Regulations shaping the global economy 1520_ 3/25/14 - Larry and other top executives are very involved with the growing and expanding organization, Colorado Companies To Watch. Lyle Wallace is on the COCTW sponsor board and Larry and Lyle decided they would like to meet and discuss their career focus. Lyle Wallace, with Baker Hostetler, serves as corporate counsel to regional and national privately held companies with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities. He has particular experience representing clients in the manufacturing and distribution, professional services, and building materials and construction industries. With an understanding of the business and legal issues facing his clients, Lyle takes a practical and proactive approach to their corporate concerns. "Our firm was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide." Listen for more... RELATED LINKS: BakerHostetler || Colorado Companies To Watch || CCTW Channel || w3w3 Blog || KEYWORDS: Lyle Wallace, Baker Hostetler, Colorado Companies To Watch, COCTW, Law Firm, Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Tax, Legal Services Worldwide, bytes=5165874 LISTEN TO: Lyle Wallace, Baker Hostetler
Driving growth and attracting new customers 1516_ 3/20/14 - Larry is very involved with the growing and expanding organization, Colorado Companies To Watch and has met a wide variety of senior level executives. Jim Berman, Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits for GCG Financial, originally joined GCG in 1989 with the responsibility of building GCG's Employee Benefits Division in Illinois. After 13 years of leading the firm to tremendous growth in the Employee Benefits area he decided to try his skills on the Carrier side of the business. In 2003 Jim joined United Healthcare as Vice President of sales for Colorado and New Mexico. His responsibilities included developing and managing a large sales and support team, developing marketing strategies for new products and services, and driving growth in membership and profitability. In 2006 Jim was promoted to a Regional and National role in Large Accounts with the responsibility of creating and launching new products around consumer driven strategies. Jim returned to GCG in August 2009 after a five year run at United Healthcare. Jim said, "We believe in being contributing members of the communities we serve. Through our Generous Community Giving program, GCG advisors and staff participate in community service activities. Each month a team from GCG selects and participates in a worthy local charitable project. Our culture rewards teamwork. Whether we are working for you or helping in our communities, we do it together." RELATED LINKS: GCG Financial || Colorado Companies To Watch || CCTW Channel || PodCast Directory || KEYWORDS: Jim Berman, GCG Financial, Generous Community Giving, Colorado Companies To Watch, COCTW, Employee Benefit Division, Productivity, Bottom Line, bytes=4694834 LISTEN TO: Jim Berman, CGC Sponsor -COCTW
Shared mission to build companies, a strong state and country 1506_ 3/8/14 - Through expertly facilitated discussion, What to do? becomes What to do. Perspective is achieved, a definitive plan of action is determined. In subsequent meetings, progress is checked and accountability ensured. We are speaking with Bob Carrothers, Vistage Chair and sponsor of Colorado Companies to Watch. Larry asked Bob why Vistage was a sponsor. "Because", he said, "our mission is the same. Helping to build successful companies is part of building a successful country, a successful state." Put 12 or so high performing business executives in a room and the potential is enormous. The role of a Vistage Chair is to question answers, not simply answer questions, so the core of an issue is exposed, clarity is achieved, and a forward path is charged. Vistage members control businesses with annual sales ranging from $1 million to over $1 billion, representing the most vital component of the economy. Around the world, Vistage-member companies generate nearly $300 billion in annual revenue and employ approximately 1.8 million people. In a recent analysis, Vistage CEO member companies significantly outperformed the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of the average Dun & Bradstreet U.S. company from 2005 to 2009. RELATED LINKS: Vistage Chair || CCTW || CCTW Channel || PodCast Directory || KEYWORDS: Bob Carrothers, Vistage Chair, Colorado Companies to Watch, Shared Mission, Build Companies, Executives, Entrepreneurs, bytes=5541201 LISTEN TO: Bob Carrothers, Vistage Chair
Submit your winning nominations now... 1489_ 1/22/14 - COLORADO COMPANIES TO WATCH ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS Colorado Companies to Watch recognizes second- stage companies that are developing valuable products and services and creating quality jobs. They are currently accepting nominations for the 2014 Colorado Companies to Watch award. Companies may apply without being nominated. The nomination deadline is January 27, 2014. To learn more, please click below. This program is a perfect example of public/private partnership. We're talking to Sam Bailey, Business Development Manager for the Governor's Office of Economic Development & International Trade and Program Director for (COCTW) Colorado Companies to Watch. That means he primarily works in business retention and expansion, helping existing businesses grow and expand their businesses which is now five years into the program with over 200 companies highlighted and close to, if not over a thousand finalists. Sam said, "We have really seen a lot of companies and communities come out and support these businesses - highlight them, recognize them - so the program has grown to quite a prestigious honor. This year alone we had a wonderful geographical diversity across the state of Colorado. We had companies from rural and urban communities - communities that we haven't seen on stage before. So this has been a banner year for COCTW. We're looking to continue that through outreach to our community partners across the state. It's important to note this is not a program just for the Front Range. It's for the entire state; we have companies from Durango, Carbondale, Craig, and Holly." Listen for more... RELATED LINKS: Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || Nomination Link || Blog || Gala Event Photos || KEYWORDS: Sam Bailey, Office of Economic Development and International Trade, OEDIT, Colorado Companies to Watch, COCTW, Nominations, Colorado, Second Stage Companies, Lowe Foundation, bytes=6226236 LISTEN TO: Sam Bailey, Business Development Manager Program Director, Colorado Companies to Watch
1400_ 6/25/13 - Larry interviewed Patrice Barber, CEO of Taylor Made Emarketing, (TME) a national speaker and award winning business automation consultant who has worked with over 35 Fortune 500 corporations and hundreds of entrepreneurs. Her areas of expertise include digital marketing strategy, marketing automation, mobile marketing, CRM implementation, as well as operations and business development. She is also COO of TiE Rockies Colorado.
