Business education alliance

This page is updated on or close to the first day of each month. We rely on the participating organizations to provide us with their information in a timely manner. These are simly listed in order of date.


OCTOBER

Title: Photoshop Elements 1 and 2
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014 and October 18, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://www.ppld.org
Learn how to use some of the basic editing functions of Photoshop Elements. Learn how to work with layers, and become familiar with cropping, red-eye removal, adding text, and repairing images.

Title: Excel I
Date: Monday, October 13, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org/
Learn more complex formatting, charts, formulas, and filtering of an Excel

Title:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location:  Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  $15
Registration Required?  Yes, http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
Website:  http://coloradosprings.score.org/
This workshop addresses many issues you will want to consider before launching a business.  We talk about the rewards of starting a small business, attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning including how to determine your cash requirements, the legal form of your business entity, and more.

Title: Linking in to LinkedIn
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Time: 9 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org/
A basic overview of the popular social media for professionals, LinkedIn. Topics to include setting up an account, managing your feed, developing a robust profile, & how to use LinkedIn to help you land that next big opportunity.

Title: Financing Options for Small Business-Woodland Park Panel
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Location: Location: Ute Pass Cultural Center 210 East Midland Ave., Woodland Park, CO  80863.
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $20
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to:  Register by going to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340160
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org

Title: Word II
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: East Library and Information Center, 5550 N Union Boulevard
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org/
Become familiar with more advanced formatting features of Microsoft Word to make a professional looking page. Prerequisites: Word I for Office 2007.

Title: Digital Camera Basics
Date: Friday October 17, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: East Library and Information Center, 5550 N Union Boulevard
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org
In this class you will learn the basic skills you need to start using your digital camera. General functions, symbols, and parts of a digital camera will be covered. You'll also learn how to transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer, how to send pictures via email, and other options for sharing your pictures. Patrons will need to bring their own camera, the USB cable for connecting the camera to a computer and, if possible, the owner's manual.

Title: Minding Your Business
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org
Starting a Business? Learn how to do research on your competition, vendors and target market. Learn everything you need to know to write a business plan, find financing, marketing, demographics, mailing lists and more.

Title: Microsoft Publisher 13
Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Time: 9 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org/
Learn the Basics of Microsoft Office Publisher 2013. Experience with computer and mouse recommended. Call 389-8968 or fill out the online form to register.

Title: B2B Credit. - How to Get It, How to Grant It and How to Keep Customers Paying and Buying
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Location: Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Fee: $20
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to:  https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340143
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/
Credit is involved in 95% of Commercial Purchasing and Sales.This area of business interfaces with customers, sales, operations, vendors/suppliers, finance/accounting and other internal and external aspects of business. It is in an ideal position to contribute to profit enhancement in a variety of ways...  but is all too often misunderstood and relegated to a minor accounting role. This program teaches how a perceived cost center, a negative, the place where Sales go to die and a necessary evil can and should be a profit centered  Sales Support function.

Learning Outcomes: A new profit understanding of Credit Sales and A/R Management (the Completion of the Sale), The investment made in getting a customer to the point where they want buy, How to “sell” a supplier/vendor on granting credit lines, The keys elements in Credit Sales approval... selling and approving new profitable credit customers... making a profitable sale happen, and The limited number of potential business customers and the need to avoid losing their long term good will: The right guys for the job and the wrong guys for the jobs, Joint Credit and Sales contests, New Profit Performance Measurements, The Credit/Customer Service Connection, The Credit/Sales Connection, The Credit/Finance Connection, The Credit/Operation Overlap, How to keep credit customers current, improving cash flow, getting repeat sales, The four steps in completing the sale, How to  re-evaluate credit customers that are current for future risk and or for an increased credit line, and The sales  role in past due A/R management, Attendees will learn a new credit reality and how it can best contribute to: New and Repeat Sales, Cash flow enhancement, Customer service and retention, and New efficiencies identified .

Title:  Government to Business Outreach
Date:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sponsor:  Colorado Procurement and Technical Assistance Office (PTAC)
Location:  Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St.
Time:  8:30 AM to 12 PM
Fee:  Free.
Registration Required?  Yes, http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferencePresignup.action?iD=32324
Website:  http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action
Opportunity for businesses to meet the Colorado Springs area DoD Small Business Specialists (SBSs) as well as other key government and business assistance agencies. SBSs will provide briefings on their organization’s contracting needs and the other agencies will pass on information on their programs.

class you will become familiar with basic word processing skills necessary to create and save word documents by learning to read the Microsoft Word 2013 screen and entering and manipulating basic text.
Prerequisites: Computer Basics Lab and Windows 8 (or equivalent experience). Experience using a mouse and keyboard.

Title: Digital Camera Basics
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org
In this class you will learn the basic skills you need to start using your digital camera. General functions, symbols, and parts of a digital camera will be covered. You'll also learn how to transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer, how to send pictures via email, and other options for sharing your pictures. Patrons will need to bring their own camera, the USB cable for connecting the camera to a computer and, if possible, the owner's manual.

