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.


SEPTEMBER

Title: Digital Camera Basics
Date: Saturday, 6, 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
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 I
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 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
Learn how to set up, manipulate, and format a basic spreadsheet.

Title: Building Your Business Through Creativity, Vision & Culture
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to   https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340142
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/
Are you ready to leave the heard behind and start building a business that defies conventional wisdom? It’s time to step out and do something different, something extraordinary. At Magneti, we’ve worked hard to build a brand around a core guiding vision that incorporates creativity and an unbeatable culture. To do that, we apply Aristotle's persuasion framework, an ancient model still works really well to help tell a complete story of an organization. During our time, we'll look at how this framework can help you think about how your company communicates. A strong business relies on a solid brand footing. That brand is so many things -- it's every interaction that someone has with your organization. And in a world of technology and social media, the brand presence you exude is more easily shared and spread -- good or bad. We'd like to share how this brand perspective actually flows from your very vision and culture. In a world with so many choices, it's vital to have a vision and culture that truly reflects the needs of your audience. As technology-oriented marketers, we look forward to sharing insights into building a company that is worth talking about.

Title: Experiential Marketing: Logic + Emotion = Intuition
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340139 
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/
 What motivates people to make a decision to buy or not to buy? Experiential marketing consists of how you relate your product or service to the senses through sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and even through speaking. This marketing tactic is different from standard marketing tactics, as it is typically delivered through direct interactions with the consumer. The reality is that people make decisions based on two choices, logic and emotion.  The ultimate goal is to create a bridge so that it becomes intuitive for them to buy from you.  Learn how you can better frame your marketing tactics through experiential marketing to reach your target audience, while helping them to reach a buying decision with you and your company. In today’s competitive environment, it is imperative to differentiate yourself from others while creating your own unique selling proposition for you and your business. Most people want to be known as the best at what they do. Don’t you want to be known as the best?

Title:  SmartSTART “Advanced Business Workshops” Series 
Date:  Wednesday, September 10 – October 8, 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 http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e931btt74ec2197e&llr=cndhgxcab
Website: https://coloradosprings.score.org
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: Choosing the Right Business Structure
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 1 PM to 2 PM
Fee: FREE
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to :  https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330378
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/
This workshop is designed to teach you the details of each type of business entity.  The differences between Sole-Proprietor, LLC, S-Corp, & C-Corp will be discussed.   If you are not sure how you want your company to be formed, this is the class for you!

Title: Excel II
Date: Thursday,  September 11, 2014

Sponsor: Pikes Peak Library District
Location: Penrose Public Library, 20 N Cascade Avenue
Time: 8:15 AM to 9:45 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: Photoshop Elements 1 and 2
Date: Friday, Septemebr 12, 2014 and September 26, 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://ppld.org
Learn how to set up, manipulate, and format a basic spreadsheet.

Title: Word I
Date: Friday, September 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:  Government to Business Outreach
Date:  Tuesday, September 16, 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: Word II
Date: Tuesday, September 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: 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: Ice House
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Location: SBDC 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 1107
Time: 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Fee: $350 per participant and includes all course materials.
Limited scholarships available. Deadline to apply is September 10th.
Registration Required: Yes, please call the SBDC at (719) 255-3844 or go to :  http://www.coloradolendingsource.org/entrepreneurship-training-colorado-springs.html
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Please join your Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center and Colorado Lending Source for the "Ice House Entrepreneurship Program" This will be a 10-week program (Sept 17-Nov. 19) that will develop critical thinking skills that will enable them to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, manage risks and learn from the results.  The program is based on the personal experience of author Clifton Taulbert, Who Owns the Icehouse? is a powerful and compelling story that draws on the entrepreneurial influence of eight essential life-lessons.

Title:PowerPoint 1
Date: Thursday, September 18, 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
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: Succession Planning Workshop
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sponsor: Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Location: Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla Avenue

Time:  8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Fee: $45 member $75 nonmember  
Registration Required: To register please call 575-4341 or https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9jrltubcdb71c6a&oseq=&c=&ch=
Website: http://www.cnecoloradosprings.org
Succession planning isn't just about the executive director! This workshop, for EDs, board members, and key staff, focuses on the process of creating a succession plan including essential steps, challenges, and what to be prepared for. Join a panel of consultants, board members, and nonprofit leaders along with facilitators Trudy Strewler and BJ Scott for an interactive training on succession planning.

Title: Minding Your Business
Date: Monday, September 22, 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: WWE Series (Women •Wealth •Empowerment)- How to Achieve and Retain the Lifestyle You Want Part 1-Women’s Wealth Building
Sponsor: Small Business Development Center
Date: Thursday, September 25, 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=70340151
Website: http://www.coloradosbdc.org
Part I looks at the unique needs of women in the wealth building process.  This is the phase of life that provides money for current and future needs wants and desires such as cars, homes, appliances, and children’s education or for one’s own retirement. Many people use financial strategies that have advantages but also contain disadvantages that if unchecked could seriously erode one’s wealth. Personal planning for women can assist you in avoiding these disadvantages while providing an efficient and effective strategy which has the potential to build more wealth. Topics covered include: Living Expenses, Income Taxes, Lost  Opportunity Costs, Inflation, Market Fluctuations, Capital Replacement, Possible Lawsuits, Fees & Charges and Loan Interest.

Title: Word 1
Date: Saturday, September 27, 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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OCTOBER

Title: Word 1
Date: Saturday, October 4, 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.

Title: Boot Camp: Steps to Owning Your Business
Date: Thursday, October 2, 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=70330423
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 1
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 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: 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:  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: 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: 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.

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: WWE Series (Women •Wealth •Empowerment)- How to Achieve and Retain the Lifestyle You Want Topic II:  Wealth Enjoyment (Distribution) for Women
Sponsor: Small Business Development Center

Date: Thursday, November 20, 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=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: 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:  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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