It's the CMA Awards!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Nominations are now open for the 4th annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards
-- Presented by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer's Edge
The only program of its kind in the United States, the CMAs bring together business leaders in a celebration of the modern manufacturing economy -- a multi-industry, consumer, and technology-driven sector reshaping America's rich industrial legacy.

Award nominations are open for the following:
Click on each award title here -- for criteria and to nominate.

* Aerospace/Electronics Manufacturer of the Year
* Bioscience/Medical Manufacturer of the Year
* Outstanding Outdoor Industry Brand
* Outstanding Craft Brewer
* Outstanding Craft Distiller
* Outstanding Food Brand/Co-Packer
* Industrial & Equipment Manufacturer of the Year
* Contract Manufacturer of the Year
* Builder/Construction Co. of the Year
* Outstanding Cannabis Manufacturer
* Outstanding Consumer/Lifestyle Brand
* Energy Manufacturer of the Year

Plus:  Video presentations:  New Mexico and Wyoming Manufacturers of the Year

Manufacturers are encouraged to self-nominate. Companies can be also be nominated by peers, industry colleagues or other parties, but all nominations must include information related to the criteria list above. 

Nominations close Friday, February 8, 2019. 
Three finalists from each category will be selected by Feb. 15. Finalists will participate in CMA activities throughout Feb. and March (see key dates and activities below), culminating in the April 4 CMA gala reception, where winners in each category will be announced. A panel of industry experts will select finalists and a winner.

Industry program sponsorships are available.

Contact Bart Taylor | (303) 888-2832 |

Douglas County Business Resource & Lenders Fair

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Douglas County Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair is being held in the South Metro corridor!

Friday, October 19th | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Parker Library | Event Hall | 20105 E. Mainstreet | Parker, CO 80138
(east of Parker Rd. at Mainstreet & Pine Dr., just north of Parker Town Hall)

The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is organizing this fair in collaboration with the Town of Parker, Parker-Area Chamber of Commerce and the south metro area economic development specialists.  Businesses are invited to attend at no charge.

Find out about SBA programs, loan and micro-loan programs available for small businesses through lending institutions, government contracting resources, State of Colorado and expanded SBDC services. There will be short presentations and an opportunity to visit all the resource tables. Plenty of time for Q&A!

Resources will include: SBA, SBDC, Connect2DOT, Minority Business Office, Manufacturers EDGE, Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Better Business Bureau, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Preferred Lending Partners, Colorado Lending Source, Accion and more!

It's free, but please register and receive updates:

Download the announcement here...



Englewood Manufacturing Day Celebration

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


     Join the City of Englewood for a free event that recognizes the manufacturing industry:
   Englewood Manufacturing Day Celebration

The City of Englewood, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Palmer DCS are coming together to host the celebration and say thank you to local manufacturers and connect each one with resources to help grow your business.  They are part of October's North American recognition of the industry.

Food, beer & wine, music, and prizes will be provided. Spots are filling fast, so read more event details and register by October 1st at

Thursday, October 4th | 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Palmer DCS | 2810 S. Raritan St. | Englewood


Made in Colorado 100 manufacturers

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

You're invited

Lean Manufacturing for Small Enterprises

Friday, March 31, 2017
Colorado Emerging Ventures
"Building For Growth" Breakfast Series
Getting Started with Lean Manufacturing for Small Enterprises
Tuesday, April 4th | 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

What you will learn during this workshop:

  • The basic principles and terminology of Lean
  • How to differentiate between value-added and non-value-added activities
  • Tools and techniques such as Hoshin Strategy Deployment, Plan-Do-Check-Act and Kata
  • How to begin a Lean initiative

Lean principles and techniques, when applied in your organization with dedication and determination, have the possibility of:

  • Improved customer service
  • Reduced re-work and scrap, and better quality
  • Improved bottom line
  • Empowered and involved employees
  • Reduced wastes of materials, information, space, and people
  • An aligned organization focused on appropriate goals

Location:  Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, 401 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501   

Cost:  No cost for qualified businesses thanks to generous sponsorship from Guaranty Bank and Trust Company.

Preregistration required.  Register here...
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Colorado Emerging Ventures (CEV) programs are specifically developed to support businesses with high market potential and high growth goals – including bioscience, IT, aerospace, cleantech, outdoor and natural products, and other key industries.