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.


APRIL

Title: Start Up Basics for Veterans
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location:  SBDC, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $20
Registration Required: yes, please go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=703303550
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
Are you a Veteran interested in starting your own business? This helpful overview seminar geared specifically toward Veterans covers the necessary steps to successfully launch your new business venture. Bring your questions about launching your business and meet other Veterans who are doing the same! How You Will Benefit: Learn about legal structures, licenses and forms, and tax requirements, Uncover potential financing considerations and Understand how leverage your Veteran status.

Title: Boot Camp: Steps to Owning Your Business
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 2 PM to 4 PM
Fee: $15
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340015
to register
Website: 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: Word II
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968.
Website: www.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: Business Plan Fundamentals
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Tri-Lakes Business Incubator, 14960 Woodcarver Rd
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330353 to register
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
Every business needs a plan, whether it’s a start-up or you’re strategizing for growth. It’s an essential roadmap for business success! Join us for a fast paced, accelerated session on everything you need to put together your business plan.

Title: Minding Your Business
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 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:  Using LinkedIn for Small Business Success
Date:  Tuesday, April 10, 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,
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e91710bs6e63a575&llr=cndhgxcab
This interactive class is designed to help you leverage the power of LinkedIn for marketing your small business on the internet. Please bring your laptop or tablet computer with you to the workshop. We will be exploring how to use personal profile pages, company pages, and discussion groups to reach a wider audience and build an active, engaged network

Title: Digital Camera Basics
Date: Friday, April 11, 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: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org
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. Patrons should also have an email account.

Title: Government to Business Outreach
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC)
Location: Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St., Room 252
Time: 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: http://www.coloradoptac.org/ online registration
Office 719-434-3470
Website: www.coloradoptac.org
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: Innovate Colorado Springs - Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus (Atrium)
5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado
Time: 7:30 AM to 5 PM
Fee: $995 plus processing fee (Two-day training plus course materials)
Registration Required: Yes, please see website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a powerful new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the limitless opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills. Participants that complete the Ice House Facilitator Training will be certified to teach the program.

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs - Innovation in K-12
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Dr
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please see website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Stanford d.School (School of Design) underlines that “innovation and creativity are widely accepted as most driving forces behind business and community success, and are among most highly prized qualities in today’s leaders.” But innovation builds as early as childhood. Join Colorado Springs diverse education community for a compelling discussion on how innovation and entrepreneurship is being unlocked and nurtured through many initiatives in our K-12. You will not believe how much is happening already and what is in the works for 2014-2015. Title: Innovate Colorado Springs - Pitch Night
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  Epicentral Coworking, 409 N Tejon st.
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
Have an amazing idea for a startup? At Pitch Night you get 5 minutes to pitch your idea to some of Colorado Springs’ most innovative and experienced entrepreneurs who then give you 5 minutes of honest feedback. To RSVP to pitch, visit pitchnight.org. All are welcome and allowed to provide feedback!

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs - State of Entrepreneurship Education
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please see website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
Luncheon panel will discuss entrepreneurship education programs with speakers from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, and University of Colorado atColorado Springs. Thom Ruhe, Vice President for Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will facilitate the discussion.

Title:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Monday, April 15, 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,
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e90iqkg09726397a&llr=cndhgxcab
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 1
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Sandcreek Public Library, 1821 S Academy Boulevard
Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://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: Digital Camera Basics
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 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: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org
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. Patrons should also have an email account.

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs - Community Dynamics
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  Ivywild School, 1604 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
Nate Olson, Founder of 1 Million Cups, will share how community dynamics and a culture of collaboration, including a tolerance for failure and a celebration of success, can lead to a great startup community.

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs - Innovation Lab (Harwood Institute)
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  Pikes Peak United Way,518 N. Nevada Avenue
Time: 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
We have innumerable meetings to discuss plans and to-dos, but few organizations have spaces devoted to learning and innovations.  Facilitated by a Harwood Institute Certified Coach, the Innovation Lab is a meeting with ground rules and questions that promote learning and innovations and help align community efforts. To demonstrate the model, the focus will be on Homeless and Housing Issues.

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs - MashUp!
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  Ivywild School, 1604 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
Mashup is a high-impact networking event that brings together investors, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, startup pros, community leaders and job seekers to help entrepreneurs connect with the resources that they need to pursue their great ideas.