Its great that all these digital tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube connect us to lots of people online… But the question is how do we attract online prospects and convert them into long term business relationships and revenue. The answer to that question is what I have asked our guest Patrice Barber to talk with us about today. That includes the market challenges the opportunities, and how digital marketing works.
Patrice started out with the Challenges: One of the biggest challenges SMB’s face is that the landscape of marketing is rapidly shifting to online and digital marketing. Traditional marketing doesn’t work like it used to.
Many small business owners still don’t quite understand how to leverage the power of the Internet and integrate it into the traditional offline tactics that DO work and tie marketing efforts directly to the sales team. Opportunities: There are at least 5 online marketing channels most businesses can take advantage of to tie into their traditional marketing. Mobile marketing, Online PR, Social media like LinkedIn, Twitter, You tube, Google+, Ads online, Internet marketing - Auto-responder drip campaigns, Content writing – like blog posts and other articles. Provide an example of how digital marketing works. When small businesses focus on relationship marketing, they can warm up leads and enjoy 'inbound or pull marketing' instead of more traditional PUSH-Y marketing. One way we simplify this is to define the digital marketing strategy as - Connect, Convert and Cultivate. The idea is to connect to your target market, convert them to interested prospects and raving fans, and cultivate relationships before during and after the buying process so they buy, rave, refer, and buy some more…Patrice explains more…listen now… RELATED LINKS: TMEmarketing || Innovation Pavilion || TiE Rockies || Economy Builders || Mastering Change || KEYWORDS: Patrice Barber, Taylor Made Emarketing, TiE Rockies Colorado, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Traditional Marketing. Mobile Marketing, Online PR, Social Media, bytes=6579412 LISTEN TO: Patrice Barber, President/CEO, Taylor Made Emarketing
Penny Lewandowski Second Stage Development and Growth 1373_ 4/10/13 -
We're here with keynote speaker, at the ACG Denver's April Luncheon, Penny Lewandowski director of entrepreneurship development for the Edward Lowe Foundation. Lewandowski works with entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) as they develop creative ways to grow their communities by serving second-stage businesses. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of building an entrepreneurial culture, as well as the importance of working with growth companies. She also directs the foundation’s Entrepreneurship Team and manages the technology services for the organization. It's been six months since Lewandowski was in Denver, Larry asked for an update on what's happening with Colorado Companies to Watch. Penny said, "Tomorrow evening we will be at the Governor's Residence with all of the finalists - and I think we have 184 finalists. We had a record number of nominations this year. Colorado is always out front when it comes to nominations. Then on Thursday we're going to be judging those companies, and they go through a pretty intensive process with that. We'll probably make an announcement in the next several weeks after we do the judging."
ACG Denver’s David Sloan Scholarship Program. Set your goal to become an ACG Scholar! Each year the Denver Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) awards one scholarship to a promising 1st or 2ndyear student at each of five area graduate business programs, in the amount of $2,500 annually. The scholarship is renewable for a second year based on both the academic performance and the career ambition of the student. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be currently enrolled in one of five programs with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better...Listen for much more...
