Our annual Denver Rescue Mission volunteer event on March 6th was a huge success. Our volunteers served 433 warm meals to those being housed in two seperate shelters. To those who volunteered this year thank you for doing so!
If you missed it and want to learn more about volunteering with Denver Rescue Mission, please visit their website. Also, you can sign up for the Denver Rescue Mission Young Professionals Group that serves 1-2 times a month along with hosting fundraising and other events.
Thank you again to everyone that donated to our Winter Boot Drive this year making it our 9th successful year helping Place Bridge Academy. The school received 9 pairs of boots and 4 packages of socks and our members donated $480.66, which was matched by MHYP for a total of $961.32! Place Bridge Academy really appreciates all of your support this holiday season and the kids will be grateful to have new boots and socks this winter.
Like most things in 2020, MHYP Run Club has gone virtual!
Download the Strava Fitness App and join in on the comaraderie and fun with a chance to participate in contests and earn prizes. Stay connected and supported as you keep on keepin' on! We can't wait to share stats and successes with you all!
Find us in the App or Online at: https://www.strava.com/clubs/mhyp
Virtual runs are on the 1st Tuesday of every month!
Questions? Contact Anselma Lopez: firstname.lastname@example.org
MHYP is proud to report that Mile High Meals raised $6,030 to contribute to feeding our homeless population during a critical time. In collaboration with Footers Catering, we were able to provide 753 meals to the Denver Rescue Mission on July 1st. We thank all of those that contributed to the cause to help provide a delicious meal for those in need!
The 2nd Annual MHYP Master's Golf Tournament was another great success this year at Harvard Gulch! Although new COVID guidelines made it a different event, it was still a blast. Special Congratulations to our 2nd Annual MHYP Masters Champion - Lucas Carter (seen in picture with his trophy). Lucas took first place with a great score of 29, followed closley by Michael Harry with a score of 32, and third place was taken by Kumar Adoni with a 34! We are very much looking forward to the 2021 tournament. Keep an eye out for more details about the upcoming kickball tournament in August!
Now more than ever, we are witnessing the importance of leadership in Colorado. We have seen how we can rally together to respond to a crisis, and it’s inspiring to see our leaders collaborate to take care of our community. MHYP is excited to be collaborating with the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation to cross promote some amazing leadership development opportunities.
The Leadership Foundation wants our community’s leaders to have the knowledge, network, skills and experiences to enhance their leadership. Applications are open for their upcoming programs: Leadership Denver 2021 class (due July 8th) and Impact Denver Fall 2020 class (due August 4th). Both programs are scheduled to start in September.
For the health and safety of participants, our Leadership Foundation team will assess in-person programs and transition to virtual experiences or postpone start dates if necessary.
We hope you’ll share these upcoming leadership development opportunities. If you have questions about their upcoming programs, email email@example.com. Or plan to attend an info session for Leadership Denver on June 2 at 9:30 a.m., June 11 at 1:30 p.m. or June 16 at 1 p.m. For Impact Denver, the info sessions are scheduled for June 11 at 3 p.m. or June 29 at 3 p.m.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the stay-at-home / safer-at-home order, Mile High Young Professionals is continuing to offer all of our events virtually during the month of May. During these challenging times, we want to be sure people have a place to commune and network. MHYP is built on the foundation of networking and interactions and it is especially important to do so now. Instead of jumping in our cars, Ubers or scooters, we'll be opening up our laptops and cleaning off our webcams to gather with each other.
For the latest on everything coronavirus related, please visit our COVID-19 Information page.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the stay-at-home order, Mile High Young Professionals is moving all of our events virtual! During these challenging times, we want to be sure people have a place to commune and network. MHYP is built on the foundation of networking and interactions and it is especially important to do so now. Instead of jumping in our cars, Ubers or scooters, we'll be opening up our laptops and cleaning off our webcams to gather with eachother.
Please join us starting with our April Social on 4/14/20 and reconnect with the YP community. We will get through this together!
For the latest on everything coronavirus related, please visit our COVID-19 Information page.
MHYP has been monitoring the coverage and guidance from public health and elected officials, as COVID-19 continues to spread within Colorado. To protect the health of high-risk individuals and help flatten the curve, MHYP will be canceling all in-person events through April 30, 2020. We will be reviewing this decision every two weeks and will keep our community apprised of any updates as the situation develops. We love hosting events that bring YPs together, which is why this has been a difficult decision to make.
As the premier young professionals organization of Denver, we also believe this is an opportunity to set an example by practicing social distancing. Let's encourage our peers to be kind and considerate to those who may be impacted by the spreading illness.
"Please don't let your immortality force someone else to confront their mortality". - Brandon Borrman via Twitter, presumed to have COVID-19
In addition to practicing good hygiene and social distancing, we also want to do our part to promote a greater sense of community during these tenuous times. Here are some suggestions of ways you can have a positive influence:
As always, thank you for supporting Mile High Young Professionals and our efforts to help protect the health of our fellow Coloradans.
Stay healthy, friends!
Congratulations to MHYP Board Member and Past President, Melanie Lewis Dickerson, on being named one of ColoradoBiz’s 10th Annual Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals!
We are ever grateful for her leadership and commitment to MHYP and the greater Denver and Colorado community.
Be sure to check out her inspiring video, here:
Way to go, Mel!
Need to Buy Health Insurance for 2020?
MHYP is excited to announce Connect for Health Colorado as a sponsor!
Connect for Health Colorado is the official health insurance marketplace for Colorado and the only place where you can apply for financial help to lower the monthly costs. Protect your health and finances in 2020 with an affordable and high-qualify health plan. To find free, in-person help with the enrollment process visit https://connectforhealthco.com/we-can-help/ or call 855-752-6749.
The deadline to sign up for a plan is January 15!
A special thanks to Evolve Vacation Rental, MHYP's latest sponsor!
Evolve makes vacation rental easy for everyone. Evolve's hybrid approach to vacation rental management offers homeowners a better way to generate rental income and provides travelers with the industry’s best booking experience. The Evolve team is dedicated to freeing people from the hassle, guesswork, and frustration that so often come with renting a home.
