Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The 12 week Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series teaches participants good business practices in the completion of their business plan. Create a business that works for YOU Test ideas, explore possibilities, determine feasibility Learn to plan a profit, not just hope for one Master money management, budgeting & accounting Understand what your value to customers is Establish best pricing and marketing practices Address organization & risk management needs Network and learn from others Gain access to valuable resources & people Each session can be taken separately for a $50 per session fee. The Program includes a business plan competition with cash awards for $250 for 1st Prize, $150 for 2nd Prize, and $100 for 3rd. This class will meet at Fort Lewis College, Education Business Hall, Room 110
Speaker: Terryl Peterson and Jasper Welch
Fee: $ 300.00
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The 12 week Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series teaches participants good business practices in the completion of their business plan. Create a business that works for YOU Test ideas, explore possibilities, determine feasibility Learn to plan a profit, not just hope for one Master money management, budgeting & accounting Understand what your value to customers is Establish best pricing and marketing practices Address organization & risk management needs Network and learn from others Gain access to valuable resources & people Each session can be taken separately for a $50 per session fee. The Program includes a business plan competition with cash awards for $250 for 1st Prize, $150 for 2nd Prize, and $100 for 3rd. This class will meet at Fort Lewis College, Education Business Hall, Room 110
Speaker: Terryl Peterson and Jasper Welch
Fee: $ 300.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Friday, April 10, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Friday, June 12
The Leading EdgeTM Strategic Planning Series is an intensive business planning course designed for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. The program includes: 1. Five day-long workshop sessions and two special bonus sessions 2. Five hours of one-on-one consulting and many group interactive exercises 3. Scheduled milestone and business planning assignments The fully-executed business plan will include: • Organizational Matters: Legal Entity, Management & Personnel • Operations: Recordkeeping, Controls & Risk Management • Marketing: Market Research, Strategies, Tactics & Implementation • Financials: Sales Forecast, Cash Flow Projections & Financial Statements
Speaker: Stefanie Dalgar, Marcia McGilley and community experts
Fee: $ 495.00
Friday, April 10, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Celebrate with the Boulder SBDC! To celebrate our new location at the Boulder Public Library and kick off our 2015 programming, Boulder SBDC is hosting a series of free workshops for our Re-Launch Week. Credit scores affect everyone regardless of age. This informative presentation provides life time skills which you can implement for financial success, and share with friends and family. · Differences between credit score and history · Ways to improve your credit score · How a better credit score can save you dollars · Factors which impact your credit score both negatively and positively · Parties interested in your credit score · Ways to monitor your credit score and history – free of charge To reserve a seat, please register! Location: Boulder SBDC main office- 1001 Arapahoe Ave. (inside the North Building of the Boulder Public Library in the Canyon Room)
Speaker: Diane Stone, Premier Members Federal Credit Union
Location: Boulder SBDC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Are you… • Looking to take your business to the next level? • Overwhelmed with the myriad of technology applications? • Interested in practical technology solutions? Join Us…! Robert Dowski, Small Business Technology Cooperative, will discuss: • Network Security & Data Backup • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) • Social Media & Search Engine Optimization (SEO) • Client Service & Support Ticketing systems • On Line Payments & Electronic Invoicing This course will also provide an outline for finding the right provider and implementing a best-fit solution at an afford price. You will walk away with an in depth understanding and an actionable game plan for evaluating how important these technology solutions are for your specific business operation. The course will be the most useful 90 minutes you invest in 2015. "Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.” George Orwell Can't attend in person? Join us via Webinar
Speaker: Robert Dowski, Small Business Technology Cooperative
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Celebrate with the Boulder SBDC! To celebrate our new location at the Boulder Public Library and kick off our 2015 programming, Boulder SBDC is hosting a series of free workshops for our Re-Launch Week. The Colorado Advanced Industries (AI) Programs promote growth and sustainability in Colorado's seven advanced industries (advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources (including cleantech), infrastructure engineering, and technology and information) with a set of grants and tax credits targeting start-up companies. This presentation will focus on the schedule and mechanics of the programs, how to apply, the types of companies that participate, and more! To reserve a seat, please register! Location: Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in the Boulder Creek Room
Speaker: Ken Jensen, Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Location: Boulder SBDC
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The 12 week Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series teaches participants good business practices in the completion of their business plan. Create a business that works for YOU Test ideas, explore possibilities, determine feasibility Learn to plan a profit, not just hope for one Master money management, budgeting & accounting Understand what your value to customers is Establish best pricing and marketing practices Address organization & risk management needs Network and learn from others Gain access to valuable resources & people Each session can be taken separately for a $50 per session fee. The Program includes a business plan competition with cash awards for $250 for 1st Prize, $150 for 2nd Prize, and $100 for 3rd. This class will meet at Fort Lewis College, Education Business Hall, Room 110
Speaker: Terryl Peterson and Jasper Welch
Fee: $ 300.00
