A night to be seen with food, art, wine and entertainment. The Taste of Greenwood Village presented by S...
South Metro Denver Chamber hosts event to jumpstart funding for unique nonprofits Keeping with its goal of ser...
The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce has made great strides over the past few years to preserve and enhan...
The Elks Lodge was the location for the chamber holiday party on Dec. 15. Chamber manager Randy Penn greeted h...
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A night to be seen with food, art, wine and entertainment.
The Taste of Greenwood Village presented by Stevinson Automotive is back for its 19th Annual Extravaganza on October 23rd and is sure to delight your taste buds with over 50 local restaurants along with award winning wines brought to you by Molly’s Spirits. Stevinson Imports will have their latest lineup of Porsche and Jaguar vehicles spotlighted throughout the event for all to enjoy. Get on the dance floor with Page 6 and make it a night to remember!
Upgrade to the VIP experience with early entrance to the entire event at 4:30pm, retreat to the VIP lounge where you’ll enjoy your own private wine bars, restaurants, outdoor patio and live music brought to you by Dotsero!
Indulge in outstanding cuisine while mingling with local artists, breweries and distilleries. The Taste of Greenwood Village is a must attend event! The 2019 restaurant list includes highlights like Ruth’s Chris steakhouse (VIP & GA area), Ocean Prime (VIP area), Earl’s (GA), Jing (VIP), Seasons 52 (GA), The Palm (GA), Fogo de Chao (GA), Eddie Merlots (GA), and many, many more! And once again the event is being held at the beautiful DTC Marriott.
This year the Taste of Greenwood Village is benefiting the Bags of Fun organization. Bags of Fun provides bags filled with rehabilitative, educational and manipulative toys, inspiring pediatric patients to be children when they are struggling through treatment. Bags of Fun are carefully crafted for each child, taking into consideration the best means to reduce their tension, anxiety and fatigue as they fight long-term and life threatening conditions.
This year’s event is made possible by our wonderful presenting sponsor Stevinson Automotive as well as Molly’s Spirits, Trivida Functional Medicine, Sweet & Savory Designs, Advantage Security, Rose Medical, Talk Food Denver, and Live @ Jack’s.
For more event information and to purchase tickets visit www.dtcchamber.com
Keeping with its goal of service to the community, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) will host The Tank, its annual fundraiser for local nonprofits based on the popular television show “The Shark Tank.”
Six Colorado nonprofits will pitch a unique new program to a panel of “sharks,” comprising business leaders, lenders, investors and philanthropists. All nonprofits receive donations to help kick off new initiatives and a share of 40 percent of proceeds from ticket sales.
Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for participating nonprofits.
“These nonprofits provide services to people who often can’t find help anywhere else. This is a noncompetitive way to support them all,” said Tank Chair Barb Findlay. “The Tank fulfills our mission of going beyond helping businesses thrive and ‘raising all of the boats’ in our community.”
The Tank will be held at the Lone Tree Arts Center Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Cocktails will follow presentations, followed by an award ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Nonprofits scheduled to present are Courageous Faces Foundation, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, Friends First
Home Builders Foundation, ShesCHERIshed and Warrior Bonfire Program.
Six area nonprofits will also exhibit at the event to raise awareness and obtain funding for their work. Exhibiting nonprofits are Arapahoe Philharmonic, Crisis Center, Denver Audubon, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Tall Tales Ranch and Wings Over the Rockies
A $250 donation is required to register as a “shark.” Donations may be split among nonprofits or given entirely to one organization.
Tickets are $40. Tickets and spaces on the panel of sharks are available at www.bestchamber.com/the-tank.html or 303.795.0142.
For more information, contact Barb Findlay at email@example.com or 303-588-1766.
The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce has made great strides over the past few years to preserve and enhance the entrepreneurial character of the Englewood business community. We’re proud of the legacy that’s been built. And, we, like the community we serve, are in a period of transition.
Randy Penn has announced his retirement as executive director as of April 1. Randy has served the chamber and the community tirelessly and effectively as a teacher, coach, mayor and chamber executive. And we honor and support him as he moves into a more “retired” life between Colorado and Arizona.
Here’s our challenge. Randy leaves big shoes to fill. And we’re not really looking for another Randy… as if there could ever be one! What we do need is an individual who is willing and committed to work with us to transition to the next phase of our organizational life. Englewood is a unique community with a deep history of service. The business community is diverse, and the chamber’s mission includes connecting, promoting and strengthening businesses to enhance the community’s economic vitality and quality of life.
Change rarely is first on the agenda for any person or organization. And this one is important and not necessarily easy. And that’s why we need your help.
