Events/Workshops

 
  
    
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, 6 sessions ending Friday, September 11
Location: Online
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This seminar is designed to help existing and new small business owners understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. During the seminar attendees will learn what types of financing are available, what is needed to qualify for financing, basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions, and resources available to help you through the process to make a best first impression when applying. This seminar is a must for any small business owner interested in securing debt or equity financing.
Speaker: Panel Presentation by Business & Finance specialists
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
In this hands-on training class, learn how to track and reconcile credit card purchases, learn to set up, track and pay sales tax, learn tips & tricks to using QuickBooks easier including getting the reports that you want and that will help you manage your business better. Bring your laptop with QuickBooks 2013 or newer software, or a laptop will be provided for you. Class size limited to 12 spots and will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis with payment.
Speaker: Angela Casper, Angela's Tax Services
Fee: $ 60.00
Thursday, May 28, 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 Register Today Online www.EastColoradoSBDC.com Live, In Person Class Only
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC
Monday, June 01, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 1 sessions ending Monday, June 22
Fee: $ 125.00
Monday, June 01, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, June 02, 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
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
This free seminar will review how to prepare a business plan, the essential components of a business plan, and how to put these together. Creating a business plan will help you achieve your business goals. This seminar will provide you with a guide for building a successful business focused on achieving your personal and financial goals. It will also help persuade others, including lenders, to invest in what you are creating. Business plans are essential road maps towards increasing the potential success of your business. This living document can generally guide you for 3-5 years ahead and provide direction to the route your business intends to take to grow revenues and ultimately achieve your dreams. Participants will receive resources for additional support as well as templates for writing the plan. Register at EastColoradoSBDC.com Please RSVP to 720-837-0416 or 970-351-4274 three days before the session. If there are fewer than 7 participants, this seminar will be cancelled.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Wednesday, July 01
Are you looking to jump start your business concept? This boot camp will help you quickly develop your business plan and determine the feasibility of launching your business. This workshop consists of 10 hours of training and covers business essentials, marketing, organizational issues and a financial overview. In addition, each participant will be able to do 5 hours of free counseling, one-on-one with the series presenter. The goal of this boot camp is to allow participants to create a plan or feasibility study. Participants will meet every week with the counselor to receive more help, to complete the tasks and finish the business plan. We are here to help you. Multicultural businesses are encouraged to attend. Attendees with little or business experience are welcome! Meetings 6-8pm: June 3rd June 10th June 17th June 24th July 1st **Completion of this series and an approved business plan may be used to qualify for a grant from Boulder County CAP’s Personal Investment Program (PIE) and City of Longmont Startup and Business Improvement Grants. ¿Buscan saltar iniciar su concepto de negocio? Este campamento le ayudará rápidamente desarrollar su plan de negocios y determinar la factibilidad de lanzar su negocio. Este taller consisten en 10 horas de entrenamiento y cubre esenciales empresariales, marketing, organización y resumen financiero. Además, cada participante podrá hacer 5 horas de gratis, asesoría uno-a-uno con el consejero de SBDC. El objetivo de este campamento es permitir a los participantes que crear un plan o viabilidad de negocios. Los participantes reunirán cada semana con el consejero para recibir mas ayuda y para que terminen las tareas y cumplan con el plan de negocio. Estamos aquí para ayudarles. Los negocios multiculturales son animados a asistir esta serie. Los asistentes con experiencia mínima de negocios son bienvenidos. **La terminaci?n de la serie y un plan de negocios aprobado puede estar utilizado para requisito para una subvención de Boulder County CAP Personal Investment Program (PIE) o las subvenciones de City of Longmont Startup o Business Improvement. Las reuniones (6-8pm): 3 de junio 10 de junio 17 de junio 24 de junio 1 de julio