Evolve supports over 10,000 properties in over 500 markets across North America, thanks to some of the hardest-working teams around. They maintain a strong work ethic and an unapologetic passion for customer service. Their focus is on hitting measurable results, on time - all while having some fun along the way.
Check out Evolve Vacation Rental here!
Darcy Borella, President
Darcy began her career as a speech-language pathologist and spent ten years in healthcare management, overseeing therapy teams in long-term care facilities from New Jersey to California. Working in the long-term care industry, Darcy saw firsthand how financial planning could make a difference in financing end-of-life care, as well as the stress it can place on the patients’ adult children. She also noticed how many front-line healthcare workers don’t take advantage of retirement planning offered by their company, if one is offered at all. Somewhere between witnessing the financial stress on patients’ family members, and co-workers’ confusion on how to invest their 401k accounts, Darcy realized she had a new calling and made the move from healthcare management to wealth management.
Darcy is now a licensed financial advisor with Trilogy Financial Services, where she continues to use a “client-first” mentality to ensure individualized goals drive the planning process. Darcy’s career is focused on small businesses who want to create solid retirement plan options for their employees. She also is dedicated to helping young professionals make better decisions today to ensure financial independence for the future. Darcy currently holds a series 65 as well as life and health insurance licenses.
Darcy also serves on the board of the Colorado Speech and Hearing Association as the State Advocate for Medicare Policy (StAMP). In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball in the
VOTR league, trying out new restaurants in Denver, and relaxing at home in Arvada with her husband, Rob, and their border collie, Roscoe.
Jason Hart, Vice President
Jason is the Owner and Agent of State Farm-Jason Hart Agency a local State Farm Insurance and Financial Services office located in North Aurora. Jason moved to Colorado to open his office in January 2016. Jason and his team pride themselves in making sure people are educated about their insurance and financial needs to make sure they are properly protected and will be able to recover from the unexpected.
Jason is originally from San Diego, CA but moved with his family to a small town outside of San Antonio, TX when he was ten. He graduated with B.S in Biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and got a job as a contractor with the U.S. Navy which took him back to San Diego and then to Kings Bay, GA. career change was in order so Jason went back to school and got a MBA from Webster University and moved to New Orleans where he worked for a local State Farm office and learned how to open his own office.
Jason is an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and is part of several local Realtor organizations. In his free time, you will find Jason exploring what Colorado has to offer from hiking and camping to road tripping to Aspen and Gunnison and traveling to other states and countries as much as he can.
Leah Harroz and Jay Samant
Board of Directors
Leah and Jay are new additions to the Mile High Young Professionals Board of Directors. Leah is a part of the oil and gas industry, and Jay is the founding Vice Principal of Instruction at STRIVE Prep-RISE High School. They make excellent additions to our Board and we are thrilled to have them!
MHYP Co-President and long-time member, Melanie Lewis Dickerson, was named a finalist for the ColoradoBiz Magazine's annual GenXYZ Awards!
MHYP is a proud partner of this event and is looking forward to the celebration of all of the finalists on January 16th, 2020. For more information on the event and to buy tickets, please visit:
Monday Coed 7v7 league
April 8th through May 27th
Tuesdays 7:00pm MST-8:30pm MST
Location: Cranmer Park, 4501 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80220, USA
Captain – Bianca Velez – Bianca.Velez367@gmail.com
10v10 outdoor cup(beer) in hand kickball at Cuernavaca and Hirshorn with a follow-up flip cup tournament after each game at a bar (TBD)
Season - Friday nights for 6 weeks starting April 19th
Time - 6:15 to 8:30 MST
Cost - $65.99 + Fees / person includes shirt and drink specials
Captain - Krista Braun – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up link - https://app.rivall.io/lginv/5c6b4946b4172156424d1752
Up to 60+ total games during the session!
7 weeks guaranteed, 8th & 9th bonus weeks (weather permitting), 8-14 additional tournament games.
2 matches, 6 games per night, daylight and weather permitting; no refunds for rain outs.
T-Shirt included with league (max 10 per team).
End of Season Tournament @ Lowry Sports Complex, Sunday June 23rd (8:00am Start).
Lunch and beverages are provided at tournament.
Game time: Wednesdays, 5:45pm check-in, 6:00pm start for all teams, every week.
This is a coed league (no more than 2 men on the court at a given time).
Denver park locations include: Washington Park, Observatory Park, Harvard Gulch Park
Register with Team Captain - Alex Dvorak (email@example.com)
Congrats to Footers Catering and MHYP Board Member April Lambatos on this accomplishment!
Read more here!
Help us identify the next group of Rocky Mountain's Finest Young Professionals! The 8th Annual Rocky Mountain's Finest event will honor our chapter's most outstanding young professionals for their professional, charitable, and influential accomplishments.
*Between 25 and 45 years of age
*Successful in their chosen career
*Demonstrate professional leadership qualities
*Rising leader at their place of employment
*Engaged with a charity or civic organizations to better the lives of others
*Dedication to raising $4000 from December-April to help CF stand for Cure Found!
Email your completed nomination form to Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 event will be held in April. Date and location to be announced later.
You know the impact that a Leadership Foundation program can have. Refer a colleague or learn more about Impact Denver, which puts up-and-coming professionals on the fast track while discovering their leadership style and completing a community project with a small team during this six-month program.
Refer a colleague by November 5th!
ColoradoBiz wants to celebrate the young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, from the CEOs of freshly minted startups to committed employees helping established companies to thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace.
We're looking for the 21- to 39-year-olds, the go-getters, mobilizers and hot-shots in Colorado who are using their youthful energy to take care of business.
In its 8th year, ColoradoBiz will highlight young pros who are creating game-changing technologies, business strategies, products and services that will shape the next generation of business and grow jobs and commerce in Colorado's economy.
We will recognize the Top 50 finalists in our Jan/Feb issue and at our GenXYZ event in January 2019.
More information can be found here!
You know the impact that a Leadership Foundation program can have. Applications are now open for the Leadership Denver 2019 class. Leadership Denver transforms actively engaged civic leaders into community champions through in-depth experiences with a close network of new personal and professional relationships that last a lifetime.
Applications close Monday, June 4. Don't miss your chance to refer a colleague or apply for the region's premier leadership program.