Help spread the word that we’re looking for an executive director
This is currently a part-time position
This is a great opportunity for the right individual to build on the vitality and dynamic of the larger Englewood community.
You can request additional information from us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us directly with names, resumes, questions and ideas as we move forward with our search. We will be accepting resumes until Feb. 15 for a start date of April 1.
In anticipation, the Transition Committee of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce is:
Ray Bruce – 720-363-9814, email@example.com
Nancy Byers – 303-619-1309, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Danford – 303-916-0519, email@example.com
Carol Willis – 303-912-6482, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Elks Lodge was the location for the chamber holiday party on Dec. 15. Chamber manager Randy Penn greeted his members and guests at the doorway to the fine buffet dinner donated by local merchants.
Photos by Gerri Sweeney
Gary Condreay, president; and Mike Flaherty, past president of the Englewood Lions Club are great community supporters.
Randy Penn, chamber manager and A.J. Guanella from John Elway Chevrolet is a longtime chamber member and still selling cars in his hometown dealership.
Kortney Maurer, marketing manager of Chick-fil-A at Dartmouth and Broadway locations donated the always popular chicken nuggets and Scott Danford donated delicious BBQ along with many other generous Englewood food merchants.
Ahead of November’s general election and amid a surplus of consequential ballot initiatives and propositions, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) is announcing its positions on a number of initiatives soon to be decided by Colorado voters.
Chamber president and CEO Robert Golden and board of directors chair Andrew Graham recently outlined and explained the SMDC’s stances on four high profile issues on this year’s ballot:
Proposition 112: The Chamber strongly opposes Proposition 112, which would require a 2500 foot setback from oil and gas operations in the state.
“We feel that Proposition 112 is too extreme and would amount to an effective ban on the oil and natural gas industry in Colorado and would be devastating to our economy,” Golden said. “Our role is to promote job creation in Colorado, and we believe Proposition 112 would prevent new jobs from being created.”
Proposition 110: The SMDC supports Proposition 110, which would raise the state’s sales tax by 0.62 cents (just over a half of one cent) to support funding for state roads, local streets and multi-modal transportation projects.
“Transportation funding has not been a priority for Colorado for too long,” Graham said. “Proposition 110 will result in a dedicated new revenue source that will address transportation projects across the state and at the local level.”
Amendments Y and Z: The SMDC also supports Amendments Y and Z, which would mandate that electoral district maps for legislators and members of Congress be drawn by independent commissions after the 2020 census.
“The chamber fully supports Amendments Y and Z. These measures create an independent process to create Legislative and congressional districts that we believe will result in fair representation for all Coloradans,” Golden said.
Amendment 73: The chamber opposes Amendment 73, an initiative that would raise the income tax rate for individuals earning more than $150,000 a year, as well as Colorado’s corporate tax rate, to support public school funding.
“The SMDC agrees that education funding is important, but it’s our view that Amendment 73 is too complicated and costly,” Graham said. “We feel this measure is misleading to voters and it will result in a large tax increase on small businesses, and there is no guarantee that the revenues generated will be spent in the classroom or for teacher salaries.”
Above all, Golden and Graham both emphasized the SMDC urges its members, and all Coloradans, to take the opportunity this November to exercise their right to vote.
“The United States is an example around the world because each one of us has the ability to have a say and shape our government’s policies by filling out a ballot,” Graham said. “Our democracy works best when everyone participates. We hope all Coloradans will recognize voting as their civic duty and make their voices heard.”
Andrew Graham, president and CEO of Denver medical billing firm Clinic Service Corporation, has been elected chairman of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. Graham recently completed two terms on the Littleton Planning Commission and presently serves on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council.
Graham said he will focus on advocating for small businesses in the South Metro area while working to grow the chamber as it heads toward its 100th year in 2021.
“We are fortunate to be business people during a time where business generally is good, especially in Colorado,” Graham said. “And while business is good, smaller companies still have an uphill challenge since the economy generally favors large businesses. I’m committed to ensuring small businesses in the South Metro Area get what help we can give them to compete for contracts and customers.”
In addition to Graham, the SMDC board elected Blue Print Strategies’ founder Jennifer Webster president-elect. Blue Print Strategies is a Denver public affairs agency. Previously, Webster was senior vice president of public affairs and communications at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
New professionals also joining the SMDC Board of Directors include: Rick Bruno, First Bank; Cathlyn DePaiva, Pro Disposal & Recycling; Karl Paulson, Colorado PERA; Krista Simonson, Simonson Team RE/MAX; Bob Stewart, AAA Colorado; Jeff Holwell, City of Lone Tree; Stephanie Beling, Children’s Hospital; and Christie Lee, Lockheed Martin.