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises, LLC
Thursday, June 04, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
• Are you thinking of starting a food-related business in the region? • Do you already have a food-related business and are wanting to expand? • Do you know about the resources that are already available to food-related businesses in the State? You are invited to join the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center and the Colorado Department of Agriculture for a breakfast to get your input on what resources are needed in this region to help your new or existing food related business succeed.
Speaker: Trent Owens, Business Development Manager at Northwest CO SBDC; Shaina Knight, Business Development Specialist at Colorado Department of Agriculture
Thursday, June 04, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
This session will cover Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants as well as Colorado Advanced Industries Grants. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization. The Advanced Industries Export Grant is a Colorado financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters in Colorado's Advanced Industries (Aerospace, Bioscience, Electronics, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure Engineering, Technology and Information and Advanced Manufacturing). Participants will go away learning the requirements and process for applying for each type of grant as well as tips to increase the chance of award and possible errors to avoid when applying. This session is most appropriate for existing and early stage businesses.
Speaker: Stephanie Amend, Katie Woslager, Sharon King
Monday, June 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Monday, June 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop will help you discover your core strengths and key differentiation that will make you stand out from your competition. The goal is that you will walk away with a clear unique selling proposition. Your marketing & sales message must effectively answer the following four questions: Why should I read or listen to you? Why should I believe what you have to say? Why should I do anything about what you're offering? Why should I act now? The way to discover what the reality is for your business is to identify your competitive advantage. This is done with the 4P framework. People—Problem—Process--Passion Once key advantages are identified you can then implement an ACES marketing plan that can be used via whatever medium is best utilized to reach your target audience: A- Attract C- Capture E- Engage S- Sell
Speaker: Peter Brisette
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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
Speaker: Alyson MacMullan
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Definite Culture : Healthy Management : Incredible Environment Every organization has a company culture – whether it’s intentional or by accident. Left to their own devices and with no visible leadership, employees will morph their own ideas into creating their own culture. This often leads to a more counter-productive environment. The reality is there’s not a one-size-fits-all culture that works for all environments. Join UNC’s Milan Larson as he discusses the value of a well-developed, healthy company culture and 6 tips for generating a working culture. During this workshop, you'll discover… • The value of a well-developed company culture • 6 tips for building a healthy culture: • Defining it • Communicating it • Hiring for it • Measuring it • Implementing it • Encouraging it Live, In Person Class Only Please feel free to bring and enjoy your lunch during this presentation
Speaker: Milan Larson, Associate Professor – Department of Management UNC
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Tuesday, July 07
Are you looking to jump start your business concept? This boot camp will help you quickly develop your business plan and determine the feasibility of launching your business. This workshop consists of 10 hours of training and covers business essentials, marketing, organizational issues and a financial overview. In addition, each participant will be able to do 5 hours of free counseling, one-on-one with the series presenter. The goal of this boot camp is to allow participants to create a plan or feasibility study. Participants will meet every week with the counselor to receive more help, to complete the tasks and finish the business plan. We are here to help you. Multicultural businesses are encouraged to attend. Attendees with little or business experience are welcome! Meetings 6-8pm: June 9th June 16th June 23rd June 30th July 7th **Completion of this series and an approved business