News for Young Professionals in Denver

Forty Under 40

Posted on February 12, 2014 in YP News

MHYP has some exciting news to share.  6 of our members have been nominated for the Denver Business Journal's Forty under 40.  Please help congratulate them and read about them in the article below:

  • Eric Berlinberg
  • Alex Cole
  • Megan Dubray
  • Ira Johnson
  • Dan Kobler
  • April Lambatos

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/special/2014/fortyunder2014

September Table of 10 with Frank Coyne Recap

September Table of 10 with Frank Coyne Recap

MHYP Table of 10 with Frank Coyne

The Table of Ten Series featured Frank Coyne, who has been on the forefront of education reform, founded Denver Green School which was one of the first Denver Innovation Schools.  We had an amazing conversation about education reform, and where we are headed.  Below are the highlights of our lunch:

  • Colorado has a paradox in that we import all of our talent, we have a very high amount of college educated workers, but our kids have a very low High School graduation rate. In Denver, less than 60% of students who start 9th grade walk across the stage at Graduation. This is not conducive to economic growth or to a stronger Denver. Improving or solving this will greatly improve the Denver economy. (More on the Colorado Paradox)
  • DPS is the fastest growing urban district in the USA, yet our funding is one of the lowest. Part of the problem is that Education funding in Colorado is ranked 46th in the nation.  Schools like the Denver Green School need to keep opening in order for Denver to provide strong education. 
  • Denver innovation schools are allowed more flexibility in one of three areas: 1) Teacher Hiring 2) Federal Guidelines 3) State Guidelines.  This gives the school the freedom to cut out some of the bureaucracy holding them back and focus on the kids and improving their education. 
  • We are moving towards a portfolio approach that allows the kid and their family to choose the best school for the kid.  The result has been better graduation and college entrance rates. 

It was a powerful lunch, and everyone there left with a deeper understanding of what is wrong with our education system, and what people like Frank Coyne are doing to fix it.  

Denver Green School

MHYP July Table of Ten Recap

Posted on July 24, 2013 in MHYP News, YP News, Community News, Denver News
MHYP July Table of Ten Recap

July's Table of Ten Series featured Brett Mosley.  MHYP members enjoyed a great conversation on risk mitigation, how to treat people, and how to run a business. Brett’s 6 top tips:

  • *Know your business
  • *Work your ASS off
  • *Don’t spend your way out of a problem
  • *Be consistent
  • *Under promise and over deliver
  • *Don’t work with friends and family

Concerning press: If you truly believe in your product and have something different, push it.  It will snowball.

Nothing is ever perfect, and never be satisfied.  Make sure employees have a voice, and are empowered to help the company with their ideas. 

It was a powerful lunch. If you missed it, be sure to register next month to have lunch with Jung Park. 

More information is available here:

MHYP June Table of Ten Recap

Posted on June 26, 2013 in MHYP News, YP News
MHYP June Table of Ten Recap

June's Table of Ten Series featured John Levisay.  We had a great conversation on lifestyle, changing careers, business, and growth.  Here are a few takeaways: 

* Levisay transitioned from education, to business school, to an investment bank, to eBay Motors, to servicemagic.com, to founding Sympoz.  Don’t be afraid to make a change, don’t tread water and always pursue a place that you can learn a lot from.

* Have a passion for the business, not for the product.  Sympoz is his business and he is very passionate about it, but he sells classes like quilting, which he is not passionate about. 

* Have a hypothesis and test it quickly at a low cost.  Quickly make decisions based on the testing on where to build traction.

* Be OK with saying no to cool ideas that don’t have a significant market. 

 

It was a powerful lunch, but if you missed it be ready to register next month to have lunch with Brett Mosely.  Click below for more information. 

Register today!

MHYP Social: June 11 at Galvanize

Posted on June 4, 2013 in MHYP News, YP News, Denver News

Please join MHYP for our June social event at Galvanize, 1062 Delaware Street, from 5.30p-7.30p.  Galvanize was recently recognized by the Downtown Denver Partnership at their 52nd Annual Downtown Denver Awards Dinner.  

The June social will be held in conjunction with Goodwill Denver's nextgen young professionals organization, which is dedicated to making a difference in the community through active support of Goodwill’s Youth Services Program.

 


Please visit our events page for more information.

Call For Entries: Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Logo Design Competition

Posted on May 18, 2013 in MHYP News, Non-Profit News, YP News, Colorado News

Unleash your creativity! The Rocky Mountain Young Professionals (RMYP) Summit Planning Committee is looking for an eye-catching logo to use on its marketing and advertising for this year’s summit. The RMYP Summit Planning Committee is inviting enteries to the Logo Design Competition.

Guidelines

*Schedule: Submissions due Friday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m. (late submissions will not be accepted)
*Summit Name: 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit
*Theme: Finding Your Seat at the Table
*Objectives of the Summit: Empowerment of young professionals and professional development

Send all submissions to Sandy Wenger at swenger@conspire2hire.com

Entries will be judged by the RMYP Summit Planning Committee. The winner of the competition will receive entry into the Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit scheduled for October 24-26, 2013.

For questions in regards to the competition please contact Sandy Wenger at swenger@conspire2hire.com or 719-355-1390.

Join Goodwill’s nextgen Leadership Team

Join Goodwill’s nextgen Leadership Team

Goodwill’s nextgen is a group of young professionals dedicated to making a difference through Goodwill’s Youth Services Program. They are currently accepting applications for the 2013/2014 leadership team.  

If you are interested, please contact Brandon Moore at brandon.moore@efirstbank.com or 720-341-4240.  Applications are due at noon on May 17.  

Connect with nextgen on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about the group. Network with other young professionals, volunteer in your community, and support Goodwill! Email volunteer@goodwilldenver.org to learn more. 

Denver Coworking Week is May 6-10!

Posted on May 2, 2013 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Denver News

Join the Denver Coworks alliance as they bring together independent workers, startups and city organizations to help educate people on how coworking is benefitting the 21st century workplace.

  • * Visit, work for free and attend workshops at six different coworking spaces
  • * Learn about coworking and network with freelancers, entrepeneurs and small businesses
  • * Cowork, drink, eat and play kickball

Full schedule is available at Denvercoworks.org

MHYP Board Member Wins South Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award

MHYP Board Member Wins South Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award

Mile High Young Professionals congratulate MHYP board member April Lambatos on winning the 2013 Small Business of the Year award through the South Metro Chamber of Commerce. Lambatos is co-owner and chief operating officer of Footer's Catering alongside husband and co-owner Anthony Lambatos.

Each year, the Chamber presents the Small Business Leadership Awards to honor companies that continue to excel and grow. The emphasis of the recognition is on leadership in keeping with the Chamber’s principle of Leadership in Motion. 

The awards selebration, held at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village on Wednesday May 1, announced the award winners in three categories: Small Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year and Community Leader of the Year.

Goodwill Industries of Denver Announce Openings for Volunteers!

Goodwill Industries of Denver Announce Openings for Volunteers!

Goodwill’s nextgen group is sponsoring a lunch hour volunteer opportunity for young professionals at Aurora Central High School (11700 E. 11th Ave, Aurora) on May 10th.

nextgen will be providing students with career and college portfolio interviews for two class periods from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. You do not need to prepare anything in advance. Feedback forms and interviewing questions will be provided.

