2014-15 Annual Report

In Control of our Destiny

We finished the 2014-15 fiscal year with a strong foundation from which to build.

At the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, we lay out strategy, we build strong teams and we bring business on board to help our region and its economy prosper. This year was no exception, as we tackled budget issues at the state, defended important education reforms, strengthened our workforce pipeline and advocated for increased voter engagement and transparency. We continued to serve the businesses that help our region thrive by creating venues for continuing education, policy discussion and network expansion. See the highlights in the video above.

Click on a tile below to get the scoop on what we’re most proud of this year


Place to do business

According to Forbes Magazine


members networked at events and members took advantage of


hours of training and consultations


Coalition Partners

The Chamber doesn’t just sit back and watch the action. It is the action. And, if you’re in the business community you know that to get work done you go to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

– Bob Deibel, president and owner of OfficeScapes and 2014-15 Chamber board of directors chair


Success Rate on Top Priority Legislation


member companies strong


member companies strong


Program Participants


Company Relocations or Expansions

$12.5 M

in capital infused to small businesses


Steering committee members and investors

in every corner of Colorado

One thing is apparent: We determine our own destiny.

It’s a trademark of this Chamber that’s rooted in our history of nearly 150 years. We don’t accept the future laid out for us, but we chart our course by rolling up our sleeves, building strong coalitions and putting our businesses in the driver’s seat through connections and resources. As we enter our new fiscal year, we’re as focused as ever on keeping our state on top. That means we’ll work to ensure our state can invest in critical needs like roads, bridges and education. We’ll stay focused on strengthening our workforce pipeline. We’ll support legislation that makes Colorado an even better place to do business. And, we’ll work with you to ensure that we’re producing not just the smartest, most qualified workforce, but also the healthiest. Stay tuned over the next year to learn more about how we’re taking the bull by the horns and keeping Colorado ahead of the pack.

Sept. 1, 2014:

Bob Deibel, president and owner of OfficeScapes, becomes chair of the Chamber’s board of directors.

Sept. 1, 2014:

Snow Much Fun Challenge Campaign, a fundraiser for the Chamber, kicks off.

Sept. 24, 2014:

The Colorado Competitive Council completes its third and final Business Base Camp, taking business leaders and legislators to six districts, covering 1,800 miles of Colorado.

Oct. 6, 2014:

The Chamber and more than 20 partners host business-focused debate with gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates.

Oct. 16-18, 2014:

The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation takes 153 business and civic leaders to Nashville on its 25th Leadership Exchange to learn best practices from communities around the country.

Jan. 7, 2015:

The legislative session begins. The Chamber outlined its top priorities for the year at its Business Legislative Preview Breakfast on Jan. 5.

Jan. 8, 2015:

Four entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas and products to 30 lenders and investors at the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center’s first Trout Tank.

Jan. 9, 2015:

One thousand business leaders kick off the 109th National Western Stock Show at the Chamber’s 21st annual Boots ‘n Business luncheon.

Jan. 19, 2015:

Consultant Connect names Laura Brandt, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation’s director of economic development, among its top 50 economic developers in North America.

Jan 23, 2015:

The Chamber accepts the Chamber of Valor Award from Hiring Our Heroes.

Jan. 29, 2015:

The Chamber and Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., induct eight laureates—Pat Bowlen; H. Brown Cannon, Brown W. Cannon and George R. Cannon; Thomas A. Petrie; Klaus Obermeyer; and Bob and Joanna Sakata—into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame.

Feb. 18, 2015:

Hundreds of small business owners hear from entrepreneurs born in three different generations about their approach to launching and running a successful business and get an update on what’s in store for small business owners in 2015 at State of Small Business.

Feb. 20, 2015:

The Chamber hosts its congressional delegation for a discussion on federal issues.

Feb. 24, 2015:

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation launches the Colorado Investment Services Coalition.

March 19, 2015:

The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation honors 9NEWS Leader of the Year Marco Campos at its Civic Leadership Luncheon.

March 19, 2015:

Kick Back in Cancun Challenge Campaign, a fundraiser for the Chamber, kicks off.

March 31, 2015:

The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation names Dan Lewis as its executive director.

April 6, 2015:

The Chamber sends a letter, signed by 442 business leaders and parents, to the General Assembly and Gov. John Hickenlooper to express opposition to Senate Bill 223, which would have undermined the core of why we assess schools and students.

April 9, 2015:

The Chamber joins its transportation partners and the Regional Transportation District for Stand Up 4 Transportation Day–raising awareness of the need for increased funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

April 16-17, 2015:

The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation takes 110 business and civic leaders to the Vail-Summit County region for Colorado Experience to learn about statewide issues.

April 21, 2015:

Goodwill Industries of Denver honors Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough with its Community Leader Award.

April 24, 2015:

The Chamber recognizes six organizations and one individual for business excellence and community impact at the 2015 Business Awards.

May 6, 2015:

The legislative session ends. The Chamber shares its legislative recap and has a 70 percent success rate with priority bills.

May 7, 2015:

The Chamber and Gov. John Hickenlooper share outcomes of the legislative session for business with 550 professionals and civic leaders at the Chamber’s State of the State luncheon.

May 13, 2015:

The Colorado Energy Coalition, an affiliate of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, hosts 2,400 attendees at its second annual Colorado Energy Expo.

May 14, 2015:

The Chamber unveils its fully renovated interior and exterior, including a collection of nearly 100 photos from Western artists on its two floors and main lobby.

June 10, 2015:

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recognizes the Chamber for its sustainability efforts and support of the clean energy industry.

June 10, 2015:

Four entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas and products to 30 lenders and investors at the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center’s second Trout Tank.

June 23, 2015:

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition and Denver International Airport celebrate 20 years of DIA.

June 26, 2015:

The Chamber co-hosts the first Better Health through Economic Opportunity Regional Forum of 10 across the country with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

July 16, 2015:

The Chamber receives the Gold Fit-Friendly Award from the American Heart Association.

July 21, 2015:

The Chamber hosts its 27th Golf Classic at Arrowhead Golf Course.

July 29, 2015:

The Chamber names Mizraim Cordero its vice president of public affairs.

Aug. 18, 2015:

The Chamber hosts its State of the City, discussing regionalism and the future of the Denver metro area with a panel and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

Aug. 19, 2015:

Incoming Chamber board Chair Bob Hottman–CEO of EKS&H–and our outgoing Chair Bob Deibel share their stories of career successes, lessons learned and the direction for the Chamber at Your Conversation With.