Thursday, April 16, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Are you frustrated with your current method to accept credit and debit cards? Are you in an industry that accepts Wex, Voyager or other Fleet Cards? Is accepting American Express the right decision? Does your business operate in the corporate market and are you in need of accepting P-Cards? Would your business benefit from multi merchant capability? Business Sales Consultant and local merchant services expert Ryan Coffey presents on Bank Card Processing. Ryan is an experienced merchant services provider for Wells Fargo, a leader in the electronic payment services industry. Ryan’s role is to offer businesses a variety of services including; processing for credit and debit cards, PIN-based debit, check verification, Ecommerce, and gift cards for any sized business. During this workshop you'll discover.... • Learn of the various services offered and how you can apply them to your growing business. • Dive into the credit card industry and understand the changes that are occurring as to find the correct solution for your business long term needs. • Peel back the layers of sercurity, as well as explore the consequences of allowing your customers information to fall into the wrong hands. Topics that we will be going into include: • Data Encryption • Tokenization • EMV Chip Card Processing • Apple pay/ Google wallet.
Speaker: Ryan Coffey, Wells Fargo Business Sales Consultant and Local Expert in Merchant Services
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The 12 week Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series teaches participants good business practices in the completion of their business plan. Create a business that works for YOU Test ideas, explore possibilities, determine feasibility Learn to plan a profit, not just hope for one Master money management, budgeting & accounting Understand what your value to customers is Establish best pricing and marketing practices Address organization & risk management needs Network and learn from others Gain access to valuable resources & people Each session can be taken separately for a $50 per session fee. The Program includes a business plan competition with cash awards for $250 for 1st Prize, $150 for 2nd Prize, and $100 for 3rd. This class will meet at Fort Lewis College, Education Business Hall, Room 110
Speaker: Terryl Peterson and Jasper Welch
Fee: $ 300.00
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Planning is your map to success in the business world. A business plan is needed if you are starting a business, financing or refinancing your business and raising debt or equity capital. Much money is made then lost because one area of a business fails, dragging the positive parts down with it. The Plan helps you find hidden flaws and makes you think carefully about each phase of your business. Learn the essentials of developing a professional business plan through the role of planning for your business. By writing your own plan you will gain the in-depth knowledge about your business and clarify what is involved in making your business a success. It is a great resource and tool to continue measuring and mapping out your business growth and success
Speaker: Panel Presentation – Caroline Trani, Brad Knifong, Jeff Ollinger
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
No Facebook Page? No Problem! Limited Space Sign up for a free two hour Facebook Business Page seminar brought to you by Small Business Development Center and Economic Development Corporation. Learn how to create a business Facebook page, upload media, and post information. We’ll teach you strategies for social media marketing implementation as well. Bring a laptop, page media content, and a computer file of your logo. The first hour will feature guided instruction. We’ll assist you individually and answer your questions during the second hour Are you… • Frustrated with technology? • Tired of running in circles trying to create a Facebook page? • Angry over wasting time and resources? During this workshop, you'll discover… • How to build and maintain a Facebook Page. • How to edit, add, and remove content. • How to upload images from your files or utilize stock photos provided. This is an in person workshop, a webinar will not be an option. If you need to rent a laptop please call 970-351-4274 before April 21st.
Speaker: Kyla Benson, East Colorado SBDC
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The 12 week Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series teaches participants good business practices in the completion of their business plan. Create a business that works for YOU Test ideas, explore possibilities, determine feasibility Learn to plan a profit, not just hope for one Master money management, budgeting & accounting Understand what your value to customers is Establish best pricing and marketing practices Address organization & risk management needs Network and learn from others Gain access to valuable resources & people Each session can be taken separately for a $50 per session fee. The Program includes a business plan competition with cash awards for $250 for 1st Prize, $150 for 2nd Prize, and $100 for 3rd. This class will meet at Fort Lewis College, Education Business Hall, Room 110
Speaker: Terryl Peterson and Jasper Welch
Fee: $ 300.00
Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This program was created and developed in a partnership between the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC) and brings together both organization’s programs to provide comprehensive arts-focused training and advice to help artists on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency. Professional Development for Musicians is an interactive workshop intended to empower musicians of all genres and encourage a peer-learning environment. This course seeks to build a more business savvy and economically vibrant music community in our region. Strategic Planning Topics for Musicians Include: Public Relations & Marketing – Identifying your target market, engaging and growing your fan base via publicity and social media, identifying what sets you apart from other musicians, determining appropriate marketing strategies, maximizing your use of technology and promotional materials. Legal – Forming effective contracts and improving negotiation skills, discussing trends and issues of copyright law in the digital age, releases required from session musicians, producer agreements Business Planning – establishing a budget and managing your money, maximizing merchandising opportunities and strategizing how to get your product to your market most effectively The first 10 people who sign up AND attend the class will receive their $20 registration fee back, thanks to scholarships provided by Colorado Creative Industries.
Fee: $ 20.00