Please join Goodwill nextgen for either or both classes! RSVP to Evan Lewis at elewis@goodwilldenver.org or 303.659.7714

Additionally, nextgen is currently accepting applications for the 2013/2014 leadership team. nextgen is a group of young professionals dedicated to making a difference through Goodwill’s Youth Services Program. If you are interested, please contact Brandon Moore at Brandon.moore@efirstbank.com or 720.341.4240. Applications are due at noon on May 17th. 

Connect with nextgen on 
Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about the group. Network with other young professionals, volunteer in your community, and support Goodwill. Email volunteer@goodwilldenver.org to learn more.

Colorado Youth At Risk is Seeking Volunteers for this coming Saturday!

Colorado Youth At Risk is Seeking Volunteers for this coming Saturday!

Colorado Youth at Risk is looking for available, enthusiastic professionals representing diverse vocations, skills, expertise and backgrounds to talk informally and share their career stories and tips at the 4th Annual Career Exploration Day.  This event will be held at the Auraria Campus, North Classroom Building in room 1200 on Saturday April 27 from 2.30pm-4.30pm.

CYAR wants to engage the youth in the endless variety of passions, goals & opportunities available to them and how they can see themselves succeeding as they start out in the professional world.

To get involved, please contact Sarah McGill or Marisol Rodriguez either via email or at 303-623-9140.

For more invormation, visit CYAR's website.

MHYP Co-Founder Ira Johnson Featured in the Denver Business Journal

Posted on April 22, 2013 in MHYP News, YP News, Community News, Denver News
MHYP Co-Founder Ira Johnson Featured in the Denver Business Journal

Ira Johnson has put a lot of energy into his work with Happy Llama. But his heart also lies with Mile High Young Professionals (MHYP), where he serves as events director. 

 

Click here for full coverage at the Denver Business Journal online.

Colorado Unemployment Drops to 7.1%

Posted on April 19, 2013 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News

Colorado added just 500 new payroll jobs in March, a much smaller gain than the previous month, while the state's unemployment rate eased to 7.1 percent, the lowest since January 2009, theColorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Friday.

Click here for full coverage at the Denver Business Journal Online.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Announces 2013’s “Colorado’s Finest” Event

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Announces 2013’s “Colorado’s Finest” Event

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Colorado recognizes that there are many outstanding young professionals in the state who exemplify leadership qualities, are active in their volunteer roles and have excelled in their business communities.

The CFF will honor Colorado’s outstanding young professionals, chosen by our nominating committee, for their professional, charitable and influential accomplishments, at Colorado’s Finest 2013.

There are many ways to become involved with this great event.  For information on joining the event committee, sponsorship opportunities, purchasing event tickets or submitting nominations, contact Holly Bishop at 303-296-6610 or hbishop@cff.org

Click here for more information.

Denver Business Journal Announces Forty under 40 Winners

Posted on March 21, 2013 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Denver News

Mile High Young Professionals congratulates The Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Winners, announced today at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center.

Every accomplished entrepreneur and business person has faced a number of forks and potholes on their road to success. The 2013 winners of the Denver Business Journal’s Forty under 40 were asked about their journeys. At a photo shoot with DBJ photographer Kathleen Lavine at either the Forney Transportation Museum or at Highway Technologies, the winners shared their travel stories — which are included in the special section publishing online and in print March 22.

Click here for the Denver Business Journal article and slideshow.

Denver Ranked Top City For Young Entrepreneurs

Posted on March 21, 2013 in YP News, Business News, National News, Denver News
Denver Ranked Top City For Young Entrepreneurs

Denver is better than both Chicago and Seattle in at least one respect, according to a ranking of the best cities for young entrepreneurs.

The ranking, which put Denver at No. 8 on the list of cities with a population of more than 500,000 people, was done based on input from readers of Under30CEO.com. Readers voted on where they thought would be the best places for a new company to open, based on such factors as culture, local resources, atmosphere and overall appeal to someone in their 20s.

Click here for full coverage at the Denver Business Journal Online.

MHYP Board Member Featured in Denver Business Journal

Congratulations to April Lambatos for her recent coverage in the Denver Business Journal!

Many Mile High Young Professional members know April as our talented Membership Director, but she is also a well-respected leader in the culinary arts business.  April has her B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and is the Co-Owner and COO of Footers Catering.

Click here to read April's profile at DBJ Online.

DBJ Announces 2013 40 Under 40 Winners

Posted on February 22, 2013 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News

The Denver Business Journal announces the honorees for the 2013 Forty under 40 awards.

Denver’s young, dynamic, up-and-coming leaders under age 40 are being recognized for their business success and community contributions. There were 435 nominations for this year's awards.

The group will be recognized during a luncheon on March 21 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center.

Please visit the DBJ online for more information.

Denver Jobs Soar as a Result of Economic Development Fund

Posted on February 19, 2013 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Colorado News, Denver News

A report to be released today by the Denver Office of Economic Development details 2012 as the most successful year for the city’s Business Incentive Fund, which helped attract or retain 8 companies in Denver, creating 1,638 future jobs, $6 million in direct fiscal benefit over a five-year period and are projected to provide $162.1 million in capital investment.

Click here for The Denver Post's coverage.

Congratulations to MHYP’s DBJ 40 Under 40 Nominees!

Congratulations to MHYP’s DBJ 40 Under 40 Nominees!

Congratulations to the following Mile High Young Professionals Members for being nominated for the Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40!


April Lambatos
Will McCollum
Julia Gentry
Aaron Goldhamer
Lindsey Day
Ty Dokken
Ira Johnson
Dan Kobler

From the Denver Business Journal:

More than 300 individuals vied for the Denver Business Journal’s 2012 Forty under 40 honors. That’s an increase of more than 100 over last year for this 16th annual event.

After being judged on their business leadership, recognition of accomplishments and community involvement, these are the 40 honorees selected this year.

These winners will be honored at an awards luncheon March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel. Those wishing to attend can register online here. The keynote speaker will be Robert A. Katz, the chairman of the board and CEO of Vail Resorts Inc.

These 40 rising stars — each under the age of 40 as of March 15 — will be profiled in a special section published in the DBJ’s March 16-22 edition. There were 471 nominations for 307 individuals for the 2012 awards. Take a look back at who took the honors in 2011 by clicking here.


Click here for the Denver Business Journal's coverage

MHYP Announces New Gold Sponsor 3to5 Club

MHYP Announces New Gold Sponsor 3to5 Club

MHYP is proud to announce our newest sponsor for 2013, The 3to5 Club!  We are thrilled to be associated with such a well-respected business organization (and individual, MHYP Member Julia Gentry) and look forward to all of the cross-benefits that will come of this relationship.  If you haven't heard of them already, visit one of their introductions.  Their content and methods are second to none!

3to5 Club... Where could YOUR business be in 3to5 years??

3to5 Club is a high level mastermind group for young entrepreneurs and business professionals. Each group consists of 24 business owners to provide the tools business owners need to make more money in less time, get off the treadmill, and get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place. By joining, each month you will learn how to build a business that works FOR you, ultimately giving you more time, money, and significance while also giving you access to outside eyes/support from other local business owners. 

