The Chamber Today eNewsletter April 2010


The Chamber Today is an electronic newsletter, published monthly by the Boulder Chamber with a distribution of more than 3,000 members each issue. It provides a snapshot of upcoming networking events, public affairs and green business issues, seminars, and educational programs for Chamber members.

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured Articles
> Advocacy Outlook
> Federal health care Q & A
> Social Media 2010: The Business Edition
> Member Spotlight: Hast & Company (podcast)

News
> Announcements
> Good News!
> New & Renewing Members
> Members' News
> Photo Gallery
> Events Calendar




Advocacy Outlook
By Dan Powers

Creating a strong regional economy

The Chamber's ultimate advocacy goal is to influence decisions, policies and programs that ensure Boulder offers the most vibrant economic atmosphere for businesses to thrive. This extends to our efforts that impact regional decisions and state legislation as well. Your membership makes it possible for us to support the strongest economy in Colorado - thank you!  Read more




How the federal health care reform will affect your small business

Question: I own a small business. Would I have to buy insurance for my workers? What help could I get?

Source Kaiser Health News
Answer: It depends on the size of your firm. Companies with fewer than 50 workers wouldn't face any penalties if they didn't offer insurance. Companies could get tax credits to help buy insurance if they have 25 or fewer employees and a workforce with an average wage of up to $50,000. Also tax credits of up to 35 percent of the cost of premiums would be available this year reaching as much as 50 percent in 2014.

In addition, full credits are for the smallest firms with low-wage workers; the subsidies shrink as companies' workforces and average wages rise. Firms with more than 50 employees without coverage will have to pay a fee of up to $2,000 per full-time employee (if any of their workers got government-subsidized insurance coverage in the exchanges). The first 30 workers would be excluded from the assessment. Read more




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Are you leveraging your company's social media efforts?

Social Media 2010 - The Business Edition
Presenting sponsor: Premier Members Federal Credit Union


Have you integrated social media into your marketing plan and need help optimizing it? Make sure your business is taking full advantage of its marketing opportunities by joining the Chamber for a hands-on social media event on Friday, April 30. This half-day event will feature a lively panel discussion moderated by GroundFloor Media on how social media is evolving, trends that are emerging, and what businesses need to do to keep up. Read more for event details




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Art After Dark with Boulder 2140

Boulder 2140, the Chamber's young professionals group, has partnered with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to present 'Art After Dark' on Friday, Apr. 16 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Mix with Boulder's young professionals at this Friday event featuring cocktails (and cocktail attire), local cuisine, contemporary art, and live music from Patrice LeBlanc Duo and DJ CJ.

Admission includes a one-year membership to BMOCA, two drinks, tasting tour of nine Boulder restaurants, and an eco-conscious swag bag. The cost is $45. BMOCA is located at 1750 13th St. Register at Boulder2140.com.

Photo: Boulder 2140's January Happy Hour at Agave; (left to right): Shawn English, Communication Arts Design; Anna Droll, The Front Range Catering Company; Katie Wheeler, Northwestern Mutual; and Daniel Aizenman, Communication Arts Design.




Member Spotlight: Hast & Company
By Stephanie A. Milliman

My Podcast - This month, we've introduced a new podcast feature to complement the member spotlight article focused on highlighting members who have given their time to help nonprofit/organizations.

Welcome to my interview with Thomas Hast of Thomas Hast & Company speaking about his vast involvement with the Chamber and the Boulder community. Hast was an integral part of shaping numerous entities including Naropa University, housing design code for the city council, was one of the first graduates of Leadership Boulder (County) in 1982, and also helped start Friends School in town. Click the "my podcast" icon to hear the interview.  Read article




Announcements

Climate Leaders: Creating Your Green Vision
Hear from a panel of business leaders about concepts they debated and the process that created their company's sustainability policies on Wednesday, Apr. 7. Event is free for members; $25 for future members. 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber Center. RSVP required to Dan Powers, 303.442.1044 x122.




BWLG in April: The Elements of Leadership
Join the Business Women's Leadership Group to learn about the four key elements that define successful leadership on Wednesday, Apr. 14, 8 - 9:30 a.m. at A Spice of Life Event Center. Learn how to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the Elements of Leadership
  • Learn how to put fundamental leadership skills to work for your business
  • Learn what it takes to lead people and inspire them to change. RSVP/information.



Know an Outstanding Woman?
Tell the Business Women's Leadership Group! Each year BWLG honors women who have made significant contributions to address a meaningful business or community need, locally, regionally, nationally, or globally. Nominate now!

Winning nominees will be honored at the 15th Annual Women Who Light the Community luncheon on Wednesday, June 23 at the Millennium Harvest House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.




Be Counted in 2010
Help us make sure everyone is counted in the 2010 Census.  Be sure to complete and return your census form and encourage everyone you know to participate.  For more information visit the 2010 Consensus Web site.




Good News!

The Flagstaff House's executive chef inducted into Foodservice Hall of Fame
Don Monette, founder of the award-winning Flagstaff House, was inducted into The Foodservice Hall of Fame at the Colorado Restaurant Association Spotlight Awards on March 31. This award recognizes outstanding individuals who have lengthy careers in the industry, make contributions to their communities and are recognized by their peers for their commitment to enhance the industry's image. The Monette family has owned the Flagstaff House since 1971. Read more

Boulder Creek Winery invited to participate at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Paris
Owners Mike and Jackie Thompson of Boulder Creek Winery was invited to the tasting of American wines at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris, France on March 24. Featured at the tasting was Boulder Creek's 2006 VIP Reserve - a Bordeaux style red wine recently awarded Colorado's first ever Jefferson Cup at the 2009 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition. Read more

2010 Best of Colorado award recognizes two Boulder Chamber members
At the fourth annual Colorado Meetings + Events magazine Best of Colorado awards celebration on March 15 at the Denver Art Museum, 600+ planners and suppliers applauded the finest of the industry. The readers' choice awards honors the dedication and creativity of event professionals who have earned the respect and admiration of their clients and peers. Chamber members who received awards in the caterer category included A Spice of Life Catering as winner and Greens Point Catering for runner up for outside the Denver Metro area. Read more




What Our Members Are Saying...

"I recently joined the Chamber and it's been invaluable for my success thus far as I've picked up 10 to 12 new customers,"  -John Clauson, Cartridge World-Boulder. <YouTube video>




Your feedback is appreciated. Please email the eNewsletter's editor, Stephanie A. Milliman, with any questions or suggestions. The Chamber Today is published monthly by the Boulder Chamber. Members receive this publication as part of their membership. © Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.


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