You know the impact that a Leadership Foundation program can have. Refer a colleague or learn more about Impact Denver, which puts up-and-coming professionals on the fast track while discovering their leadership style and completing a community project with a small team during this six-month program.
Lead from where you stand. The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation's Impact Denver puts up-and-coming professionals on the fast track, learning about community issues, discovering their leadership style and completing a community project with a small team during this program.
Meet over six months in two full days and four half-days, learning about regional issues, meeting influencers and building your personal network
Connect in a small group setting to explore and develop your leadership expertise
Make a difference by working as a team with a community partner to tackle a local challenge
Become part of an influential network of diverse leaders as a Leadership Foundation alum
Submit your application for the Impact Denver Fall 2018 class by May 14th.
What are you standin’ there for?
Spring into action by joining MHYP as we meet up with fellow runners across the Denver Metro Area for monthly runs! Whether you’re an experienced runner or want to get started, this group is for you!
For the summer months, we’ll be touring various run clubs around Denver.
For July’s run, we will be joining Alpine Dog Brewery’s run club. Alpine Dog Brewery is located in Capital Hill, near the Ogden Theatre
We will meet 5-10 Minutes before the run starts. Keep an eye out for Brandon Wilkinson (he’s usually in a white tank top shirt and red-ish shorts) at the runs and contact him if you have any questions – BrandonWilkinsonDB@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you soon!
MHYP Run Club
July 18th, 2017
Alpine Dog Brewery, 1505 Ogden Street
The run starts at 6:00 PM, meet up at the brewery at 5:45 PM
Every other month, we feature a note-worthy, up and coming YP in the Denver area! Someone that is thinking outside of the box to make a big impact on our community or the world.
This month we chose to feature Nate Cowing. Check out his story, as told by our very own MHYP member, Trevor Turner.
Seizing the Day with Nate Cowing
By Trevor Turner
Life can be a beautiful thing, so take advantage of your time while on Earth and revel in the opportunities. We’ve all had loved ones who were taken too early and it’s easy to say live every moment to the fullest, but the truth is most of us don’t. Most of us, except for Nate Cowing, who echoes in my opinion, Robin Williams’s famous line from ‘Dead Poets Society’ “Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
Now, Nate’s life isn’t for everyone, but are you curious how he’s seized the day so far in his life? Since he’s worked many jobs across the country for the likes of Jimmy Fallon, MTV, SNL and Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, it’s not a short story. Oh yea, he’s also traveled the country playing shows with his band The Congress. Read on if you want to hear more.....
The straight and narrow path isn’t for everyone, so after high school and his first year of college at University of Colorado Boulder, Nate moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a cabana boy pulling beach chairs and umbrellas on and off the beach. He loved the California sun and of course, all the beautiful women!
It’s important to mention that Nate is a self-proclaimed wanderlust so it may not surprise you that he was born and raised in Boulder, CO. A wanderlust is someone who has a strong desire to travel and after a year in L.A, Nate decided to move back to Colorado for school. However, school brought him to New York City where he interned for MTV, SNL and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
While at Fallon, Nate was setting up musicians playing on the show to ensure they had a great taping. He also had the opportunity to observe The Roots where he noticed drummer Quest Love’s work ethic and drive to perfect his craft. For an aspiring musician like Nate, this was an amazing opportunity and he soaked up as much of Quest Love and The Roots’ essence as he could. This was something he would be able to use along his journey.
After completing his internships and graduating with an MBA in 2011 from the University of Colorado Denver, Nate moved on to become a Coordinating Producer for Mark Cuban’s AXS TV. AXS TV is a television network providing the best in music programming, festivals, comedy performances, and mixed martial arts promotions. He worked at AXS for two years in the music and sports divisions traveling around the country working its festivals. Nate liked this job but didn’t love it, so he made a drastic change.
The drastic change was moving to Richmond, VA. Now, why would someone who’s lived in New York and Los Angeles decide to move to Virginia? To play music of course, and this was just another part of Nate’s journey where he lived and performed with his band ’The Congress’. In addition to playing shows in Richmond, which is very supportive of its local artists. Nate and his band traveled the country playing music and sometimes having to sleep in their van, or a hotel if they were lucky enough.
I asked Nate if the rock and roll lifestyle ever got the best of him. He said music is his vice and it kept him away from doing drugs and other things. He added, traveling the country by van with a handful of guys is rough and can make a person restless, but once the music starts it’s all worth it.
An interesting fact, in 2011 Nate worked as a professor at the University of Colorado Denver teaching music business: finance and analysis. After a semester, the wanderlust in him kicked in and he had to explore other avenues in life. He said he loved working as a professor and would like to do it again when he’s older and has soaked up more of life and other experiences!
After meeting Nate and feeding off his energy, I quickly booked a flight to Los Angeles since it’s been a place I’ve procrastinated to explore. If you take away one thing from this story, remember to always pursue happiness. Take that trip you’ve been putting off for years. Learn something new, help a stranger out. No matter what, always be attempting to do amazing things. If you do there’s no way you’ll be disappointed with life.
Join Our Kickball Team!!!
Schedule: Thursdays Beginning April 13! (Times TBA)
Cost: $30 (Includes Jersey)
Come Play... For FREE!
Trivia Night at Historians
Location: 24 Broadway #102, Denver
Date: 1st Monday at 8PM (Happy Hour All Night)
Run Club at Denver Beer CO
Location: 1695 Platte St, Denver
Date: 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 6:15
Come Support Our Teams!
League: Play Mile High 11 vs. 11 Soccer
Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Schedule: Our Team Plays On Thursdays!
League: Volleyball of the Rockies
Location: TBA (Rotating Parks Around Denver)
Schedule: Starting April 24th every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Stay In Touch:
If you would like to be included on our Softball Sign up or have a team you'd like to captain send us a message at: Sports@milehighyp.com
See you out there!
Our very own, Trevor Turner, of the Communications Committee will be writing a monthly piece on an up and coming "influencer" in the Denver area. Check out the April article below on Jourdan Eloriaga on his rapidly growing Instagram page and other entrepreneurial endeavors! If you know of any young professionals that would be a good fit for this type of article in the coming months, please email email@example.com. Thanks!