3to5 Club
Julia Gentry (MHYP Member and Events Committee co-chair)
http://3to5club.com/
http://www.facebook.com/3to5club
https://twitter.com/3to5Club

Colorado Unemployment Drops in December

Colorado Unemployment Drops in December

About 2,400 nonfarm payroll jobs were lost in Colorado between November and December, but economists said Friday that the loss was just a blip in an ongoing job recovery.

The state's unemployment rate in December dipped to 7.6 percent from November's 7.7 percent. The unemployment figures have shown a steady decline since July, when unemployment hit 8.3 percent in Colorado.

Read more at the Denver Post online.

Gov Hickenlooper Delivers Sate of the State Address

Gov Hickenlooper Delivers Sate of the State Address

Gov. John Hickenlooper gave a wide-ranging State of the State address Thursday, calling on lawmakers to implement background checks on all gun sales, pass legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, and pass oil and gas regulations that are “fair, rational, and based on science,” among other topics.

Click here to read the Denver Post's coverage

Denver Metro Chamber and Mile High Young Professionals Debut New Partnership Program

Denver Metro Chamber and Mile High Young Professionals Debut New Partnership Program

The Denver Metro Chamber and Mile High Young Professionals will announce a new partnership and debut a combined young professionals group January 8, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wynkoop Brewery. The announcement will be made as Mile High Professionals celebrates its second anniversary and will be commemorated with a special keg of Mile High YP Ale, brewed specially by Wynkoop Brewery.

“Denver was recently ranked number one in the country for attracting young professional talent,” said Ira Johnson, co-founder of Mile High Young Professionals. “The Denver Metro Chamber has always been a driving force in our community, and Mile High Young Professionals has quickly become a valuable resource for young professionals that are already here and for those looking to relocate to Denver. The collaboration power of our 48 events per year along with the credibility and influence of the Chamber will generate invaluable relationships for members.”

This unique partnership will pool together a full complement of programs to support the young professional demographic, ages 23-39, with a focus on three primary areas: social, access, and discounts and perks. Some of the membership highlights include: 

  • Social
    • Networking (12 event series) – Monthly Socials are uniquely crafted to attract the most engaged and connected YP leaders in Denver.  
    • Sports (4 event series plus intramurals) – This series offers pro sport outings, intramural YP teams and intramural parties. 
    • Philanthropy (4 event series) – Several unique opportunities to get directly involved in the community and help create a better Denver.
  • Access
    • Education (10 event series) –This series will provide providing educational and professional development through programs and distinguished speakers
    • Access (10 event series)- This series will get members into the room or a seat at a table with some of the top current and inspirational leaders in Denver.
  • Discounts and Perks
    • Free professional headshot session courtesy of Blue House Photography ($100 value)
    • Free registration to the monthly “A Conversation With” Chamber program, an intimate dialogue with Denver’s seasoned entrepreneurs. ($1440 value)
    • Opportunity for discounted tickets by local organizations (with a Chamber Young Professionals discount card)

“Denver’s young professionals can now have it all with this new partnership and really position themselves for their emerging careers,” said Rob Rose, engagement manager at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. “The value for this combined program is unbeatable, and it provides many opportunities for young professionals to plug-in and connect in metro Denver.”

A full menu of member benefits can be found at: http://denverchamber.org/youngprofessionals

Media are welcome to attend.

About the Denver Metro Chamber

For nearly 150 years, the Denver Metro Chamber has been a leading voice for Colorado’s business community. With a membership that spans the state and includes 3,000 businesses and their 300,000 employees, the Chamber is an effective advocate for small and large businesses at the local, state and federal levels. Chamber affiliates, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center and the Colorado Competitive Council, play a vital role in defining the economic landscape of our state. For more information, go to www.denverchamber.org .

About Mile High Young Professionals

Mile High Young Professionals’ mission is to empower young professionals in Denver with all of the tools necessary to accomplish their professional and personal goals. This includes relationships developed through networking events, educational seminars, community awareness and volunteering, professional and intramural sporting events and good old fashioned business development. Mile High Young Professionals is a collaboration point for all young professional groups to gain exposure and get their message out, giving young professionals in Denver a progressive edge.  Young Professionals in the Denver community tend to network with a different energy and expectation and we want them to be able to capitalize on that as much as possible through our programs and events. For more information go to http://milehighyp.com/.

Colorado Ranks 5th on Forbes List of Best States for Business

From the Denver Business Journal:

Forbes magazine announced Wednesday that Colorado ranks as the fifth-best state for business.

The magazine’s annual ranking of the Best States For Business had Utah at the top for the third consecutive year. Virginia was second, followed by North Dakota and North Carolina.

The rankings are derived from a series of criteria: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.

Click here to view the full list at Forbes.com.

Denver Home Prices Near Five Year High

Posted on November 29, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Denver News
Denver Home Prices Near Five Year High

Denver area home prices in September reached their highest level in nearly five years, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Index, released Tuesday.

Metro Denver home resale prices have not been as high since October 2007, according to data from the closely followed real estate report series from Standard & Poor's.

Click here to read the full article.

Project C.U.R.E 2013 Junior Board Applications

Posted on October 4, 2012 in MHYP News, Member News, Non-Profit News, YP News, Denver News
Project C.U.R.E 2013 Junior Board Applications

The Project C.U.R.E. Junior Board is in the process of recruiting young professional members for our 2013 Board

PROJECT C.U.R.E. is an international nonprofit, humanitarian relief organization that delivers donated medical supplies, equipment, and services to improve access and quality care for patients and hospitals in developing countries around the world.  For more information about PROJECT C.U.R.E., visit www.projectcure.org.

PROJECT C.U.R.E.’s Junior Board is a formal association of emerging leaders committed to advancing their professional development goals while developing their place in community leadership by supporting PROJECT C.U.R.E. in its mission.  The Junior Board is uniquely positioned in the Denver-metro area’s nonprofit community as a young professionals group that combines the responsibilities of organization support fashioned after traditional nonprofit boards of directors with opportunities to deepen professional and leadership skills. Junior Board members are tasked with spearheading fundraising activities, coordinating volunteer projects, networking with other globally conscious professionals, raising awareness of PROJECT C.U.R.E.’s work among their networks, and cultivating essential leadership skills and competencies.

More information and Application

2ND ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT OCTOBER 19-20

2ND ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT OCTOBER 19-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Ira Johnson (303) 818-0926

Dan Kobler (303) 725-5141

October 4th, 2012, Denver. CO Preparing for the future is one of the best investments a young professional can make in their self and career.  During these times of a slow economy and many candidates battling for the same position, gaining an edge is key. This is why Mile High Young Professionals, a Denver-based Young Professionals education and networking organization, will host the Second Annual Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit (RMYPS) on October 19-20.

Thousands of young professionals enter the work force every year; as a young professional do your skills stand out from the crowd? Join the RMYP Summit and gain the tools for leadership, motivation for success, and build camaraderie with peers. 

