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Chamber Candidate Endorsements Underscore Importance of How Businesses Can Shape Policy


Chamber Candidate Endorsements Underscore Importance of How Businesses Can Shape Policy

This week, the Colorado Chamber wrapped up our annual legislative candidate interviews where our members of our PAC board had the opportunity to sit down with legislative candidates in the upcoming election to discuss issues impacting Colorado businesses. Candidates faced the hot seat, answering tough questions ranging from their approach to policy and compromise, taxes, campaign fundraising and strategy, and more.

Following our candidate interviews, our PAC board selected 43 candidates to receive the Chamber’s coveted endorsement. These candidates include members of both political parties that have demonstrated a commitment to the business community – whether that be through their record as a current legislator or through the Chamber’s interview process.

It is critical for businesses to be heard when legislation and policy is being made, especially in the wake of a global pandemic where many businesses are just getting back on their feet. Legislation and regulations can have a huge impact on the way businesses are run, limit how many people they can hire and retain, and inhibit our state’s economic success.

Elections matter, and with the upcoming 2022 election, the business community has the opportunity to promote candidates who understand free enterprise and the needs of the business community. We also have the opportunity to restore balance to the state legislature, which has been under one-party control for nearly four years.

“As the Colorado Chamber works to promote a future-focused vision of fostering a prosperous and inclusive economic climate, we need legislators who are committed to supporting the state’s business community at the capitol,” Colorado Chamber President and CEO Loren Furman said. “We evaluate candidates based on their understanding of the issues, their willingness to build consensus and reach across party lines, and their ability to get results for the businesses in their districts. The candidates we’ve chosen to endorse have all demonstrated a dedication to working with the business community to support forward-thinking policies that will promote job creation and opportunity for all Coloradans.”

For a full list of endorsed candidates for the upcoming election, please click here!


Colorado Chamber to Host Q&A on FAMLI Program

New Regulations on Colorado Businesses are Coming – Are You Prepared?

Colorado’s new paid family and medical leave insurance program takes effect January 1, 2023 – less than 6 months from now. The Colorado Chamber has received many questions and concerns from its members about the details of the new program and what businesses need to know moving forward. 

The Chamber is providing a unique opportunity for you to engage directly in a Q&A forum with the Colorado Division of Family & Medical Leave staff about the implementation of the new program and how it will impact your company’s operations and employees.  

Mark your calendars! Details for participating in this opportunity are below: 

Colorado Chamber Forum with FAMLI Division staff
Date:   July 22, 2022
Time:   Noon – 1p.m.
The forum will be via Zoom (link to be provided to members who RSVP) 

Please contact Laura Moss at lmoss@cochamber.com to RSVP for this opportunity and please be prepared with questions for the Division staff.  Additionally, here is a link for submitting questions in advance.