Finding Soul with Jourdan Eloriaga
By Trevor Turner
How many Instagram followers does it take to go viral?
I couldn’t tell you, but Jourdan Eloriaga and his site "The Skillful Voice" has almost 23,000 Instagram followers, making him a contender for the phrase “Going viral.”
The Skillful Voice is a virtual community where dreamers can dream while showcasing their musical chops on the internet. The website’s visibility is strong and Jourdan’s social media attracts singers from around the world. It’s also a haven of inspiration providing vocal lessons and tips such as singing warm ups and advice for singer-songwriters. All of which, is created and managed by Denver’s own 26-year-old Jourdan Eloriaga.
Jourdan is a classically trained vocalist originally from Orange County, California and his goal in creating The Skillful Voice was to build a platform for aspiring musicians. It also hosts singing contests which Jourdan selects a winner and promotes them on Instagram. Don’t worry; he doesn’t give nasty criticism like Simon Cowell.
When it comes to singing, Jourdan considers himself a soul singer and is often attempting to push the envelope by writing one song a week. He also plays the guitar and looks up to Eric Clapton and Slash for their skills on the axe. As far as songwriting, Notorious B.I.G and Nas are his go to. He admires their lyricism and how they can convey a story all while keeping a beat.
If you’re ever at an open mic night in Denver you might run into Jourdan singing and jamming out on his guitar. And when he’s not playing music he’s working on The Skillful Voice or his other startup WalletGyde. WalletGyde provides easy ways to save money and easily track your finances and develop good habits to start saving your cash.
Like many young professionals, Jourdan isn’t sure what the future holds. He’s going to continue working hard on his two companies and see where life takes him. He’s also writing an eBook for The Skillful Voice, so stay tuned.
Following our conversation, Jourdan pulled his guitar out and played in the street in downtown RINO. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1UREKX477n6b1JkX2lnOXJKVmM/view
If you want to keep track of this Mile High young professional you can follow one of his social media pages listed on http://theskillfulvoice.com
Are you interested in getting more involved with MHYP Intramural Sports?? We have some teams starting in April and have fun other activities to join in as well!
Deadline March 17!
Play Mile High
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Spring 17 Thursday 11v11 Soccer
Starts on Thursday, April 6, Times vary
Peter Roldan - Captain
Deadline March 17!
Volleyball of the Rockies
Starts on Wednesday May 3 - All Games 6PM
Maggie Crank - Captain
Starts on Tuesday, March 21, 6PM
Denver Beer Company
Brandon Wilkinson - Leader
YP Kickball Tournament:
Proceeds to go the Winning Team's Charity/Non-Profit of Choice
Estimated Cost: $15 or Less
Saturday, July 22nd
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact email@example.com if you have additional questions
So, what are you standin’ there for?
Spring into action by joining MHYP as we meet up with fellow runners across the Denver Metro Area for monthly runs followed by free food! Whether you’re an experienced runner or want to get started, this group is for you!
We will meet 5-10 Minutes before the run starts. Keep an eye out for Brandon Wilkinson (he’s usually in a bright yellow tank top shirt) at the runs and contact him if you have any questions – BrandonWilkinsonDB@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you soon!
MHYP Run Club
Begins: March 21st 2017
3rd Tuesday of the Month at 6:20PM
1695 Platte Street
5k Walk/Jog/Run around our neighborhood followed by free pasta dinner and of course delicious beers at Denver Beer Co.
Join us in congratulating our very own, April Lambatos, for being selected as Colorado Women's Chamber Young Professional of the Year. For 18 years, the Colorado Women's Chamber has been recognizing Denver young professionals, businesses, and non-profit organizations for business excellence and community impact. So it comes as no surprise that this year, April was recognized for her outstanding achievements as a young prodessional, business owner, and philanthropist here in the the State of Colorado.
April is the co-owner of Footers Catering & Events, where she holds the titles of Head Honcho of Happiness and Chief Operations Officer. Footers partners with over 50 local non-profit organizations to help raise money and awareness for their causes. Footers Catering prides itself on serving the freshest foods, employing a passionate and knowledgeable team, and creating exceptional experiences.
April has her B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida. After graduation April spent time learning hospitality and culinary from the leaders in the industry at Walt Disney World Resorts. For the past 7 years April has pursued her passion of culinary arts and business. She has spent this time doing everything from running a catering kitchen as Executive Chef, planning events as a coordinator, and breaking national sales records as Director of Catering at Paradise Bakery & Cafe.
April's passion, personality, and professionalism make her a highly valued member of not only Mile High Young Professionals, but the entire Denver community!
Two of our members, Shannon Fender and Wes Friednash were recognized in the Denver Post in August 2016 for the excellent work that they are doing at their lobbying firm, Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs. Please join us in celebrating their great accomplishments! We are so proud to have some of the most ambitious and up-and-coming YP's in the state.
Read more about thier accomplishments at: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/16/rd-sewald-josh-hanfling-lobbying-colorado-capitol/
Join fellow MHYP members for a few new sports leagues we are adding! Contact Peter Roldan for more information: Peter.Roldan@gmail.com
Summer Touch Football:
MHYP Running Club
Start your new year off on the right foot! Join us as we meet up with fellow runners across the Denver Metro Area for monthly runs followed by free food and camaraderie! Whether you’re an experienced runner or want to get started, this group is for you!
We will meet 5-10 Minutes before the run starts. Keep an eye out for Anselma Lopez at the runs and contact her if you have any questions –Anselma.Lopez@gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
MHYP Sports Committee Running Club
Begins: January 20th!
3rd Tuesday of the Month at 6:20PM
1695 Platte Street
5k Walk/Jog/Run around our neighborhood followed by free pasta dinner and of course delicious beers at Denver Beer Co.
Denver Startup Week is behind us, but its growing popularity may be one indication of why Colorado landed among the 10 most entrepreneurial states in the nation.
Colorado is the second-best state where small business loans and startups abound, according to a new NerdWallet report.
Footers Catering, owned by Anthony and April Lambatos (President of Mile High Young Professionals) won the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Congrats to April and the entire Footers team. You make us proud!
