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  • 14 Aug 2013 11:30 AM | Liat Schindler
    Written by Howard Pankratz, The Denver Post 

    Merchandise exports from Colorado reached a record high in the first half of 2013, according to a report released Thursday by the international Trade Administration. 

    The Agency said new data shows Colorado Merchandise exports increased by 6 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period of 2012, growing from $4 billion to $4.2 billion - a record high. 

    "This new export data from the first half of 2013 show states across the country have more businesses marketing their products abroad and creating thousands of new jobs in their local communities," said Francisco Sanchez, U.S. undersecretary for international trade. "This data confirms that our efforts to help American businesses compete globally are having an impact right here in Colorado."

    Colorado's merchandise export sales in the first half of 2013 out paced the 2012 figures in Brazil, where exports were up 86 percent; Switzerland, up 59 percent; Taiwan, up 42 percent; Malaysia, up 33 percent; and South Korea, up 24 percent. 

  • 12 Aug 2013 10:05 AM | Michael DeJager (Administrator)
    The SEC adopts changes to the rules governing the marketing of sales of securities to sophisticated investors. Pursuant to the mandate set out in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) has adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A, each under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). These changes essentially lift the ban on publicly advertising offers of securities and may fundamentally change the way in which small and medium sized companies raise capital.  The changes to the general solicitation and general advertising regime are expected to become effective in mid-September.  As discussed further here, the SEC also proposed other amendments that may impact the way in which companies raise capital going forward.  This and much more information regarding current events and information about securities and crowdfunding can be found on the Crowd Valley blog.
  • 20 May 2013 4:31 PM | Jessica Rettig


    "Even the most notorious nose-to-the-grindstone business traveller will have a difficult time not having fun in sunny Denver, located on the eastern edge of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

    Its location near the geographic centre of the US, a world-class airport and a rash of recent hotel developments in its pedestrian-friendly core have combined to make Denver an increasingly regular stop on the business travel circuit. From 2010 to 2011, there was a 17% increase in business travellers coming to the city, and a hotel building boom will add some 1,400 new rooms over the next two to three years.

    Also, the city’s diverse economy has weathered the recent economic storm better than most other major US cities. In April the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation had to revise its  forecast due to better-than-expected gains in employment, retail sales and applications for residential building permits."

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  • 20 May 2013 4:29 PM | Jessica Rettig
    /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With its entry "Scooping Up International Sales," Bassetts Ice Cream, a fifth-generation family business and a Philadelphia tradition since 1861, won first prize at the annual export video contest co-sponsored by the Small Business Administration and Visa, Inc. SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade Dario Gomez today made the announcement and presented the awards at the 2013 World Trade Day Conference in Denver. SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns was a keynote speaker at the event."

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  • 20 May 2013 4:27 PM | Jessica Rettig
    By Howard Pankratz, The Denver Post

    "Two Colorado firms will be among more than 50 U.S. companies that will be honored next week for increasing American exports.

    Geotech Environmental Equipment Inc. of Denver and Boulder's Lightning Eliminators & Consultants will receive the 2013 President's "E" Award.

    Of the 57 recipients, 47 are small or medium-sized enterprises, 33 are manufacturers and 31 fall into both categories, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce."

  • 20 May 2013 4:24 PM | Jessica Rettig
    By Heather Draper, Denver Business Journal

    "The U.S. Commerce Department will honor more than 50 companies and organizations, including four from Colorado, for their contributions to increasing U.S. exports.

    Colorado companies receiving the “E” Award for Exports are Geotech Environmental Equipment Inc. of Denver and Lightning Eliminators & Consultants of Boulder.

    Also, the World Trade Center-Denver and Frederick Export in Denver received the “E” Award for Export Service."

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  • 20 May 2013 4:22 PM | Jessica Rettig
    "Adams County-based Zeigler Brothers Inc., a manufacturer of animal feeds for aquaculture, biomedical industries, pets and zoos, has been named national “Exporter of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    “Small business exporters like (Zeigler) are key engines of our economy and are playing a crucial role in job creation as we move toward an economy that is built to last,” SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns said in a statement.

    Zeigler’s executives were presented the award at the World Trade Day Conference in Denver yesterday."

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  • 20 May 2013 4:20 PM | Jessica Rettig
    "Avon-based Liberty Skis on Thursday won a 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

    This award has been given since 1970 and honors Colorado companies that demonstrate a commitment to international trade.

    Liberty Skis makes high performance skis rooted in functional innovation and respect for the environment, according to an OEDIT announcement on Thursday: "Every material they use and design is done with the ultimate goal of elevating customers' experience on skis in Colorado and around the globe."

  • 20 May 2013 4:15 PM | Jessica Rettig

    "GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4)- A robot used to monitor dangerous situations debuted at World Trade Day on Thursday.

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  • 18 Apr 2013 11:40 AM | Michael DeJager (Administrator)
    When Otterbox CEO Brian Thomas proudly showed off the company’s latest gadget – the Defender Series battery protector with ion technology – at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January, he was pleased when he learned that an Otterbox product saved the life of a customer—again.

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