Title: Breakfast with the Journal: Creating Jobs! Investing in our future through venture capital, legislation and workforce retention
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Business Journal 
Location: Doubletree World Arena, 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Time: 7 AM to 9 AM
Fee: $27
Registration Required: Yes, http://csbj.ticketleap.com/breakfast-with-the-journal/dates/Apr-17-2014_at_0700AM
Website: www.csbj.com
Join the CSBJ and our panel of speakers as we discuss creating jobs for our community. We will look at creating jobs through venture capital-how do we get more; legislation-what regulations do we need to help business and what regulations need to go away to help business and what legislation/policies are on the books currently; and workforce retention-how do we keep the workforce we have and how do we create a more viable workforce where needed. Our speakers include Matt Varilek-Small Business Administration Region VIII Administrator, Nick Kittle-Performance, Innovation and Sustainability Manager for Adams County, and County Commissioner Amy Lathen.

Title:  Creating Internet Marketing Through WordPress
Date:  Wednesday, April 17, 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 – go to website to register
Website:  http://coloradosprings.score.org/events
This is an in-depth introduction to online marketing to show that you can: Easily create a basic WordPress website at minimal cost, Build a solid online business with time-tested sales principles, and Keep your website updated yourself with those special features.Even if you pay someone else to build your website, this free workshop will help you manage your website and break into new markets.

Title: How to Find Your Purpose and Passion
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: yes, please go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=703303555
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
Have you ever felt like there should be something else?  Do you question whether or not you can find your passion?  In this workshop you will learn 3 simple steps you can take today to start: How to be Inspired, How your Learning Style works for you, and How to discover your authentic Passion. Be prepared to laugh, take notes and be inspired.

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs - Entrepreneurial Mindset
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W Bijou St
Time: 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
Co-Author Gary Schoeniger will redefine entrepreneurship and discuss how entrepreneurship is a mindset that can empower ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs – What Say You? - A Conversation, Collection & Commitment To Our Future
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W Bijou St
Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Fee: TBA
Registration Required: Yes, please website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
The Pikes Peak region certainly isn’t void of many educational opportunities, connecting activities and resources to support innovation and entrepreneurship – This week of events has clearly shown that.  And, we’ve brought in some nationally recognized innovation leaders to add to our toolbox.  Now, we must harness all we are doing and learning to drive even more opportunities for our citizens and businesses to be successful. Join us in our closing session of Innovate Colorado Springs week to share what you’ve learned and challenge the community and yourself so we can all play a role in building great companies, a stronger region, and more well-informed entrepreneurs.

Title: Innovate Colorado Springs – What Say You? - A Conversation, Collection & Commitment To Our Future
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Location:  The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W Bijou St
Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Fee: TBA
Registration Required: Yes, please website
Website: http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com/
The Pikes Peak region certainly isn’t void of many educational opportunities, connecting activities and resources to support innovation and entrepreneurship – This week of events has clearly shown that.  And, we’ve brought in some nationally recognized innovation leaders to add to our toolbox.  Now, we must harness all we are doing and learning to drive even more opportunities for our citizens and businesses to be successful. Join us in our closing session of Innovate Colorado Springs week to share what you’ve learned and challenge the community and yourself so we can all play a role in building great companies, a stronger region, and more well-informed entrepreneurs.

Title: PowerPoint
Date: Monday, April 21, 2013

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
Learn how to create a slide or series of slides, manipulate, and format them for reports, presentations or printouts. Prerequisites: Computer 101 or experience using a mouse and keyboard.

Title:  Power of Email Marketing 
Date:  Tuesday, April 23, 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,
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8t82qfj6723ed79&llr=cndhgxcab 
In just a few short hours, this information-packed seminar will demonstrate how email marketing – the hands-on, low-cost marketing tool – can really help drive business success. In this session, 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. Participants will learn how to start and build a strong permission-based customer list, get their audience to open, read and act on their email, and use their past results to sharpen their email marketing program as they go along. This practical seminar will provide a concise, but comprehensive overview of how easy it is to create and send professional-looking email newsletters and promotions. Attendees will learn the latest best practices and proven strategies. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences, and network with peers. And they’ll leave with real-world insights and knowledge that they can put to work immediately to help their business succeed. 

