Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce | Denver, CO

State of Small Business

. Please Note --> This is a Past Event!! .

Date: 11/3/2015
Time: 7:00 AM TO 9:00 AM

Marriott City Center Hotel
1701 California St.
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 620-8090

Event Description:


At State of Small Business, business leaders will learn about the Denver metro area’s current economic outlook, trends and talent pipeline gaps. In just five years, Colorado will have the highest anticipated education attainment levels in the U.S. That means nearly three-quarters of Colorado workers will need a certificate, training or degree to meet the needs of our economy in industries like health care, construction, IT and more. Join us to hear about the gap and how we're working to close it. In addition to trends, State of Small Business will talk about the business practices that have shaped our community. To do so, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initative at the University of Colorado Denver Business School will award the inaugural Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award to Evan Makovsky, Managing Partner at NAI Shames Makovsky. This annual award is based on the eight principles of business ethics that cable television pioneer Bill Daniels espoused during his long and successful business career.





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Jamie Merisotis, Keynote Speaker
President & CEO
Lumina Foundation

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education, and public policy.  Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education.  He previously served as co-founder and president of the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy, and as executive director of a bipartisan national commission on college affordability appointed by the President and Congressional leaders.

Lenee Koch

Leneé Koch, Panelist
Executive Vice President & Founder
LEI Companies

As Executive Vice President at LEI Companies, Leneé provides leadership, management and vision across the company to ensure LEI is achieving its financial goals and objectives and increasing performance. Along with the President, she determines the strategic direction of the company and is responsible for carrying out that strategy by overseeing functional roles and responsibilities. She manages LEI’s Business Development division and maintains awareness of both the external and internal competitive landscape, opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, new industry developments, and standards.

Noel Ginsburg

Noel Ginsburg, Panelist

Chairman & CEO
Intertech Plastics

In 1980, Noel Ginsburg was still in his senior year at Denver University when he founded what is now the largest custom injection molding manufacturer in Colorado, InterTech Plastics. Intertech is comprised of four companies: InterTech Plastics, Intertech Brands, InterTech Solutions, and most recently InterTech Medical; InterTech Medical being created in July 2013 from Image Molding. Always being an avid leader in community outreach, Ginsburg serves on the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, served as chair and general chair of the Mile High United way, is one of the founding members and past president of the Colorado I Have a Dream foundation, and has been newly appointed Chair of the Governor's Business Experiential Learning Commission.

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Wendy Nkomo, Panelist
Chief Operating Officer
Colorado Technology Association

Wendy serves as the Chief Operating Officer at the Colorado Technology Association, as well as the Executive Director for the Colorado Technology Foundation.  In this role, she excels at identifying the critical path and gaining commitment from diverse constituents across organizational boundaries to connect teams, drive accountability and achieve results.  Her role covers impact work for the tech sector in Colorado related to economic development, workforce development, advocacy and community building.  

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