Title: Excel II 2013
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968
Website: http://ppld.org/
Learn more complex formatting, charts, formulas, and sorting of an Excel worksheet in Excel 2013. Prerequisites: Completion of Excel I

Title: Excel I
Date: Monday, October 27, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: East Library and Information Center, 5550 N Union Boulevard
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org/
Learn more complex formatting, charts, formulas, and filtering of an Excel

Title: Minding Your Business
Date: Monday, October 27, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Time: 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org
Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job in Minding Your Business. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, and more. In addition, a tour will be given afterwards of Library 21c, highlighting the unique resources that are available here to help your business.

Title:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location:  Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  $15
Registration Required?  Yes, http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
Website:  http://coloradosprings.score.org/
This workshop addresses many issues you will want to consider before launching a business.  We talk about the rewards of starting a small business, attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning including how to determine your cash requirements, the legal form of your business entity, and more.

Title:  The Power of Email Marketing
Date:  Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location:  Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  $15
Registration Required?  Yes, www.coloradosprings.score.org
Website:  http://coloradosprings.score.org/
This seminar will demonstrate how email marketing – the hands-on, low-cost marketing tool – can really help drive business success.  Participants will discover how communicating with customers regularly can help a small business stay connected, and generate increased referrals, repeat sales, and unwavering customer loyalty.

Title: Strategic Planning for Your Business
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Location: Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $30
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to:  https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340144
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/
Do you hear a lot of talk about strategic planning, but not know what that really means or why it matters?  Join us for a workshop addressing top-level strategic planning and why it's especially important in highly competitive business environments.  We will also introduce some key strategic concepts that can help you make good use of these ideas on a daily basis.  Whether you have a solid mission, vision, and guiding principles, need to develop them, or simply want to understand their importance, this interactive workshop is for you.

Title: Excel II
Date: Thursday, October 30 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: East Library and information Center, 5550 N Union Boulevard
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968
Website: http://ppld.org/
Learn more complex formatting, charts, formulas, and filtering of an Excel worksheet.

Title: PowerPoint 1 2013
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org/
Learn the parts of the PowerPoint screen and how to create a basic slideshow. Prerequisites: Word 2 and experience using a computer mouse and keyboard.

Title: WWE Series (Women •Wealth •Empowerment)- How to Achieve and Retain the Lifestyle You Want Topic II:  Wealth Enjoyment (Distribution) for Women
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $25
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340153
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Part II explains the second phase of wealth women experience when you’re finally ready to spend and enjoy your hard-earned money.   It can be costly if one has not properly planned for its occurrence. Income taxes, early withdrawal penalties, sales changes, restrictions or inflationary pressures can substantially reduce the amount of one’s wealth available for distribution. Personal planning helps you in your objective to overcome these eroding forces. Topics include:  Income taxes, Lost Opportunity Costs, Restrictions, Inflation, Penalties, Market Fluctuations, Life Mortality, and Potential Lawsuits.

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NOVEMBER

Title: QuickBooks Pro (Part 1 and 2)
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 (Part 1) and Wednesday, November 12, 2014  (Part 2)

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 12:30 PM to 5 PM
Fee: $150 (this fee covers cost for BOTH classes)
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803  or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330369
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
This is a great course for the small business owner, or for assistants, who primarily handle the finances!  Learn the following for the course plus more! 1. How the software works and how to navigate through the program; 2. How to create a new Company with QuickBooks including settings preferences, setting open balance, and entering customers, vendors, and accounts; 3. How to enter vendor information, as well as descriptions & prices for products and services;
4. How to work with registers, including opening registers, making entries, and reconciliation; and 5. How to handle bills in QuickBooks, including how to enter & pay bills; entering discounts from vendors.

Title:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location:  Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  $15
Registration Required?  Yes, http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
Website:  http://coloradosprings.score.org/
This workshop addresses many issues you will want to consider before launching a business.  We talk about the rewards of starting a small business, attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning including how to determine your cash requirements, the legal form of your business entity, and more.

Title: Business Etiquette
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Drive
Time: 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340123  to register
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Success in business happens with building great relationships and presenting yourself, and your business at the highest of standards. In a fast paced work environment, casual conversation, dress, and behavior can actually hinder you’re profitability. Why not brush up on your business etiquette and stand out from the rest?  Dr. Jaki Taggart, a Professor at Pikes Peak Community College will present an interactive course covering topics such as phone, office, elevator, dining and dress etiquette.

Title: Attracting Talent to Fuel Your Business Growth
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd. Ste. 1107
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $25
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340158
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
This seminar will present concepts that will help the small business person recruit the best talent possible in a market where there is a widening labor pool talent divergence from employer-driven needs and requirements.  Program Objectives:  1) How to draft a concise job description.  2) How to conduct a compensation analysis  3) How to advertise your vacancy using networking, social media and traditional channels  4) How to evaluate talent-the best fit versus the "teachable fit."

