Events/Workshops

 
  
    

May

Monday, May 09, 2016 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 30 sessions ending Monday, December 19
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online

July

Friday, July 22, 2016 , 5 sessions ending Friday, September 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Sign up for our Start-Up Accelerator Track and get 3 start up classes for the price of 2. You'll also receive focused attention to help connect you to the best possible resources for your business, including being matched with an SBDC general consultant to help you make the most of the classes you'll be taking. Included in the Start-Up Accelerator Track are our most popular and informative classes for new businesses. Between January 7, 2016 to May 18, 2016, you will be allowed to register for one session each of: 1. So You Want to Start a Business - Define your business and connect with SBDC resources 2. Make it Official - Learn how to register your business and the different types of business entities 3. Strategic Planning to Meet Your Business Goals (3 part class) - Build the foundation of your business plan, a living document to guide your future business decisions Upon registration, we will call you to see which sessions you want to attend for each of the 3 workshops. Solidifying your plan will help ensure that your business will end up where you want it to be. With the Larimer SBDC, you'll lay the foundation your business will need to succeed.
Fee: $ 140.00

August

Monday, August 29, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This class is a prerequisite for business start-ups to schedule a one-on-one counseling session at the South Metro Denver SBDC. You must attend 1 basics workshop (Business Start-up or Business Plan Basics) and 1 Successful Business Fundamentals workshop prior to consulting. This class will cover the essential building blocks necessary for businesses to start, grow and prosper. We will discuss how to formulate your value proposition, analyze your market competition, and determine what it takes to successfully compete in today’s business climate. We will also discuss the challenges of running a start-up company, as well as how to build the foundation of a successful business model.
Speaker: Stefanie Dalgar, Small Business Specialist
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This seminar covers the fundamentals of the business acquisition process and is geared to both buyers and sellers. The elements of a business sale, including business valuation, financing and due diligence will all be covered in this fast-paced event. Concepts that attendees will learn: • Elements of a business sale • Business valuation • Financial recasting • Business financing • Value drivers • Reasons to buy or sell a business
Speaker: Front Range Business, Inc.: Suzanne De Lucia, President and Paul Chambliss, Vice-President
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Please join Christopher Burke, VP of Colorado Electric Operations at Black Hills Energy, and members of his team to discuss facts and answer your questions regarding BHE’s recent rate request.
Speaker: Christopher Burke, VP of Colorado Electric Operations at Black Hills Energy
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
An 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 David Brown, Incubator Program Manager & SBDC Assistant
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Arts & Entertainment/Creative
No! They Can’t Just Say “Thanks” Yes, your creativity is … well … yours. Luke’s entertaining presentation will tell you how to keep it that way, and how to prevent them from saying “thanks.” Join this seminar to learn the tricks that big business uses – without the big budget. Intellectual Property - patents, trademarks, and copyrights – is not just for rocket scientists; it is for artists, musicians, creative people, and businesses big and small, technical and non-technical. In this fast-paced session you will learn the tricks you can use at little or no cost to protect your creativity in harsh business environments. See real world examples gleaned from over thirty years of helping people and businesses use intellectual property offensively and defensively. Don’t miss this program. Our speaker knows that no one likes to listen to a lawyer, so he focuses on what we need. He’s not only an entertaining speaker, but he also hits important and complex information in a way that is easy to understand.
Speaker: Luke Santangelo, Santangelo Law Offices, P.C.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Plan the successful launch or growth of your business with the Startup Roadmap workshop. Instructors will use the Business Model Canvas to identify key challenges you’ll need to address as your business grows. Attendees can expect to: • Begin a draft of their Business Model Canvas • Understand how it serves as a foundation for a business plan • Draft basic financial projections and understand cash-flow vs. income • Be provided a list of resources to dig deeper Startup Roadmap is a three-hour, hands-on workshop with a focus on making key business concepts clear, accessible and actionable.