plan may be used to qualify for a grant from Boulder County CAP’s Personal Investment Program (PIE) and City of Longmont Startup and Business Improvement Grants. ¿Buscan saltar iniciar su concepto de negocio? Este campamento le ayudará rápidamente desarrollar su plan de negocios y determinar la factibilidad de lanzar su negocio. Este taller consisten en 10 horas de entrenamiento y cubre esenciales empresariales, marketing, organización y resumen financiero. Además, cada participante podrá hacer 5 horas de gratis, asesoría uno-a-uno con el consejero de SBDC. El objetivo de este campamento es permitir a los participantes que crear un plan o viabilidad de negocios. Los participantes reunirán cada semana con el consejero para recibir mas ayuda y para que terminen las tareas y cumplan con el plan de negocio. Estamos aquí para ayudarles. Los negocios multiculturales son animados a asistir esta serie. Los asistentes con experiencia mínima de negocios son bienvenidos. **La terminación de la serie y un plan de negocios aprobado puede estar utilizado para requisito para una subvención de Boulder County CAP Personal Investment Program (PIE) o las subvenciones de City of Longmont Startup o Business Improvement. Las reuniones (6-8pm): 9 de junio 16 de junio 23 de junio 30 de junio 7 de julio
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises, LLC
Location: Boulder SBDC
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you… • In the process of hiring new team members? • Need tips for where and how to provide information on an open job position? • Crossing your “t’s” and dotting your “i’s” when filing new employee paperwork required by law? Join Us…! Hiring would be great if employees just swarmed to employers and we didn’t have to worry about the possibility of being sued. With Karolynn St-Pierre discuss tips and how to’s for job content posts and platforms. Also, discover how to offer a job in order to avoid any potential litigation and what paperwork is required by law. “You need to have a collaborative hiring process.” – Steve Jobs Join us via Webinar Register at EastColoradoSBDC.com
Speaker: Karolynn St- Pierre, Symmetry Consulting
Location: Online
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Interested in starting your own business or growing the one you've got? The City of Boulder, the Boulder Small Business Development Center, the Boulder Independent Business Alliance, and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce 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, Boulder Small Business Development Center, Boulder Independent Business Alliance, Boulder Chamber of Commerce
Location: Boulder SBDC
Thursday, June 11, 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
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This free seminar will review how to prepare a business plan, the essential components of a business plan, and how to put these together. Creating a business plan will help you achieve your business goals. This seminar will provide you with a guide for building a successful business focused on achieving your personal and financial goals. It will also help persuade others, including lenders, to invest in what you are creating. Business plans are essential road maps towards increasing the potential success of your business. This living document can generally guide you for 3-5 years ahead and provide direction to the route your business intends to take to grow revenues and ultimately achieve your dreams. Participants will receive resources for additional support as well as templates for writing the plan. Register at EastColoradoSBDC.com Please RSVP to 720-837-0416 or 970-351-4274 three days before the session. If there are fewer than 7 participants, this seminar will be cancelled.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC
Friday, June 12, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Friday, October 09
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 495.00
Friday, June 12, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Friday, June 12, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Monday, June 15, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, June 18
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 70.00
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, June 17, 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, June 18, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Friday, June 19, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Monday, June 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, 3 sessions ending Tuesday, June 23