Young professionals from across the United States will gather to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from a powerful list of engaging speakers including two Keynotes: one by Richard Franklin, Father of Olympian Missy Franklin and Regional Director of the Clean Tech Open and another by Bill Vidal, Former Mayor of Denver, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver President and CEO.

Additionally, the two-day summit will offer unique social events, engaging speakers, enlightening breakout sessions, a professional networking event, tradeshow, awards banquet and more. It is an event young professionals can’t afford to miss.

On the fence about taking time out of your busy schedule to attend RMYPS? Consider these eye-opening facts:

15 Most Frightening Facts for Young Professionals (Careerealism.com)

  • College education has gone up 23% in the last 10 years.
  • Starting salaries have dropped 11% in the last 10 years.
  • Less than 50% of students ever see the financial return on their investment in an advanced degree.
  • 70 million baby boomers who should be retiring are staying in the job market, thus preventing new grads from entry into the workplace.
  • 90% of young people feel they have to go to college in order to get a job. Most don’t know why they should go or what they should study.
  • $100,000 is a reasonable fee for a top state or private university education.
  • Less than 30% of students gain experience in a professional setting while they are still in school.
  • 25 is the average age of a college grad before moving out of a parent’s house.
  • 80% of jobs are achieved through networking.
  • Less than 20% of grads had jobs when they graduated last year.
  • The job seeker to job ratio is 6:1. Yikes!
  • A young person will only spend an average of 18 months in a job.
  • Today’s college grad can expect 9 careers with an average of 3 jobs in each one.
  • It’s estimated that it will take 5 years to recoup the jobs we’ve lost from the recession.
  • It’s estimated that it will take 10 years to fully recover from this recession.

Want to get involved? Mile High Young Professionals is in search of businesses to sponsor this unique event.  Benefits include recognition as an official sponsor, exposure throughout Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region, booth space at the tradeshow and access to the region’s most respected groups and top young professionals.

For more information or to get involved email info@milehighyp.com or visit rockymountainypsummit.com.


About Mile High Young Professionals      
Mile High Young Professionals was created to fit the need for a universal Young Professionals resource in the Denver metro area. MHYP's mission is to empower Young Professionals in Denver with all of the tools necessary to accomplish their professional and personal goals. This includes relationships developed through networking events, educational seminars, community awareness and volunteering, professional and intramural sporting events and good old-fashioned business development.

-MHYP-

Rocky Mountain YP Summit Website

Impact Denver 2013 Applications now available

Posted on September 19, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Colorado News, Denver News
Impact Denver 2013 Applications now available

Applications are now available for the Impact Denver Class of 2013!   Impact Denver was developed seven years ago to provide emerging leaders in the metro area with the foundational tools they need to become more civically engaged. We hope that you will consider applying to participate in this unique educational experience in foundational civic leadership!

Impact Denver is a six-month program that aims to capture metro Denver’s next generation of leaders in the early stages of their careers as they begin to assume leadership roles in their professional and volunteer lives. The program provides an introductory framework to the challenges confronting our region, and it helps to develop civic leadership skills such as cultural competency, asset-based thinking and board engagement.

Featuring a balanced combination of half-day issue seminars that feature influential community leaders as speakers, small group discussion work, and a year-end closing event, Impact Denver educates its participants on issues that affect our region, including education, health care, arts and culture, politics, and philanthropy. In addition, the class will be split into groups and participate in community action projects for the duration of the program, giving participants hands-on experience working with nonprofit organizations. 

Impact Denver benefits participants in their personal, professional, and civic lives. To begin your civic leadership journey,

Click here to access the 2013 Impact Denver application

2012 “One Book, One Denver” Selection Announced

Posted on September 7, 2012 in YP News, Community News, Cultural News, Denver News

For more than a decade, the Mayor of Denver has been reader-in-chief in heading up a city-wide book club.  Sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, the book selected annually features tours by the selected author and a number of related events.  Past selections include classics like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and new classics including “The Help.” The 2012 One Book, One Denver program is presented by Arts & Venues Denver,Denver Public Library and McDonald’s. Partners include: The Seasoned Chef, The Bloomsbury Review, Universtiy of Colorado Denver, The Tattered Cover Bookstore,Denver8, Cafe Nuba and SKEW Media.
 
All activities and events are FREE and open to the public. Registration is required for some events. Otherwise, seating is on a first‐come, first‐served basis. Sign language interpreter provided upon request; three business days notice required. Contact Lorrie Kosinski at 720‐913‐8487, 720‐913-8487 TTY orlorrie.kosinski@denvergov.org.

Click here to read more.

Colorado business index soars on rising construction employment

Posted on September 4, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News
Colorado business index soars on rising construction employment

A monthly index of expected business activity in Colorado from Denver economist Ernie Goss jumped more than nine percentage points in August, helped by rising construction employment, after sinking into negative territory in July for the first time in nearly three years.

Goss’ monthly Business Conditions Index for the state, issued Tuesday, was 59.0 in August, up from 49.6 in July and 58.6 in June.

Click here to read the full article at the Denver Business Journal online.

Denver 3rd in Job Growth Since 2011

Posted on August 24, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News

Denver ranks third among large U.S. metropolitan areas for job growth over the 12 months ending in July, according to an analysis by an Arizona State University business professor.

Research professor Lee McPheters of ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business compared non-farm payroll job changes between July 2011 and July 2012 in metro areas with 1 million or more people. He used data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Click here for full coverage on Denver Business Journal's site.

Colorado Companies Make 2012 Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing List

Posted on August 21, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News

Colorado has landed 138 companies on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private firms, posted Tuesday.

That comes after the business magazine last week published its Inc. 500 list, which featured fourteen Colorado businesses. 

Click here to read the Denver Business Journal's coverage.

Colorado Companies Make Inc. Magazine’s Top 500

Posted on August 15, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News
Colorado Companies Make Inc. Magazine’s Top 500

Fourteen Colorado businesses have landed on Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies for 2012, two of them among the top 100.

The list appears in the magazine’s September 2012 issue. The ranking is based on revenue growth over a three-year span.

 

 

Click here to view this article on Denver Business Journal's website

Broad Gains in US Stocks

Posted on August 6, 2012 in YP News, Business News, National News
Broad Gains in US Stocks

U.S. stocks traded higher, led by sectors seen as plays on global growth, as concerns about the euro zone's debt crisis eased.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 78 points, or 0.6%, to 13175 in midmorning trading. The gain put the Dow on pace to start the week with a gain for the first time since May 29, or the Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday.

Click here for more coverage at the Wall Street Journal.

Colorado Businesses Make Outside 2012 Best Places to Work

Posted on August 2, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News
Colorado Businesses Make Outside 2012 Best Places to Work

Two Denver-area companies -- Denver'sReadyTalk and Louisville's Natural Habitat Adventures -- rank Nos. 1 and 2 on Outside magazine's latest list of the nation's 100 best places to work, issued Thursday, and New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins is No. 5.

The list is thoroughly dominated by Colorado companies, with 19 local firms on the list.

Outside's ranking recognizes "successful businesses that allow people to pursue ambitious careers but also spend time with their families, give back to their communities, and fulfill their passion for adventure," the Santa Fe-based outdoor magazine says.