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, April 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Explore the basics of business ownership, including entrepreneurship, planning for a profitable business, pitfalls to avoid and how to reach your customers.
Speaker: John Murphy
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, April 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This free seminar introduces the attendee to the business, economic, and legal requirements of self-employment. Attendees of this workshop will learn the process of selecting the most appropriate business structure, business requirements, and taxation fundamentals.
Speaker: Chuck Hahn, Small Business Specialist
Location: Aurora SBDC
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
A 2 1/2 hour overview of everything you need to know to start and grow your company including business licensing requirements, the business planning process and business financing options.
Speaker: Julie Morey, SBDC Director
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A free seminar: Every start-up faces similar issues; however, a start-up online business faces special issues. Unlike a typical brick and mortar store, customers may come from anywhere in the state, the region, or halfway around the world. While the customer base is exponentially higher than a brick and mortar, e-commerce business owners must consider additional tax issues, shipping contracts, terms of use, different company structures and more.
Speaker: Elizabeth Lewis, Law Office of EC Lewis, PC
Location: Aurora SBDC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, May 05
Fee: $ 125.00
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Starting your New Business and Operating It Correctly There are many regulations for businesses. There are many questions that must be answered as a new business owner when opening a new business. Who do I market to? Who is my competition? Do I have what it takes to be in business? Do I have the right amount of capital to start this business? These and many more questions can be answered by taking this seminar.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Starting your New Business and Operating It Correctly There are many regulations for businesses. There are many questions that must be answered as a new business owner when opening a new business. Who do I market to? Who is my competition? Do I have what it takes to be in business? Do I have the right amount of capital to start this business? These and many more questions can be answered by taking this seminar.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This information-packed workshop will give you a good understanding of what you need to consider in order to start a profitable business. Get your questions answered and learn all about starting a successful business, including some of the basic requirements needed to launch your business. Topics discussed will include: •Legal Structure •Registration Requirements •Necessary Recordkeeping •Marketing •Financing Your New Venture
Speaker: Jayne Reiter, SBDC Consultant
Thursday, April 16, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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. This will be a Lunch 'n Learn...Feel free to bring your lunch!!
Speaker: Rick Sundahl, Blue River Advisors
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Are you thinking about forming an LLC? Planning to create a partnership? Not sure how to register your business with the Secretary of State or Internal Revenue Service? Wondering what an EIN is and what it means to your business? Join us for this two-hour workshop facilitated by a business attorney and an accountant as they go through the pros and cons of entity types, explain how to register your business along with the necessary forms and processes, and discuss other tips and how to avoid pitfalls before you start your new venture.
Speaker: Teresa Kaufman & Tom Selken
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Attorney Theresa Pickner walks you through the nuts and bolts of starting your own business, including legal entity selection, taxes (sales, use, and payroll), liability protection, registering your trade name, and more. This workshop will help save time and stress by helping you determine which agencies to contact along with the forms you will need, and by providing the information necessary to make key decisions before completing your paperwork. You will receive a packet containing reference materials and forms you will need to get your business started right away. Attendees may also arrange for a private consultation for up to an hour with Theresa Pickner at no extra charge. Location: Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in the Arapahoe Room
Speaker: Theresa A. Pickner, Attorney at Law
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Explore the basics of business ownership, including entrepreneurship, planning for a profitable business, pitfalls to avoid and how to reach your customers.
Speaker: Mike O'Connell
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
How to Start a Business in Colorado This free comprehensive Business Start-up orientation has been designed to be a starting place for anyone who is considering jumping into business for the first time (or the second time with a better outcome). This seminar will provide you with a Colorado Start-Up Guide, free library resources to support your business and websites, as well as a general overview of the things to consider when starting a business. During this workshop, you'll learn about… • Business Licensing Requirements • Business Taxes You Are Required To Pay • Legal Forms of Organization • Components of a Business Plan • Marketing essentials • Management requirements • Financial Planning • Funding Your Business • Putting a Business Plan Together • Launching Your Business
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, SBDC Consultant
Friday, April 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Starting your New Business and Operating It Correctly There are many regulations for businesses. There are many questions that must be answered as a new business owner when opening a new business. Who do I market to? Who is my competition? Do I have what it takes to be in business? Do I have the right amount of capital to start this business? These and many more questions can be answered by taking this seminar.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Community College of Aurora 16000 East CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011-9036 (Fine Arts Bldg, Forum Room F100). Developed exclusively for start-up businesses and individuals considering a path into the food product industry, learn about brand building, working with retailers, nutrition labeling, beginning production factors and more! To review the agenda and register: www.coloradoagriculture.org.
Speaker: Various
Location: Aurora SBDC
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Starting your New Business and Operating It Correctly There are many regulations for businesses. There are many questions that must be answered as a new business owner when opening a new business. Who do I market to? Who is my competition? Do I have what it takes to be in business? Do I have the right amount of capital to start this business? These and many more questions can be answered by taking this seminar.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
A 2 1/2 hour overview of everything you need to know to start and grow your company including business licensing requirements, the business planning process and business financing options.
Speaker: Julie Morey, SBDC Director
Fee: $ 50.00