Speaker: Bing Chou, DealerHQ and Ian Netherton, CPA/ABV, CGMA
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Workshop Description: This Webinar Workshop focuses on an overview of the basics of the development of a business plan. The workshop provides an overview of the components of a well-developed business plan. You will learn • The 10 key pars of a busines plan • Understand how to access resources • Learn how to utilize resources for assistance • Understand how your business success is Colorado’s Success Day and Time: Wednesday, August 31, 11:30am - 12:30pm Location: Webinar Cost: Free Questions: 970-247-7009 Presented by Colorado SBDC, NCAIED American Indian PTAC, and RMICC. Webinar login information will be emailed to registered attendees.
Location: Online
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Registration Fee. Fee is only collected if attendee fails to attend and cancel registration. Location: Hudson Public Library/ High Plain Library District 100 Beech St. Hudson CO 80642
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, 11 sessions ending Wednesday, November 09
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you in the process or starting a business or just recently began operations? Then this training opportunity is for you! The Colorado Leading Edge Program is a 11 week certified program (meets every Wednesday for 11 weeks) that helps move your business to the next level. This comprehensive entrepreneur training and business plan development course provides business owners expert guidance in the areas of start-up requirements, management, marketing, finance, personnel, cash flow, and much more. Each participant will receive hands-on assistance in preparing a complete business plan in addition to training and guest speaker presentations. Classes will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings, beginning August 31 through November 9, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Class will be held in downtown Pueblo. Cost is $285 per business and includes all materials. (Discount provided to businesses having multiple reps attending and sharing materials.)
Speaker: Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center
Fee: $ 285.00

September

Thursday, September 01, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Thursday, September 01, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Thursday, September 01, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Si ha pensado de abrir un negocio pero no sabe que ni como – Doña Inéz va dar una platica en Aurora – el centro de desarrollo de pequeños ne negocios en español.
Speaker: Agnes Talamantez Carroll, Agnes Talamantez Carroll & Associates
Thursday, September 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Learn about the upcoming Leading Edge Entrepreneurship Series that's starting September 13! Meet the facilitator, Mo Kanwischer, and ask any questions you may have about the series and what to expect. Copy and paste the following link into your browser for more information about the series: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=50360106
Speaker: Maureen (Mo) Kanwischer
Friday, September 02, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Please join Christopher Burke, VP of Colorado Electric Operations at Black Hills Energy, and members of his team to discuss facts and answer your questions regarding BHE’s recent rate request.
Speaker: Christopher Burke, VP of Colorado Electric Operations at Black Hills Energy
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Ready to start a business in Colorado? This comprehensive Business Startup Orientation has been designed as a starting place for anyone who is considering jumping into business for the first or seventh time. This seminar will provide you with a Colorado Startup Guide, free library resources to support your business, web resources, as well as a general overview of things to consider when starting a business. Join us in person for this workshop! During this workshop, you'll learn about: -Business licensing requirements -Business required taxes -Legal forms or organization -Components of a business plan -Essentials for marketing -Management requirements -Financial planning -Means to fund a business
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Wednesday, September 28
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 125.00
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
If your social media accounts have become a critical component of your marketing efforts, this workshop will help you get the most from your channels so they are easier to manage and yield better results and exposure for your brand. During this workshop, you will learn better methods for content creation, ways to maximize in-house content across channels, how to reach brand ambassadors, how to understand analytics, how to maintain an editorial calendar and map, how your social media channels impact your website, and how you can improve SEO. Takeaways from this workshop include analytic tools and ways to repurpose your most popular content, the value of serving instead of selling, and the importance of having the right accounts running to reach the desired target demographic.
