What makes Denver such a wonderful place to do business? We have assembled a diverse group of business and civic leaders to share their perspectives on Denver and what makes it so promising. Through our series of podcasts, we’ll bring to you new perspectives from the various voices of Denver.

Ursla Null

Economic Prosperity Center at King M. Trimble
The Economic Prosperity Center at King M. Trimble helps Denver residents achieve economic self sufficiency through learning, earning and saving. The center is a one-stop shop to access employment assistance, financial education courses and wealth building opportunities to help residents accomplish their financial goals. Project Manager Ursla Null explains why the center is a stop with connections that no one can afford to miss.
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Dale Mingilton

Better Business Bureau - Boulder & Denver
The average “unbanked” full-time worker can spend five percent of their annual income to turn their paychecks into cash. To promote greater economic prosperity and asset building among residents, “Bank on Denver” was launched in 2010. Dale Mingilton highlights the program and how it promotes greater use of checking and savings accounts among Denver’s low- and moderate-income residents. 
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Christine O’Donnell

Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association
Hospitality is a leading industry in Colorado, bearing significant workforce needs. Utilizing federal stimulus funds, the Denver Office of Economic Development and the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association recently offered a unique employee recruitment and training program. Christine O’Donnell highlights the partnership and its success in providing a ladder of opportunity for the unemployed to enter the hospitality workforce.
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Parry Burnap

Denver Bike Sharing


Denver’s B-Cycle program is a true example of sustainability with its ability to reduce carbon emissions and provide people with an opportunity to save money and burn calories. The program is one of the first of its kind with 50 stations around town and nearly 500 hundred bikes. Parry Burnap, executive director of Denver Bike Sharing, talks about B-Cycle’s goals for the future and plans for expansion. 
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Stephanie Shearer
EZE Mop Shopping District


Despite the name, EZE Mop Shopping is anything but a one-stop mop shop. Located on 17th Avenue, the property originally served as the home and factory for the family that created and patented the mop’s cone wringer. Now, the building is home to three retail shops, a coffee business and more. Co-owner Stephanie Shearer shares how the Office of Economic Development helped her become a business property owner while growing a few businesses along the way.
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Micky Zeppelin
Zeppelin Development
A former taxi cab depot location is now a thriving mixed-use development that serves as a hub for creative entrepreneurs. Developer Micky Zeppelin discusses the birth of TAXI and how the Office of Economic Development has assisted with bringing this project to life in the River North community.
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Rick Gillan
Coolerado Corp.

When it comes to green jobs, Denver manufacturer Coolerado has more than tripled its staff in recent years. The company’s energy efficient air conditioners, which use one-fifth the amount of power of conventional systems, have been installed in several Denver municipal buildings. Coolerado cofounder and executive vice president Rick Gillan discusses staff recruitment assistance received from the Office of Economic Development. 
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Tony Rosacci
Tony’s Market

Tony Rosacci, owner of Tony’s Market, risked everything, including selling his home to live his dream of opening a business. The metro Denver specialty grocer has been a huge success, with three additional locations opening, including one in Denver’s central business district. Find out how the Office of Economic Development helped this family-owned, small business cut through the red tape and achieve their growth plans.
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Catherine Henry
Work Options for Women
Work Options for Women has a strong history of providing culinary skills training to the unemployed. With financing assistance from the Office of Economic Development, the nonprofit opened Café Options in downtown Denver. WOW Executive Director Catherine Henry shares how her organization is making a difference in the community. 
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Brian Dunn
Great Divide Brewery
After 15 years, Denver’s local Great Divide Brewery is still turning beers into bucks. With help of the Office of Economic Development, the brewery has doubled in size and success. Hear what Brian Dunn, owner and president of Great Divide Brewery has to say about the process of starting and growing his own business in Denver.
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Ivar Zeile, Plus gallery
Creative Enterprises Revolving Loan Fund
The Creative Enterprises Revolving Loan Fund (CERLF) offers creative enterprises in the City and County of Denver access to affordable and flexible business capital to increase income and build assets. Ivar Zeile, owner of gallery, discusses how the CERLF has helped to boost his national marketing presence and its value to contributing to Denver’s creative vitality.
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Michelle Weingarden
Greenprint Denver
Going green is nothing new for the City and County of Denver. In 2006, the City launched Greenprint Denver, a long-term, citywide initiative to promote the importance of sustainable development and ecologically-friendly practices throughout the community. Greenprint Denver Director Michelle Weingarden details how Denver is leading the way in helping residents and businesses to reduce the carbon footprint of the Mile High City.
Listen Now (MP3 file | 9.2 MB)