Graham said the chamber truly is a place “where all businesses, regardless of size, have a voice” in decision making and strategy.
“My goal is always to surround myself with people who are ridiculously smart, and I am humbled by the team that join me on the SMDC board,” Graham said. “We all share a respect for the long traditions nurtured by this chamber. For 99 years this organization has prioritized community engagements and making the South Metro Denver area a great place to live and work. We look forward to the work ahead and invite all to join us.”
Robert Golden, SMDC president and chief executive officer, said, “Andrew follows in the footsteps of a stellar group of past chairs that have set a wonderful course of direction for us. It’s an exciting time for us with a lot of positive potentials for our organization and our members. We are pleased to have Andrew at the helm to ensure we ‘seize the day.’”
Moderator Katie Kruger, CEO of Denver Metro Assn. of Realtors, Keith Simon of Coventry/Ridge Gate, event chair Chris Weir, VP of CoBiz Financial, BMC Investments CEO Matt Joblon, Newmark Knight Frank Exec. Managing Director David Lee, and Project One VP Tristin Gleason presented an informative and memorable program on real estate impact in metro Denver. Photo by Freda Miklin
BY FREDA MIKLIN
On Aug. 24, the Denver Marriott South Park Meadows was filled with 300 leaders and executives in real estate, banking, engineering, higher education, health care, financial services and government for a reserved-seat 7 a.m. South Metro Denver Chamber program on impactful real estate projects in metro Denver, chaired by Co-Biz Financial V.P. Chris Weir.
Lead sponsor CSU College of Business was represented by its dean, Beth Walker, Ph.D., who opened the program by sharing the success of CSU business students. With 2,500 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students in Fort Collins, Walker said that 92 percent of CSU business school graduates receive immediate job offers with salaries averaging $48,619. Goldman Sachs is the school’s largest recruiter. Walker also shared that the online MBA program offered by CSU has been rated No. 15 in the world by the Financial Times. CSU’s Everitt Real Estate Center houses the fastest growing program in the college of business. Real estate graduates from CSU have a 100 percent internship rate and a 100 percent job-offer rate.
Katie Kruger, CEO of Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors, served as moderator for the program. She said that Colorado is experiencing net in-migration of 30,000 people annually and half are millennials. To accommodate growth, 14,000 multi-family units will come onto the Denver market this year.
David Lee, executive managing director of- Newmark Knight Frank-United Properties, compared and contrasted A and AA-class office space in southeast suburban Denver. Class AA space is found in taller buildings that tend to have separate parking structures, and more amenities, but A-class space is very suitable for some companies and offers value pricing. He said the biggest problem employers have is attracting workers. As a result, companies are going as far north as Greeley and south to Colorado Springs to fulfill their labor needs. Lee talked about an 8-acre property that he sold for $4.83/square foot in 2006 and again for 10 times that amount in 2016. He does not anticipate a market slowdown anytime soon and sees even class B buildings getting redeveloped to meet market needs.
Lee said that access to light rail is critical for many developments and employers are willing to pay a premium for any location near light rail. Lee closed by telling the audience that 70,000 new jobs will be available, if employees and housing for them can be found.
Keith Simon, executive vice president of Coventry Development Corp.-Ridge Gate Project, spoke next. He was very enthusiastic about the history of collaboration between his company and the City of Lone Tree, who shared a vision for high-quality higher density mixed-use development. Together, they worked to get Sky Ridge Medical Center as the area’s first large employer in 2002 and others soon followed Simon says, “If you can create strength in a real estate development at either end, the middle will fill in.” Today there are 2,300 residential units with 6,000 people in 15 different neighborhoods on a planned street grid in Lone Tree that pours out onto Lincoln Avenue and I-25. They have created 7,500 jobs and 500,000 square feet of retail space. Most importantly, 500 acres of development are within walking distance of one of the city’s light rail stops.
Tristin Gleason, senior VP of Project One, works with developers and said the biggest issue is escalating constructions costs. She expects an 8 percent increase in 2018.
Matt Joblon, CEO and principal of BMC Investments, talked about Cherry Creek, where rents have gone from 25 percent of tenants’ earnings to 45-50 percent in just eight years. He described the area as home to 7,500 office workers whose average salary is $171,000. Joblon said that land is going for $600/square foot. He said the key to success for retail is to make it more experiential to compete with Amazon. Retailers have to offer service and create personal relationships with customers. Joblon believes that health and wellness is the next big industry.