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For entrepreneurs it takes passion and planning 1341_ 1/25/13 - Colorado Companies to Watch winner, Applied Trust cofounders Trent Hein and Ned McClain (a new father, Congratulations) join Larry Nelson for a check-in visit. We love to get successful entrepreneurs to weigh in on what they see as the barriers and challenges to becoming an entrepreneur today. The advice is always worth hearing. Trent directs us to a very personal and important step. "You've got the great idea - but you've got to have the plan that says here's how you're getting from point A to point B. Here's how I'm going to manage my staff. Here's how I'm going to get revenue. There was a mindset for a period of time, where if you just hoped it would happen - it would. But hope's not a method here. We've got to have a plan." Trent tells us that for the 12+ years that he and Ned have been working together they plan everything out, in some cases multiple years out." Doing that, Trent says, "It is critical to an entrepreneur's success." Ned and Larry agree, it's a hot time for entrepreneurs in Boulder and Denver right now. But Ned believes you have to find something you're really passionate about. They started Applied Trust just after the dot com boom - it was probably not advisable to start an IT infrastructure - security - performance company then. But, it was something they were passionate about and that passion is what helped them be successful. It's certainly a challenge today, there's a temptation to just find something so they can do a startup. Agreeing heartily, Larry coined the Double P words here... Passion and Planning. Listen for more great advice...
COLORADO COMPANIES TO WATCH ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
Colorado Companies to Watch recognizes second- stage companies that are developing valuable products and services and creating quality jobs. They are currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Colorado Companies to Watch award. Companies may apply without being nominated. The nomination deadline is January 28, 2013. To learn more, please click here. RELATED LINKS: .AppliedTrust || The Barking Seal Blog || Gala Event || Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || PodCast Directory || Gala Event Photos || KEYWORDS: AppliedTrust, Trent Hein, Ned McClain, IT infrastructure, Cloud Services,
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Economic predictions for 2013, 2014 and beyond 1337_ 1/16/13 - This is the fourth year running here as ACG Denver starts the new year out with a look into the future featuring keynote speaker Alan Beaulieu, economist with Institute Trend Research. This is a very popular program at ACG, everyone makes it a point to be here in January. Check back in the w3w3.com Archives and you can listen to Alan's past previews into the coming year. Today Alan points out a lot has happened since we last spoke - "the fiscal cliff, we've got Europe going on... I mean there is no lack of things to ponder." Alan is talking about what the semi-resolution of the fiscal cliff means for the economy in 2013. Whether Europe is going to implode or not? The answer is not. Whether the Chinese economy is going to sink or expand? It's going to expand. Whether the U.S. economy is going to see more opportunities for businesses in 13? The answer is yes. And the reason for all of that is what we're going to be discussing here at ACG Denver today. But the reality is, this economy is in a real recovery. It's a sustainable recovery and, it's not going to end for another three maybe three-and-a-half quarters." LN: What are some of the other things you'd like to highlight?
Alan, "Well there's a recession coming in 2014. And, we need to start thinking now about how we're going to get ready for that. And I think more importantly, Larry, because that's pretty short cycle, we should realize that 15, 16, 17 - they're really good years coming! - And business leaders should ask themselves, What do I need to do now to get ready to be busy again? Because, we've had a hunker-down, no-spend, watch-the-cash mentality for so long that we're going to walk right into a great recovery and we're going to be ill prepared for it. Being ill prepared for a recovery is as bad as being ill prepared for a recession." Larry recaps for clarity: Fourteen is going to be a little tough and challenging. But then 15, 16 and 17 they're going to be coming back. "Right" said Alan, "You're absolutely right Larry! We're going to be happy! We're not going to be retiring but it'll be a good time in the country."
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Submit your winning nominations now... 1335_ 1/15/13 - COLORADO COMPANIES TO WATCH ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
Colorado Companies to Watch recognizes second- stage companies that are developing valuable products and services and creating quality jobs. They are currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Colorado Companies to Watch award. Companies may apply without being nominated. The nomination deadline is January 28, 2013. To learn more, please click here. This program is a perfect example of public/private partnership
We're talking to Sam Bailey the Relationship Manager for the Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade. That means he primarily works in business retention and expansion, helping existing businesses grow and expand their businesses. Sam is also the new program director for Colorado Companies to Watch, which is now four years into the program with 200 companies highlighted and close to, if not over a thousand finalists. Sam said, "We have really seen a lot of companies and communities come out and support these businesses - highlight them, recognize them - so the program has grown to quite a prestigious honor. This year alone we had a wonderful geographical diversity across the state of Colorado. We had companies from rural and urban communities - communities that we haven't seen on stage before. So this has been a banner year for COCTW. We're looking to continue that through outreach to our community partners across the state. It's important to note this is not a program just for the Front Range. It's for the entire state; we have companies from Durango, Carbondale, Craig, and Holly." Listen for more... RELATED LINKS: Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || Nomination Link || w3w3.com Blog || Gala Event Photos || KEYWORDS: Sam Bailey, Office of Economic Development and International Trade, OEDIT,
Colorado Companies to Watch, COCTW, Nominations, Colorado, Second Stage Companies, Lowe Foundation, > bytes=6226236 LISTEN TO: Sam Bailey, Program Director, COCTW