Speaker: KC Coburn
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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: Dale Clack, Small Business Specialist
Thursday, September 08, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
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
Speaker: Lindsey Stapay, Director of Northwest Small Business Development Centers
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn about a tested methodology for business owners who want to develop, test, and validate business models and value proposition to start new businesses or increase innovation in existing businesses. Use the tools that will help minimize the chaos and uncertainty.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist
Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
People do business with people they like … and trust. That’s why you want your employees to be enthusiastic and well-informed as they engage with customers and prospects. Inside your organization, those highly-engaged employees are a limitless source of ideas for business growth. And all you have to do is ask them. Participants in this workshop will learn: • Simple tools and techniques for enlisting employees as brand champions • Best practices in educating and exciting your people about your business plans • How to tap your employees’ interests and aptitudes in making business improvements
Speaker: Mike Kohler, Larimer County Workforce Center
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
During this 2.5-hour interactive workshop, you will learn the key steps to launching a successful e-commerce store. You will learn about choosing a domain, choosing a selling platform, customizing the look and feel of the store, customizing images and descriptions of your products or services, configuring your payment methods, and ways to market your online store. You will walk away with some great tools and strategies to get your e-commerce store running and making profits!
Speaker: Sam Gastro
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Ready to start a business in Colorado? This comprehensive Business Startup Orientation has been designed as a starting place for anyone who is considering jumping into business for the first or seventh time. This seminar will provide you with a Colorado Startup Guide, free library resources to support your business, web resources, as well as a general overview of things to consider when starting a business. Join us in person for this workshop! During this workshop, you'll learn about: - Business licensing requirements - Business required taxes - Legal forms or organization - Components of a business plan - Essentials for marketing - Management requirements - Financial planning - Means to fund a business
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Thursday, September 08, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Thursday, September 08, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, September 08, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Looking to start a new business? Then this Getting Started Essentials seminar is for you! Topics covered will include Business Entity options, Federal, State and local requirements, Taxes, Business Model development, Access to Capital and more! Pre-planning is the first essential best practice in starting a new business! Join the SBDC for a seminar to get started in your planning process.
Speaker: Caroline Trani, SBDC Director
Thursday, September 08, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 AM, 10 sessions ending Saturday, November 05
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 695.00
Thursday, September 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
At this info session, you'll hear from the instructors, preview course materials, learn about scholarship opportunities talk with graduates and get your questions answered. Ready to start your new business idea, but in need of some structure? Or, if you already run a small business, are you ready to finally strategize your business growth? Formerly known as NxLeveL, LEADING EDGE is a 10-week course designed to help you develop a business strategy and/or business plan through a discovery process that starts with a business concept, moves to designing a viable business structure and results in an executable plan of action. Through a blended-learning format that combines an online learning platform with classroom sessions, you will participate in interactive learning exercises, hear from experts and receive online resources to help you start or run a business. Depending on individual needs, you will complete either a formal written business plan or a written working strategy that outlines actionable steps with measurable outcomes and time-bound deadlines. By the end of the course, you will discover and test their business concept, understand the aspects of running a business, have a written business plan or strategy and test your model for financial viability.
Speaker: Nancy Barnett
Friday, September 09, 2016 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Friday, December 09
Topic: Not Set
The LEADING EDGE(TM) Strategic Planning Series is Colorado's premier multi-week intensive and hands-on course designed to help entrepreneurs complete a fully-realized business plan. The program includes: 1. Five day-long workshop sessions on Fridays: September 9, 23, October 7, 21 and November 4 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 2. Five hours of one-on-one consulting and many group interactive exercises 3. Scheduled milestone and business planning assignments 4. Graduation will be Friday, December 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM, at Cranelli's Italian Restaurant 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, Dale Clack, Marcia McGilley and community experts
Fee: $ 495.00
Monday, September 12, 2016 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Join us for an interactive time to focus on how your business can get noticed more, draw more of a market, meet the needs of customers and thereby increase your sales. We will cover ways to strengthen your brand, identify markets that are good for you to target and uncover creative ways of reaching those potential customers.
