The Chamber Today eNewsletter September 2010

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Featured Articles

> Celebrate Entrepreneurism in Boulder at Esprit!
> Boulder Business Trade Fair 2010
> Advocacy Outlook
> VIPs in the AM Health Reform Topic
> Member Spotlight: Foothills United Way
> Member Testimonial: Dutch Creek Financial


> Announcements
> Good News!
> New & Renewing Members
> Photo Gallery
> Events Calendar
> Member Video Testimonial


Celebrate the Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit in Boulder!

The Chamber's signature event, Esprit Entrepreneur, brings together the biggest and brightest stars in our entrepreneurial community in addition to recognizing the Big Ideas on the rise. Meet seasoned entrepreneurs, those just getting started, and everyone in between.

Join us for the Esprit Awards event on Thursday, October 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the UMC's Glenn Miller Ballroom on the CU-Boulder campus. The evening's honorees are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Retzloff, Greenmont, Capital Partners
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Steve Savage, Eco Products
  • Robert Planchard Award: Linnea Simons, Caplan & Earnest, LLC (retired)
  • Entrepreneurs of Distinction: Dan Caruso, Zayo Group; Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan McKinnon-Patterson, Frasca Food and Wine; and Mike Gilliland, Sunflower Markets
  • Entrepreneurial Accelerator Award: David Cohen and Brad Feld, TechStars

The new rising stars category, the Big Ideas honorees include BiOptix; Sendgrid; Ion Engineering; Trada; and Newton Running. Hurry, register soon!

Advocacy Outlook

Chamber Considering Endorsements for Candidate Races
The Boulder Chamber Board will consider endorsing candidates for various state and federal level races during the upcoming election season. A formal protocol was approved earlier this year to discern which races would be most relevant to the issues facing the Boulder area business community. Candidates will be surveyed and interviewed as to their positions on issues identified as priorities to the Chamber based on our mission and our annual board-approved legislative agenda.

The Chamber Board will decide endorsements based on the candidates' likelihood to support policies and programs in pursuit of a strong local economy. Look for a formal announcement of such endorsements following the September 20 meeting.

Meet & Mingle with the Boulder Area Business Community!
Meet local businesses and the people behind them at the Chamber's Boulder Business Trade Fair with November Business After Hours - a great place for local businesses to showcase their products and services to the Boulder area community!

This year's Trade Fair will be on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and is an ideal place to make a lasting impression and a powerful statement to hundreds of locals. Plus, the November Business After Hours will be held in conjunction with the trade fair making this the perfect combination for networking with attendees and exhibitors alike. Visit the Boulder Business Trade Fair website for details.

Learn About Changes in Federal Health Insurance Reform at VIPs in the AM
Do you know the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could affect your health insurance plan? Come hear the new rules in the PPAC Act and how it will affect Colorado on Sept. 14 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Lorez Meinhold, director of Health Reform Implementation and Senior Health Policy Analyst for the State of Colorado, will discuss the latest requirements and changes affecting employer-based health insurance plans due to mandates in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Free for members; $20 for non-members. RSVP required to Dan Powers at 303.442.1044 x122.

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Member Spotlight

5 Questions for Foothills United Way - Focus: Day of Caring
Interview with Barbara Pingrey, president & CEO, Pat Monacelli, director of marketing and communications and Cindy Marsh, director of finance and marketing at Hofgard, Inc.

Foothills United Way has served Boulder and Broomfield Counties for 88 years. The organization brings together people and resources to improve lives within our community. Read more.


The next BWLG will be on Wed., Sept. 8, from 8-9:30am at The Stratford at Flatirons. This month's topic is "Effective Elevator Speech Development." The BWLG is free to members; RSVP required. Register/info.

Ribbon Cutting @ Rudisill, Gardner & Zeman PC
Let's welcome a new Certified Public Accounting firm to Boulder on Thurs., Sept. 9 at 4410 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 135 from 4-5pm. Ribbon cuttings are sponsored by FastFrame.

Horas Sociales
The Latino Chamber of Boulder County invites you to our September Horas Sociales at the Orange Salon 2868 Bluff St. in Boulder on Sept. 9 from 5-7pm. Enjoy giveaways and a taco bar will be provided by Casa Alvarez. Cost is $10 for non-members; free for Boulder Chamber and Latino Chamber members.

Good News!

Fitness For Living Boot Camp Trainers 'the absolute best around'
As recognized by Yellow Scene magazine, Fitness for Living won all of the "Best of the West Personal Trainer Awards" in both Reader's Choice and Critic's Choice categories for both Boulder and East Boulder County (repeat award winner from 2008). The expert training company - led by David Clair - has also been featured on NBC's "Today Show" for their fitness expertise.


What Our Members Are Saying...

"Dutch Creek  has been members of the Chamber for nine years and part of the Executive Exchange Program which  has been extremely beneficial for my business." <VIDEO>


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