under Anthony and April’s leadership and In 2015 the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce named Footers Catering “Small Business of the Year”. Footers was also named Best Caterer in Denver by Colorado Biz Magazine in 2014 and has been awarded “Best Of Weddings” by The Knot the past three years.
For more information or to place an order, please call 303.762.1410 or visit: www.footerscatering.com.
Panelists discuss financial wellness
Tis’ the season for shopping, so what better time to evaluate your money habits… and that’s just what the Health and Wellness council did this past Wednesday morning. There was an introduction from committee chair, Bridget Lovett, who reminded listeners that financial wellness is, indeed, part of health and wellness.
The speaker panel consisted of four guests: Ora Demorrow, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Holly Novak, Certified Financial Health Counselor, Mitch Clark, Tax Accountant, WhippleWood CPA’s, and Jeff Miller, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch.
Each panelist actively engaged and informed the audience. We summarized their expertise with a list of helpful financial tips:
A few more thoughts…
“There are so many things to buy, so many ways to buy, and so many places to buy. The market has changed so much in the past 15 years,” Novak stated.
“It’s a great idea to spend a couple hours every six months planning for your retirement. We spend so much time planning our vacations… spend time planning retirement,” said Miller.
Clark mentioned it’s a great idea to be proactive with your taxes and look into some tax breaks that may be going away very soon. Some may be on the 2016 ballot.
And lastly, from Novak: “Princeton did a study on wealth and happiness – yes, money does make us happy, but only up to $75,000 a year. After that, it doesn’t make any difference.”
The Health and Wellness Council is a group of forward thinking, proactive chamber members. Their speaker series is the 4th Wednesday morning, each month, from 7:15 – 9 AM. For more information on getting involved, please contact committee chair Bridget Lovett: [email protected] or staff liaison Brian Bartony: [email protected]
Chamber Members - Meridian Golf Club would like to extend their offer to all SMDC Members that were not able to attend the November Business After Hours event.
This offer expires March 15, 2016. For more information contact, Tim Murphy, Membership Sales Director at 303.799.8402
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