Click here for Denver Business Journal's coverage.

Hancock calls for small-biz lending boost, streamlined licensing in State of City address

Posted on July 20, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Denver News
Hancock calls for small-biz lending boost, streamlined licensing in State of City address

Denver will implement programs to increase capital lending for small companies and to streamline business licensing in the next six months as part of its goal to become a “21st Century city,” Mayor Michael Hancocksaid at his first State of the City address Monday.

Addressing 400 people at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Hancock said he has taken steps to improve Denver’s business climate in his first year in office, such as landing direct flights to Europe and Asia and jump-starting the renovation ofDenver Union Station.

Click here to read the entire article at Denver Business Journal.

Denver Networks Feature Live Fundraiser to Benefit Red Cross Tomorrow

Posted on July 10, 2012 in YP News, Community News, Colorado News, Denver News

Broadcast media across Colorado are joining forces for a live fundraiser on Wednesday, July 11, to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in Colorado and to benefit the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation.

Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Public Television, Aspen Public Radio, KUVO, KUNC and KRCC will join Denver commercial television stations 9NEWS, 7NEWS, Azteca Colorado, CBS4, KDVR, KWGN and KDEN Telemundo Denver for the special broadcast.

The toll-free number to call on July 11 from 4-8pm will be 877-667-6727

Red Cross volunteers will be standing by at Rocky Mountain PBS’ studios to take donations over the phone, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Colorado chapters of the American Red Cross and the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation. Callers will have the option to choose whether to give to one or both organizations.

View the press release here.

Gov Hickenlooper Announces Fire Relief Fund

Posted on July 2, 2012 in YP News, Community News, Colorado News

Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the creation of the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 benefiting those affected by Colorado wildfires. The funds will assist all Colorado communities impacted by wildfires in 2012 and will complement ongoing efforts at www.helpcoloradonow.org. Individuals, foundations and corporations have already generated over $600,000 in relief support for this fund.

 


Click here to read the full press release.

Denver Lands Patent Office

Posted on July 2, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News
Denver Lands Patent Office

The Denver Post Sunday announced that Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Jose have been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce as sights for the three satellite locations for U.S. Patent and Trademark offices. The satellite patent office is expected to generate $440 million in economic-development activity over 5 years.

Click here to read the full article.

Colorado Wildfire Relief

Posted on June 28, 2012 in YP News, Community News, Colorado News, Denver News

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the outbreak of Colorado wildfires in recent weeks.  Below are some resources for those who would like to assist with the wildfire support efforts:

Waldo Canyon Fire (Colorado Springs Gazette) - offers myriad ways for people to support those displaced in the Pikes Peak region

This page from The Denver Post  serves as both a source of information for wildfire victims as well as a portal for those who wish to donate.

Wild Fire Tees is a collaborative project made up of Colorado designers, marketers and printers who have come together to support our state through the sale of locally designed and printed t-shirts.  100% of proceeds will be donated to relief efforts statewide.

Help Colorado Now, Managed by the Colorado Department of Colorado Affairs - Emergency Management, is maintaining an extensive database of donation options as well.

City Park Jazz Continues

Posted on June 28, 2012 in YP News, Community News, Colorado News, Denver News

In the wake of the tragic news surrounding the loss of Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis at last week's City Park Jazz concert, we provide some information on how City Park Jazz will continue to perservere as well as opportunities for interested parties to volunteer with the healing efforts in the coming weeks.

 

Please visit City Park Jazz' website for details on how to donate in memory of Officer Hollis as well as information on planned memorial services.

Colorado:  Back On Track

Posted on May 29, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News
Colorado:  Back On Track

IHS Global Insight, a unit of Douglas County-based IHS Inc., reports that Colorado is one of 12 states expected to reach or exceed pre-recession job levels either this year or next. Four states, all experiencing growth in energy production, Alaska, Louisiana, North Dakota and Texas, already have returned to pre-recession job levels.

Click here to read the full article.

United Airlines announces nonstop flight to Tokyo

Today I’m proud to announce that Denver has secured the first-ever nonstop flight from Denver to Asia!

United Airlines will begin service from Denver to Tokyo on its 787 Dreamliner in March – marking one of the most significant economic-development victories for Denver in recent memory. The City has worked for decades to secure a nonstop flight to Asia because of the monumental economic benefit this would have for metro Denver.

This nonstop flight will open a new frontier of opportunity for our state, better connecting Colorado with Asia’s growing markets. It will create new jobs, attract new companies, generate more than $130 million in annual economic benefit to Colorado, and elevate Denver as a world-class city on the global stage.

We are so excited for this new flight, but we will not stop here. I am laser-focused on creating new jobs and strengthening our economy. Next, we look to Central America, South America and Europe for new service to Denver. Additional international flights will serve as a critical component of our long-term plans for Airport City Denver and the surrounding aerotropolis.

We will not wait for economic opportunities to come to us – we will go out and get them. Now, we get back to work! 

Michael B. Hancock
Mayor

Southwest Airlines best for frequent fliers; United among most improved

Southwest Airlines best for frequent fliers; United among most improved

Denver Business Journal by Mark Harden, New Media Editor

Southwest Airlines, one of Denver International Airport's    top three carriers, is rated the world's most generous airline when it comes to redeeming frequent flier miles, according to a new survey by consulting firm IdeaWorks Co.

It's the second straight year that Dallas-based Southwest (NYSE: LUV) has won the top spot in the annual report.

Twenty-three airlines worldwide were rated on how often they award free tickets in response to website inquiries on redeeming frequent-flier miles.

For its third annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey, IdeaWorks evaluated the carriers by making 6,680 web requests for a standard-mileage award for travel dates from June through October 2012 on top routes.

Southwest and Air Berlin were the only airlines that awarded free seats 100 percent of the time in IdeaWorks' survey.

The only other airlines with award rates better than 90 percent were Brazil's Gol (97.1 percent), Luftansa/Swiss/Austrian (92.1 percent), Singapore Airlines (90.7 percent) and Virgin Australia (90 percent), the report said.

United Airlines, DIA's No. 1 carrier, was tied for seventh place with an award rate of 87.1 percent. IdeaWorks said United was the second most-improved airline from its 2011 award rate, up 15.7 percentage points.

Delta Airlines was rated last for the second year in a row, with an award rate of 27.1 percent, IdeaWorks said. Also scoring low among U.S. carriers were US Airways (33.6 percent) and American Airlines    (45.7 percent).

American also saw the biggest decline from last year, down 17.2 points.

Denver-based Frontier Airlines was not included in the study.

> Click here for the full report from IdeaWorks

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Application open for Leadership Denver Class of 2013

Application open for Leadership Denver Class of 2013

Leadership Denver Class of 2013

Leadership Denver is now accepting applications for the Class of 2013. The Flagship 11-month program is for civic-minded individuals that emphasizes learning through experience and provides in-depth knowledge to give them the tools and a network to better serve the community. Program starts August 2012 and runs through June 2013. To nominate a person or get more information about this program, visit http://www.denverleadership.org/Page/LD_Application2013 , or contact Denise King at 303-620-8055.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MON., June 4, 2012

Leadership Denver 2013 Application

Real estate: Trains and buses and bikes, oh my!