Dave Walstrom
Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon
The Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon celebrates the revitalization of America’s longest continuous street, Colfax Avenue. Dave Walstrom, president and CEO of the marathon, shares what’s in store for the third annual event, May 18, 2008.
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Elbra Wedgeworth
2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee
With 35,000 projected visitors and an estimated economic impact of more than $160 million, the Democratic National Convention presents huge opportunities for metro Denver and the mountain west. Elbra Wedgeworth, president and chair of the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee, highlights how the DNC will impact Denver’s long-term economic health and benefit citizens of the region.  
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Jon Schmieder
Metro Denver Sports Commission
Since its inception in 2001, the Metro Denver Sports Commission (MDSC) has brought a number of major sporting events to Denver. MDSC Executive Director Jon Schmieder shares why Denver ranks as one of the top sports cities in the U.S.
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Deborah Jordy
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
With an annual economic impact of $1.4 billion, arts and culture is a major contributor to the metro Denver economy. Deborah Jordy, executive director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, discusses the thriving nature of Denver’s arts and culture scene. Listen Now (MP3 file | 2.1 MB)



Tamela Lee
Denver Office of Economic Development
When it comes to City construction contracting opportunities, the time is ripe in Denver. From the Denver Justice Center, to Union Station, the upcoming DIA terminal hotel and many other projects, there has never been a better time to become certified under one of Denver's business certifications. OED Division of Small Business Opportunity Director Tamela Lee discusses the many certifications available through the City.
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Tom Clark
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Metro Denver’s regional approach to economic development is recognized around the country as a best practice. Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, shares how the region has worked cooperatively together over the past 20 years.
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Mary Rose Loney
DIA Partnership
Having recently landed a new daily nonstop international flight to Munich, Germany, Denver International Airport is soaring to new heights. President and CEO Mary Rose Loney shares how the DIA Partnership advocates for the ongoing growth and development of DIA.
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2008 Strategic Planning Session: DNC and Beyond
The national spotlight will be on Denver in 2008 as we host several major events. In August of 2008, the Democratic National Convention will bring an unprecedented amount of national and international press to the Mile High City and the entire Rocky Mountain Region. To prepare for this historic year, the City of Denver convened a half-day 2008 Strategic Planning Session (April 13, 2007) to examine all the opportunities presented by the upcoming events and to help create a strategic plan that will allow Denver, Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region to take full advantage of this unique year.


The planning session began with a panel discussion on “Past Experiences, Lessons Learned and Present Planning,” and featured Mike Dino, CEO, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee; Richard Scharf, President and CEO, Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau; Katherine Archuleta, Senior Advisor on Policy and Initiatives, Office of Mayor John Hickenlooper; and Councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth, President, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Mayor John Hickenlooper also made introductory remarks.
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Tom Gleason
Forest City Stapleton
What once was the site of the nation's fifth-busiest airport is now a shining example of urban development at its best. Tom Gleason, vice president of public relations for Forest City Stapleton, tells the transformation story of Stapleton and how it today is an extension of Denver's traditional urban neighborhoods.
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Sandy Bracken
Bard Center for Entrepreneurship
Sandy Bracken, executive director of CU-Denver's Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, discusses the factors that make Denver a great entrepreneurial city.
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Michael Hancock
Denver City Council President
Councilman Hancock shares how Stapleton, DIA, Fitzsimons and Lowry are driving economic development within the City and County of Denver.
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Monica Pleiman
Optimum Management Systems
“This city is just perfect to start a small business,” says Monica Pleiman, who owns an IT consulting firm. “It’s exciting, it’s multicultural and highly educated.” While in Denver, Optimum Management Systems has grown from $40,000 to approximately $7 million in annual revenue.
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Steve Ballas
Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs
The Denver Enterprise Zone provided incentives and a perfect location for Steve Ballas to open a new specialty hot dog restaurant in Denver. Learn how he “reinvented” hot dogs in the Mile High City.
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Walt Rakowich
ProLogis — the world’s largest owner of distribution facilities — is headquartered in Denver. President and Chief Operating Officer Walt Rakowich describes how the City has helped ProLogis achieve its growth plans.
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State of the City
During his third annual State of the City Address, Mayor John Hickenlooper focused on issues of sustainability while unveiling the ambitious agenda of the City’s Greenprint Denver initiative.
Listen Now to the 7/12/06 Address (MP3 file | 18.73 MB)


Mayor John Hickenlooper
For the City’s first podcast, Mayor John Hickenlooper describes the attributes that make Denver such a great location for doing business.
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