At a breakfast this morning with 450 civic and business leaders, the Downtown Denver Partnership released its State of Downtown Denver 2015 report. The annual report, funded in part by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, provides exciting evidence of continued development, strong demand for Downtown office space, growth in employment, residential growth and increased mobility options in Downtown Denver.
“There is no question that Denver has one of the most successful downtowns in the nation. Our center city is economically strong and growing,” said Tami Door, president and CEO, Downtown Denver Partnership. “This report provides a benchmark of our progress. The state of Downtown Denver’s development is a direct result of long-time planning, visioning, commitment and collaboration.”
Before we start the countdown to 2015, we wanted to take a moment to look back at 2014.
We are excited to welcome new Board Member Nick Pirnack, incoming President April Lambatos and incoming Vice-President Desiree Embury.
Have a safe, festive New Year's and we'll see you in January!
- The MHYP Board of Directors
Mile High Young Professionals is proud to announce that Nick Pirnack with Lotus Group Advisors has been elected to our Board of Directors. Nick launched and directed our Table of 10 program for the last two years and joins the board as an at-large member. Welcome Nick!
Nick works with young professionals and sales professionals that are fed up with brokers and ‘financial advisors’. We offer something new. We offer a wealth management and investing platform typically reserved for millionaires, but we have figured out how to bring to people that are not yet millionaires.
When he isn’t working Nick spends his time volunteering and raising money for children in Denver. Nick is the Membership Chair for Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation as well as the Director of Volunteers for Minds Matter of Denver, Inc.
Perspective, the Young Professionals Board for Cherry Arts (formerly Cherry Creek Arts Festival), is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for new members.
The mission of Perspective is to inspire patronage of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and ArtDenver among young professionals. Our year-round programming seeks to expand art appreciation through social involvement, innovative education, and promotion of the arts.
Perspective targets young professionals for the following purposes:
· Art education
· Cultivation of future art buyers
· Community leadership and philanthropy development
· Access and input to festival experiences and business
· Increase awareness and attendance of the events
We are currently accepting applications for new board members to begin on January 1, 2015. Qualified applicants are civic-minded professionals between the ages of 21-40 that are interested in furthering the mission of Perspective. A background in art is not necessary. In fact, we encourage young adults of all professions and backgrounds to apply.
Advisory Board Benefits
· Access to and association with Colorado’s signature cultural events
· Reference and volunteer credentials for professional resume
· Personal development, networking, and community philanthropy
· Initial board of directors-type experience
· Festival guide and website recognition
· Festival VIP Club access for advisory board and discount for
young professional at large
· 18 month commitment with intention to renew, estimated twelve
· No cash investment required
Please email Perspective@cherryarts.org with any questions and to request a copy of the application.
Colorado comes out on top in a Business Insider ranking of the nation's top economies.
The national business and technology news website said it evaluated each state on eight measures, including unemployment, the number of non-farm payroll jobs, gross domestic product, average wages, the working age (18-64) population, value of international exports, house prices and auto sales. ( Methodology details here.)
Colorado "was in the top 10 states on five of our metrics, and in the top 15 on the other three," Business Insider said. It said the local economy is "highly diversified, and it especially boasts a strong aerospace sector and a huge amount of federal investment."
It noted a 2.8 percent growth in payroll jobs in the state over the 12 months ending in June, and a 3.8 percent growth in state gross domestic product last year.
All in all, said Business Insider, "Colorado's economy is broadly growing at a healthy clip, and so it comes in as the overall winner."
California came in at No. 2, followed by Texas, Arizona and Utah.
Alaska held down the bottom spot in the ranking, with Business Insider noting the depletion of the state's oil deposits, followed by Vermont and New Mexico.
DUI Defense Matters, Colorado DUI charges defense attorneys, proudly announces our partnership with Mile High Young Professionals group as a Silver Sponsor. Mile High Young Professionals bring development opportunities to young professionals in the Denver metro area. Jake Johnson of DUI Defense Matters, is a member of MHYP, and hopes this partnership will help bring more DUI prevention awareness to young professionals.
Now Accepting APEX Award Nominations
The APEX Awards recognize Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Since 2001, the Colorado Technology Association has hosted this prestigious event bringing together the community and celebrating the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. We encourage you to take time to celebrate your wins!
Nominate a company or individual for the following categories:
Technology Company of the Year
Technology Project of the Year
Technology Startup Company of the Year
Technology Entrepreneur of the Year
Chief Information Officer of the Year
Technology Teacher of the Year
Technology Advocate of the Year
Women in Tech of the Year
Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement
Denver ranks No. 4 on the latest Forbes list of the nation's best places for business, released Wednesday, and Fort Collins comes in at No. 5.
Colorado added 9,100 jobs in May, which has lowered the unemployment rate to it's lowest level since 2008. Read more in the Denver Business Journal.
Dear Concerts For Kids Volunteer,
I am excited to let you know that the Clinton Foundation is partnering with Denver-based non-profit Concerts For Kids, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and Project C.U.R.E for a Day of Action on June 22. I hope you will join me, the Clinton Foundation and hundreds of volunteers from the Denver area to make the city stronger and more vibrant.
At the Clinton Foundation, we're all grateful to have the opportunity to help make a real impact in Denver, a city we're honored is hosting the CGI America meeting later that week, and we're hoping to gather hundreds of Clinton Foundation supporters to participate in our Day of Action. Will you join us?
There are few things more important than giving back to our communities and strengthening our shared future. It is a passion that drives the work of my family and everyone who works at the Clinton Foundation, and that passion and ethos inspired our first Clinton Foundation Day of Action for New York in November 2012, in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Because you are supporter of the Clinton Foundation, I hope it's a passion that you share.
I'm continually amazed by the greater impact we can make when we work together than when we work alone. And this June 22 in Denver, by working together, we can help revitalize neighborhoods, recreation centers and parks, feed the hungry and do so much more.
That is why I sincerely hope you will join me for a Day of Action with Concerts For Kids, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and Project C.U.R.E to come together with hundreds of people to make an immediate and direct impact on your city.
Please register today.
Thank you again for all your work to build a stronger and more equitable world.
Hope to see you on June 22nd!
