As you may know, I ran for the Colorado House of Representatives (HD-3) in 2012. Though we came up short on Election Day, it was one of the best experiences I have had the opportunity of being involved in, and we are very grateful for every volunteer and donor who helped us! One of the goals of our campaign was to positively impact the citizens of Colorado by growing business and quality jobs throughout the State. Since I am concerned that the current State Legislature will not create a dynamic and friendly business environment, I have decided to launch the Opportunity Coalition (www.opportunitycoalition.com).
The Opportunity Coalition is a non-partisan statewide organization to grow business, quality jobs, and opportunity throughout Colorado - for all of its citizens. The organization will do this by hosting networking events between the Western Slope, Mountain, and Front Range business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. As someone who grew up in Olathe, Colorado on the Western Slope and who now owns several companies that employ over 75 people in Colorado, I realized that the Western Slope, Mountain, and Front Range communities do not communicate and work together at the level that they potentially could to maximize opportunity. By meeting each other and connecting, new productive collaborations and business ideas can be developed between individuals and companies within our great State. This is not a government program, but rather a private sector solution for private sector needs.
The Opportunity Coalition will also work to address the issues that impede positive job growth in Colorado. These primary concerns are:
Education - Developing quality options in K-12, promoting access to useful vocational training, establishing college level affordability, and retraining of older employees to provide relevant skills to the modern work environment.
Entrepreneurship - Promoting entrepreneurship skill sets, knowledge, and access in all age groups, with special emphasis in inner city and rural communities. The real economic recovery will occur through new and existing companies hiring one person at a time.
Environment - Creating a business friendly environment throughout the State, in our Legislature, and in our schools. The Opportunity Coalition creates Connection Opportunities between business, politics, academia, and non-profits. This provides growth opportunities, communication, and understanding among and between each group. The voice and concerns of business, entrepreneurs, employees, and thought leaders must be heard in government and in educational environments.
The Opportunity Coalition promotes the ideals of free markets, capitalism, Constitutional Values, and Liberty. There is no cost to join and this organization has the potential to provide unlimited opportunity for you, your friends, and our State.
Who should join?
Business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, thought leaders, legislators, and anyone who wants to make a positive impact in Colorado! To sign up and join today, please click here. By doing so, you will receive information regarding future networking events throughout the State, and have access to Connection Point, which provides information regarding new job opportunities, start-up ventures, postings of needs and services, new business ideas and tremendous savings opportunities on business services.
The first networking event will be held at the:
9200 East Mineral Avenue
Centennial, CO 80112
Wednesday, February 27th from 5:30-7pm
RSVP by clicking HERE
Over 80 companies have been founded at the Innovation Pavilion within the past year. This is the perfect environment to hold our first networking event and to discuss how we can create even more opportunities, business connections, and quality jobs throughout Colorado. The next event will be held on the Western Slope in May 2013.
Please stay tuned more details! We hope that you will join us in making a positive difference!
R. Brian Watson
Founder / CEO