Posted on May 15, 2012 in YP News, Community News, Denver News
Real estate: Trains and buses and bikes, oh my!

The new Union Station will be Denver’s centerpiece for all things transportation, and a lot more

By Stephen Titus

The redevelopment of downtown Denver has seen several landmark projects that draw crowds: Coors Field, 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square, Riverfront Park and even the new county jail. But the most significant project yet is finally under way.

The reconstruction of Union Station will bring that building and the surrounding area full circle from its original status as the heart of transportation in Denver and carry it beyond to a centerpiece of not just transportation, but business, entertainment, architecture and public spaces.

"It’s going to have an enormous impact, not only on downtown Denver and the imediate neighborhood, but the entire region," said Frank Cannon, president of The Union Station Neighborhood Association. "With FasTracks fully developed, there will be more than 200,000 transit trips a day. It becomes a new front door and gateway to our downtown."

Putting that number into perspective, Coors Field holds about 51,000 people, so expectations for Union Station are four times the pedestrian activity of a sold-out Coors Field every day. It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of the Union Station redevelopment. City officials, architects, developers and concerned citizens have been massaging plans for its rehabilitation for more than 20 years, with FasTracks and its multi-billion dollar price tag as the spark that ignited the discussion.

The master developer of the project is the Union Station Neighborhood Association. It is an evenly divided venture between uber developers East West Partners and Continuum Partners. They submitted their substantial credentials to the city in 2005 and were awarded the lucrative deal in 2006. They created the overall configuration of the transit portion of the project and how it interacts with the rest of the 19-acre site. They now coordinate the construction of the transit portion of the project, along with how this will interact with the rest of the development. They also have the right to buy several prime parcels of real estate surrounding the station, of which the proceeds go toward financing the infrastructure. More about this later.

"There are so many different projects advancing by different developers," Cannon said. "There are at least four or five projects on the undeveloped land west of the station (from 15th Street to 20th Street). "I think it goes to show the importance of this project in this community, that there are so many people directly and indirectly involved who are passionate about developing our transportation future and downtown."

In the last 25 years, the historic station has been woefully underutilized with small crowds wandering the 100,000-square-foot building waiting for a late Amtrak train or parking in the adjacent lot. The new station will have far more to offer than just unpredictable Amtrak service. Along with the obvious duty of combining a dozen different modes of transportation, plans also call for office space, public art, restaurants, and public performance and congregation areas and underground parking, all filling the 19.5-acre site. Perhaps most interesting is the disposition of the landmark train building and how the historic structure would be used. Cannon’s team had its own ideas but another group of development top-guns presented the case for a luxury boutique hotel that would encompass most, if not all, of the building.

The Union Station Alliance is headed by an impressive team of visionaries, architects and builders including Dana Crawford who, in the late 1960s, was the lever that lifted Larimer square from skid row to an upscale focal point of entertainment and shopping. She also pioneered Denver’s loft rehabilitation rage in the 1990s and has gone on to successfully tackle some of the most difficult remodeling projects in downtown Denver. She is also a founder of the Oxford Hotel.

Other members of Union Station Alliance include Walter Isenberg of Sage Hospitality, which owns 63 hotels around the country – including the Oxford – and Ferd Belz, who developed the $320 million Tabor Center. Their concept involves converting the 100,000-square-foot station into a boutique hotel with a lobby on the second floor, retail on the first floor and hotel rooms on the second and third floors that will be operated by the Oxford Hotel management team. The Oxford was recently voted the No. 1 hotel in Colorado and No. 47 in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The group hopes to be equally successful with the Union Station hotel.

"I have been working on Union Station since 1982, so it’s a really big thrill," Dana Crawford said. "I think for the Lower Downtown district this is kind of the major piece of the puzzle that’s been waiting to be placed, and it’s going to create a lot of jobs."

Crawford said repurposing and remodeling the historic train building has a budget of $48 million and will bring 350 jobs created directly from construction and, later, hotel operations. This does not include jobs created by other businesses directly related to the hotel.

"It’s an economic engine, there’s no question about that," Crawford said.

Considering the 24-7 nature of the businesses that will operate in the compact Union Station Neighborhood, this will be the not-so-little engine that could. Along with the hotel creating a resort atmosphere, the multi-modal transportation facility will continue to grow in conjunction with FasTracks and virtually guarantee that businesses in this area of downtown grow with it.

"People think about FasTracks as a regional transportation program. Union Station is thought of as a multi-modal transportation hub. We think about Denver Union Station as a city (landmark) building. It had to be as much about downtown as the transportation needs. It has to be transportation first but not transportation only. It’s about people, it’s about the city, it’s public spaces and the city all coming together," Cannon said.

There will also be a sizable office component in the north wing of the project headed by IMA Financial Group and built by the partnership of Rob Cohen, CEO of IMA Financial, and Ed Haselden of Haselden Construction, and designed by Anderson Mason Dale Architects. The five-story, 108,000-square-foot building single-handedly doubles the size of the current building with more than 200 people working in the building for IMA alone.

Cohen said the $32 million project will be owned by himself and Haselden, along with a few key investors, then leased to his company. Cohen organized a similar situation with his current headquarters in the Millennium Financial Center. Cohen built that project in 2001, and it was fully leased almost immediately. With nearly perfect timing, he sold the building in 2008 and has leased back his space since that time. Once again, it’s hard to argue with Cohen’s timing as he breaks ground on his new office at the bottom of the market in what will easily be the hottest piece of real estate in all of Denver. In addition, it will be built to LEED Gold standards.

"It’s one of my larger personal investments and it’s a large investment for IMA," Cohen said. "There’s obviously cost associated with a new building as opposed to renting, but it’s a big part of who we are. We like to make a difference in the community. It’s a high-profile project for the company and has a lot to do with our image and morale."

Cohen’s company will occupy 65,000 square feet of the building with retail and public spaces occupying the first floor – a requirement of all developments in the Union Station neighborhood. A tenant for the rest of the building has not yet been found, but most companies won’t sign on until bricks and mortar are out of the ground.

Everyone involved with Union Station’s resurrection said it ranks high on their list of complex undertakings, but paying for the $500 million worth of public infrastructure is "a Rube Goldberg set of sources," said Diane Barrett, chief projects officer for the City and County of Denver.

An entire magazine could be filled with the intricacies of organizing all the colorful squares that generated the awesome sum needed to finance the core purpose of Union Station. But in brief, the capital needed to finance loans comes from federal and state grants totaling $180 million and another $28 million from the Obama stimulus fund. There are $27 million in proceeds from the sale of five development parcels within the 19-acre site. Master developer Union Station Alliance is under contract to buy all five of the parcels over a period of time and has already closed on three of them for $7 million, with the final two worth $20 million. Other property sales generated another $10 million, and $11.4 million came from the City of Denver. The final $300 million comes from loans to be repaid by taxes generated from increased revenue at Union Station and money pledged by RTD.

With the diverse combination of inflated personalities and egos, and equally huge amounts of money, bureaucracy and statewide importance attached to it, the Union Station rehabilitation project will be historic on many levels. History is being made as this is written with the first phase of the transportation aspect of the project under way and IMA’s office building set to break ground in April.