Business Basics

Monday, April 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
It’s important business owners and their employees understand how the Affordable Care Act impacts them and what benefits they could reap from the new health insurance marketplaces the law created. Join small business experts to learn how the law impacts your bottom line. Topics being discussed will include: • Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits): who's eligible for them and how to claim them • State health insurance marketplaces • Shared responsibility • Cost containment • Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law A question and answer period will follow.
Speaker: Tim Gaudette, Western Outreach Manager and Small Business Authority
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is for small businesses that are building a new website or reworking their current website. It will focus on planning your website through goal setting, understanding your visitors, your message, provide you with great tips on how to brand your website with great copy, navigation, and placement that helps clicks become calls! Also covered are major content management systems and what most websites leave out, along with updating your existing website. This is a content-packed workshop – A MUST FOR ALL SMALL BUSINESSES TODAY!!!
Speaker: Reu Smith
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Complete or refine your business plan, with an emphasis on understanding your market and developing financials. Each business plan component will be explained, along with information about additional resources that will be helpful in completing each section. A must for any entrepreneur, especially for those seeking funding or in the early stages of their business growth.
Speaker: Diana Royce Smith , President, Royce Arbour, Inc. & Tron Welch, MBA, Financial Advisor, Welch Financial Planning, LLC
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Business Model Canvas ~ Customer Engagement & Marketing Strategy Learn how to use the Business Model Canvas tool to focus and strategize for your business. Using the canvas, based on the book, Business Model Generation (Written By: Alexander Osterwalkder & Yves Pigneur) we’ll create "a shared language for describing, visualizing, assessing, and changing business models" This workshop will cover the building blocks used in the Canvas and allow business owners, senior management and key employees to visually view and innovate for your business. • Understand and succinctly capture your business model • Innovative approaches to doing business • Ideas to create value and build new business • Improve or transform your organization • Interactive and hands-on format • Learn how to systematically understand, design and implement a new business model - or analyze and renovate an old one $65.00
Speaker: Maureen Kanwischer
Fee: $ 65.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
No Website? No Budget? No Problem! Limited Space During this workshop the SBDC will walk you through the process to create a basic website. In about 90 minutes you will have the knowledge and tools to command a six page website. Computers will be provided. Are you… • Frustrated that you don’t have a website? • Overwhelmed with the idea of managing your own site? • Discouraged because you don’t know how to create a website? • Tired of potential customers not finding you online? During this workshop, you'll discover… • How to use Weebly Drag & Drop Builder. • How to edit, add, and remove content. • How to upload images from your files or utilize stock photos provided.
Speaker: Kyla Benson, East Colorado SBDC
Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Intro to spreadsheets; working with workbooks, sheets, and cells; entering text, numbers, and dates; basic formatting; fonts, alignment, and numbers; saving and printing spreadsheets; and much more! *Laptops are not needed.
Speaker: Darrell Himler
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Celebrate with the Boulder SBDC! To celebrate our new location at the Boulder Public Library and kick off our 2015 programming, Boulder SBDC is hosting a series of free workshops for our Re-Launch Week. Interested in starting your own business or growing the one you've got? The City of Boulder, the Boulder Small Business Development Center and the Boulder Independent Business Alliance are hosting an event to provide information about small business resources on the second Thursday of each month in the Boulder Creek Room in the Main Library from 3:30-5pm. The session is free and open to the public. Speakers from the city and business community will touch on topics including financial incentives, licensing, sales and use taxes, library resources, and small business support services provided locally. For more information about the session, contact Eladia Rivera, Reference Librarian at 303-441-3194 or riverae@boulderlibrary.org
Speaker: City of Boulder, the Boulder Small Business Development Center and the Boulder Independent Business Alliance
Location: Boulder SBDC
Thursday, April 09, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn how to use library resources, in print and online, to put together a solid business plan. Business librarian will demonstrate library and other resources and answer the most common questions about research. This class is a prerequisite to making a one-on-one appointment with a librarian to discuss your unique needs. No reservation required. For more information, contact the Reference department. Questions? Contact Eladia Rivera riverae@boulderlibrary.org, 303-441-3194
Speaker: Eladia Rivera, Boulder Public Library
Location: Boulder SBDC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop explores the tools available to determine where the most appropriate location for the needs of the business. The objective of the workshop is to identify the critical factors that contribute to the sustainability of new and existing businesses. Participants will explore the local economic factors that frame the economic conditions for the neighborhoods in the city.
Speaker: Tim Gonerka, Retail Specialist
Location: Aurora SBDC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Explores the commercial and legal issues a business owner faces in leasing commercial property. Before you sign that business lease, learn about: using a tenant broker; understanding the relationship between the broker, lessee and lessor; lease terms, letter of intent, exclusivity, triple net leases, and coming area maintenance; sections of the lease that bind the landlord and tenant (free)
Speaker: Dwight Taylor, Attorney at Law, Rocky Mountain Law Group, LLC Forrest Bassett, Associate Broker, Broad Street LLC
Location: Aurora SBDC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Celebra con Boulder SBDC! Para celebrar nuestra oficina en la biblioteca, Boulder Public Library, y para iniciar nuestro programa de 2015, Boulder SBDC está presentando una serie de seminarios gratis para nuestra Semana de Relanzar. Este seminario se presenta en español y le ayudara con su negocio para conocer como crecer su conocimiento de negocio y como obtener mas clientes. Es importante saber donde puede obtener apoyo y ayuda y tipos de servicios que se ofrecen gratis. Este seminario también proporcionará la importancia de un plan para su negocio, por qué es importante y cómo hacerlo. La ubicación: Boulder SBDC oficina principal-1001 Arapahoe Ave. en el sala de Boulder Creek Celebrate with the Boulder SBDC! To celebrate our new location at the Boulder Public Library and kick off our 2015 programming, Boulder SBDC is hosting a series of free workshops for our Re-Launch Week. This workshop is presented in Spanish and will help you understand the important components of your business, help you grow your business, and learn how to attract more clients and increase your profits. This workshop will also help you learn about types of free resources available to you. Additionally, you will learn the importance of having a business plan--why it's important and how to write one. Location: Boulder SBDC main office- 1001 Arapahoe Ave. in the Boulder Creek Room
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises LLC
Location: Boulder SBDC
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This workshop will focus on the use of online business research resources available through Mesa County Libraries, as well as the basics of website design and social media.
Speaker: Shawna Bird
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Leading Edge NxLevel Entrepreneurial Training Program is a comprehensive 12 week program which teaches participants better business practices while completing a practical business plan. Join us for one session, or for the entire course!
Speaker: Rich Lindblad,
Fee: $ 300.00
Thursday, April 16, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Utilizing fill option; filling with months, days, and patterns; copy data to additional sheet; calculating with spreadsheets; basic formulas; modify page header/footer, and margins; and much more! *No laptops needed.
Speaker: Darrell Himler
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, April 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Forget Business Plans! The business planning method for the 21st Century is more practical and effective in not only starting a business but in growing a business through the different stages of business growth. A business model describes the value an organization offers to its customers. It illustrates the capabilities and resources required to create, market and deliver this value, and to generate profitable, sustainable revenue streams. The BIZMODEL Workshop offers systematic methodologies of business development strategies to deliver value and innovation to business planning offering a new perspective on business strategy using a business model template which will help you: 1. Identify your true business model and niche 2. Identify your real customer segments 3. Focus on the big picture (lowering the planning risk) 4. Reach beyond existing demand to show the scalability of the business 5. Develop the strategic sequence for the business 6. Identify key organizational hurdles 7. Build execution into the strategy How to structure the business to insure future growth using a reproducible manner, leading to opportunity while minimizing risk To help ensure the business model can be implemented in a way that it supports a viable business each participant will be given a follow up appointment to complete a business model that can be implemented/or presented to a lending institution. A light continental breakfast and light lunch will be served.
Speaker: SBDC Consultants
Fee: $ 35.00