Title: PowerPoint
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 7:15  PM to 8:45 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968
Website: http://ppld.org
Learn how to create a slide or series of slides, manipulate, and format them for reports, presentations or printouts. Prerequisites: Computer 101 or experience using a mouse and keyboard.

Title: Planning for Government Contractors
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sponsor: Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC)
Location: Colorado Springs Business & Technology Incubator, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd
Time: 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=32258
online registration
Office 719-434-3470
Website: www.coloradoptac.org
Employee Privacy, Policies and Security in the Workplace:
Over 90 percent of corporate data is now stored on your servers or in the cloud.  Can you protect your sensitive data and your employees while at the same time allowing your employees some freedom in the workplace?  Do you know if they are on Facebook, Pinterist and Twitter all day?  Learn ways to protect your company and tools that are available to monitor your employees’ productivity.
Employee Productivity – Tools, Remote Workers: With the help of the could and a slew of mobile devices (laptops, smartphones and tablets), it is easier to have your remote workers be more productive in the field.  You will need to have policies in place for these tools and make sure that your IT team sets everyone up with secure connections so they can work from any device, from any place and at any time.

Title: Word II
Date: Thursday, April 24, 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 more advanced formatting features of Microsoft Word to make a professional looking page. Prerequisites: Word I for Office 2007.

Title: Minding Your Business
Date: Saturday, April 26, 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:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Monday, April 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,
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
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: Excel I
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, Call 389-8968.
Website: www.ppld.org
Learn more complex formatting, charts, formulas, and filtering of an Excel worksheet.

Title: The Living Account of Your Business
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $20
Registration Required: yes, please go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330400
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
Focus on better understanding your financial statements--income statement and balance sheet to increase profitability and minimize tax consequences.  This course will provide you with:  1) The basics of financial statements-Income Statement & Balance Sheet, 2) A historical look at your financial with futuristic look for your business--Profitability Analysis & Budgeting consideration, 3) Self-evaluation of your company, 4) Identifying opportunities for increased profitability, 5) Comparative Analysis for Budgeting and 6) Planning for the consequences of taxes. Business owners striving for an understanding of accounting for their business as it relates to profitability and taxability. 

Title:  SmartSTART “Advanced Business Workshops” Series 
Date:  Wednesday, April 30 – May 28, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location: Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 East Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  TBD for all 5 classes which includes a guest if you so choose.
Registration Required?  Yes – go to website to register
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8t8ktlc7fbe9c38&llr=cndhgxcab
The Advanced Planning Series consists of 5 programs and assumes you have already attended our SmartStart Basic Course. The workshops will help you define and evaluate your business idea; develop a marketing strategy; identify the best way to fund your business; turn your idea to action with tools and templates; receive mentoring support and connect with other entrepreneurs.  All classes are from 6PM to 9PM.  The cost of the course if $125.00 and one guest for $50.00 if the guest is in the same business. Session 2 Wednesday 4/30/14  - Business Concepts; Session 3 Wednesday 5/7/14 - Market Research; Session 4  Wednesday 5/14/14 - Marketing Strategy/Sales; Session 5  Wednesday 5/21/14 - Financial Projections/Analysis and Session 6 Wednesday 5/28/14 -  Funding Sources and Next Steps

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MAY

Title: Minding Your Business
Date: Monday, May 5, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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: Federal Sales Strategies Pricing Thresholds, Unsolicited proposals and contracting instruments
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Fee:  $20
Registration Required: yes, please go to
https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330401
Level: Basic to Intermediate Company must be Sam.gov

Title: Social Media Series: Google Plus
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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 go to
Register by going to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330402

Title: Digital Camera Basics
Date: Friday, May 9, 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: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://ppld.org
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. Patrons should also have an email account.

Title:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Tuesday, May 13, 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,
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
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: Attracting Talent to Fuel Your Business Growth
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Fee:  $20
Registration Required: yes, please go to
https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330403
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: ADAPTABLE Business Continuity - 7 Steps to Business Resiliency
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC (1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340084 to register
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
Educate attendees on the requirements and business needs for a continuity program to include threats and risks, applicable regulations and continuity standards (OSHA, ISO, NFPA, etc.), and the value of implementing a Business Continuity Program scaled to their requirements.

