April 2015
2015 City of Denver Business Opportunity Fair

The City of Denver is excited to both welcome existing vendor partners and invite any potential new vendors to participate in the Business Opportunity Fair, which will bring opportunities for engagement and education about doing business with the city. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McNichols Building, located on 144 West Colfax Ave. in Denver. Please click on this link to register.

This conference-style event is intended to focus on what the city buys and how businesses can participate in the various procurement solicitations. The event will also address:

  • The new goods and services program for small, minority and women owned businesses
  • How to do business with General Services Purchasing Division
  • How to do business with Denver International Airport
  • Step-by-step procedures for submitting bids on Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System 
  • Tips on responding to formal bids and requests for proposals
  • Various city agencies will be represented at tables, disseminating additional information about Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO) certification, prevailing wage, accounts payable and more

For access to the schedule and event overview click here. Parking instructions for the McNichols building at 144 W. Colfax can be seen here.

The event ends at 12:30 p.m., but stick around and check out Civic Center Eats, where Denver's gourmet food trucks are available for lunches, and you can enjoy gorgeous views and live music. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM are provided.

Have questions about the City and County of Denver Business Opportunity Fair? Contact City and County of Denver Purchasing.  

Denver International Airport Rolling Closer to Train Service

The Regional Transportation District Eagle P3 project is on track to begin passenger service from downtown to DIA in the spring of 2016. On Friday April 5, 2015, RTD's new commuter rail car was pulled into service to test the 22.8-mile track run, study the travel characteristics of the train car, and examine the route's configuration. Read more in Kathy Proctor's Denver Business Journal story.

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Denver International Airport to Double Number of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Ten new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed this fall in the west parking garage. The stations will be free to customers who pay to park in the garage, and are compatible with most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The new stations will be the airport's first AC Level 2 chargers, which use 240-volt infrastructure and provide up to 20 miles of range per hour of charge time, according to U.S. Department of Energy estimates. The project will bring the number of publicly available vehicle charging stations to 20.

The project is partially funded using a grant awarded to DIA from the Charge Ahead Colorado Electric Vehicle and Charging Station grant fund, a program of the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office. The grant will pay for $32,600 of the estimated $85,000 project.

DIA installed 10 electric vehicle charging stations in both the east and west parking garages in late 2013. Those AC Level 1 stations use 120-volt infrastructure that provides up to 5 miles of range per hour of charging time.

"Since adding electric vehicle charging stations in 2013, we have seen a tremendous response from passengers and an increasing demand for charging stations," said airport CEO Kim Day. "The charging stations — along with other initiatives, including water bottle filling stations, LED lights and our comprehensive deicing fluid collection and recycling system – all contribute to our commitment to sustainability while simultaneously improving our customer experience."

Separately, the airport also recently installed five AC Level 2 charging stations in the parking lot that serves airside employees (people who work on the concourses or airfield). Those stations, which are the first to be made available to airport employees, were also partially funded using a grant from the Charge Ahead Colorado grant, which funded $31,300 of the $66,100 project. For completing that project, DIA has been listed as a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge program, which encourages employers to provide electric vehicle charging stations for employee use.

Claim Your Tax Credits with Denver's Business Investment Program

It's that time of year again to apply for tax credits – yes, credits! The Business Investment Program (BIP) application will soon be available online at www.denvergov.org/investindenver

Businesses that started or expanded anywhere within the City and County of Denver including Denver International Airport can apply for BIP tax credits to reduce their  tax bills on "business personal property," essentially any items owned by the business — such as equipment, furniture or machinery, excluding its land and buildings.

The credit is in the amount of the Denver General Fund portion of taxes on business personal property for up to four years, starting when the property is placed in service (note: replacement equipment is not eligible). Investments made in subsequent years require a separate application and if approved receive additional tax credits.

For example, an eligible business investing $34,000 in new display racks, shelving and computer equipment could save more than $400 in taxes over the four-year period. In another example, a business that invests $1 million in restaurant furniture and kitchen equipment can receive an estimated $12,000 in tax credits over the four-year agreement period.

What is an eligible business? It's any business located within the City and County of Denver that expanded or was a start-up and made significant capital investments last year (in 2014). For businesses established prior to 2014, they also meet at least ONE of these growth requirements in 2014:

  • Increased investment of at least 100 percent of the prior business capital level
  • Increased investment of at least $1 million in business expansion
  • Increased by at least 10 employees over the preceding 12-month average
  • Increased by at least 10 percent in employment over the preceding 12-month average

NOTE: Small business owners with business personal property valued at $7,000 or less might already be exempt from business personal property tax, in which case this program is not applicable. To confirm whether your small business is exempt, call the Assessor's Office at (720) 913.4067.

For more information about the BIP, please email InvestinDenver@denvergov.org or call (720) 913-1721.

Using the Phone to Market Your Business

By Rieva Lesonsky, Guest Blogger, U.S. Small Business Administration  

"With more and more customers contacting companies online, it may seem as if your business phone doesn't matter much anymore. But if you aren't taking advantage of the many ways your company's phone can be used as a marketing tool, you're selling your business short. Your business phone is a crucial element in conveying your brand, promoting your business and convincing prospects to become customers," writes Rieva Lesonsky.

Click on the link for Lesonsky's tips for using your phone to market your business.

DIA Insight: DIA Hotel and Transit Center Construction Cam

Get live video streaming of history in the making. See the hotel's construction progress and other video perspectives of a vision that's becoming reality. Click on the online construction cam to view a "live stream" showcasing worker activities; choose the "Camera" tab containing an interactive zoom (in and out) feature of the construction site, and enjoy a "Panoramic" selection offering four camera presets.

To maintain global competitiveness in aviation commerce and to enrich consumer and traveler amenities, DIA began construction of an on-site Hotel and Transit Center. After five years, the project is drawing close to completion. The hotel will open in November 2015, with the commuter train service beginning in early 2016.

As DIA continues to "wow" the aviation industry with precedent-setting expansions, you too can be part of the airport's exciting enterprise. Business opportunities in aviation construction, professional services, and revenue development are important elements that make DIA a competitive and sustainable commercial environment. Learn more about airport-related business opportunities by visiting DIA's "Future Opportunities" webpage or contacting the DIA Commerce Hub at Diacommercehub@flydenver.com or calling (303) 342. 2351.

Upcoming Events

DEN Commerce Hub Contractor Conversations

May 28, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: WorldPort Conference Room H
24735 E. 75 Ave., Denver

Contact Alicia Avila at Alicia.Avila@flydenver.com for registration information.

Airport Business Opportunities—At Your Finger Tips

Denver International Airport posts business and contract opportunities on its website, business.Flydenver.com. Remain informed about airport current business opportunities and upcoming business activities by visiting the Business Center webpage. Complete the Concessions and Project application forms to be electronically notified of contract announcements. 

Contact & Office Location

DEN Commerce Hub
Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(303) 342-2351
Email: DIACommerceHub@flydenver.com

Commerce Hub


City & County of Denver Department of Aviation
8500 Peña Boulevard | Denver, Colorado U.S.A. | 80249-6340

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