Speaker: Jeff Owsley, Director, San Luis Valley Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Tuesday, September 20
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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 following week, Tues., September 20th, 9AM-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
Fee: $ 120.00
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
A manager’s function is to develop team members individually and collectively, working towards fulfillment of company goals. The most central role for most managers is supervision with accountability to achieve agreed upon tactical goals. The manager becomes a leader when s/he can guide a team through exercise of authority that is earned, to achievement of overall goals while creating a positive culture and employee engagement. Many strive to be successful leaders but don’t know the basics. In this 2 hour introductory session, we will cover the 5 key roles of a sales (or any!) leader and the 4 targeted areas on which to focus. Join your peers to learn the basics of leadership. You will leave understanding more clearly how to become an effective leader and how to help your sales team close more sales for your business through effective leadership.
Speaker: Steve Parry, Sales Productivity Consultants
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, December 13
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You’ve probably tried “savory” yogurts by Chobani and Larimer County’s own Noosa Yogurt, but have you tried algae? Do you know what Poke is? How about Baobab? Hear about new ethnic flavors that trend-setting restaurants are promoting. Get the latest info on gluten-free, non-GMO, and organic food trends, including the demand for better nutritional transparency and labeling, not just at home but in restaurants and commercial institutions as well. What does a “clear label” mean? What is the impact on the business owner from these customer expectations? More and more customers are seeking better nutrition, and better nutritional information. What expectations does this create for the food business? How should the business operator respond? Join us for our next Restaurant & Food Industry After Hours event, where we’ll have a panel of food experts talking about the trends they’re seeing and how you can leverage that for your food-based business.
Speaker: Ashley Colpaart: The Food Corridor; Tina Mooney: The Fox and the Crow; Betsy Craig: Menutrinfo
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Tuesday, November 15
Topic: Not Set
LEADING EDGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES FOR START-UPS AND EARLY-STAGE BUSINESSES - LONGMONT PROGRAM Sept. 13 - Nov. 15 | Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00 PM Size: Start-Up & Early-Stage Businesses The Leading Edge Entrepreneurship Series is a hands-on, step-by-step business planning program for start-up and early stage businesses. Through this 10-part Series -- with expert help all along the way -- you can test the feasibility of your idea, solidify your business model, and build a road map to profitability. You can finish the series with an actionable business plan -- to access potential financing or to use as a blueprint to manage your business.
Speaker: Mo (Maureen) Kanwischer, Momentum Business Consulting
Fee: $ 495.00
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Carbon Valley Library 7 Park Avenue Firestone, CO 80504
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Thinking about buying or selling internationally? The process of reaching across borders---whether you are sourcing or selling, can be intimidating. This course discuses an overview, the nuances, initial challenges, and potential rewards of conducting international business. It is designed to help business owners assess their potential international growth opportunities and to find the help/support they need to be successful.
Speaker: Mark Durand
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
According to the New York Times, 3 out of the top 5 reasons for business failure deals with finance. “You cannot be in control of your business if you do not know what is going on. With bad numbers or no numbers, a company is flying blind, and it happens all of the time” (Goltz, NY Times). Course Description: This workshop focuses on an overview of the financial planning and projections. You will learn where to begin when preparing a business financial plan and how to make realistic projections. Whether you are working on a plan for an existing business or a plan for a business plan, this workshop will provide insight into the numbers. The Webinar will cover the following key steps in financial planning. • Sales forecast • Creating an expense budget • Developing a cash flow • Looking at Income Projections • Reviewing breakeven • Incorporating the Financials into a Plan Day and Time: Wednesday, September 14, 11:30am - 12:30pm Location: Webinar Cost: Free Questions: 970-247-7009 Presented by Colorado SBDC, NCAIED American Indian PTAC, and RMICC. Webinar login information will be emailed to registered attendees.
