Colorado Capitol Report

Guidelines Regarding Remote Testimony on Colorado Legislation

Guidelines Regarding Remote Testimony on Colorado Legislation

The Colorado General Assembly will re-convene for the remainder of the 2021 Legislative Session on February 16th, 2021 and is expected to meet through the end of May/ beginning of June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the House and Senate leadership have adopted regulations regarding remote testimony. Many of you have testified on bills that are assigned to House and Senate committees, and you now have the option to testify remotely.  Please keep in mind that this option does not preclude you from testifying in-person.

Witnesses will be able to testify remotely in two ways:

For additional details, please see the below regulations by the House and Senate.

Please contact Loren Furman at [email protected] with any additional questions.

Colorado Chamber Joins ACCC For Advocacy Training

The Colorado Chamber of Commerce joined the Association of Colorado Chambers of Commerce (ACCC) this week to hold an advocacy training discussion for local chamber executives across the state. The panel was facilitated by Lauren Schwartz, Director of Investor Relations for the Colorado Chamber. Panelists included:

  • Loren Furman, Senior Vice President, State & Federal Affairs, Colorado Chamber of Commerce
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rachel Beck, Vice President, Government Affairs, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

The panelists covered the basics of how to engage with legislators, track legislation, and manage legislative strategy within organizations. They also discussed some of the latest developments at the capitol, including a bill that would remove business tax credits and exemptions. The bill is expected to be filed when the legislature resumes.

With the challenging environment for businesses at the state capitol, the panelists emphasized the importance of the business community working together and staying actively engaged in legislation and policy.

“It can be an army of voices when we’re together,” Furman said.

Learn more about ACCC by visiting

Award-Winning Diversity Equity & Inclusion Program Offered to Colorado Businesses

Are you ready to talk about inclusion in your organization? Let Colorado REACH help you guide the conversation.…

The Colorado Chamber is proud to partner with Colorado REACH to offer members of the Colorado Chamber an opportunity to experience BREAKING ICE—the award-winning diversity equity and inclusion program for business.

Through a series of dynamic scenes, audiences explore how systemic inequities, implicit biases and common misperceptions show up in relationships and in the workplace. The performance is followed by facilitated break outs.

Chamber Members are invited to register themselves and their teams for one of three days (space is limited). Register here or contact Lauren Schwartz at the Chamber to learn how your company can get involved: (303) 866-9643

Three Dates to Choose From:

Thursday, February 25
3-4:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE

Thursday, March 25
3-4:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE

Thursday, April 22
3-4:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE


Congressman Perlmutter Small Business Roundtable - February 26

Congressman Perlmutter (CO-07) is hosting an upcoming roundtable to discuss updates to several of SBA’s COVID programs for small businesses as well as guidance for business owners navigating the loan forgiveness provisions and accounting of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program.

WHEN: Friday, February 26, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. MT

WHERE: Zoom Meeting (registration details below)


  • Welcome from Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
  • Presentation from Frances Padilla, Colorado District Director for the Small Business Administration
  • Presentation from Ron Seigneur, Managing Partner at Seigneur Gustafson and Tony Nitti, Partner in RubinBrown’s Tax Services Group

RSVPClick here to register for the event. A Zoom link will be sent 24 hours before the event. Live Q&A will not be available during the event. If you have questions or topics for discussion, please include in your registration form.