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  • 27 Mar 2020 7:40 AM | Ricardo Cabrera (Administrator)
    The Migration Policy Institute

    PRESS RELEASE
    March 27, 2020
    Contact: Michelle Mittelstadt
    202-266-1910
    mmittelstadt@migrationpolicy.org

    Immigrant Workers Are Vital to the U.S. Coronavirus Pandemic Response, But Disproportionately Vulnerable

    WASHINGTON – Six million immigrant workers are at the frontlines of keeping U.S. residents healthy, safe and fed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data issued today. While the foreign born represented 17 percent of the 156 million civilians working in 2018, they account for larger shares in pandemic-response frontline occupations: 29 percent of all physicians in the United States, 38 percent of home health aides and 23 percent of retail-store pharmacists, for example.

    They also represent significant shares of workers cleaning hospital rooms, staffing grocery stores and producing and transporting food across the country, as detailed in MPI’s latest fact sheet, Immigrant Workers: Vital to the U.S. COVID-19 Response, Disproportionately Vulnerable. The immigrant population spans naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents (aka green card holders), those on temporary visas and the unauthorized.
     
    Beyond working in frontline industries in significant numbers, immigrant workers are also over-represented in sectors that are being most immediately devastated by mass layoffs: Restaurants and hotels, cleaning services for now-shuttered office buildings and personal services such as in-home child care, among them. All told, another 6 million immigrants work in industries that MPI has identified as some of the hardest hit, meaning that collectively 12 million foreign-born workers are at the leading edge of the response to and impacts from the pandemic.

    In just the first week of serious social distancing measures across the country, some 3.3 million new unemployment claims were filed by U.S. workers—a rate that while unprecedented is likely only the tip of the iceberg. As dramatic economic contraction brings hardship to tens of millions of Americans in the coming weeks and months, the difficulties will be exacerbated for many immigrant workers because of limited access to safety-net systems and to federal relief, both for those who are unauthorized and some who are legally present.
     
    The estimated $2 trillion pandemic aid package that passed the Senate on Wednesday and the House earlier today makes many immigrants eligible for cash relief payments. But unauthorized immigrants without Social Security numbers and most U.S.-citizen or legal immigrant spouses who file taxes jointly with such unauthorized immigrants will not be eligible.
     
    And noncitizens—who represent more than half of workers in the hardest-hit industries profiled by MPI—face restricted access to existing safety-net programs, ineligible for some, eligible for others. For example, a sizable number of noncitizen workers, including green-card holders, those on a temporary work visa and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), can access unemployment insurance. And U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made clear that unemployment benefits do not count in a public-charge test. On the other hand, most noncitizens—including many of those who obtained green cards within the past five years, temporary workers and unauthorized immigrants—cannot access the federal, means-tested benefits that other workers turn to in times of need.
     
    Beyond more limited access to new and existing safety-net programs, immigrant workers face additional vulnerabilities. Those in the hardest-hit industries profiled by MPI are more likely to have lower incomes than their U.S.-born peers, with 38 percent in households with income below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, compared to 30 percent of their U.S.-born counterparts. Twenty-eight percent lack health insurance coverage, which is twice the rate of similar U.S.-born workers. And 38 percent of these immigrant workers have a minor child at home, compared to 23 percent of the U.S.-born workers.

    “The pandemic presents serious questions about the impacts of restricting public health insurance and safety-net programs to some of the most vulnerable immigrants, at a time when it is imperative to prevent all residents from becoming ill and transmitting the virus to others,” writes MPI Senior Policy Analyst Julia Gelatt. “How deeply the coronavirus hits communities and how quickly the United States can recover, medically and economically, will depend partly on how the country treats its most vulnerable families, immigrant and U.S. born alike, in this moment of peril.”

    Read the fact sheet here: www.migrationpolicy.org/research/immigrant-workers-us-covid-19-response.

    And for all of MPI’s research, analysis and commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: www.migrationpolicy.org/coronavirus.

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  • 26 Mar 2020 7:42 AM | Ricardo Cabrera (Administrator)

    We know you're experiencing financial hardship, and we want to help.

    The ACPE committee is now offering scholarships for those businesses that are experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as a discounted rate for those that could use a little extra help.

    Please note, these scholarships and discounted rates are not valid for exhibitors.