Location: Online
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Registration Fee. Fee is only collected if attendee fails to attend and cancel registration. Location: Hudson Public Library/ High Plain Library District 100 Beech St. Hudson CO 80642
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This series of classes will cover what QuickBooks Online can do for you. You will learn how to back up your system, navigate through the program, and receive an overview of setting up a company. Other topics include: • Managing your checkbook • Handling credit card payments • Reconciliation of accounts • Accounts payable & accounts receivable • Analyzing your financials with reports This class is perfect for the person who has never used the program or is within their first year of use. **Please note: This class is tailored for people who will be using the QuickBooks Online software. We will be holding a separate QuickBooks 2016 (desktop) class in June, August and November 2016.
Speaker: Presented by Kirsten Woy, Certified Quickbook Pro Advisor
Fee: $ 199.99
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Plan the successful launch or growth of your business with the Startup Roadmap workshop. Instructors will use the Business Model Canvas to identify key challenges you’ll need to address as your business grows. Attendees can expect to: • Begin a draft of their Business Model Canvas • Understand how it serves as a foundation for a business plan • Draft basic financial projections and understand cash-flow vs. income • Be provided a list of resources to dig deeper Startup Roadmap is a three-hour, hands-on workshop with a focus on making key business concepts clear, accessible and actionable.
Speaker: Bing Chou, DealerHQ and Ian Netherton, CPA/ABV, CGMA
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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 C. Lewis, MS, JD, Law Office of E.C. Lewis, P.C.
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Aurora-South Metro SBDC presents a series of workshops designed for nonprofit leaders in the metro area with budgets under $2 million. Nonprofit Capacity Building Series Program Dates and Topics, 2016-20017: o May 19th – Building Your Best Board o July 21st – How to Ask for Money o September 15th – Grant Writing o October 20th – Strategic Communications o November 17th – Volunteer Management o December 15th – Evaluation Overview o January 19, 2017 – Fund Development Planning o February 16, 2017 – Individual and Corporate Donors Kerri Drumm has spent the last fifteen years working in the nonprofit sector. She has experience on three continents, in two languages and on literally thousands of mission-driven projects and programs. From such diverse roles as Training Manager, Director of Volunteer Activities, Grant Writer, Director of Program Development, Board Member, Counselor and Professor, Kerri has learned what makes nonprofits tick. She partners with leaders to build 'on purpose' organizations. Grant Writing • Becoming “grant ready” • Grant research and prospecting • Foundation relationships • Overview of Colorado Common Grant application • Cover letters and attachments * Successful proposals
Speaker: Instructor: Kerri Drumm, Purpose Aligned Consulting
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This workshop, facilitated by local attorney Terence Doherty, Esq, is designed to help you make an informed decision about which legal business entity is best for your business. We will discuss the differences between a sole proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp, and C-Corp. As a result, you will understand the practical and legal implications of each type!
Speaker: Terry Doherty, Doherty Law Firm, P.C.
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting a business sounds like a great idea, but do you really know what it entails? There are many reasons people choose to start their own business, but to be successful, you need to enter your venture with open eyes and be ready to plan, pivot and understand your customers. If this is your first or fifth time journeying into entrepreneurship, the Larimer SBDC wants to help you establish a successful foundation. Maybe you’re sure the idea you’ve got will be a profitable business. Maybe your idea is a bit vague and you need help focusing. Maybe you’re thinking of turning your hobby into a business. Regardless of your motivation, this class will help you discover: • How to define your business • Common entrepreneurial myths • Who and where your target market is • Business plan options • Resources available in the community • Other potential entrepreneurs to develop your network This class is a prerequisite for start-ups to schedule free consulting sessions with the Larimer SBDC.
Speaker: John Murphy
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
At this info session, you'll hear from the instructors, preview course materials, learn about scholarship opportunities talk with graduates and get your questions answered. Ready to start your new business idea, but in need of some structure? Or, if you already run a small business, are you ready to finally strategize your business growth? Formerly known as NxLeveL, LEADING EDGE is a 10-week course designed to help you develop a business strategy and/or business plan through a discovery process that starts with a business concept, moves to designing a viable business structure and results in an executable plan of action. Through a blended-learning format that combines an online learning platform with classroom sessions, you will participate in interactive learning exercises, hear from experts and receive online resources to help you start or run a business. Depending on individual needs, you will complete either a formal written business plan or a written working strategy that outlines actionable steps with measurable outcomes and time-bound deadlines. By the end of the course, you will discover and test their business concept, understand the aspects of running a business, have a written business plan or strategy and test your model for financial viability.
