Bolder Young Pro to Know: Michal Duffy

By adamjack | Sep 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michal Duffy, Education & Program Manager for OUT Boulder County Bio/Intro: I moved to Colorado in May 2017 to be close to my sister’s family; my nephew just finished his freshman year high school. Having grown up in Appalachia and living for several years in Vermont, I am still acclimating to a hot, dry environment. I am a natural organizer and have worked with sustainable agriculture and food systems. I am also a yoga teacher, though I haven’t been teaching much recently as I have been focusing on community engagement through my job and the Community Foundation. I just graduated …

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Clif’s Notes: Historic M&A Activity Shaping Boulder’s Economy

By adamjack | Sep 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Boulder is poised for a level of merger and acquisition activity we’ve never seen before. Billions of dollars in closed and pending mergers and acquisitions have already been announced in 2018, from very large deals such as ConAgra’s $11B pending acquisition of Pinnacle Foods/Boulder Brands, to smaller but equally important strategic moves like Biodesix’s acquisition of Integrated Diagnostics. In total, the number of transactions announced to date this year has already exceeded the average activity seen annually over the past decade. A list of M&A deals to date is shown at the end of this story. It’s too early to …

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Boulder Business Reasserts Community Leadership Role

By John Tayer | Aug 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Boulder Chamber, after months of listening to and working with business and community leaders in focused conversations, recently announced a major initiative — “Boulder Together” — to help address three persistent and urgent issues: inadequate affordable housing, insufficient transportation options and a dearth of qualified people to meet our workforce needs, across all industries, for today and tomorrow. In many ways, Boulder Together represents the reassertion of a leadership role for the businesses community that has lied dormant in recent years, but has well-established roots in shaping the community we love. It may seem like a humble beginning, but …

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Tayer: Workforce issues drive or slow economy

By Tyler Ekx | Jun 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

By John Tayer — June 7, 2018 Boulder enjoys a highly educated workforce and dynamic, engaged educational institutions. Still, we consistently hear from businesses how hard it is to find qualified and diversified talent. Aside from more localized hurdles, such as housing access and commute issues I’ve addressed in previous columns, there also are nationwide issues, driven by technological changes and globalization, at play in this area. All are challenges to the vitality of our economy as well as serious social concerns. Stepping into the fray on this issue, the Boulder Chamber’s Boulder Economic Council made “The Workforce of the Future” the …

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Someone (really) cares about small businesses and nonprofits

By Tyler Ekx | May 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

By John Tayer — May 3, 2018 Many agree on the need to support small businesses and nonprofits in Boulder. We all recognize that they are important providers of jobs and services. Many of our small businesses also are the startup enterprises that serve as the dynamic foundation for our innovation ecosystem. And finally, we recognize that they are the places we shop, the restaurants we frequent, and the sources of support for our neighbors and causes that move us. All of this is important, but often less understood is the critical role small businesses and nonprofits play in our …

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