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

Sponsor: Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC)
Location: Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St. Room 252
Time: 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: http://coptac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferencePresignup.action?iD=32320  online registration Office 719-434-3470
Website: www.coloradoptac.org
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: Minding Your Business
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 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: Word 1
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Sandcreek Public Library, 1821 S Academy Boulevard
Time: 1 PM to 2:45 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://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: QuickBooks Pro (Part 1 and 2)
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (Part 1) and Wednesday, May 28, 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) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330404 to register
Website: 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.

Website: www.coloradoptac.org
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: Word I
Date: Friday, May 23, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: East Library and Information Center, 5550 N Union Boulevard
Time: 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, call 389-8968.
Website: http://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:  Start Up Basics 
Date:  Tuesday, May 27, 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,
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e92x8f8529d67a90&llr=cndhgxcab
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: Selling Your Business
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location:  SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 2 PM to4 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to  https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330406 to register
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
Have you ever felt like there should be a more systematic and organized approach to creating your business’s wealth building strategy?  Do you question whether or not you can achieve and retain the lifestyle you want?  Would you like to learn 3 simple steps you can take today and start uncovering your dreams?  In this workshop Tara will share: How to create a buy/sell agreement, How you start keeping more of your money for you and How to plan for the Wealth Transfer Issue.

Title: Word 1
Date: Saturday, May 31, 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: 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.

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JUNE

Title: Google Analytics/Get Your Website
Date: Thursday, June 5, 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) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330408 to register
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org

Title: Minding Your Business
Date: Saturday, June 7, 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: Tri Lakes-Market Research Workshop
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: Tri-Lakes Business Incubator, 14960 Woodcarver Rd.
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330409 to register
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
If you’re planning to start a business, or looking for finance, then the people you approach for help will want to see some evidence of market research.  Starting a business always involves some degree of risk; good market research will help you reduce that risk. If you are already in business, market research continues to be very important, and should be an integral part of your daily business operation. Did you know that Pikes Peak Library District subscribes to research databases that are free for you to use?  Learn about two databases, Reference USA and Business Decision from nationally recognized, Business Services Librarian, Terry Zarsky.  Bring your laptops!  If you don’t have a library card, you can get one at this workshop!

Title: Boot Camp: Steps to Owning Your Business
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC 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) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340083 to register
Website: 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: Word I
Date: Saturday, June 21, 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://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: Minding Your Business
Date: Monday, June 23, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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: Strategic Planning for Your Business
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Fee: $30
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330411  to register Website: www.coloradosbdc.org

Title: Word 1
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Sandcreek Public Library, 1821 S Academy Boulevard
Time: 1 PM to 2:45 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://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: How to Find Your Purpose and Passion
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330355 to register
Website: www.coloradosbdc.org
Have you ever felt like there should be something else?  Do you question whether or not you can find your passion?  In this workshop you will learn 3 simple steps you can take today to start: How to be Inspired, How your Learning Style works for you and How to discover your authentic Passion

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JULY

Title:  SmartSTART “Advanced Business Workshops” Series 
Date:  Wednesday, July 9 – August 6, 2014

Sponsor:  SCORE
Location: Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 East Fountain Blvd. (One block West of Academy on Fountain – South side of the street)
Time:  6 PM to 9 PM
Fee:  TBD for all 5 classes which includes a guest if you so choose.
Registration Required?  Yes – go to website to register
Website:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e931btt74ec2197e&llr=cndhgxcab
The Advanced Planning Series consists of 5 programs and assumes you have already attended our SmartStart Basic Course. The workshops will help you define and evaluate your business idea; develop a marketing strategy; identify the best way to fund your business; turn your idea to action with tools and templates; receive mentoring support and connect with other entrepreneurs.  All classes are from 6PM to 9PM.  The cost of the course if $125.00 and one guest for $50.00 if the guest is in the same business. Session 2 Wednesday July 9, 2014  - Business Concepts; Session 3 Wednesday  July 16, 2014 - Market Research; Session 4  Wednesday  July 23, 2014 - Marketing Strategy/Sales; Session 5  Wednesday  July 30, 2014 - Financial Projections/Analysis; and Session 6 Wednesday  August 6, 2014 -  Funding Sources and Next Steps

Title: Word 1
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Sandcreek Public Library, 1821 S Academy Boulevard
Time: 1 PM to 2:45 PM
Fee: Free
Registration Required: No, but for information call 389-8968.
Website: http://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.

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