Meeting with former Rocky reporters brings smiles, lessons

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Today, there was a lunch at the Chamber for former business reporters of the Rocky Mountain News and, while I wasn’t there, it sounds like I missed a great meal and some remarkable stories.

There was a spirited discussion around the story of the “mystery company” – that would eventually be revealed as ConocoPhillips – and its purchase of the StorageTek campus. The Rocky – admittedly having little knowledge about the situation, risked and ran a headline that said “Mystery Company” – a first, no doubt, for them.

Rob Reuteman and Gil Rudawsky, former editors of the Rocky, were in the room and it was great to listen to them reminisce about stories they loved covering and the stories that gave them heartburn.

Reuteman had thoughtful words about the nascent green movement in Colorado and the United States, and suggested that more “critical coverage” was needed to uncover the challenges that may lie within the various facets of said movement.

Few cities have enjoyed the luxury of two newspapers for as long as Denver did. In fact, Dean Singleton (owner of The Denver Post) reported to the Denver Metro Chamber Board of Directors last month that only Washington, D.C. has more newspaper subscribers per capita than Denver.

Even those who were not subscribers to the Rocky felt the loss of the paper and understood the important depth and balance it brought to news in Colorado. We are truly lucky to have enjoyed the fruits of the Rocky reporters’ labor, and they are deeply missed.


Business awards were missed by me!

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I missed Tuesday’s small business awards (27th annual, which is hard to believe), because I was in Washington, D.C. meeting with Senators Bennet and Udall on the Employee Free Choice Act.

I understand one of the highlights of the show was Gregg Moss, business reporter for 9News, who has served as emcee for our business awards show for years and apparently takes great delight in the role—evidenced by the fair bit of artistic license he took while videotaping the audience for his morning show on 9News.

From reports I received from staffer Rob Rose, the awardees were celebrated with hoots and hollers—the likes of which we have never heard before at this event.

I also hear that the red carpet was literally rolled out for our attendees, who could take a stroll reminiscent of Hollywood’s walk of fame, with stars for each of our finalists lining the carpeted walkway.

“Sparks” also flew when Carolyn Terrell, the 2009 winner of the David E. Bailey Small Business Advocate of the Year Award issued an idle threat to her nominator, our own Tameka Montgomery of the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center here at the Chamber.

 “I’ll get you, Tameka,” she reportedly crowed.

Really, one can’t blame our Tameka for nominating Terrell for the prestigious award. Terrell, the lead business development specialist of the SBA’s Colorado District Office, is well-known in the small business community as an advocate for small businesses.

“I think she really embodies this award is all about,” Tameka said in the nomination. “If she were awarded this honor, there would be no question in the small business community that she was worthy of this award.”

Sounds like I missed another great event in the name of a bad piece of public policy legislation.

Congratulations to the winners of the awards. Their achievements are remarkable, and their recognition is well deserved.