November 2014 Newsletter

We hope you're enjoying a great holiday season. There's quite a bit happening at Mile High Business Alliance in the next two months! This newsletter provides updates on our localism campaigns and upcoming opportunities to get involved. We hope to see you at an upcoming event.

Buy Local Week

City Council Proclaims 8th Annual Buy Local Week 

Since 2007, Mile High Business Alliance members have been mobilizing Coloradans to shop at local businesses first. Every year, Americans do most of their holiday gift shopping the week after Thanksgiving, starting on Black Friday. In 2013, Coloradans spent more than 10 Billion dollars during the holidays, which represents a huge chunk of annual revenue for retailers. Since this week has such a big impact on your neighborhood retailers, we've proclaimed this week to be Buy Local Week. A shift of just 10% of your holiday purchases from chain stores to local retailers could translate to a $3 Billion boost to Colorado's economy this year. 

We're proud to have the support of Denver City Council, which proclaimed the 8th Annual Buy Local week on Monday. Find out more about how to find and support local businesses during the holidays and beyond at

Denver Coffee Guide

Drink Local First: Denver Coffee Guide 

We're working year round to promote a healthier local economy by encouraging the community to choose independent businesses over their national counterparts, and coffee is no exception. Even though coffee isn't grown in Colorado, choosing to buy your beans from a local roaster or your daily dose of java from a local coffee shop has a huge impact on the Colorado economy.

Modeled after our Local Flavor Neighborhood Guides™, the Denver Coffee Guide explores some of the coffee-making process while celebrating Denver's locally-owned coffee roasters and purveyors and showcasing the unique neighborhood spots that make Denver great. So pick up a copy or download your own and start getting local-wise to the Denver coffee scene! Find out more at

Coming Soon: Bank Local First campaign

We are excited to partner with the great folks at BELLCO Credit Union, Alpine Bank and Denver Community Credit Union on Bank Local First: A Move Your Money campaign. Our partners will provide unique gifts to folks who move your funds from national banks to locally-owned financial institutions. Stay tuned for full details, coming soon! 


Watercourse Foods Fundraiser

Event: Networking Fundraiser December 8

Our great friends at Watercourse Foods are donating up to 15% of their proceeds to our mission to build a resilient local economy on Monday, December 8th.Stop by any time during the day, or join us from 6-8 pm to meet members of the MHBA board and connect with other business owners. This event will be our monthly networking event for December. We hope to see you there! RSVP Now.  

Legislative Breakfast at Havu

Update: Legislative Breakfast Debrief

On November 13, the Mile High Business Alliance hosted its 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast.  Held at the beautiful Havu Gallery, the Legislative Breakfast was an opportunity for MHBA members and Colorado legislators to interact about issues impacting small businesses, the local economy, and the policy agenda for the 2015 Legislative Session.  With breakfast provided by Snooze AM Eatery, coffee from Huckleberry Roasters, and sponsorship from Appaloosa Grill, several members and legislators had a powerful conversation concerning the FAMLI Act, procurement, taxes, investing, and growing local businesses.

Read more and consider joining the public policy committee here

Free Webinar December 17

Often, policies are made without consideration for the impacts on small businesses or their employees. We're striving to change that by engaging more small businesses in discussions and learning about the Colorado FAMLI Act, an effort to create an employee-paid insurance program to provide a portion of wage replacement to eligible workers who take qualified extended family medical leave. Join MHBA and the American Sustainable Business Council for this educational event on 12/17.

Advance registration is required.

Get Connected: Join Now!

Colorado has an amazing culture of entrepreneurs and local business leaders. Are you one of them? Want to meet others? Join us to build relationships with other businesses and find the resources you need.

Membership starts as low as $25 per month and includes access to our events, programs and network of amazing businesses. Join us!

Thanks to Sarah!

After nearly two years of contributing great passion for local businesses and a healthy local food system at Mile High Business Alliance, Sarah Wells is now working in a more focused way to organize events and projects that build the local food community via Imbibe Denver. We wish her the best of luck in her new role and offer gratitude for all of her contributions to our mission. Thanks, Sarah! 


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