Learn the “ins & outs” of exporting – what is involved for each shipment: the necessary export documentation, U.S. export requirements, how to prepare a Proforma Invoice, foreign country requirements, labeling, packing, & shipping requirements, etc. These workshops are a must for people involved in all areas of export sales, import sales, contract negotiations, documentation preparation, purchasing, order fulfillment and quoting, shipping, forwarding & transportation, credit & finance, logistics, legal, insurance & consulting. This series is for both the novice as well as the experienced exporter wanting to learn more about what is involved with an international transaction. Attend individual workshops at $45/session or the entire 3-Session Series at $120.
Speaker: Laura Pedersen, International Trade Services Officer for First National Bank
Fee: $ 120.00
Monday, June 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Industry experts provide an in-depth review and real-world examples on the following topics: • Export Documentation required for every export shipment (i.e. commercial invoices, packing lists, certificates of origin, free sale certificates, etc.) • Unusual types of documentation that MAY be required • Schedule “B” Numbers and AES reporting • Information on the shipment of the goods (different types of shipping, regulations, shortcuts, etc.) • Marine Cargo Insurance (why it’s necessary and the different types available) • Carnets – what they are and how they are used in International Trade (for shipment of loaner and demo equipment, plus equipment for Trade Shows); how to use them to your benefit • Incoterms – International Commercial Terms of Sale (i.e. Ex-Works, FOB, etc.) – a brief review will ensure that your company thoroughly understands them. Also covered is the domestic use of Incoterms.
Speaker: Laura Pedersen, International Trade Services Officer for First National Bank
Fee: $ 45.00
Monday, June 22, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, May 26, 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
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Starting Your New Business and Operating It Correctly During this course you will learn about legal structures, registration, licenses, market research, business planning, obtaining financing, insurance, taxes, and sources of assistance.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
How to Start a Business in Colorado? This 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: Elizabeth Lewis; The Law Office of E.C. Lewis; P.C.
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, June 04, 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
Friday, June 05, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Starting Your New Business and Operating It Correctly During this course you will learn about legal structures, registration, licenses, market research, business planning, obtaining financing, insurance, taxes, and sources of assistance.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Understand the major components of a business model – vision/mission, business structure and management, sales and marketing, financials/budgeting and cash flow projections, and financing. Turn your business idea into a solid plan for long-term success. Commit your idea to paper to determine its viability, keep your business strategically focused, and increase your chances of obtaining financing.
Speaker: SBDC Business Coach Jim Olp
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, June 10, 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
Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Explore the basics of business ownership, including entrepreneurship, planning for a profitable business, pitfalls to avoid and how to reach your customers.
Speaker: John Murphy
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Starting Your New Business and Operating It Correctly During this course you will learn about legal structures, registration, licenses, market research, business planning, obtaining financing, insurance, taxes, and sources of assistance.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, June 16, 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
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 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, June 18, 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: Attorney Brian Boyes and Paul Matonis, EA
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, June 18, 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: Steve Imke, Small Business Specialist
Fee: $ 15.00
Friday, June 19, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cómo Comenzar y Operar Correctamente su Negocio Nuevo. Existen muchas reglas para los negocios, y hay muchas preguntas que tiene uno que piensar en abrir su negocio ¿A cuál mercado se dirige? ¿Quiénes son su competencia? ¿Tiene la destreza directiva necesaria para operar su negocio? Teniendo el dinero necesarios para comenzar y operar su negocio es muy importante. Estas y mas preguntas seran las respuestas del seminaro, Cómo Comenzar y Operar Correctamente su Negocio.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Monday, June 22, 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

