Waste is a waste of resources - Greenology 1499_ 2/11/14 - Here is a Colorado success story driving sustainability solutions in the food service packaging industry. This movement of 'zero waste' is effectively trying to say, 'how do we take things that used to go to the trash and recycle them or compost them so we're minimizing the amount that goes to the landfill?' Ian Jacobson, COO/CFO of Eco-Products deals with institutions that have to take care of their own waste, think of restaurants or restaurant like operators whether that's caterers or anyone who sets the table... a hotel, university or at stadiums as well. Boulder has been the leader in this movement going way back. Boulder is a remarkable business community. Larry asked, what's coming down the road? "Increasingly this concept of 'zero waste'. Look at Google Trends and you can see how that is building over time. This movement is changing the way universities are operating - it's changing the way stadiums are operating." Of course, we have to give a shout out to Ed von Bleichert, manager of the CU Boulder Environmental Operations, Department of Facilities Management . Ed is constantly being called out to universities around the country to lend his expertise and he'll be speaking for Ian's organization later this month in Florida. Ian points out that CU Folsom field is already effectively a Zero Waste Zone, moving as much as they can to compost or recycling. We're hoping to see the major league sports here follow suit, the way they have in Seattle or San Francisco. Some of these other emerging markets for waste diversion are really setting the tone in terms of what is capable. We see that coming here to Denver next. RELATED LINKS: Eco-Products, Inc. || ACG Denver || Ralphie’s Green Stampede || ACG Channel. || Zero Waste - CU Boulder || KEYWORDS: Ian Jacobson, Eco-Products, Inc., Zero Waste, Zero Waste Zone, ACG Denver, Recycle, Compost, Sports Arenas, CU-Boulder, Environmental Operations, Department of Facilities Management bytes=3491111 LISTEN TO: Ian Jacobson, COO/CFO, Eco-Products
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
Fiscal Reality from One of the country’s most informed economists 1486_ 1/16/14 - For a little shot of reality, we are talking with Alan Beaulieu during his annual economic forecast at the ACG Denver 2014 Opening Luncheon. (Note: We've interviewed Alan several times over the years - be sure to check out his view of the future then and now.) ITR Economics focuses on the U.S. and European economy with offices here and there. Today Alan is talking about fiscal reality, a refreshing look at life as it is. "We started with the Affordable Health Care Act. You may be hearing the administration saying because of Obama Care they have slowed down the rate of rise in healthcare - you'll be seeing headlines about that in numerous sources. Keep in mind that it is a very negligible change and the numbers they're citing are before the healthcare act really came into being, 2014 is the real year of the healthcare act. So the slowdown really has to do with the softness we had in the economy in 2013 than it does with anything else, just a normal part of the economy. We think the healthcare act could be a headwind for consumers if the administration is right and millions of healthy young individuals go to the exchange." One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan Beaulieu, is a principal of ITR Economics™ where he serves as President. He leads the company’s European office and serves as chief economist for numerous U.S. and European trade associations. He is co-author of Make Your Move, a book on profiting in business cycle changes, and is a contributing editor for Industry Week magazine...Listen for more... RELATED LINKS: ITR Economics || ACG Denver || Presentation Slides || RM Corporate Growth Conference || Event Photos || M&A Channel || KEYWORDS: Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics, Institute for Trend Research, Financial Trends, ACG Denver, Association for Corporate Growth, Trends, Economic Recovery, M&A, Entrepreneurs, Europe, China, Canada, Latin America > bytes=6262181 LISTEN TO: Alan Beaulieu, Principal, ITR Economics
Enhancing customer loyalty, corporate culture and profitability 1475_ 12/10/13 - Colorado leaders discussed how social responsibility can enhance customer loyalty, corporate culture and profitability. At the ACG 7th Annual Business & Social Enterprise event the keynote speaker was Peter Swinburn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company. Chris Pelley’s definition of social entrepreneurs is, 1.) It’s people who are going to use creative thinking in solving any problem. 2.) The notion of using real business principals and business drivers for the best results is also an important issue. 3.) Sustainability. Swinburn has been in the global beer industry for more than 30 years and has held various senior roles in marketing, retail management and sales. Swinburn joined Molson Coors in 2002 during the Coors Brewers, Ltd. acquisition in the U.K. Prior to his current role, Swinburn was President and Chief Executive Officer of Coors Brewing Company, the U.S. subsidiary of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a role he took in October 2007. From 2005 to 2007, Swinburn was CEO of Coors Brewers Limited, another ...listen for much more... RELATED LINKS: Molson Coors || Community Reach || Social Entrepreneurship Channel || ACG Denver Channel || CIMCO Private Wealth || KEYWORDS: Peter Swinburn, Molson Coors, Annual Business & Social Enterprise, ACG, CIMCO Cares, Coors Brewing, Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Customer Loyalty, Corporate Culture, Profitability, > bytes=9750468 LISTEN TO: Peter Swinburn, CEO, Molson Coors
Please join CTP, TiE Rockies & The Innovation Pavilion in recognizing Larry and Pat Nelson as our 2013 CTP Tech Icon Award recipients!