Speaker: Nancy Barnett
Friday, September 16, 2016 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Developed for busy people who need to complete a critical business plan quickly to expand or start a business, participants will create a business plan in one day by breaking the process into 10 manageable steps. LEADING EDGE is the State's premier business plan course. What you will achieve: -Outline and communicate your business vision -Understand business fundamentals -Learn keys to success -Learn how to do critical business research -Develop a rough draft of your business plan Cost includes materials and 5 hours of course-specific one-on-one business coaching.
Speaker: Stefanie Dalgar, SBDC Marketing Consultant, Dalgar Communications
Fee: $ 99.00
Friday, September 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
An 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 David Brown, Incubator Program Manager & SBDC Assistant
Fee: $ 50.00
Monday, September 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Google Analytics is a great “Free” tool that reports on the traffic on your website. Where does that traffic come from? How long do visitors stay on your website? How do you use this data to make decisions about your website and marketing? This workshop will answer those questions and more. Bring your laptop with you and we will make sure that you have Google Analytics installed correctly on your website as well. If you would like to work on a laptop in class and don’t have one, please call our office to reserve one for the duration of the class. 303-460-1032. We will cover: • Setting Up Analytics • What is Tag Manager • Understanding Reports • Using the Interface • Using Reports
Speaker: Peter Brissette
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Business cards and a website don’t make you a legitimate business. There are steps in the registration process that vary according to your industry, your business entity type, and where your business is operating. If your business is established incorrectly, it can be expensive to fix and leave you open to financial and legal liability. Do you understand the legal and tax implications of establishing your business as an LLC? A corporation? A sole proprietor? How do you register with the Secretary of State? Do you know 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 examine the pros and cons of entity types, and explain how to register your business including the necessary forms and processes. They’ll also discuss other tips on how to avoid common pitfalls before you start your new venture. There is no single perfect business entity, but being informed will help you make a better choice for your business.
Speaker: Attorney Brian Boyes and Paul Matonis, EA
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Ready to start a business in Colorado? This comprehensive Business Startup Orientation has been designed as a starting place for anyone who is considering jumping into business for the first or seventh time. This seminar will provide you with a Colorado Startup Guide, free library resources to support your business, web resources, as well as a general overview of things to consider when starting a business. Join us in person for this workshop! During this workshop, you'll learn about: -Business licensing requirements -Business required taxes -Legal forms or organization -Components of a business plan -Essentials for marketing -Management requirements -Financial planning -Means to fund a business
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting a business sounds like a great idea, but do you really know what it entails? There are many reasons people choose to start their own business, but to be successful, you need to enter your venture with open eyes and be ready to plan, pivot and understand your customers. If this is your first or fifth time journeying into entrepreneurship, the Loveland Business Development Center and the Larimer SBDC want to help you establish a successful foundation. Maybe you’re sure the idea you’ve got will be a profitable business. Maybe your idea is a bit vague and you need help focusing. Maybe you’re thinking of turning your hobby into a business. Regardless of your motivation, this class will help you discover: • How to define your business • Common entrepreneurial myths • Who and where your target market is • Business plan options • Resources available in the community • Other potential entrepreneurs to develop your network This class is a prerequisite for start-ups to schedule free consulting sessions with the Loveland Business Development Center and the Larimer SBDC.
Speaker: Kathy Stewart
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A free seminar: Understand the process of obtaining a business license in Aurora, taxpayer rights and responsibilities, taxes you may have to pay, and the reason that audits are conducted. City of Aurora staff will help answer questions specific to your industry or business.