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The Table of Ten this month featured Jason Regier: Paralympian, non-profit leader, national speaker. It was an absolute honor for us that had the privilege of having discussing success, mindset, ‘disabilities’, and culture. Below are a couple of the highlights:
This was a one of a kind lunch, but next month’s will be great as well! Watch for the registration email for next month’s Table of Ten with Terry Adams, the Executive Director of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.
“The game isn’t over.” Bill Chrismer concluded after reflecting on his path to becoming a small business owner.
Why does one go from working in mergers and acquisitions to owning GQ Barber Lounge, the finest grooming emporium for men in the world?
For Bill, it was the opportunity to change peoples’ lives.
At last Wednesday’s Table of 10 Lunch at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, ten members of MHYP had the privilege of meeting and conversing with Bill Chrismer who was accompanied by two of his stylists, Shea and Molly. He explained how he enjoyed seeing them grow and succeed in his business and we can surmise that they were just two of many lives he touched after starting GQ Barber Lounge nine years ago.
Bill then proceeded to give a candid and entertaining narrative of his career in corporate banking and mergers and acquisitions as well as describing the struggles and triumphs of starting his own venture. He also laid out some of his philosophy on life and business.
Bill’s philosophy of business ownership started as a teenager while working at major America aerospace and defense contractor, McDonnell Douglas. He explained that although McDonnell Douglas was at one time a large and well known organization, today it lacks the prominence it once had. Unlike the diminishing impression that a large company can potentially leave over time, Bill explained that owning your own business can leave a lasting mark. This impact affects those you hire, your customers, and members of the community.
Bill also shared with us some advice that coincided with his philosophy of running his own business:
At the end of the lunch, Bill told us that one aspect of the game is to find out what you want and be willing to go after it. He did. But for him, the game isn’t over.
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:
The Table of Ten this month featured Jayne Buck, VP of Tourism for Visit Denver. It was a great conversation on culture, travel and Denver’s tourism market. Our Table of 10 events provide MHYP members an opportunity to meet and converse with top-level business, community, and social leaders in Denver. These lunches will give you exclusive access to people who's time is at a premium, in a setting that promotes open conversation. Come excited, and ready to ask questions and learn from the best Denver has to offer.
Jayne Buck has served as Vice President of Tourism for VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, since 1999. She is responsible for all leisure marketing efforts for Metro Denver, including international and consumer marketing, implementing an annual $3 million consumer marketing campaign.
In addition, Jayne is responsible for visitor information centers and visitor services, the front line hospitality training (Go the EXTRA Mile), Denver Arts Week, the Cultural Tourism Committee, Denver 365 online event calendar, DENVER2for1TIX program and most recently the Mile High Culture Pass which offers one ticket to 7 attractions plus discounted admission to the Molly Brown House Museum. She manages eight full-time staff and 18 part-time staff.
She is active in cultural, multicultural and neighborhood tourism initiatives, and also works closely with Denver International Airport, the Colorado Tourism Office and international marketing alliances within the region.
She served on the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Board of Directors for eight years, and was Chair in 2010. She currently serves on the Denver Theater District board and is also a member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District’s (SCFD) Denver County Cultural Council, and the Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs.
Prior to coming to Denver, Jayne served as Director of Tourism for St Paul CVB in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was born in Minnesota, a farmer’s daughter. She has 2 sons and 5 grandchildren, all of whom are budding artists already.
Highlights from the Event
We hope to see you at next month's Table of Ten with Bill Chrismer, Owner of GQ Barber Lounge.
Colorado added 2,200 payroll jobs in December from the previous month, while the state's unemployment rate fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 6.2 percent, the lowest level in six years, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employmentreported Tuesday.
For the full story check out the Denver Business Journal.
Mile High Young Professionals would like to thank all of our members, partners, and sponsors for a wonderful 2013. We have so much to be grateful for this holiday season, and so many great events to look forward to in 2014. Please join us in January for Table of Ten event with Jane Buck VP of Visit Denver, our Educational Series with Dia Draper, our monthly social, and our Committee Open House.
From all of us at MHYP, thank you and have a safe and joyous holiday.
We are excited to report that the 2013 MHYP Holiday Boot Drive gathered boots and donations to outfit over 100 students at Place Bridge Academy with winter boots! We want to say thank you to our members for their generosity and especially Julia Gentry and 3to5 Club for winning the company prize donating over 20 pairs of boots!
Over the next week, we will be delivering the boots to the school and helping the students get fitted! Happy Holidays!
November is flying by and the holidays are right around the corner, and the Mile High Young Professionals are getitng in the swing. There are many great events on the way and we just had a wonderful monthly social at Pizzia Republica. It was great to see so many familar and fresh faces there.
Next week we have two great events
First up is our Table of Ten Purnima Voria. We are so lucky to have her speaking with us next week. How often can person intimentally share a meal and an in depth conversation with an individual so deeply influintial in the International trade of two of the worlds largest economies. It is not too late to get tickets so please join us on Wednesday November 20th.
Next up we have our first genuine holiday event: Brews for Boots.
Join us on Thursday, November 21st for a sampling of several accomplished Home Brewers in a comfortable setting at Shift Workspaces in Denver. This is open as an invite only party, raising funds for Place Bridge Academy, and we are asking a suggested minimum donation of $25 to attend what will be an awesome event. Place Bridge Academy serves as a school for refugee and immigrant elementary-aged students and provides support for students and their families as they transition into a mainstream classroom. Come and find out more about all that Place Bridge does, and help raise money to purchase winter boots for families in need! There is a limited number of space available, so a prompt RSVP can assure you access.
We hope to see you at these two great events and many more coming in December.
The Denver Business Journal ranked the fastest-growing private companies in the Denver area. MHYP Member Lindsay Leins is business development manager for Greystone Technology, ranked 2nd their flight.
See the full article below:
The Table of Ten this month featured Daniel Rosacci, CEO of Tony’s Meats. It was a great conversation on learning, adapting and succeeding.
There were unique and powerful messages, keep a lookout for next month’s Table of Ten with Purnima Voria, Founder and CEO of the National US India Chamber of Commerce (NUICC)
Denver, which achieved a full employment recovery in the first quarter, continued to add jobs in the second, according to a study released Wednesday.
The Mountain Monitor report, which tracks the economic recovery in Denver and other cities in the Intermountain West, is done by the Brookings Institute and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A PDF of the report can be downloaded here.
