Connect & Collaborate - Hank Kashiwa, Olympic and Business Endeavors - Mar 31, 2016

March 31, 2016

Jim Salestrom, a renowned singer, song writer and guitarist who has toured all over the world and met the most incredible people. Jim is our host today introducing us to his good friend, Hank Kashiwa.

Hank Kashiwa is a champion ski racer at the 1969 National Ski Championship, and on the U.S. team at 1970 World Championships. In 1972 he was on the U.S. Olympic team at the winter games in Sapporo, Japan.

Hank went on to become an expert commentator on ski racing and a correspondent on national television.

We will talk about his successes, and his endeavor to found Volant Ski Corporation, manufacturing the "shaped"ski that made carving turns easier.

Connect & Collaborate - Skillful - Job Resource - Mar 30, 2016

March 30, 2016

Skillful is a new skills-based online platform that values people’s skills, not just degrees, and supports lifelong learning in today’s rapidly changing economy. Job seekers can now use Skillful to connect to employers with well-paying jobs and educators who can help them acquire new skills and advance their careers.

Colorado joins the greater Phoenix area as a preliminary test market for Skillful, thanks to our state's heavy concentration on workforce development and improving the talent pipeline.

Wan-Lae Cheng, Senior Director at Markle and Alison Dorsey, part of the Economic Graph team at LinkedIn join us to explain the concept behind Skillful, how it helps both job-seekers and employers and the intuitive ways everyone can approach employment in a more meaningful way, and make better matches.

Connect & Collaborate - Small Business Majority - Mar 29, 2016

March 29, 2016
Tim Gaudette, Colorado Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority joins us to discuss how the Affordable Care Act impacts small business, including the cost of prescriptions and group insurance options.

Tim reminds us that with the changing business community, where small businesses now outnumber larger businesses - that Big Business can no longer speak for small business.

We will discuss how small businesses can band together in an effort to reduce costs, reduce obstacles toward obtaining healthcare and we will have a look at employee driven solutions toward benefits.

Connect & Collaborate - GO Code and Open Data - Mar 28, 2016

March 28, 2016
Anna Ewing, Colorado Innovation Network Executive Director joins us to discuss this year’s GO CODE Colorado innovation challenge. Go Code Colorado is an apps challenge designed to make public data more accessible and user-friendly. 

Teams of developers and entrepreneurs across the state compete to solve business problems and grow Colorado's economy, by building apps that will help Colorado companies thrive. Go Code Colorado is an apps challenge designed to make public data more accessible and user-friendly. 
Secretary of State, Wayne Williams joins us, along with Andrew Cole, Program Manager for the Business Alliance Center - to discuss the tremendous opportunity for citizens to get involved in making their community, their state, better by developing apps that simplify day-to-day work.

Connect & Collaborate - Millennials at Work - Mar 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Patrick Kelly, founder and president of Change Point Consulting joins us to share strategies for connecting with millennials, particularly as the baby boomer generation leaves the workforce as retirement looms. Employers who shun this new generation of workers now, will have a hard time grooming suitable managers in the near future.

Generational differences in the workplace are more significant than ever. When Baby Boomers and Generation X employees got together, they came from similar backgrounds. But as Millennial workers signed on, all those differences became more pronounced.

Right now, the turnover rate for millennial workers is incredibly high. They're more willing to leave a job for the satisfaction and values they expect, than are workers of any other generation.

Connect & Collaborate - Colorado Microbusiness Alliance - Mar 24, 2016

March 24, 2016

The Colorado Microbusiness Alliance was established in summer of 2015, and is now 600 members strong. As an advocacy group for microbusinesses, not just small businesses, the Colorado Microbusiness Alliance aims to support legislation and regulations that help meet the needs of the tiniest businesses, in a non partisan manner.

Today we'll talk with Greg Bashaw, Executive Director of the Colorado Microbusiness Alliance to discuss their beginnings, the future of our states small and micro businesses, and the many ways to assist business owners in growing and managing their companies.

Connect & Collaborate - Gallup - Joe Daly - Mar 23, 2016

March 23, 2016

Gallup has long been associated with well-researched statistics as well as election predictions. The company famous for surveys has stepped away from election season but has much more in development, in particular on helping Americans create and find jobs.

We’ll talk with Joe Daly about Entrepreneurial Profile 10 – a program developed by Gallup to identify and assess the aptitudes and skill sets of youth for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Gallup is meeting with Denver leaders to explain details of a new program that has already launched in three U.S. and three international cities.

Connect & Collaborate - Workforce Development - BEL Commission- Mar 22, 2016

March 22, 2016
00:0000:00 As a COBRT partner agency, Colorado Workforce Development Council joins us once a month to discuss growth and progress of our state's talent pipeline and developing a strong workforce in a program we call, "Creating Colorado's Talent Pipeline".

Stephanie Veck, Director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council introduces us to Ellen Golombek, member of the Business Experiential Learning Commission. We'll discuss the BEL Commission and it's first Initiative, BASIC which stands for "Business and Schools in Collaboration".

Connect & Collaborate - Anthony Lambatos Strategic Planning - Mar 21, 2016

March 21, 2016

Often, in the day to day busy-ness of business, it's easy to let some of the fundamental plans for long-term success slip away. Until one day you realize your strategic plan for your business is no longer a strategy at all.

We'll talk with Anthony Lambatos, owner of Footers Catering about setting ourselves up for success. He'll share about his strategic plan, and give tips for making certain that plan gets implemented no matter how busy you get.

Connect & Collaborate - VITAL for Colorado and NARO - Mar 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

Peter Moore, President and CEO of VITAL for Colorado is a sponsor host of Connect & Collaborate, sharing his message of the importance of energy production in the state. VITAL is a coalition of industry leaders throughout Colorado who support a rational, well-regulated and competitive regulatory environment for energy production.

Today we will talk with Michelle Smith, Rockies President, NARO. Michelle is an organic farmer and rancher with a keen understanding of the connection between responsible oil and gas development and land ownership. We will discuss property right and mineral rights and much more.