Financing

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This presentation will cover the basics of the different types of crowdfunding websites, tips on how to make a project successful, how to communicate and spread your message through the page and your own network, and more. Covering everything for crafting your message to designing attractive rewards, please join Mario in exploring the world of crowdfunding: one resource to fund, market, and create your next business or expand your current one. Mario Lurig is the author of "Unlocking Kickstarter Secrets: Crowdfunding Tips and Tricks", a 'full pie' Kickstarter backer, and successful project creator.
Speaker: Mario Lurig
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Find out about loan and micro-loan programs available for small businesses through lending institutions. The panel discussion will include what lenders look for in a loan package, their criteria for lending and how to qualify for funding. Panel of lending experts will include: • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) • Fitzsimons, a Partnering Credit Union • Wells Fargo Bank • Acción • Colorado Enterprise Fund • Colorado Lending Source Don’t miss this opportunity to get the information you need to apply for funding.
Speaker: Various lenders and the Colorado SBA
Location: Aurora SBDC
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
FREE WORKSHOP! RSVP Required... - The Art of Business Lending - Why lenders need the items they require - Cash flow vs. Profit and Loss Projections - Management Verses Market - Credit scores & Collateral - Loan Term, Interest Rates, Balloon Payments - How long will it take?
Speaker: Anita Cameron, Lindsey Stapay
Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Introduces essential elements of a business plan and research tools. Learn how the business plan functions as a feasibility study, loan proposal and operating guide for the business.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist
Location: Aurora SBDC
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
PTAC Speaker Panel Series: SBIR/STTR Join us as expert partners discuss SBIR/STTR. Participating Partners: National Defense Industrial Association Colorado Springs SBDC Pikes Peak Workforce Center Minority Business Office Location: Pikes Peak Regional Development Center 2880 International Circle Colorado Springs, CO 80910 DATE: Wednesday, April 22 PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - SEATING IS CAPPED AT 70 For all details and registration copy and paste the following link: http://www.coloradoptac.org/event-detail/ptac-partner-panel-series-sbir-sttr-research-and-development-funding/
Speaker: Panel
Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Introduces essential elements of a business plan and research tools. Learn how the business plan functions as a feasibility study, loan proposal and operating guide for the business.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist
Location: Aurora SBDC
Fee: $ 30.00

Managing a Business

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Create your executive business plan with the easy, simple and GUIDED approach! Whether you need motivation or practical step-by-step instruction, the GUIDED Business Plan ™ | Starter can help you develop a foundation for your company and ultimately increase your chances of having a successful business. During the 3-hour session, you will write a foundation of your business plan while learning from fellow entrepreneurs. You will determine the best way to respond with asked "what is your business model" or "what is your unique selling proposition." Our format has been approved by bank executives who agree that a GUIDED Business Plan formatted plan will make a loan applicant stand out. Remove procrastination from the equation and create a strategic plan to make your business thrive!
Speaker: Mark Bittle
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Whether you are just starting on your entrepreneur journey or are at a rest stop where you need additional gear to continue, the Colorado Springs SBDC can help you develop a business plan the easy, simple and guided way! Instead of setting out to write a traditional plan, you will develop tools to attract customers, gain exposure and become financially efficient. At the end of the 8-week course, you will have the foundation of a business plan, media kit, operations plan, sales strategy, customer acquisition plan, and financial analysis. This is a fast-paced course for the ambitious business owner who wants to get to their goals faster. Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center is proud to announce a new Leading Edge 8-week business development course featuring the national GUIDED Business Plan™ curricula. Not only will you write the majority of your business plan in class, you will also learn best practices and money-saving tips from your fellow entrepreneurs. Leading the group is Mark Bittle who has built 7-figure businesses in the real estate and financial industries. His expertise combined with weekly guest speakers will help you get to your goals faster as they share what has worked for them. As you develop your business plan, you will also prepare a presentation to pitch to lenders, investors and/or potential clients. Develop your ideas. Write your plan. Estimate your numbers. Present your company to the world. Reserve your space in the first cycle of a new, social approach to business planning! Course Outline ¡ Purpose Plan ¡ Media Kit ¡ Focus Group/Feasibility ¡ Customer Acquisition ¡ Operations ¡ Financials ¡ Funding ¡ Pitch Night
Speaker: Mark Bittle, Market Development Manager with Century Link
Fee: $ 400.00
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Celebrate with the Boulder SBDC! To celebrate our new location at the Boulder Public Library and kick off our 2015 programming, Boulder SBDC is hosting a series of free workshops for our Re-Launch Week. We all know that time goes fast. With so many things pulling you in different directions, how do you prioritize and get the most from the time that you have? This workshop provides you with simple steps that anyone can implement to be successful in time management. Come and learn tips and new ways to create and evaluate your tasks at hand. Ready to maximize your minutes? This workshop is worth your time. To reserve a seat, please register! Location: Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in the Boulder Creek Room
Speaker: Courtney Berg, CourtSide Consulting LLC
Location: Boulder SBDC
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Three hours with a business attorney! Learn about entity selection, agreements and contracts, employer/employee issues, purchasing a business and many other legal considerations. Includes Q&A.
Speaker: Dave Rich, Attorney At Law, a business attorney
Location: Aurora SBDC
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
"The people who know how, will always work for the people who know why" -- Mark Bittle The brief Keynote will touch on the Entrepreneurial Mindset and how this mindset can be valuable in every situation. Mark will touch on personal experiences as well as 8 life lessons uncovered of an unlikely entrepreneur. Mark learned from a young age that if “it was meant to be, it was up to me”, and authored a book titled, The People Who Know How, will always work for the People Who Know Why. Mark stresses to find your passion, what excites you, and continue to seek as much knowledge as possible to make your goals and dreams your own reality. We all have the opportunity to choose where we are going by defining who we are, what we do, and how we react to things. Be positive, stay focused, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
Speaker: Mark Bittle, SBDC Consultant & Facilitator, Market Development Manager CenturyLink
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This course is designed to help you with the process of decision making. Everyone is required to make many decisions every day in their business and personal lives. Most decisions, by most people, are handled quickly and without much thought. But many of us procrastinate or over-analyze some of the most important decisions we must make. This course breaks down the process of making decision into a structure that can relieve the delay and stress of choosing the right option when we face important opportunities or problems.
Speaker: Wayne Anderson
Fee: $ 20.00