The Mountain Monitor tracks quarterly indicators of economic recession and recovery in the six-state mountain region’s 10 major metropolitan areas that fall within the 100 most populous nationally. The six states are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. In Colorado, the report includes data on the Denver-Aurora area and on Colorado Springs.
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:
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.
MHYP Member Lindsey Leins' company Greystone Technology Group, Inc. Ranks No. 2028 on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 184%
NEW YORK, August 22, 2013 -- Inc. magazine today ranked Colorado-based Greystone Technology Group, Inc. NO. 2028 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy— America’s independent entrepreneurs. Fuhu tops this year’s list. Greystone joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
"We are excited that we continue to build on our momentum of the past few years,” said Peter Melby, President of Greystone Technology Group. “We are especially proud at the quality of growth we've experienced, both in our team and our client base,” he said. “While rankings alone will never be our measure of success, we truly appreciate this recognition. It reveals that our unique business model really is outpacing the rest of the Colorado IT services market."
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion. "Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.
About Greystone Technology Group, Inc.
Greystone Technology Group provides outsourced IT services for small and midsize organizations across Colorado, enabling them to focus on goals and objectives instead of servers and software. As a managed services provider (MSP), Greystone delivers the experience of a full IT department using a proven approach that helps businesses to plan ahead and remove the guesswork from technology management. This unique philosophy results in a true partnership with each client, ensuring that every requirement is addressed at every turn — during strategy, planning, support and administration.
The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2012. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference
Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. community, both a new class of Inc. 500|5000 honorees and the list’s alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us October 10–12, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. For more information about the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and to register, visit www.inc500conference.com or call 866-901-3205.
The August Table of Ten Series featured Jung Park, founder of Metroboom. We had a great conversation on personal branding, the town of Denver, and building a community. Below are the highlights of our lunch.
It was a powerful lunch, but if you missed it be ready to register next month. Look for an email on Wednesday September 11th at 10am!
Jeff Bairstow, president of The Denver Post’s parent companies, is leaving after less than two years to become chief financial officer of Time Inc., parent of Time, People and Sports Illustrated magazines.
Bairstow has been president of Digital First Media since October 2011 under CEO John Paton. The company manages both Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc., which operates The Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera and dozens of other newspapers, and another newspaper chain, 21st Century Media (successor to the Journal Register Co.).
Denver metro home prices hit an all-time high in May on the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, an index that tracks home prices in the 20 largest metro areas and compares prices with a benchmark date of January 2000. Denver’s home price index in May was 140.98, meaning prices in May were 40.98% higher than they were in the benchmark month.
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is leading the way in promoting renewable energy by next month launching a system that will power its LoDo headquarters with electricity generated from a series of photovoltaic solar panels and small wind turbines atop the building at 1445 Market Street. The system, developed by Quantum Renewable Energy of Denver, is expected to cut the chamber’s annual $150,000 power bill by at least 25%.
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:
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.
Economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business Tuesday said Colorado’s economy is growing faster in 2013 than previously expected. At the halfway point in 2013, Colorado’s job-growth rate is up by 2.3%, with the job-growth rate expected to increase to 2.5%, up significantly from the projected 1.8% in December. The state gained about 52,400 jobs from May 2012 to May 2013.
Cable channel CNBC has completed its annual ranking of the best states for business, and Colorado has moved up to the No. 7 spot.
Colorado was No. 8 last year.
CNBC looked at 51 measures of competitiveness to determine the rankings, and states received points based on each metric. Those metrics were then separated into 10 broad categories, including business friendliness, the cost of doing business and access to capital.
Cool Planet Energy Systems confirmed Wednesday that it will relocate its headquarters to Greenwood Village and build a manufacturing plant, likely in Aurora, that will convert organic waste into gasoline. In April, the company applied for $3.1m in state tax credits in return for bringing 393 jobs to the metro area in five years.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was elected chairman of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was elected vice-chairman at the WGA 2013 Annual Meeting, held in Park City, Utah.
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.
A record 13.6 million visitors came to Denver in 2012 and spent a record $3.6 billion in the city, according to a study commissioned for Visit Denver that the organization released Wednesday.
The totals continued a multi-year trend of breaking records for the Mile High City and outpaced the U.S. market as a whole. While the country experienced a 2 percent growth in overnight travel from 2001 to 2012, Denver’s visitors grew 3 percent.
Another month, another stellar set of statistics showing the strength of the metro Denver resale home market with a large increase in sales and more homes hitting the market, according to a report today from Metrolist Inc.
The report, covering May sales of single family homes and condominiums, shows 5,665 homes sold last month, a 20 percent increase from April and a 22 percent increase from the 4,625 sold in May 2012.
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.
he Downtown Denver Partnership Wednesday honored 6 businesses, nonprofits, projects and initiatives that had a significant impact in 2012. The recipients: Boettcher Foundation; Denver Crime Laboratory; Denver Startup Week; Galvanize; Metropolitan State University’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center; and the University of Colorado Denver Business School.
Denver’s economy is on fire! Denver's chief economist today reported significant growth in employment, retail sales and construction, plus a surging housing market. Denver is experiencing the strongest economic outlook we’ve had since 2008.
We are coming out of this recession poised for success:
Volunteer at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival!
We will be selling Festival Merchandise for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in order to raise funds for this amazing non-profit.
Festival Merchandise volunteers ensure everyone takes a piece of the festival home. This friendly, customer service oriented group will wear a special Festival T-shirt and will be the first to introduce guests to the unique merchandise available only at the Festival. Festival Merchandise volunteers need a smiling face and a helpful attitude. Volunteers will answer questions about merchandise to assist with sales, restock tables, work with cash, handle credit card machines, answer general festival questions and most importantly make sure festival attendants have a great shopping experience.
Please feel free to invite your friends to volunteer with you! Thank you again for your taking the time to consider supporting the Cherry Creek Arts Festival!!
MHYP's Table of Ten Series recently featured Andrea Constantine, an author of numerous books on community and connecting people (more information is available at http://andreacostantine.com/andrea-costantine-resources).
We had a deep conversation on treating others as humans, no matter what they look like or their life circumstances, what would we like to change about the world, and the importance of connecting and conversing with strangers.