Sherry Law, Evergreen Communications - 1452_ 10/17/2013
If you attend business events in Colorado, you’ve undoubtedly seen Larry and Pat Nelson, Larry with camera in hand. As founders of w3w3® Media Network, they have attended more than 1,000 events, taken more than 40,000 photos, and interviewed 2,000-plus tech leaders since 1998. Communications Technology Professionals (CTP) is turning the lens on Larry and Pat on November 7th to present them with the Tech Icon Award as part of the Annual Ascent Awards. It is the very first award of its kind.
The Annual Ascent Awards celebrate Colorado entrepreneurial technology companies, recognizing excellence in a variety of categories. The event is presented by CTP and TiE® Rockies and held each year at the Innovation Pavilion. CTP holds two other keynote events each year, The Future of Technology (FOT), and the Technology Executive of the Year.
"Larry and Pat are ever-present and constant supporters of Colorado tech companies," says Debora Langer, CTP president. "The board wanted a way to express how much Larry and Pat have meant to us over the past 15 years—and the Tech Icon Award was born in an immediate and unanimous decision. We are thrilled to be making the inaugural award to Larry and Pat, who are Colorado’s true tech icons. We invite everyone who knows Larry and Pat to join us in celebrating them on November 7th."
The Nelson’s have supported technology companies and companies in diverse industries since co-founding w3w3®Media Network in 1998. The w3w3 all-business radio show website consists of blogs, podcasts, articles, recorded and archived audio and video interviews, business photos and a business calendar of events. Larry also conducts in-house seminars and offers keynote addresses on various business topics, including "Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos," also the title of his latest book.
Larry and Pat have been entrepreneurs in other realms as well, having lived in and owned businesses in five foreign countries that ranged from retail stores to high tech; warehouses to direct mail; and manufacturing to consulting and training.
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Change of course creates need and need creates opportunity 1437_ 9/26/13 -
Larry is here at the ACG Denver's monthly luncheon and is talking with keynote speaker
Charles Fred the group president of Xerox Hospital Provider Solutions (Breakaway Group). In this role, he leads the organization that serves their hospital and physician clients through a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that help healthcare providers apply, manage and use technology that simplifies caregiver workloads. They help doctors and nurses learn software faster and safely. Biggest opportunity in healthcare is change. "Change, of course creates need, and creates opportunity. As a nation we are woefully out of step with technology today in healthcare. We're behind, so technology companies should be able to be born almost instantly to address some of those needs. Our population is ageing quite quickly. Ten thousand people a day turn 65 in the U.S. and that will continue for the next 18 years! That population is living a lot longer than we ever expected and so there are long term care needs." Fred joined Xerox in 2011, when the company acquired The Breakaway Group. During his first 18 months with Xerox, his organization’s revenue grew by 300 percent, while at the same time expanding his operating profit margin to more than 30 percent. Before The Breakaway Group, Fred was CEO of Omega Performance, culminating in a successful sale to IIR, Inc., in 1998. The publication of his best-selling book, Breakaway, in 2002 initiated a 'movement' from the thousands that have read it. Today, many leading universities use the text...
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KEYWORDS: Charles Fred, Xerox, Hospital Provider Solutions, The Breakaway Group,
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Networking Rules of Engagement, the do's and don'ts 1422_ 8/22/13 - Larry spoke with Howard Potter, the self-described recovering attorney and CPA who is here to talk about his favorite subject, networking. We're discussing his Networking Rules of Engagement, and then we'll talk about the 8th Annual Investment & Finance Cross-Networking Event on September 26th, 2013, hosted by Mr. Potter and sponsored by ACG Denver, w3w3.com and many others. Last year over 400 people attended this event and it has been sold out each of the last four years. The format is appreciated by all - there are no speakers, just a lot of time to network and make or renew your contacts. We asked him to talk about his networking best practices. Networking should be about 'How can I help you?' You walk into a meeting, the first thing you want to think is, 'What can I do to help these people in the room?' First, try to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes early. Those first minutes are the most important. You can get the ground work going, canvass the room, get a feeling for what's going on. I would also suggest, try to leave 15 minutes late, at the end of the networking time is some of the most valuable time that you spend. After the networking session is over you have to take the cards you've collected, make notes on the cards to remind yourself later of who you met. Talking about business cards - Never, Never, Never be without your business card. Howard goes so far to say if you are fishing or hunting - have a business card with you. The business card should be a card on which you can write and take notes so the people who meet you and you meet - you can make notes about who these people are and what their background is. Listen for more and be ready to take notes...
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