Managing Employees

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Business would be great if we didn’t have employees – right? Aside from laying off the entire workforce, we need to know how to handle the issues that employees present. Are you… • Operating as a business owner and HR manager? • Haggard due to a troubling employee? • Unsure how to address employee issues and searching for solutions? Join Us…! In this presentation, Karolynn St-Pierre of Symmetry Consulting, will go through the 10 most common issues that human resource managers encounter, and share how to control these situations. This webinar will cover everything from water cooler gossip to employee theft and workplace injuries. We will explain how you can advise your employees to manage the most common issues while reducing any liability. "Great Vision Without Great People is Irrelevant.” Jim Collins, Good to Great Join us via Webinar Register at EastColoradoSBDC.com
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, April 24, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
CPR for Your Management Team Are your employees not meeting your expectations? Are there behaviors you want them to change, but they continue to do what they always have done? Maybe you need to resuscitate them. Management CPR teaches the simple steps you need to follow to improve employees' performance. In this seminar you will learn how to discuss your expectations, hold your employees accountable for getting the job done and leave with easy-to-use, proven strategies to bring your employees to their peak performance. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Speaker: Instructed by Courntey Berg, SPHR, CourtSide Consulting
Fee: $ 20.00

Customer Relations

Thursday, April 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Thursday, April 30
This intensive Spanish learning series will allow you to use language as a communication tool. Learning is facilitated interactively and based on the S.M.A.R.T. Method (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timebound) in order to ensure success. During the 5 week span, the class will meet 4 times for a 3 hour session each week (In Class sessions: April 2, 9, 16 and 30) the 4th week (April 23) will include a group project outside of class. As a participant, you can expect to learn the following: • Fundamentals of language learning • Essentials of the Spanish language • Practice during the course • Accent modification • Customized glossary • Guidance to incorporate the language into your daily life • Learn how and when fluency is mastered • Foundation skills for additional language learning
Speaker: Cynthia Hermosillo, CMI - Spanish ESCLA LLC
Fee: $ 200.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Friday, April 03, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
QuickBooks Class: Step 1 is for those who have never used QuickBooks but are thinking of purchasing the program for their business. This is NOT a Power Point presentation but a real hands on experience using the actual Quick Books program. Each participant will have access to Quick Books and be able to create their own accounts or use a sample program in Quick Books. The participants will learn how to set up their program so they can start using it immediately. There will be two hours of classroom instruction and one hour where the students will be able to practice and get one-on-one assistance with the program from the facilitators. By the end of this class you will be familiar with: • Entering Company Data • Setting up and managing user accounts • Setting up accounts, items, customers and vendors • Adding, changing and deleting list items • Sorting Lists • Preparing invoices and sales receipts • Making payments • Making deposits • Backing up data After Step 1 you are ready to take Quick Books - Step 2
Speaker: ProAdvisor, Wendy J. Renslow ABC (Auditing Bookkeeping & Counsulting
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Learn how to set up and track business accounting records and what types of expenses are deductible. Gain better control of your business by learning how balance sheets, income statements and cash flow projections are prepared and what they can tell you about your business. (Lunch Included)
Speaker: Instructor, Helen Roe
Fee: $ 75.00
Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the what, how and why of bookkeeping. Understand what bookkeeping can tell you about your business and how it can help you manage. Learn what data you need to keep track of, how to avoid common mistakes and when to call in a bookkeeper or accountant. Discover effective bookkeeping from chart of accounts to financial statements.
Speaker: Linda Brucker
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, April 23
This fee-based seminars explores how effective recordkeeping is an essential part of financing a business. Attendees of this workshop will explore the basics of accounting principles, bookkeeping systems, accepted internal control procedures, creating an information system that will enhance other business functions, and creating a business information system with QuickBooks (a two-session class). QuickBooks for Beginners II -- held the same week, Thursday April 23rd, 9-12PM -- builds on QuickBooks I and provides hands-on practice. Attendees will create invoices, add and modify accounts, add and pay vendors, create sales tax items and groups, add inventory items, add fixed assets and write checks. Familiarity with a computer keyboard and Windows operating system required. QuickBooks I is a pre-requisite. Contact the Aurora SBDC for payment options.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist
Location: Aurora SBDC
Fee: $ 60.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 3 sessions ending Thursday, May 07
Over the 3 sessions (April 23, April 30 and May 7; 8:30 - 12:30) this series of hands on classes will cover what QuickBooks can do for you. You will learn how to back up your system, navigate through the program, and a brief overview of setting up a sample company. Other topics include how to manage your checkbook, handle credit card payments, reconciliation of accounts, accounts payable, accounts receivable and analyzing your financials by using reports. This class is perfect for the person who has never used the program or is within their first year of use.
Speaker: Presented by Sandy Hogan, Certified Quickbook Pro Advisor
Fee: $ 199.00

Cash Flow Management

Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Celebrate with the Boulder SBDC! To celebrate our new location at the Boulder Public Library and kick off our 2015 programming, Boulder SBDC is hosting a series of free workshops for our Re-Launch Week. Retail is a blend of art and science. As the store owner you understand your customers and what they want: you provide a point of view and a taste level, the ART. The SCIENCE involves understanding how to maximize the merchandise you bring in to support your vision. Inventory control is the best investment you can make for your store: Poor inventory management is the #1 reason retailers fail. And 1/3 of stores that fail are actually profitable but don’t have enough cash flow to run the business. We will talk about too much inventory, not enough inventory, gross sales, what percentage most retailers spend on merchandise, and inventory in relation to total assets. This class will walk through the basics of running a retail business and you will come away understanding: The difference between net profit and cash flow The 4 Pillars of Retail How to more accurately forecast your sales What an Open-to-Buy is and how to create one for your business How to create a cash flow projection To reserve a seat, please register! Location: Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in the Arapahoe Room
Speaker: Alyson MacMullan, Peak Retail Group
Location: Boulder SBDC