    VISIT ACPE WEBSITE

    Governor's Minority Business Awards nominations open now through April 30

    The Governor’s Minority Business Awards is an honor bestowed upon for-profit, minority-owned businesses who have contributed to the economic diversity and success of minority communities in Colorado. Businesses are awarded in four size categories (micro, small, medium and large) across four regions in Colorado (see map below). An additional award will be given to recognize a for-profit, non-minority-owned business that strongly supports the minority-owned business community in Colorado.

    Self nominations are accepted and encouraged! Apply now here.

    APPLY NOW

    BILINGUAL SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 DISASTER RESPONSE HOTLINE

    303-860-5881


  • 25 Feb 2020 8:01 AM | Ricardo Cabrera (Administrator)


    Upcoming Industry Info + Events



    Aerospace Day at The Colorado State Capitol | March 10 (Denver)

    Enjoy a full day of networking and dialogue with our Colorado Legislators discussing how Colorado became one of the largest space economies per capita in our nation and how they can effectively support aerospace in our state.

    RTD Upcoming Opportunities For Small/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises | February 26 (Denver)

    Come and learn about RTD’s upcoming opportunities in construction and facility maintenance of RTD’s infrastructure while networking with other small business owners and primes. Speakers include RTD personnel from Facilities and Maintenance, Procurement, and Civil Rights/Small Business Office.


    CDOT Demystifying DBE Work Codes, Counting, GFE & CUF | March 10 (Denver)

    Are you a prime contractor who needs to be in compliance with DBE regulations when you subcontract to DBEs? CDOT's Lead Certification Specialist will demystify the various DBE acronyms associated with compliance and help you understand key elements of the DBE program.


    Bridging The Gap To Success @ Denver 2020 2nd Quarter | March 11 (Denver)

    Are you a small business looking to offer your services to the City and County of Denver? Here's your chance! Please come to the next Citywide outreach event where small businesses will have the opportunity to talk with agency representatives about upcoming 2nd quarter solicitations (April 2020-June 2020).


    AGC Make The Connection With Gilmore Construction | February 25 (Denver)

    As a Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) firm here is your opportunity to connect with the team from Gilmore Construction Corporation, AGC and the AGC Diversity Committee for this Networking Open House Series 


    Are You DBE Certified? Add CDOT ESB Certification and Get Access to More Opportunities | March 19 (Denver)

    Most certified DBEs are also eligible for the CDOT Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification. The standards are similar but the size standard is 50% of the DBE program. Adding this certification to your DBE certification can open up new opportunities to help you grow your business.


    The Opportunity Council Presents Perfect Your Sales Pitch | March 19 (Denver)

    All businesses are invited to join The Opportunity Council and Elizabeth Suarez for an educational workshop on how to perfect your sales pitch. Participant's names will be drawn and the selected persons will be able to pitch a room full of other businesses, corporations, small businesses and government entities. Contestants are able to win $500!


    National Small Business Development Center Day & Evening Reception | March 19 (Denver)

    SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impact America’s SBDCs have across the nation in economic development and the small business community. The Colorado SBDC will be continuing the celebration with an evening reception honoring its success stories. Join us as we celebrate SBDC! Food will be provided.


    Colorado Employee Ownership Loan Pilot Program

    The Office of Economic Development & International Trade, in partnership with Colorado Housing & Finance Authority launched the Colorado Employee Ownership Loan Pilot Program. Funds from the program are designed to offset transition costs, specifically defined as technical assistance for Colorado businesses converting to an employee ownership structure. Click here to learn more and apply.


    Contracting Opportunities

    RTD:

    -Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 120FH001

    is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide Public Transportation Services Group 30 for Fixed Route Bus Service. For this Contract, RTD has specified a DBE goal of Five percent (5%) for the work to be performed. Written proposals will be received by Contracts and Procurement, RTD, 1660 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202-1399 until 3:00 p.m. prevailing local time on March 25, 2020.

    Linda.wells@rtd-denver.com


    -Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 120DH002

    is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide Executive Search Services. Written proposals will be received by Contracts and Procurement, RTD, 1660 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202-1399 until 3:00 p.m. prevailing local time on March 09, 2020Linda.wells@rtd-denver.com


    Denver Water:

    Contract or Solicitation Number:504365

    Solicitation Description:

    Denver Water is soliciting statements of qualifications from consultants interested in providing consulting services for ICS design architecture review and development of a plan for implementation and migration. 