Business Basics

Thursday, June 18, 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

Financing

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Are you seeking funding for your small business but are unsure of where to begin? With all the options available for small businesses today, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed! The Larimer SBDC and Innosphere are partnering to bring together several types of funding sources and respective experts for you to ask questions and get answers. *Grants - Harry Horowitz, Advanced Industries, Office of Economic Dvlp and Int'l Trade *Angel Investing - Larry Salmen, Larry J Salmen Associates *Venture Capital - David Gold, Access Venture Partners *Crowdfunding - Michelle Alexander, Community Funded *Micro Lending - Lewis Hagler, Colorado Lending Source and Gwen Bonilla, Accion *SBA Lending - James Van Horn, SBA *Commercial Banking - Shannon Richardson, Community Banks of Colorado In this unique event, we’ll have representatives from each of the categories above do a short introduction of their funding source. After this short introduction, there will be three “speed-dating style” breakout sessions so you can learn directly from multiple funding sources. Come prepared with your questions and get answers directly from the funding experts!

Managing a Business

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
PTAC Speaker Panel Series: DCA Compliance Accounting Compliance as a Contracting Growth Strategy - Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and Beyond – Panel will discuss the requirements related to DCAA compliance in federal government contracting. Learn when it is required, how to prepare, and the ramifications of not being ready when DCAA comes calling. Participating Partners: National Defense Industrial Association Colorado Springs SBDC Pikes Peak Workforce Center Minority Business Office Breakfast Sponsor: Pennica Financial Group Location: Pikes Peak Regional Development Center 2880 International Circle Colorado Springs, CO 80910 PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - SEATING IS CAPPED AT 70 For all details and registration copy and paste the following link: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70350054
Speaker: Panel
Monday, June 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Small Business Week presented to you by Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center and Better Business Bureau. Monday Night - Your Local Government Services Working for You Spend an evening with your local government learning how they can work for you. Find valuable resources on how to start, build and maintain a business in Southern Colorado. Hear from City and County officials regarding questions about business resources in the Pikes Peak Region. Register at: http://bit.ly/SBW8th
Speaker: Local Government Expert Panel
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Small Business Week presented to you by Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center and Better Business Bureau. Tuesday Night - Marketing Campaigns for Growth... On a Budget Learn from leading companies on how to develop a marketing campaign and how to grow your current marketing plan. Ask leading professionals questions for making the most out of your current marketing ideas! Register at: http://bit.ly/SBWTues
Speaker: Panelists: Icelantic, HuHot,Ent Federal Credit Union, Bristol Brewing
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Small Business Week presented to you by Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center and Better Business Bureau. Wednesday - Your Fast-Track to State and Federal Resources Spend an evening with your State and Federal government learning how they can benefit your business. Find valuable resources on how to start, build and maintain a business in Colorado. Hear from State and Federal officials regarding questions about business resources in Colorado. Register at: http://bit.ly/SBW10th
Speaker: State & Federal Expert Panel
Thursday, June 11, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Small Business Week presented to you by Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center and Better Business Bureau. Thursday Night- Your Connection Between Military and Small Business Opportunities Military Small Business opportunities are available! Use this night to find out where they are and where to start. This panel will assist those transitioned from the military with tools on how to develop and grow a Veteran Owned Business, as well as information on how to do business with the military. Register at: http://bit.ly/SBW11
Speaker: Expert Panel to include: James Van Horn, Boots to Business, Ret. Col. Bob McLaughlin, Mt. Carmel, Patricia Austin, AAFES, Phillip Morris, Boots to Suits, John Corrigan, MOAA

Customer Relations

Friday, June 12, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Networking can happen anywhere—at events, leads groups, the coffee shop or the grocery store. The problem is that most people don’t think about networking as: • Building relationships for mutual gain • Objective is to build an on-going stream of qualified referrals • Networking is not selling Networking should be thought of as strategic process of building relationships for mutual gain. But, most people are uncomfortable doing it as they have no system, plan or goal. Attend our workshop to change that!
Speaker: Don Overcash; Sandler Training. Don Overcash has developed and grown successful businesses for more than 30 years. He began his career as a pharmacist/owner before spending the next 25 years in senior management roles in healthcare advertising and medical education. He served as president of three companies where he excelled at leading successful business-development teams. He credits his business development and management success to Sandler Training. In 2009, Don joined Top Line Growth, Inc., an authorized licensee of Sandler TrainingSM.
Fee: $ 10.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This class is for the advanced QuickBooks user with a product business in need to track inventory, sales tax, estimates, payroll, and time per project. This interactive session will cover: • Get an overview of inventory, use purchase orders and track the receipt of inventory, make manual inventory adjustments and set up units of measure • An overview of sales tax rates and agencies, track sales tax and how to apply sales tax to a sale, determine sales tax liability, and review activities • Get an overview of payroll and how to setup: payroll, employee information, schedules, paychecks, and tax liabilities • Learn how to create job estimates and progress invoicing, create duplicate estimates, create invoices from an estimate, and updating job status • Learn how to track time worked on a project, how to invoice a customer from tracked time, create project reports, track time worked by owners or partners, and pay nonemployees for time worked. • Learn how to modify the format of an invoice, design a custom invoice form, prepare a collection letter and edit prewritten letters in QuickBooks.
Speaker: Rosy Aburto McDonough, MBA SBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Over the 3 sessions (June 10, 17, 24; 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 Beth Dixon, Certified Quickbook Pro Advisor
Fee: $ 199.00

Cash Flow Management

Friday, June 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This engaging workshop offers information to better understand the credit card system, with information on cyber fraud, reading your credit card statements and understanding merchant card changes and technology. After attending this workshop participants will have the knowledge to make informed powerful financial decisions when it comes to accepting credit card purchases from customers, how to protect their customers’ information and how to secure their processing equipment to protect their business.
Speaker: Kim Smith, CPay
Fee: $ 15.00