Some of the key takeaways were:
·Make a point to look everyone in the eye and smile to people that you normally wouldn’t, such as the person checking you out at the grocery store, or the homeless. You have the power to change their day and make them happier, and the ripple effect can be endless.
·Everyone must feel like they belong to their community, without a sense of belonging things like crime, substance abuse, dropout rates and other senseless activities climb.
·Everyone in the community matters, so treat them that way. The more connected a community is the more happy it can be.
It was a powerful lunch, but if you missed it be ready to register next month to have lunch with John Levisay, more information is available at http://milehighyp.com/events/details/june-table-of-ten-2013.
Colorado added 11,600 jobs to its payrolls in April, the biggest one-month job gain of the year to date, and the state's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point, to 6.9 percent, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Friday.
The gain of 11,600 payroll jobs last month, as estimated from results of an employer survey, topped increases of 500 jobs in March, 10,800 in February and 7,100 in January. The average monthly gain over the last 12 months is 5,267 jobs.
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.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or 719-355-1390.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the only two bills extending state tax credits to come out of the 2013 General Assembly. In the afternoon, he signed the measure that expands eligibility for Medicaid — a change that one report said will create more than 22,000 new jobs in the state in the next 13 years.
The Democratic governor held a ceremony at Centennial Airport, in which he made law House Bills 1080 and 1287.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to learn more.
The Colorado Department of Transportation was honored as a “White House Champion of Change for Transportation Innovation” for its smartphone mobile app at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. CDOT Mobile provides travelers with real-time information such as highway conditions, speeds and traffic information surrounding major projects, allowing them to make better decisions about travel mode and route.
On Wednesday May 29th American Red Cross Mile High Region will launch Behind The Red - a new group which brings together active professionals in and around Denver to support the everyday work of the American Red Cross through volunteerism, advocacy and fundraising.
Join Behind The Red for their launch event, complete with food, drinks, music, interactive learning stations, networking and more! Suggested donation is $25.
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.
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.
Home prices in metro Denver rose 9.9 percent in February, marking the 14th straight month of year-over-year gains, according to theStandard & Poor's/Case Shiller home-price index released Tuesday.
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain has announced an opening for a Company Advisor Volunteer for their Business Week event, which runs between June 9- 14, 2013.
JA Business Week is a one-of-a-kind summer program that lets high school students experience the business world, develop leadership skills and focus on their futures. Interactive presentations and small group discussions delivered by prominent Colorado business executives become the academic backbone for the highly educational and informative
MHYP Member Nathan Fielder is launching his new company, COcentric, with a red carpet launch party at Spill Lounge in downtown Denver.
Spill Lounge will be inveiling drink specials and COcentric will be giving away exlusive VIP passes over the next few days in preparation for the event. Visit COcentricmedia.com and COcentric's Facebook page for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado community banks increased their small-business lending by more than $214 million over their baselines using capital from the federal Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF), according to a government report released Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury report showed that SBLF participants nationwide have increased their small-business lending by about $8.9 billion since the depths of the recession in 2009.
Colorado added 10,800 payroll jobs in February, and the state's unemployment rate edged down to 7.2 percent, the lowest level in four years, the Colorado Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday.
It's the state's lowest unemployment rate since February 2009, and the eighth consecutive monthly decline in Colorado's unemployment rate. Unemployment stood at 7.3 percent in January.
Plans for a new upscale hotel and conference center across from the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora were announced Wednesday, a project that could jump-start development near the campus.
Waveland Venturessaid it has plans to build a $160 million mixed-use urban development called Block 21. It would be alongside East Colfax Avenue. The development, if approved by the Aurora City Council, would be home to a six-story, four-star hotel with 200 rooms and a 30,000-square-foot conference center on about 7.5 acres.
It would also feature a four-story apartment building with about 100 units, said Waveland Ventures CEO Rick Hayes.
TEDxMileHigh is excited to announce that early-bird tickets are now on sale for their 2013 flagship event!
We are excited to offer another year of showcasing big ideas and acceleration innovation and social impact to help develop a more vibrant Colorado community.
Although the e-newsletters have been fewer, we've been busy at TEDxMileHigh. On April 12th, TEDxYouth@MileHigh will host 2,000 students (grades 6-12) from around the state to ideate, learn, think, and act. By becoming a TEDxMileHigh Hero or Superhero, you have the ability to underwrite and support this extraordinary event (see ticketing page for details). Thank you for your support of Ideas Worth Spreading in Colorado and see you on June 15th!
The March Table of Ten series featured Adam Schlegel from Snooze. We had a fantastic conversation about food, sustainability, and culture. Some of the key takeaways were:
* Order of Schlegel's priorities in his business are: 1 – people, 2 – planet and 3 – profits.
* Your "why" has to be strong enough to carry your business through tough times. If you have a "why" that’s genuine and you live it, you will not be stopped. Check out this TED talk on the subject: Simon Sinek, How Great Leaders Inspire Action
* Culture is hard to maintain, especially with a large number of employees all over the country. Take your time hiring the right people, and get to know their REAL personality. Schlegel takes all of his managers out for a beer and whiskey before he hires them.
Don't worry if you missed it, we have many fantastic presenters scheduled for the rest of the year! Members, look for the registration email for next month on April 10th at 10am. Our guest of honor will be Denver City Councilman Chris Herndon.
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.
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.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has released state employment information for January 13.
According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 6,000 to 2,753,500 and total employment increased 11,800 to 2,552,800 causing the number of unemployed to decline 5,800. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of one percentage point over the same period to 7.9 percent.
The fifth annual State of DIA event held Tuesday at the Denver Performing Arts Complex focused on two things: flights and finances.
Denver International Airport's manager of aviation Kim Day trumpeted new international routes as the greatest sign of growth in her State of the Airport address.
The three new international destinations in 2012 were Reykjavik, Iceland; Mexico City; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
As the world's 11th busiest airport, however, Day and the event's sponsor, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., said they aim to expand DIA's reach with more global route development in 2013.
In an interview with reporters today at the Venture Capital In The Rockies event in Beaver Creek, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper revealed that the state will be partnering with a number of local CEOs and technology companies to create a $150 million VC fund.