Mayor Speaks Out About Local Business & Our Economy

Last night's Buy Local Week Celebration Event was, in our opinion, a smashing success. Joined by MHBA members, supporters, partners and other local business owners, it was our best event ever.

The Appaloosa food, specially prepared by their chef, was simply delicious. MHBA members enjoyed free drafts of Great Divide beer, and we finished up the evening with door prizes from T-Trove Asian Decor, 5 Green Boxes (wow, that green frog tape dispenser was so cool), Baggy Shirts, and $50 gift certificates from Twist & Shout and the Appaloosa Grill.

Upcoming Forum on Financing Options for Businesses and Developers

The Denver Office of Economic Development is hosting a free event on Thursday, December 4th to present Denver logofinancing options available to businesses and real estate developers. Although some financial institutions are lending less freely, local businesses do have options.

Read more about the event, and be sure to pre-register by contacting Artamis Byars at 720-913-1660. We'll be there taking notes and will blog about it here for our members who are unable to attend.

Where we spend money really does matter

It's official. (and we all saw it coming) News outlets are reporting today that the US economy is shrinking, with consumer spending down 3.1% This means we're half way to an official recession. (which is negative economic growth for two consecutive quarters)

This could be Really Bad News for everyone. When people spend less money, that means less revenue for businesses which have to cut costs. People lose jobs and it becomes harder to pay our bills. So what can we do about it?

Coffee Meeting Sparks Conversations about Community

This week's Local Biz Coffee Meeting was filled with amazing conversations - everything from the state of the economy (and what we can do about it) to community building and blogging software. These meetings are truly an opportunity to build relationships and business connections, but also, a place for us to come together and talk about the issues we're facing. As local business owners, this includes how to find more clients, what to do about the lack of capital flowing and how to be more connected to our neighbors. You can read more about our last meeting on Beth's blog, Living the Mile High Life.

Learn how to remodel more "green" with Greenovation Workshops

This fall Mile High Business Alliance member New Era Paint is offering a series of workshops to introduce homeowners and design/ build professionals to the latest green products and technologies that can be utilized in residential remodeling projects. The sessions are only $10 apiece! The first workshop is tonight, and pre-registration is recommended. Find out more on our events page.

Join Us Next Saturday for Local Motive

The Mile High Business Alliance is excited to announce our participation in "Local Motive," an event to promote green jobs and connect folks with sustainable living resources in our community. The event, also a fund-raiser for the vegetarian community cafe Solar, will take place Saturday, September 27th from 11:00 am - 11:00 pm at Solar,  2615 Welton St. in Denver. Featuring art, music, film and DIY presentations, Local Motive is part of Green Jobs Now's National Day of Action.

Upcoming Local Biz Events

Have you checked out our events calendar recently? There is so much happening! Make the most of these last weeks of warm weather by getting out and connecting with your neighbors at one of these events:

Tenn-Low Turismo - Saturday 9/13: A neighborhood celebration with a scavenger hunt and after-party. Discover one of the city's best kept secrets in the Tennyson / Lowell District!

Doing Better than the Big-Name Brands

One of the biggest strengths of local businesses is our ability to create lasting relationships that inform, nurture and strengthen our businesses and those of our peers. Think about this: when the non-local competition faces increased costs and decreased revenue, what is their response? They close stores, lay people off, and demand lower prices from their vendors - anything to maintain the profit margins they (and their investors) require. And what about local businesses? How many of you have forgone your pay in order to pay your employees? Or given a little more time to your customers to pay that invoice?

Join us in Uptown to Celebrate Local Flavor

We're so excited to announce a Celebration of Local Flavor for Monday, September 15th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join us and the dozens of unique local businesses in the Uptown neighborhood at the Vine St. Pub, and take the opportunity to create new relationships, enjoy local food and brew, and pick up the just-released Uptown Local Flavor Guide.

Find out more about the event, and help spread the word by posting an invitation in your store.

The DNC: A Business Survival Guide

As we know, the DNC is approaching quickly. Area hotels are already filling up with arriving staff, media and delegates. Besides bringing in 50,000 visitors to our city, the convention also means a plethora of events, challenges and opportunities for local businesses.

Here are ten things you can do to prepare yourself (and business) for the DNC:

  1. Understand the schedule and how it impacts your business. The delegate schedule for 8/25 to 8/28 is as follows:

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