The panelists said they expect Colorado to continue to experience business growth, but they all agreed that the role of transportation is key. All the participants concurred that employees driving their personal cars to work is neither a sensible nor a sustainable model. Simon said it is important for companies to work with local government to make different transportation options available, as his company did in Lone Tree. Joblon said that when you plan a community, you must have lots of different transportation options. He closed with, “Change is coming in how people get around.”
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Innovation: it’s the word seemingly on the tip of every tongue at every company in the country, from CEOs to managers to employees back up the chain, everyone wants to be more innovative.
And for good reason. As a report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce flatly puts it: “Innovation drives economic growth. This is one of the most consistent findings in macroeconomics, and it’s been true for centuries.”
U.S. innovation isn’t something that started with Amazon and Google, it’s been an inherent part of our economy since the nation’s inception. Yet we often find ourselves unable to take the steps necessary to truly drive change and push things forward, whether processes, products or giving big ideas the light of day.
Why? There are some common obstacles that many businesses face when trying to instill a culture of innovation, but they can be overcome. Here are three of the big ones that you can start addressing right away:
That’s the way it’s always been done
There might not be any single bigger killer of innovation than the phrase above.
As John Hall writes for Forbes, “Past results should never be used to predict future success.” This is even truer in today’s economy, where emerging technology has created lower barriers to entry. Dominating a market, no matter how long it’s been, means little in today’s disruptive marketplace.
Only about 12 percent of companies that were on the Fortune 500 in 1955 are still around, and that list is expected to continue to shift in the coming years. Staying ahead of the curve is imperative, and the best way to do that is to foster innovation from top to bottom.
Harvard Business Review suggests the remedy is “to begin thinking like the people who are best at innovating and dealing with the unknown — serial entrepreneurs.” As HBR argues, there is nothing more unknown in business than starting a company from scratch.
It’s easy to rest on things that are still working and being innovative doesn’t mean you kill off successful strategies. But it means that those things aren’t going to work forever, and unless you are the one pushing new ideas forward, someone else eventually will.
Lack of follow-through
Coming up with new ideas is actually the easy part. The hard part is giving those ideas a full lifecycle to test out their viability.
According to one recent survey, 95 percent of respondents said innovation is a C-level priority, yet 44 percent reported their business invests less than 2 percent of annual operating budgets in innovation and 63 percent said their company didn’t have a formal innovation-management structure in place, as reported by CIO.
And according to CBI, while everyone agrees that innovation is important, 78 percent of corporate strategists focus on incremental changes.
Many innovative ideas simply die out before they ever see the light of day, especially in larger corporations.
To combat the lack of follow through, you need a formalized innovation process and clear communication around it. From top to bottom, the message of innovation should be communicated often and consistently. It’s important that what the CEO says is echoed among managers, otherwise, how can you expect employees to take heed?
Formalizing innovation might sound like an oxymoron, but you need to have a process in place where real resources are being devoted to it. You never know who might have the next big idea, so creating a formal space for ideas to formulate and possibly receive resources is critical to taking innovation to the next stage.
This could take the form of a Shark Tank-like process, where anyone can pitch their idea, and if it’s good enough, it will receive a certain amount of investment. In the long run, taking these small risks will pay off, as the highest performers also tend to be the biggest innovators.
Focusing on technology instead of people
In the modern world, we often equate innovation with technology. Unfortunately, this can lead to a product failing even when it seemed to have all the right things in place.
Trying to solve a problem by identifying a technology gap is thinking with the wrong end in mind. As Deb Owen writes, “innovation begins in the same place one begins converting need into demand. It is the birthplace of demand generation. It begins with people and requires empathy.”
Instead of trying to come up with a shiny new piece of tech, start with a human problem. You can have the coolest little device that tracks every time you blink your eyes, but what problem does it solve? Why are you creating it? These questions are based on humanity, not technology, the tech is there to help you solve the problem.
This also applies to your innovation strategy. When hiring try to get a sense for whether potential employees are content with the status quo or are comfortable with a shifting environment and taking risks.
When sourcing ideas, open it up for everyone, no matter what level they hold in the company. Great ideas come from humans, and from a diverse set of opinions and backgrounds putting those ideas in check. Data is great and can lead you in certain directions, but the spark of creativity is a uniquely human trait that will take you a long way toward innovating.
It can sometimes become frustrating, especially for larger companies, when you’re trying to instill a culture of innovation but unable to harvest the fruits of your labor. There’s a good chance of the items above — or even all three — are hampering your innovation efforts.
The key is to put real resources behind it and make innovation a clear, shared vision among everyone in the company. Formalizing it as a process will make it a priority and allow your employees to start taking steps toward creating a culture that’s ripe for innovation.
We also hear bringing in donuts every now and then helps, but that could just be wishful thinking.
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