Marketing and Sales

Monday, June 01, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. Attendees of this presentation will learn: • What marketing really is (and isn’t). • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses. • The importance of setting goals and objectives for your marketing efforts. • The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success – a framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together, and will help small businesses reflect on their own marketing program. • It’s ok to start small, to start where you already are. Join us and start to build a foundation marketing knowledge, from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow. Intended Audience: The content is targeted at the beginner- to comfortable small-business marketer who is looking to build their marketing knowledge, or to reinforce what it is they already know.
Speaker: Zak Barron
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Every social media platform is different as to how you inform current clients and engage new ones. Creating a social strategy will ensure you create the best impact for your business. Join us to learn how to define your goals and metrics. Learn the steps you can take regularly to reach those goals and best practices for execution. What do all of those numbers mean? You will also learn how to use analytics to decide what is working for your business.
Speaker: Melody Storgaard-Stieve
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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-Buy is and how to create one for your business How to create a cash flow projection
Speaker: Alyson MacMullan
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, June 04, 2015 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Course Description Your brand and the messages that surround it are your best (or worst) marketing assets. They are the gut feelings users have about your business, its products and services. With consumers being inundated with 5,000 marketing messages per day, only strong brands will be heard above the noise. A solid brand strategy: • Helps you more effectively engage your target market • Separates you from your competitors • Builds confidence, trust and repeat customers • Guides your business decisions Course Objectives In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental principles behind building a strong business brand; they will perform a series of tasks that help them begin to develop their brand strategy. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will: • Know what branding is and understand its importance • Know what brand archetypes are and why they matter • Learn how to develop their unique value proposition • Understand the importance of brand cohesion • Learn about brand repair strategies • Understand the importance of creating a brand legacy • Define their core business values • Identify their brand archetype • Define their unique value proposition • Create a demographic profile of their target market • Define their business mission statement • Learn how to perform a competitor analysis • Begin writing their Brand Strategy document • Understand the best practices and trends in logo design
Speaker: Imagine That Creative
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, June 04, 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: $ 15.00
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This workshop acknowledges that many entrepreneurs ARE their company’s sales force. Even if they have a small sales team, the owner is the one person in the company that lives and breathes new customer generation…but not at any cost…new business developed AT higher margins that are PROFITABLE. This session is for business owners and entrepreneurs who are: . Frustrated with prospects demanding – and getting – costly price concessions. . Suffering through painfully long selling cycles. . Disappointed with inconsistent sales goal attainment. . Concerned with bad sales habits that are eroding margins
Speaker: Bob Bolak
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
So, you’re LinkedIn with 200, 300 or over 500 connections. You’re using it as an effective research and social media tool, but asking yourself, “How do I use it as a PROACTIVE (NOT PASSIVE) prospecting tool, to actually set appointments with my target prospects that I don’t know yet, but would like to meet?” And… “How can I use LinkedIn to get more referrals and introductions from my existing clients?” This curriculum is designed to show you not only how to utilize LinkedIn as a powerful, proactive prospecting tool, but also as a way to get introductions to hard-to-reach decision makers and actually set appointments with new prospects in your calendar each week. This training is NOT centered on how to use LinkedIn as a marketing or social media tool, although that may be a secondary by-product of your implementation. When you think about LinkedIn as part of your prospecting plan, are you: Uncertain how to effectively use LinkedIn to prospect Tired of wasting time looking at “people you may know”? Unsure about the best way to ask for introductions to your connections’ connections? After this interactive session you’ll leave with: A thorough understanding of how to improve your LinkedIn profile to maximize your prospecting A system for prospecting on LinkedIn with a major time commitment A process for getting results from your introduction requests This training is for: Leaders and business development professionals who don’t actively prospect on LinkedIn People who see value in building a B2B sphere of influence Active networkers that do business with strategic referral partners Professionals in a referral-driven business focused on increasing their weekly & monthly number of introductions Young professionals looking to grow their network Not-so-young professionals who have yet to embrace social media