    For more information and solicitation documents please go to Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System.

    Due Date:

    March 20, 2020

    Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade | 1600 Broadway, Suite 2500, Denver, CO 80202

  • 19 Feb 2020 8:02 AM | Ricardo Cabrera (Administrator)

    The Business of Early Childhood is our Business

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    You are invited to attend a very important Breakfast event sponsored by the Longmont Chamber of Commerce and Longmont Economic Development Partnership.  This exclusive breakfast event is limited to the first 250 people who register at https://www.eccbouldercounty.org/the-business-of-early-childhood-is-our-business-registration/ and will address one of the top needs of employees, as well as one of the major indicators of lack of productive workforce for employers, the issue of quality early childhood programs and services in Longmont and Boulder County.

    There will be a presentation by Colorado Governor Jared Polis on early childhood policy and significant time for Q & A with business leaders from 9-10AM. 

    Come to : 

    • Learn what Governor’s plan is for Early Childhood Education and the critical role businesses play in this plan
    • Governor will learn what Boulder County businesses see as critical in this area
    • Engage new business owners to join the Early Childhood Education Coalition
    • Offer liaisons from the Coalition to assist businesses and Chambers as they further explore Early Childhood issues 
    • Depart with an understanding of what is required to increase capacity so that all Longmont/Boulder area child care and early childhood education needs can be met.

    March 13, 2020

    Longmont Museum

    400 Quail Road, Longmont

    • 7:30AM: Breakfast
    • 8:15AM: NO SMALL MATTER screening
    • 9:00-10:00AMGovernor Jared Polis conversation and Q&A

    Register here: https://www.eccbouldercounty.org/the-business-of-early-childhood-is-our-business-registration/

    Space is limited

    See attached flyer for more details


  • 6 Feb 2020 7:40 AM | Ricardo Cabrera (Administrator)
    A Letter from the Director


    Dear Entrepreneurs, 

    February is Black History Month! The month of February is designated to commemorate and celebrate the rich traditions of the African American community and recognize the unique historical achievements and contributions. Let us begin this month by remembering the contributions made by prominent figures such as Garrett Morgan, inventor of the first traffic signal and the modern-day fire mask that has saved thousands of firemen lives; activists and civil rights leaders, including Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and the pivotal role she played in the Montgomery bus boycott, Barack Obama, the first African American who served as the 44th President of the United States and countless other African Americans who have made a profound impact in our nation. 

    I am happy to announce the 2020 Advance Procurement Expo (ACPE) will take place on October 29, 2020. The ACPE is Colorado’s premier buyer's and seller's marketplace. Businesses throughout Colorado are invited to participate in this day-long event, which focuses on state and local government procurement.To sign up for registration notifications, click here.

    Finally, I wanted to make sure you know about these two upcoming events in March:

    • The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver is hosting a three-hour workshop on March 5 for small business owners interested in certifications and for those who would like to learn more about government contracting opportunities. 
    • The Opportunity Council is hosting an educational workshop on how to perfect your sales pitch. Participant's names will be drawn and the selected persons will be able to pitch a room full of other businesses, including corporations, small businesses, and government entities. Contestants are able to win $500 prizes

    For more information regarding the events listed above, please reference the industry info and events in the next section.

    Thank you all for your support and participation.

    Rosy Aburto McDonough,

    MBO Director


    Upcoming Industry Info + Events


    Denver Housing Authority Open House | February 18 (Denver)

    As we enter the new decade, we remain driven by our goal of developing diverse, equitable mixed-income neighborhoods that allow people of all incomes, ages, and ethnicities to thrive.You are invited to join us at our annual Contracting Open House to explore how your company can be a part of changing Denver’s skyline and building Denver lives.

    Holder-FCI I JV Opportunity | February 11, 13,19 &20 (Denver)

    Holder-FCI is offering free OSHA 30 Hour Construction Industry Training to all contracted firms and MWBEs (contracted or not) in the month of February.

    Milendar White MWBE Subcontractor Open Call | February 25 (Denver)

    MWBE Subcontractor Open Call. Milendar White is seeking a long term partnerships with certified Minority and Women Owned Businesses.

    Powerful Voices Conversation Series | February 20 (Denver)

    Join Frannie Matthews, CEO of Colorado Technology Association (CTA) at The Powerful Voices Conversation Series which will also feature other speakers who will touch your heart with their inspirational stories of success, best leadership practices and key strengths to succeed in business and life.

    Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver Presents A Free 3-Hour Workshop | March 5 (Denver)

    A free 3-hour class where you have the opportunity to determine which agency and certification is best for your business. You will have the chance to meet one-on-one with certification specialist after the workshop

    Manufacturer's Edge Business Excellence Workshop | February 20 (Denver)

    Learn how to optimize your people and processes to achieve your company's strategies and business goals. This free 4-hour workshop provides a thorough exploration of the Business Excellence process that helps leaders assess their organization in order to identify the pain points and obstacles that impact productivity, on-time delivery, quality, employee performance and retention, safety and - ultimately - revenue.

    Perfect Your Sales Pitch Workshop & Pitch Competition Presented By The Opportunity Council | March 19 (Denver)

    All businesses are invited to join The Opportunity Council and Elizabeth Suarez for an educational workshop on how to perfect your sales pitch. Participant's names will be drawn and the selected persons will be able to pitch a room full of other businesses, including corporations, small businesses, and government entities. Contestants are able to win $500 prizes!


    Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade | 1600 Broadway, Suite 2500, Denver, CO 80202

  • 4 Feb 2020 2:56 PM | Ricardo Cabrera (Administrator)

    Please share this with you members and anyone involved with workers pay issues including wage theft. 

    Because of these changes some employers will no longer be in compliance if they are unaware of the changes

    This is extremely important information about changes to over time laws in Colorado that will impact many employees and employers.

    A large coalition that evolved out of a Wage Theft coalition headed by two nonprofits,  Centro Humnitario and Towards Justice

    Please publish this information,

    Bob Norris

    __________________________________

    Coalition Groups Celebrate New Colorado Overtime & Minimum Pay Standards Released Today

    New Standards Include Critical Provisions Fought for by Worker Advocates

    DENVER – National and state economic justice groups across the state are celebrating the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) final Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards (COMPS) released today. Previously known as the Minimum Wage Order, these labor standards that govern worker wages, working conditions, hours and more have not been updated in more than 20 years. 

    Coalition groups have been working with CDLE to improve these policies and ensure they are in line with the needs of Colorado workers and their families. Thousands of workers made their voices heard throughout the public comment process. Priorities included increasing the overtime threshold, ensuring mandatory breaks for workers, and expanding the industries covered by the order among other priorities.

    “This final COMPS Order reflects important progress for hundreds of thousands of workers across Colorado,” said Executive Director of Towards Justice David Seligman. “We are grateful that more salaried workers will gain access to their hard-fought overtime protections sooner under the final rule.”

    The new Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards increases the overtime threshold to $35,568 in July of 2020 and increases it gradually to $55,000 in 2024. Before January of 2020, a salaried employee in Colorado that made more than $23,660 a year was not eligible for overtime. This means these employees did not receive overtime pay even if they were working 10 to 12 hours a day or more than 50 hours a week.

    “We commend Governor Polis and CDLE for updating the decades-old Colorado overtime regulations,” said Dennis Dougherty, Executive Director Colorado AFL-CIO. “It was time for Colorado to right past wrongs and make our wage and overtime rules more equitable across gender and races.”

    Large majorities of Coloradans have shown support for increasing the overtime wage threshold. A new poll released showed that 77 percent of Coloradans support increasing the Colorado overtime wage threshold to $62,000. Support for the measure included more than 80 percent of Democrats and Unaffiliated voters and more than 60 percent of Republicans.

    The new rule also ensures that construction workers, manufacturers, and agriculture workers have access to breaks they have earned and expands wage and working condition protections to thousands of additional workers. Under previous rules the only industries covered were retail and service, health and medical, customer support and food and beverage.

    "Centro Humanitario works directly with some of the most marginalized workers in industries where protections are often disregarded,” said Sarah Shikes, Executive Director Centro Humanitario. “Thanks to the recent changes to the Colorado state law, construction workers are now included and eligible for overtime pay and breaks. We will continue to advocate for treating all workers with dignity especially those working in low wage jobs such as agricultural workers. We thank CLDE for their work and increased protections for Colorado workers and look to employers to continue to recognize the value of workers.”

  • 4 Feb 2020 2:55 PM | Ricardo Cabrera (Administrator)

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