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, April 02, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Limited Space Only 5 available slots! No Facebook business page? No problem! Join the Small Business Development Center and Sedgwick County Economic Development Corporation in Julesburg for a free 2 hour instruction and individual assistance of how to create a Facebook Business Page. This is a Facebook basic class that will instruct how to create the page, upload information and pictures, and some simple strategies to successfully implement social media into your business. Computers and internet access will be provided, but the attendees will need to bring content that will go on to the page, an electronic copy of the logo and any other photos that they would like to have uploaded to their page. The 1st hour will be an instruction and the 2nd hour will be for individual assistance and Q&A. Are you… • Frustrated with technology? • Tired of running in circles trying to create a Facebook page? • Angry over wasting time and resources?
Speaker: Kyla Benson, East Colorado SBDC
Thursday, April 02, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, April 03, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Email is the most cost-effective, targeted, and efficient way to build and maintain relationships in all types of business and organizations. Learn how to master email marketing communications with a comprehensive look at best practices and winning strategies that lead to increased profits, revenue, and engagement in this presentation. In this two-hour session you will learn how to: • Grow your email marketing list to build strong relationships with your customers • Generate repeat business and referrals without spending a ton of time or money • Integrate email marketing with social media to gain exposure • Measure, analyze, and continually improve your email marketing with analytics
Speaker: Jack Jostes, Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, April 03, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Create Powerful Content Pins to Drive Your Business Are you frustrated with social media? Tired of running in circles trying to keep up with the latest and greatest? Are you angry over spending time to create interesting content and not seeing a result? Attend this event to know more about the one of the largest traffic drivers in the social media world. I will briefly review 5 steps to create powerful content based pins. Each step will discuss simple concepts to apply to your Pinterest marketing strategy. This class is for those that understand the concept of Pinterest and are looking to take it to the next step. This is an intermediate level class. During this workshop, you'll discover… 1. What is Pinterest and why should I care? 2. How to effectively use Pinterest from a business stand point. 3. How to create content and drive traffic to your website
Speaker: Lisa Drew, East Colorado SBDC Associate Director
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, April 21
Fee: $ 69.00
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A strategy to drive leads for business should involve a Facebook component. Why? 700 million active users makes it an attractive platform for business. Finding people who believe what you believe in a cost efficient way is key. Join us for this session on content curation, ad build and targeting on Facebook. Please note this is a mid-level course – businesses should already have an active Facebook business page.
Speaker: Cory Arcarese, Owner CArc Media Digital Marketing Agency
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A strategy to drive leads for business should involve a Facebook component. Why? 700 million active users makes it an attractive platform for business. Finding people who believe what you believe in a cost efficient way is key. Join us for this session on content curation, ad build and targeting on Facebook. Please note this is a mid-level course – businesses should already have an active Facebook business page. Register online at {COPY AND PASTE LINK} http://www.cssbdc.org/training/workshops
Speaker: Cory Arcarese, Owner CArc Media Digital Marketing Agency
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, April 10, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Friday, September 11
Location: Online
Friday, April 10, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Online
Friday, April 17, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The ability to deliver your message clearly and effectively is critical for your business regardless of whether you are communicating to one individual or to thousands. The Presenting Yourself With Impact session is designed to help professionals better: • Analyze and connect with the audience • Harness the power of “Non-Verbal Communication” • Increase your personal presence • Speak “thinking on their feet.” • Master the finishing touches and more Presenting Yourself With Impact prepares business executives to speak and present with ease in front of an audience and in one-on-one settings. At the end of this program, participants will be able to: • Give compelling presentations • Make dynamic first impressions • Gain the trust of those who hear them • Use language that wins listeners over • Harness the power of their body language • Control their “podium anxiety” • Speak confidently in “off the cuff” situations • Manage the audience effectively • Close decisively
Speaker: Philip Pelto, Sandler Training
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Looking to improve your online marketing? Struggling to encourage and maintain engagement with your audience? Join the East Colorado SBDC to welcome Cheri Ruskus, Business Coach and Master Certified Expert for Constant Contact, who will provide tools to Grow and Manage Your Contact List. One of the greatest business assets in your online marketing arsenal is hands down your “list”. At the center of a vital list is the way you collect the data along with the qualified and permission based email addresses that are on it. How you get permission, manage it and get your target audience to stay engaged on your list for the long haul is the key to your online success. In this workshop we will show you the tools available to create automatic opt-ins that collect data and begin a strong engagement of your audience both from your website and social media. We will review the do’s and do not’s that will keep your list in compliance with federal regulations and increase your open rates. You will also get a content calendar template to help you to consistently send emails that ensure engagement with your audience for the short and long term.
Speaker: Cheri Ruskus, Victory Circles and Business Coach and Master Certified Expert for Constant Contact
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Whether you are an artist, musician, actor, painter, or creative beyond belief in anything you do, chances are that the same old “business development’ workshop isn’t what you’re looking for to make your creative work grow as a business. The SBDC and Pikes Peak Arts Council is ready to break the mold of the “boring business workshops” and cater to those whose right brains work faster than their left. Courses for Creatives is a program to help your “right and left brain connect”. Don’t worry, we won’t bore you with the details. Instead, come and hear from those in the community who represent successful organizations in the region and who can help you make your enjoyment a business reality!
Speaker: Facilitator: Andrew Hershberger, Andrew Hershberger Creative Panelists include: - Mat! Millibo Art Theatre, Birgitta Depree, Artistic Director, Arts Educator, Director and Performance Artist - Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Jon Khoury – Executive Director & CEO - Wendy Mike Creative Engagement, Wendy Mike – Consultant, Speaker, Facilitator, Artist - Colorado Springs Conservatory, Linda Weise – Founding, CEO - Pikes Peak Arts Council, Nora Hardin, Executive Director
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Are you ready to get engaged in the region’s entrepreneurial event calendar but aren’t sure where to start? Attend this event to find out more about the who, what, where, when and how from the leading facilitators of events held in the Pikes Peak Region. Be ready with your questions as the first half hour will be a discussion followed by a half hour of questions and answers.
Speaker: Moderator: Lisa Tessarowicz, Owner – Epicentral Coworking Events and panelists that will be represented include: • New Tech Pitch Night/Start Up Weekend/Celebrate Technology – Nick Lee, Peak Start Up, Advisory Board Member Start Up Colorado & Lee Spirits – Managing Member • Start Up Summer – Kyle Harmande, Start Up Summer –Enterpreneurship & Innovation Club, UCCS - Program Director & Director of Strategic Alliances • 1 Million Cups – Lawrence Wagner • Startup Shuffle – Robert Todd, Program Manager & Build Value Now, LLC – Managing Member and Principle Consultant • MashUp – Ric Denton, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator - CEO
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why doesn't anybody go to my website? Google controls 93% of all search. If Google doesn't see your website, there’s a good chance your customers aren't going to see your website either. Google offers a comprehensive package of analytics tools offered for free, but leveraging these tools for your business can be intimidating and overwhelming. In this session we will cover how to use Google Analytics to: • Read and set up analytics reports • Evaluate the information you read in the report • Change your site to see improvements in your ranking • Gain insider tips, tricks, and practices Come learn from a pro how to harness the powerful tools available to get your search results to where they should be, #1!
Speaker: Reu Smith
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Email is the most cost-effective, targeted, trackable, and efficient way to build and maintain relationships in all types of business and organizations. Learn how to master email marketing communications with a comprehensive look at best practices and winning strategies that lead to increased profits, revenue and engagement. You will learn to: - Grow your email marketing list to build strong relationships with your customers - Generate repeat business + referrals without spending a ton of time or money - Integrate email marketing with social media to gain tons of exposure - Not bother people by following spam compliance best practices - Measure, analyze, and continually improve your email marketing with analytics
Speaker: Zak Barron
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
"Marketing that Works! Discover What's Right for Your Business" So you just started a new business...you're registered, licensed, and ready to start selling! But how do you get the word out about your new company? Join us to discover the basic things you need to know about marketing your small business. Learn about the marketing skills and tools that will create momentum in your business, and learn how to determine who your customers are and how best to reach them. This workshop will cover: •Why Marketing is Important •How Much Marketing is Enough? •Comparing to Your Competition •Defining Niche, Specialty, and Target Markets •How to Set Goals and Test Your Marketing Efforts
Speaker: Jayne Reiter, SBDC consultant