Speaker: Phil Pelto
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you struggling to stand out from your competition in a crowded marketplace? Do you find your existing marketing isn’t working as well as you’d like it to? Do you want to convert more prospects into customers? If any of these concerns apply to you, video marketing might be the answer. Video Marketing for Business is an introductory class that will teach you the basics of video marketing for your business. This means you will walk away with a toolbox of tips and tricks to get in front of more prospects and convert them into customers. In this course, the following topics will be covered: . What is video marketing and what it is not . Why does video marketing work so well . Examples of ways to use video marketing in your business to help you start off on the right track . What makes a good video and what makes a bad video . Lastly, we will actually create a script, record a video, and upload it to YouTube (yep, right in class)
Speaker: Curt Donohue
Fee: $ 15.00
Monday, June 15, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How to use Pinterest to generate leads and increase website traffic for your business. Learn how to set up an account, post to Instagram and share onto multiple platforms, and how to optimize your content to increase followers
Speaker: Simone Cordery-Cotter
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Generating Leads is about developing a smart content strategy that is used in the most relevant platforms for your current and future customers. Where your customer are, you should be. Come to this session for a business perspective overview of Twitter, Instagram and other Emerging Platforms. Timeline for workshop: 9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. Registration/Wifi registration/Networking 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m. Presentations followed by Q&A **Please note depending on pace of workshop end time may vary**
Speaker: Cory Arcarese, Owner CArc Media Digital Marketing Agency
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Introduces the legal foundations of the Internet and social media. Learn about trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and linking and framing issues that arise when developing a Website.
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How to use Instagram to grow your audience and market your business. Learn how to set up an account, create and post visually engaging content, create boards, repin additional, relevant content, and optimize content for your audience to create quality engagement and third-party advocates.
Speaker: Simone Cordery-Cotter
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn how to effectively market your business with social media without wasting your precious time. You will learn to: - Take a look at some of the most popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ – and learn why each one might be right for your organization - Save time by learning from common social media mistakes - Find out what works from case studies with local small businesses - Learn what you can do next if you’re interested in getting started with social media marketing – including some simple ideas for figuring out what to say and some “do’s and don’ts” of social media.
Speaker: Zak Barron
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
This session provides an overview on the framework for building an on-going stream of qualified referrals and strengthening confidence in networking. It is tailored for individuals who: • Are frustrated with the lack of leads from your groups and organizations • Are tired of making cold calls • Are tired of wasting time trying to sell to people who never buy • Feel uncomfortable in networking situations • Wish networking delivered more prospects Participants in this session will walk away with a better understanding of the following effective networking strategies and topics: • Crafting the ultimate 30-second commercial • How to Set Smart Networking Goals • Prepare Your Foundation • Define Your Target Market • The importance of Emotionally Engaging People When You Network • What it truly Means to Be Interesting & Interested • How to Design Your Referral System • The Importance of Following Up: Consistently and Constantly • How to Be Accountable To Your Networking Program
Speaker: Phil Pelto
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
How to use Facebook to market your business.
Speaker: Nikole James, Travel Copy Solutions
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
With people wanting information instantly you want to know how to provide accurate, timely and relevant information to your audience. You will learn: • how to listen to your audience along with what to listen for • how to engage your audience. • how to respond, react and retweet to amplify your impact • how to measure that impact and know if your efforts are working . using past case studies some examples of best practices and what to avoid • how to integrate Twitter into your business.
Speaker: Melody Storgaard-Stieve
Fee: $ 15.00

Government Contracting

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
City of Aurora and SBA procurement specialists will discuss the ins and outs of finding solicitations, establishing communication protocol, getting certifications and using resources to help land government contracts (seminar is at no charge).
Speaker: City of Aurora Procurement Specialist; SBA representative
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