Speaker: City of Aurora Tax & Licensing Division staff
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Greeley Chamber of Commerce 902 7th Ave. Greeley, CO 80631
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
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 digital 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 Boulder Creek Room
Speaker: Theresa A. Pickner, Attorney at Law
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
We all sign dozens of contracts in our daily life – and businesspeople sign even more. Yet very few of us are able to understand what it is we’re signing and we don’t want to hire a lawyer just to purchase a new app for our iPhone. This class will focus on reading and understanding some common contract clauses that businesspeople often encounter in many contracts, from employment agreements to purchase orders. They include termination clauses, choice of law clauses, dispute resolution clauses, indemnification clauses, and more. Note: This is not a drafting class. It is always good business to consult an attorney if you have questions about a contract. By the end of this class, you will be more comfortable knowing what you are signing.
Speaker: Samantha Peaslee
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This fee-based seminar introduces marketing principles, concepts and tactics for a business. Attendees will learn the concepts of product, price, place and promotion. Learn how to research and identify the characteristics of a customer, conduct market research through electronic databases, develop marketing tactics and strategies to promote products and services, and explore the elements of a marketing plan. Contact the Aurora SBDC for payment options.
Speaker: Chuck Hahn, Small Business Specialist
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, e-newsletters, blogs… It can all be overwhelming! Social media is a constantly evolving form of marketing, but poses great opportunities to build a loyal fan base for your business. How do you harness the power of social media to enhance your business? Where should you start? Which platforms should you be on? What are you goals for entering the social realm? Join us for “Sorting Through Social Media: Basics and Strategy.” This class is designed to help you: • Discover the basic (and not-so-basic) social platforms • Determine which platforms your business should be on • Develop a cohesive social voice for your business • Get tips for creating effective content to generate a loyal fan base • Learn strategies to minimize time-drain and effectively manage your business’s online digital presence Understanding where you should be and why you should be there will help you create a viable social media strategy.
Speaker: Amy Alcorn, Aspen Grove Marketing
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Friday, September 23, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Monday, September 26, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
An 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 David Brown, Incubator Program Manager & SBDC Assistant
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This 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
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing Employees
Are you searching for effective techniques that will motivate and retain outstanding employees? This class examines the application of training techniques, such as the use of on the job training, videos, on-line classes, and classroom instruction, that efficiently and effectively develop new employees. When used in combination these techniques can enhance learning and comprehension. We will also look at how to create and use a skills matrix. The course outlines techniques used in building a positive culture. The use of communication tools, employee engagement, and creative benefits all contribute to this positive culture. Also, management and employee co-creating a road map of an individual employee’s development and advancement and discussing how it impacts retaining excellent employees will be covered. If your organization is striving for employees who are trained, capable, and motivated, this is the class for you.
Speaker: Jon Jaggers
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Join Kevin Savage, Senior Manager of Compliance in Supply Management and Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO), to learn how small businesses do business with Ball Aerospace. Location: Boulder Public Library Canyon Room (North Entrance)
Speaker: Kevin Savage, Ball Aerospace
Location: Boulder SBDC
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Starting a business is not for the faint-hearted. Most of us were never taught to be business owners: we were taught to be employees. This 10 week course is designed to help entrepreneurs develop a business model and business plan through a discovery process that starts with a business concept, moves to designing and testing a viable (profitable) business model that results in an executable plan of action (business plan). The class is taught using a blended learning format that combines an online learning platform with classroom time. The online learning platform will be filled not only with the information needed to write a business plan, but to actually start and run a business. Class time will be dedicated to interactive learning exercises and guest experts to act as guides for your business success. You will complete a formal written business plan and internal working business model that will build the foundation of your business. The course registration fee includes one participant and access to the online training materials and business resource library. For multiple registration or more information, please call 303.460.1032 after your initial registration. Unregistered guests will not be admitted to the course. Seating is limited.
Speaker: Glenn Plagens
Fee: $ 395.00
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