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Fewer small businesses in Colorado offering health insurance

Fewer small businesses in Colorado offering health insurance

Denver Business Journal

 

The number of small businesses offering health insurance to employees in Colorado declined by 7 percent last year, the state Division of Insurance reported Monday.

The number dropped by 2,210, to 31,524 companies last year. The decline has been steady since 2006 and is off from 65,590 small businesses providing health coverage in 2001.

The Division of Insurance also reported the number of employees receiving health insurance through a small business fell by 4 percent last year. The findings were detailed in the division’s 2011 Colorado Small Group Market Activity Report. A PDF of the report can be downloaded here.

The small-group market is defined as employers who offer health insurance to their employees and who have no more than 50 eligible employees.

The total number of people with health coverage in the small-group market in Colorado has steadily fallen since 2001 and last year declined by 10,625, ending at 256,786.

The biggest change was in the number of sole proprietors carrying health coverage, which fell by 35 percent, to 5,974.

But the number of health plans offered by Colorado companies with 26 to 50 employees grew by 53 percent and covered 18,628 more people.

The Division of Insurance said 14 companies wrote policies for small businesses last year, and collected premiums of $1.1 billion.

UnitedHealthcare had the biggest market share in Colorado in the small group market, at 31.99 percent. Kaiser was second, with a 27.54 percent market share. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield was third, with a market share of 22.59 percent.

Three of the 14 companies are no longer writing new small group policies and are getting out of the market: Aetna Life Insurance Co., Mid-West National Life Insurance Company of Tennessee and Transamerica Life Insurance Co.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Colorado Launches the inaugural Colorado’s Finest YP Campaign

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Colorado Launches the inaugural Colorado’s Finest YP Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Colorado Chapter Launches the inaugural Colorado’s Finest Young Professionals Campaign

Sponsored by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly

Local Fundraiser Part of Nationwide Effort to Battle Life-threatening Disease

[Denver, CO] — The Colorado Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has launched a new locally branded fundraising campaign, the Inaugural Colorado’s Finest Young Professionals Campaign, sponsored by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly!

Colorado’s Finest is a group of individuals who are invaluable to making a difference in their profession, who positively impact those around them in their daily lives and who, through this campaign are committed to making a difference in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) by raising critical funds for life-saving research, education and care programs for CF.

The profile of an honoree is between 25 and 45 years of age, demonstrates professional leadership qualities, is successful in their career, a valuable employee and an asset in their community. We are seeking nominations for twenty-five honorees for this campaign through June 15.  To nominate a friend, colleague or employee who meets this criterion, please make your nominations at: colorado.cff.org/finest.

CF is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide.  It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death.  More than10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.  Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school.  Today, the median predicted age of survival is 37 years old.  Funds raised through this campaign will help spur dramatic advances in CF research and care.

The Colorado’s Finest Final Celebration will be Friday, October 19th at The Studio Loft in the Denver Performing Arts Complex in the heart of the Theatre District.  Enjoy food by Kevin Taylor, special beverages and live entertainment while we recognize twenty-five outstanding young professionals in the state for their success in business and their dedication to philanthropy.  We anticipate this to be a unique and fun networking session to honor our ‘Class of 2012’. This is an inaugural event not to be missed!

The CF Foundation is proud to have funded breakthrough research behind the development of a new drug, Kalydeco, approved by the FDA in January 2012.  Kalydeco is the first development targeting the root cause of the disease, not just the symptoms.  Kalydeco has opened exciting new doors to research and development that may eventually lead to a cure for all people living with CF.

To help fight CF and become involved in the Colorado’s Finest Young Professionals campaign, please call the Colorado Chapter at (303) 296-6610 or visit: http://colorado.cff.org/finest

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to www.cff.org.

Contact:

Holly Bishop, Development Director

Colorado Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

400 S. Colorado Blvd. #840 Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-296-6610 x12

E-mail: hbishop@cff.org

Colorado's Finest Nominations

Craft Brewing Biz Pours $446M into Colorado Economy

Posted on April 30, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News

Colorado’s craft brewing industry produces an annual economic impact of $446 million, according to a study released Tuesday that is the first that attempts to quantify what the growing industry sector means to the state.

The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) contracted with the business research division of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder for the report.

(CBG originally stated that the annual impact of the industry was $714 million. However, CBG officials were forced to retract that number and downgrade the impact by 38 percent, saying they had misinterpreted data given to them by CU and inadvertently double-counted some of the economic numbers.)

Read the full article here.

Top 10 Job Search Tips for Challenging Times

Posted on April 24, 2012 in YP News, Business News

The good news is that the U.S. economy is in growth mode; the bad news is that it’s the weakest economic expansion since the 1940’s.  Landing a new job in today’s market will require more preparation, planning and perseverance than ever before. 

Click here to read the full article.

2ND ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT OCTOBER 19-20

2ND ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT OCTOBER 19-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2012
Contacts:
Ira Johnson: (303) 818-0926
Dan Kobler: (303) 725-5141

2ND ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT OCTOBER 19-20
Denver-based Mile High Young Professionals to Host 2012 Summit

DENVER – Mile High Young Professionals, a Denver-based Young Professionals resource, is set to host the Second Annual Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit (RMYPS) on October 19-20 and is currently seeking young professional organizations and individuals to partner with and plan in the event.

Young professionals from across the Rocky Mountain Region will gather for the second-year event which will connect like-minded individuals from around the state and region by providing the opportunity for networking, learning, collaboration and fun. 

The weekend summit will offer a variety of social events, speakers, breakout sessions, a professional networking event, tradeshow, awards banquet and more.

Mile High Young Professionals is in search of committee members for the event. Benefits include discounted registration, recognition as an official partner, exposure throughout Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region, booth space at the tradeshow and access to the region’s most respected groups and top young professionals.

For more information or to get involved email info@milehighyp.com or visit rockymountainypsummit.com.

About Mile High Young Professionals

Mile High Young Professionals was created to fit the need for a universal Young Professionals resource in the Denver metro area. MHYP's mission is to empower Young Professionals in Denver with all of the tools necessary to accomplish their professional and personal goals. This includes relationships developed through networking events, educational seminars, community awareness and volunteering, professional and intramural sporting events and good old-fashioned business development.

-MHYP-

Rocky Mountain Young Professional Summit

Colorado’s One-Year Job Gain Among Best in U.S.

Posted on April 11, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News

Colorado's non-farm payroll jobs rose 2.2 percent in February from a year earlier, with only five states scoring a higher one-year job growth rate, according to U.S. Labor Department data released Tuesday.

The state added 48,200 payroll positions between February 2011 and February 2012, reaching a total of 2,261,600, according to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The only states to top Colorado's job growth rate over the year were North Dakota (up 6.9 percent), which has seen a surge in oil and gas operations, followed by Oklahoma (up 2.9 percent), Texas (up 2.6 percent), Utah and Louisiana (both up 2.5 percent), the BLS data show. And Kentucky and the District of Columbia both tied Colorado's 2.2 percent job growth rate.