Title:  Government to Business Outreach
Date:  Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sponsor:  Colorado Procurement and Technical Assistance Office (PTAC)
Location:  Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St.
Time:  8:30 AM to 12 PM
Fee:  Free.
Registration Required?  Yes, http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferencePresignup.action?iD=32324
Website:  http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action
Opportunity for businesses to meet the Colorado Springs area DoD Small Business Specialists (SBSs) as well as other key government and business assistance agencies. SBSs will provide briefings on their organization’s contracting needs and the other agencies will pass on information on their programs.

Title: Boot Camp: Steps to Owning Your Business
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd. Ste. 1107
Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Fee: $15
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340155 to register
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Taking the first step to starting your business can be difficult! This workshop will be a realistic starting point for all budding entrepreneurs. The hour and a half workshop will be PACKED and FAST PACED. At the end, you will have a good feel for the level of effort and commitment it will take to make your business successful. If you’re serious about starting a business, you don’t want to miss this workshop.

Title:  Government to Business Outreach
Date:  Tuesday, November 20, 2014

Sponsor:  Colorado Procurement and Technical Assistance Office (PTAC)
Location:  Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St.
Time:  8:30 AM to 12 PM
Fee:  Free.
Registration Required?  Yes, http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferencePresignup.action?iD=32324
Website:  http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action
Opportunity for businesses to meet the Colorado Springs area DoD Small Business Specialists (SBSs) as well as other key government and business assistance agencies. SBSs will provide briefings on their organization’s contracting needs and the other agencies will pass on information on their programs.

Title: WWE Series (Women •Wealth •Empowerment) - How to Achieve and Retain the Lifestyle You Want. Topic III:  Wealth Conservation for Women
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $25
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340154
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Part III discusses the generational transfer of wealth.  With so many more women in the workplace this is no longer just a man’s concern.  This educational session seeks to preserve wealth. Leaving wealth to family or to others without considerable wealth erosion may not be an easy task. Entire wealthy estates have been dramatically reduced because of the lack of wealth conservation planning. Estate taxes, income taxes, attorney fees, accounting fees, appraisals, penalties, sales charges, and the possible forced sale of assets could reduce one’s wealth while creating frustration and distress to heirs. Personal planning seeks to provide the framework for a smooth and efficient transition of one’s wealth with minimal erosion while still allowing for control and enjoyment of the assets. Topics include: Income Taxes, Estate Taxes, Lost Opportunity Costs, Probate Fees, Legal Fees, Appraisals, Market Fluctuations, Liquidity and Forced Sale of Assets.

Title:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location:  Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  $15
Registration Required?  Yes, http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
Website:  http://coloradosprings.score.org/
This workshop addresses many issues you will want to consider before launching a business.  We talk about the rewards of starting a small business, attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning including how to determine your cash requirements, the legal form of your business entity, and more.

Title: WWE Series (Women •Wealth •Empowerment)- How to Achieve and Retain the Lifestyle You Want. Topic III:  Wealth Conservation for Women
Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Location: Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $25
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340154
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Part III discusses the generational transfer of wealth.  With so many more women in the workplace this is no longer just a man’s concern.  This educational session seeks to preserve wealth. Leaving wealth to family or to others without considerable wealth erosion may not be an easy task. Entire wealthy estates have been dramatically reduced because of the lack of wealth conservation planning. Estate taxes, income taxes, attorney fees, accounting fees, appraisals, penalties, sales charges, and the possible forced sale of assets could reduce one’s wealth while creating frustration and distress to heirs. Personal planning seeks to provide the framework for a smooth and efficient transition of one’s wealth with minimal erosion while still allowing for control and enjoyment of the assets. Topics include: Income Taxes, Estate Taxes, Lost Opportunity Costs, Probate Fees, Legal Fees, Appraisals, Market Fluctuations, Liquidity and Forced Sale of Assets.

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DECEMBER

Title: Boot Camp: Steps to Owning Your Business
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd. Ste. 1107
Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Fee: $15
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at 719-667-3803 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340155 to register
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Taking the first step to starting your business can be difficult! This workshop will be a realistic starting point for all budding entrepreneurs. The hour and a half workshop will be PACKED and FAST PACED. At the end, you will have a good feel for the level of effort and commitment it will take to make your business successful. If you’re serious about starting a business, you don’t want to miss this workshop.

Title:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location:  Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  $15
Registration Required?  Yes, http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
Website:  http://coloradosprings.score.org/
This workshop addresses many issues you will want to consider before launching a business.  We talk about the rewards of starting a small business, attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning including how to determine your cash requirements, the legal form of your business entity, and more.

Title: Word I
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: East Library and Information Center, 5550 N Union Boulevard
Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: www.ppld.org
Become familiar with basic word processing skills necessary to create and save word documents by learning to read the Microsoft Word screen and entering and manipulating basic text.
Prerequisites: Completion of Computer Basics and experience using a mouse and keyboard.

Title: PowerPoint 1
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Fountain Library, 230 S Main Street, Fountain, CO
Time: 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: http://[ppld.org
Learn the parts of the PowerPoint screen and how to create a basic slideshow. Prerequisites: Word 2 and experience using a computer mouse and keyboard.

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