Research and Experimentation Tax Credits Discussion @ Research Electro Optics
May 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Research and Experimentation Tax Credits Discussion
Date: May 28, 2015
Event Location: Research Electro Optics
Address: 5505 Airport Road, Boulder
Email Greg Kalkwarf at or call 303.837.2261 to RSVP by May 26


Is your company eligible for a research tax credit?

On Thursday, May 28, BKD, LLP, in cooperation with Manufacturer’s Edge, is hosting a free lunch in Boulder to discuss tax credits.

Discussion led by Ashley Thompson, BKD CPAs & Advisors
Ashley has 15 years of experience helping clients claim federal and state research credits. He leads BKD’s research and experimentation tax credit practice and conducts research credit studies for clients in manufacturing, software development and other industries. In addition to helping clients identify, document and calculate available credits, Ashley helps clients implement strategies to efficiently capture qualified research expenses.

Who Qualifies?
Any taxpayer engaged in what the government considers qualified research activity can qualify for the credit, though companies in the following industries are more likely to qualify:

• Manufacturing
• Software Development
• Tool and Die
• Biotech and Pharmaceutical
• Oil and Gas Exploration
• Brewery and Distillery
• Telecommunications

Tax Benefit
The federal R&D credit is a dollar-for-dollar credit against federal tax. It can be taken during the year earned or, in some cases, carried forward to future tax years or back to prior tax years. Companies also can claim credits from prior years and request a refund. In addition to the federal R&D credit, many states also offer credits for research activity.

Space for the lunch is limited. If you and/or another executive from your company would like to attend, please RSVP by May 26 to or 303.837.2261.

We hope you will attend!

Boulder Beers & Gears @ Upslope Brewery
Jun 24 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Boulder Beers & Gears @ Upslope Brewery | Boulder | Colorado | United States

Boulder Beers & Gears
Date: June 24, 2015
Event Location: Upslope Brewery
Address: 1898 S Flatiron Court, Boulder
Event Register Link:
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Get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek into the world of beer as we tour the Upslope Brewery in Boulder, CO. This facility is 27,000 square feet and includes a canning line that can run up to 600 cans a minute. As an added bonus, Upslope’s neighbor OZO Coffee has invited us to wander over to their facilities as well!

The evening will conclude with a mixer and awards ceremony where the fastest manufacturing team to compete in this year’s Colfax Marathon will be honored. Food and drinks will be provided.

Please note: This event is for manufacturers only and no more than 3 representatives from each company. Exceptions will be made for marathon team members. Thank you!

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) @ Research Electro Optics
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) @ Research Electro Optics | Boulder | Colorado | United States

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
Date: June 26, 2015
Event Location: Research Electro Optics
Address: 5505 Airport Road, Boulder
Event Register Link:
Click here to register!


Manufacturer’s Edge is pleased to present a 1-day introductory class on GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing). GD&T is a system of symbols, rules, and definitions used to define the geometry of mechanical parts. It is one of the most powerful tools available to improve quality, reduce cost, and shorten delivery time. All of this is possible when the concurrent engineering team is involved with the creation of the drawing. Using GD&T on the drawing must first and foremost capture design intent. However, the best design in the world is worthless if it cannot be produced. That is why it is necessary for production/vendors and quality to be involved with the requirements that are placed on the drawing. When they are not involved, the drawings often have overly tight tolerances and result in non-producible parts; at least not producible at the quality level, cost, and timeliness expected by industry.


This full day course will cover:

  1. Datums and their importance in feature geometry definition
  2. Tolerances of Location: True Position, concentricity, symmetry
  3. Tolerances of form: straightness, flatness, circularity, cylindricity
  4. Tolerances of profile: Profile of a line, Profile of a surface
  5. Tolerances of runout: runout, total runout
  6. Tolerances of orientation: Parallelism, perpendicularity, angularity