Read the full article here

Denver Small Business Development Center Given Top Honors

The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) this week was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the 2012 Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Award.

Each year, about 1,100 small business development centers across the United States are eligible for the award, whichrecognizes excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation. Some of the criteria for the award include meeting or exceeding the center's performance goals and helping build small businesses by creating and implementing innovative programs.

“Winning this national award is an extraordinary achievement for the Denver Metro SBDC and the Colorado SBDC Network,” said Dan Hannaher, SBA Region VIII Administrator. “It exemplifies the highest standards of service and commitment to the Denver area small business community.”

To achieve this national title, the Denver Metro SBDC was first selected at the SBA district and regional levels. Tameka Montgomery, executive director of the Denver Metro SBDC, will travel to Washington, D.C., to accept the award at a celebration during National Small Business Week on May 21-25.

Click here to read the entire press release on the Denver SBDC website.

Union Station: Construction Progress Continues

Union Station: Construction Progress Continues

IMA Financial Group will break ground next month on its new $32 million headquarters, the first building to be constructed as part of the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Union Station and surrounding property as the region’s transit hub. Plans for the area include redeveloping the historic station into a boutique hotel, with restaurants and retail on the ground level.

Click here to read the Denver Post article

Rankings improve for Colorado undergrad business schools

Posted on March 21, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Colorado News
Rankings improve for Colorado undergrad business schools

Bloomberg Businessweek awarded higher scores to undergraduate business programs at two Colorado universities.

The magazine's measure of the best programs includes student satisfaction, academic quality and post-graduation outcomes.

This year's ranking moves the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business up to No. 57 from No. 64 last year.

The Leeds School of Business at theUniversity of Colorado-Boulder was ranked No. 92, up from No. 97.

Click here to read the full article.

Congratulations to the Denver Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Class of 2012!

Congratulations to the Forty Under 40 class of 2012! More information on the celebration luncheon is available here.

Jonathan Barnett
Oxi Fresh Franchising Company

Damon Barry
CSG Systems

Jeremy Bloom
Integrate

Josh Davies
The A Game

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Civic Center Conservancy

Jennifer Erixon
Mercy Housing Inc.

Keo Frazier
Keos Marketing

Arif Gangji
Neon Rain Interactive

Eric Gutknecht
Continental Sausage

Brooke Hipp
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP

Tasha Jones
Forest City Stapleton Inc.

Elizabeth Jumel
Jumel PR

Peter Karpinski
Sage Restaurant Group

R. Livingston Keithley
Kelly, Stacy & Rita LLC

Jehromee (Shebon) Kelin
Colorado Technical University

Lenee Koch
LEI Companies Inc.

Ramona Lampley
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

John-Paul Maxfield
Waste Farmers

Jill McClure
Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Frank McNulty
Colorado House of Representatives

Myles Mendoza
DFER

Sean Moore
North Highland

Brian Ondre
Cummins Rocky Mountain

Monica Owens
Owens Public Affairs LLC

Murugan Palani
Xcel Energy

Michael Pytel
NIMBL

Kathryn Reilly
Husch Blackwell LLP

Meshach Rhoades
Kutak Rock LLP / Century Link

Kelly Rodriguez
Grant Thornton

Rafael Rodriguez
Heinrich Marketing/Hispanidad

Melissa Rosas
Apex Design

Amy Sherman
Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corp.

Patrick Smyth
Denver Broncos

Julissa Soto
American Diabetes Association

Jeremy Walker
Colorado Technical University

Deirdre Wildman Toltz
Catering by Design

Edward Wingfield
Wingfield Realty

Erin Wright
BonaUS

Jesse Yuran
SmashBurger LLC

Kyle Zeppelin
Zeppelin Development/Taxi

Read more here.

Denver Restaurant Week!

Posted on March 1, 2012 in YP News, Colorado News, Denver News

Denver Restaurant Week is a two-week celebration- from February 25 through March 9- of the culinary scene in Denver. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course dinner for the fixed price of $52.80 for two, or $26.40 for one (not including tax or gratuity).  

Click here for more information and a list of participating restaurants.

Denver Among Top Travel Destinations This Spring

Posted on February 27, 2012 in YP News, Community News, Cultural News, Colorado News, Denver News

Fodor’s, the iconic guide for travelers, has included Denver in its Top 10 Places to Travel This Spring, along with New York City, Mallorca, Tuscany, and Prague, among others. Fodor’s Denver spring highlight is the only American showing of the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Denver Art Museum.

Click here to read the entire article.

Vibrant Downtown: “Key to Region’s Thriving”

Posted on February 16, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Colorado News, Denver News

From the Denver Post:

Some 350 business and civic leaders were in attendance at the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Urban Leadership Symposium Wednesday to hear presentations on how a thriving downtown urban area is critical to attracting a key demographic group, professionals ages 25-34, and that group is essential to building a regional economy.

Click here to read the full article.

Denver Business Journal Names 2012 “Forty Under 40” Honorees

Posted on February 15, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Community News, Colorado News, Denver News

More than 300 individuals vied for the Denver Business Journal’s 2012 Forty under 40 honors.

That’s an increase of more than 100 over last year for this 16th annual event.

After being judged on their business leadership, recognition of accomplishments and community involvement, these are the 40 honorees selected this year.

These winners will be honored at an awards luncheon March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel. Those wishing to attend can register online here.

The keynote speaker will be Robert A. Katz, the chairman of the board and CEO of Vail Resorts Inc.

These 40 rising stars — each under the age of 40 as of March 15 — will be profiled in a special section published in the DBJ’s March 16-22 edition.

There were 471 nominations for 307 individuals for the 2012 awards. Take a look back at who took the honors in 2011 by clicking here.

Click here to see the winners on Denver Business Journal's website.

Denver Ranked Fifth Best City for Conventions

Posted on January 31, 2012 in YP News, Business News, Colorado News, Denver News

Denver ranks as the fifth-best convention city in the United States, according to the largest biannual survey of meeting planners in the country.

That ranking is the highest Denver has achieved in Metropoll’s survey of more than 2,000 meeting planners and is up significantly from its 14th-place ranking in 2009.

The survey involved more than 2,000 corporate and association meeting planners who organize large national meetings for 300 people or more, and it compared the 40 largest cities in the country.

“Overall, Denver is a very strong meeting destination, excelling in logistical areas, reputation, and convention center image,” said the Metropoll report.

The city of Denver was ranked tops among its 40 counterparts for its “good greening policies.” It ranked second for outdoor recreation, third for its scenery and friendly residents and fourth for its clean, attractive space and for the inexpensiveness of travelling to Denver.

The Mile High City also ranked in the top 10 in 14 of 27 attributes that looked at its reputation as a place to hold meetings. Those include being sixth in the country for having a new or expanded convention center, 10th for large trade shows and 10th for excellent hotel meeting facilities.

“This is a real tribute to the Visit Denver convention department, the city’s Arts & Venue department, SMG [the company that operates the Colorado Convention Center], the center manager, Centerplate food service, and our supportive hotels, for the great collaborative effort,” wrote Richard Scharf, Visit Denver president/CEO, in a memo to the organization’s board members.

Read the article on Denver Business Journal here.