Denver Business Journal Announces 40 Under 40 Honorees, B:CIVIC Counts Eight As Members

40u402015winnerslogoweb-600Every year the Denver Business Journal recognizes the Mile High City’s standout class of young professionals in its list of 40 Under 40 honorees. This program recognizes local professionals under the age of 40 for their business success and community collaborations. B:CIVIC is lucky enough to count eight companies that have employees recognized in the 2015 40 Under 40 class as members!

The list of 40 Under 40 honorees who work for a B:CIVIC company is below. Check out the Denver Business Journal’s full list here.

Congratulations to all of the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honorees and their companies!

Young Philanthropists Foundation Appreciation Bash to Celebrate Alexis Owen

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Join the Young Philanthropists Foundation (YPF) in recognizing Alexis Owen for her vision in creating YPF and bringing Penny Harvest, a free, school-based citizenship and leadership service-learning program, to Colorado! (Last year the program raised nearly $100,000 with the help of local students and teachers). This event will celebrate how far YPF has come in engaging youth in making a difference in their communities and showcase where this amazing organization is headed.

Join YPF in celebrating Alexis’ contributions at the event taking place at the following date, time and location:

Thursday, March 19
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Congratulations to Alexis on this wonderful recognition! We’re extremely proud of her community impact and are excited to have her expertise as B:CIVIC continues to grow. Alexis currently represents First Western Trust as a Founding Board Member and also serves as Co-chair of the Outreach and Marketing Committee.

Register for the Appreciation Bash here and learn about the corporate sponsorship opportunities here.

B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: Great-West Financial

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Great-West Financial Receives Go Red for Women Impact Award

B:CIVIC members do great things for the community every day, and we love seeing them earn well-deserved attention. Founding Member Great-West Financial was recently honored with the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Impact Award, which recognizes a local organization and individual for their efforts within the community to make an impact on heart disease and stroke, the number 1 and number 4 causes of death in America. Each recipient chosen is very engaged and dedicated to the programs, committees or leadership roles with the American Heart Association.

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Great-West Financial sponsored The American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program, which provides real-life learning laboratories for elementary school students to understand what it means to be healthy. This hands-on experience allows students to learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.

Teaching Gardens encompass a core belief that when you educate a child about nutritional choices, he or she will share this information with the family, and ultimately pass that knowledge to others.

Congratulations to Great-West Financial for earning this prestigious award! Learn more about the company’s community partnerships here.

This Member Spotlight was provided by Great-West Financial. Do you have a story you’d like featured in B:CIVIC’s Member Spotlight? Please fill out the Share Your Story form.

B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: First Western Trust

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First Western Connects Day

Denver Volunteer dayIn October of 2014, Founding Board Member First Western Trust hosted its first annual volunteer day called FW Connects. In an effort to provide the most benefit on the day of service, First Western conducted a materiality assessment to identify the areas of focus that shareholders, associates, clients and members of the community felt were not only important to the business, but also key issues in the communities where they are located. The areas selected were economic development, support of the arts, and women and girls.

After conducting the assessment, 10 First Western teams partnered with various organizations within these impact areas on FW Connects.   First Western was able to provide 100 volunteers across 3 markets and donated more than $35,000 to their partner organizations.

Some of the organizations that First Western partnered with were Ground Work Denver, Warren Village, and the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. First Western looks forward to continuing this practice each year and making an impact in the communities they serve.

This Member Spotlight was provided by First Western Trust. Do you have a story you’d like featured in B:CIVIC’s Member Spotlight? Please fill out the Share Your Story form.

B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: B-Lab

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B-Lab Inspires Tech Companies to Make an Impact With B Bold! Event

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On a snowy Wednesday earlier this month, B-Lab held an event in conjunction with Rally Software in Boulder to share information on how tech companies can focus on impact and win in the marketplace. Four panelists offered their unique perspectives on why using business as a force for good can ultimately benefit employee engagement, public perception and the bottom line of tech companies, and how Benefit Corporations are shaking up the tech market and attracting major attention from the VC world.

The following individuals spoke on the panel:

  • Ryan Martens, Founder and CTO at Rally Software, Founder and Chairperson at Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado
  • Seth Levine, Managing Director at Foundry Group
  • Kat Rhodes, Director of Corporate Marketing at Simple Energy
  • Matthew Elliott, Partner and UX Humanitarian at Super Humane

Panelists spoke to a full room of engaged and inspired attendees who had the opportunity to ask questions afterwards. Every attendee also received a B Lab Handbook to begin applying lessons they learned immediately.

The week after this event, B-Lab held a Hackathon to help any attendees who were interested in becoming a B Corp begin the application process to join the ranks of more than 1,000 companies redefining success in business.

Learn more about B-Lab and its mission at www.bcorporation.net.

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B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: Davis Graham & Stubbs

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B:CIVIC Founding Member Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and they’ve announced that the milestone calls for 365 days of good! The company has dubbed 2015 the “Year of 100 Good Deeds” (Y100) and its team is completing a wide array of projects that benefit the community. These projects were nominated by DGS attorneys and staff, ensuring a strong level of interest and engagement with the efforts.

y100logoWhile the firm has traditionally focused its community involvement efforts on generous financial contributions, it’s widening the giving scope with Y100 by also coordinating volunteer projects and providing pro bono legal services. Check out the full list of planned partnerships here.

“Service to the community is one of the firm’s core values,” said Kenzo Kawanabe, chair of the Y100 Committee, in a press release. “It was a standard set by the founding partners at the firm – and it is a standard that our attorneys and staff strive to continue today with pro bono legal services, community board memberships, volunteer projects, and civic involvement.”

Learn more about Y100 here and track the company’s progress throughout the year! Starting off 2015 with a bang, their team has already supported Colfax Community Network, Adopt Colorado Kids and The Denver Foundation.