Government Contracting

Friday, April 10, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Find out if the Government buys the product or service your business offers. Learn ways to research what they are buying, when they are buying and who buys the most so you can establish which agencies you will target when marketing. You will also learn how to determine if your price will be competitive with other vendors already offering the government products and services similar to yours.
Speaker: Tom Thompson, Colorado PTAC
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Online
Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Workshop on USDA Grant/Loan Training USDA Rural Development's Renewable Energy for America (REAP) Program Thursday, April 16th 12:30 - 4:30 North Branch of the Summit County Library Blue River Room 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne, CO 80498 The REAP program can assist small businesses, farmers, and ranchers with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects These loan and grant opportunities can cut costs for businesses and help revitalize our rural economy. Presented by USDA Rural Development Sponsored by Northwest Colorado Council of Governments & NW Colorado Small Business Development Center
Speaker: Pattie Snidow Community and Economic Development Director Rural Development US Department of Agriculture State of Colorado
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
There are many opportunities to grow your business through federal, state, and local government procurement but most business owners don’t understand the steps necessary to be successful. Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a free resource to any business wanting to do business with governments. This workshop is an in-depth review of the government procurement process and how this can impact your business. The PTAC will explain many of the government acronyms, describe how your business needs to be registered to do government contracting, look at the different preference programs and determine which agency uses your product or service.
Speaker: Tom thompson, Colorado PTAC
Fee: $ 20.00
Monday, April 27, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you a small business that can provide products or services for a highway or transit construction project? Are you interested in doing business with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) or working on local airport, street or bridge improvement projects? If so, this is the workshop for you! Come learn about upcoming opportunities with CDOT and how you can leverage small business certifications to get your foot in the door. The state of Colorado provides a US DOT contracting program designed for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). These are businesses owned by minorities and women in a wide range of industries from trucking, landscaping, dirt work, and traffic control to engineering, electrical, materials testing, and construction management. If your business fits the basic criteria, you can become certified as a DBE and attract business opportunities offered by local government and prime contractors. This workshop will explain what is required for certification and how to complete the application package. You may also be eligible to become certified as a CDOT Emerging Small Business (ESB) which is open to all small businesses that provide services for highway transportation projects. There is no minimum for how long you have been in business and you qualify if your business size is 50 percent of the SBA small business size standard. We will cover the benefits of the ESB program and how you can market the certification to primes. This workshop also counts toward the mandatory requirement for an ESB Orientation so you will be ready to complete the application immediately!
Speaker: Monica Vialpando, CDOT Region 5 Civil Rights Specialist Cathy Kramer, Connect2DOT Program Manager
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Description: This full day workshop is essential for all prime contractors and subcontractors working on CDOT highway construction contracts. Staff from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), including local Region Civil Rights Managers, will provide vital information about how to comply with CDOT and Federal contracting regulations. This annual workshop covers updates to federal regulations including: • FHWA 1273 • EEO Contract Requirements • DBE Requirements • ESB Program • CDOT Form 205 • OJT Requirements • Certified Payrolls • Davis-Bacon and Related Acts • Site of Work • Classification of workers • Prompt Payment Suggested Audience: Project Superintendents, Construction Contractor Employees, Consultant Project Managers, Payroll clerks, EEO Officers, Estimators, Others involved in construction contract administration Speakers Names: BethAnn Wieder, CDOT Project and Labor Compliance Manager CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center Speaker(s) Company: CDOT Speaker Website: www.codot.gov/business/civilrights/contractor-compliance For more information, please contact: Cathy Kramer Connect2DOT Program Manager (720) 624-6728 cathy.kramer@state.co.us
Fee: $ 25.00
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