The resources we provide to our members are as diverse as our membership (and there are 3,000 of you out there keeping us on our toes). These next few weeks provide great insight into the range of opportunities and resources we offer. We have a summit on creating a safer business environment, economic analysis and forecasts on the impact of small business in Colorado and public policy insights on the future of water.
We’re partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on a Safety Summit this Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our goal is to help businesses create a safer, more secure environment. That means discussing active threat planning, fire and severe weather planning and burglary prevention. We want to help our members understand what threats they and their teams may face and what they can do now to be better prepared.
And, we’re showing our support for Save a Life Denver — a unique coalition of organizations dedicated to empowering people across the Denver metro area by helping them better identify, respond to and recover from active threats. The coalition includes the American Red Cross, the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership, the Denver Health Paramedics Division and the Denver Police Foundation. This effort can help empower your organization and your employees through resources and training designed to prepare the community to better identify, respond to and recover from active threats. You can learn more about how these resources are available to you as an employer at savealifedenver.org.
And, although we have been preparing for this summit and supporting Save a Life Denver for months, the heart-breaking losses in Las Vegas remind us of the incredible challenge we face in helping our employees feel safe in a world that continues to feel more and more uncertain.
Get Up to Speed
We’re talking big innovation by small business at our State of Small Business on Thursday, Nov. 9. You’ll meet leaders from EnerSys Advanced Systems, CU Innovations and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory who help small businesses grow and access the resources and capital needed to be successful. Development Research Partners President and Chief Economist Patty Silverstein will let us know what we can expect for small businesses in 2018. And, we’ve partnered again with the University of Colorado Denver School of Business to recognize the Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year. We are excited to recognize Pat Hamill, founder and CEO of Oakwood Homes, as our honoree this year.
Whether a native or a transplant, you know water is important in Colorado. Given predictions that our state faces a water deficit of 560,000 acre-feet by 2050, it’s critical we continue to keep our focus on this resource more than ever. Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 7, for Business H20 to hear three fast-paced, TED Talk-style presentations from water experts at the center of innovation – from Colorado to Israel – that may help us address our water needs long into the future.
Kelly Brough is the president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber.