Events/Workshops

 
  
    

April

Friday, April 22, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Friday, September 16
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online

May

Monday, May 09, 2016 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 30 sessions ending Monday, December 19
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, 8 sessions ending Thursday, December 15
Topic: Not Set
Aurora-South Metro SBDC presents an eight-part series of workshops designed for nonprofit leaders in the metro area with budgets under $2 million. Nonprofit Capacity Building Series Program Dates and Topics: o April 21st – Fund Development Overview o May 19th – Building Your Best Board o July 21st – How to Ask for Money o August 18th – Individual and Corporate Donors o September 15th – Grant Writing Part 1 o October 20th – Grant Writing Part 2 o November 17th – Volunteer Management o December 15th – Evaluation Overview 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.
Speaker: Instructor: Kerri Drumm, Purpose Aligned Consulting
Fee: $ 250.00
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:29 AM to 1:00 PM, 11 sessions ending Tuesday, November 15
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, May 31, 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, May 31, 2016 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: The UNC BizHub Collaborative 807 17th Street Suite D Greeley, CO 80631 Registration fee: $25.00 registration fee is processed after event completion. Fee is only collected if registrants fail to attend or cancel registration. Space is limited.
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
The LEADING EDGE™ Strategic Planning Series is an intensive and hands-on course designed to help entrepreneurs with comprehensive training on starting and operating a small business. The course will help both start-up and existing businesses. The program includes: 1. 36 hours of workshop sessions and special bonus events 2. 5 hours of one-on-one consulting 3. Scheduled milestone and planning assignments In-depth topics include: * Organizational: Legal Entity, Management & Personnel * Operational: Recordkeeping, Controls & Risk Management * Marketing: Market Research, Strategies, Tactics & Implementation * Financial: Sales Forecast, Cash Flow Projections & Financial Statements
Speaker: Dr. Liz Ross, Executive Director, SBDC

June

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Are you a small business that can provide products or services for a highway or transit construction project? Are you interested in doing business with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) or working on local airport, street or bridge improvement projects? If so, this is the workshop for you! Come learn about upcoming opportunities with CDOT and how you can leverage small business certifications to get your foot in the door.
Speaker: Cathy Kramer, Connect2DOT
Location: Boulder SBDC
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, June 02, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 5 sessions ending Thursday, June 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: 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
Thursday, June 02, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Most companies only need 3 or 4 really good marketing tactics to propel their businesses. The hard part is figuring out which ones will be most effective for your business, your style, your brand and within your budget! This workshop is designed for new and seasoned small business owners, home-based businesses, professional service businesses, consumer product companies and anyone who wants to refresh the way you market. You will experience a fast-paced and interactive review of 50 ways to market your business with descriptions of what each tactic is and what each is meant to achieve. You will leave with some good ideas of what you can implement the next day. Location: Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in the Canyon Room
Speaker: Maureen (Mo) Kanwischer, Momentum Business Consulting
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, June 02, 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, June 02, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Thursday, June 02, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Are you going to be seeking financing for your business? Whether it is an existing business or a brand new start-up, there are several things you need to know BEFORE you approach a lender. We're bringing in Shannon Richardson of Community Banks of Colorado to give you the rundown of what you need to know. Bring your lunch and join us to learn: What Are Your Choices? • Microloan, SBA, Conventional Bank Loan • Overview and comparison of different loan types Preparing to Approach Your Lender • Credit scores (FICO) and how to repair if needed • Understanding your financials-Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow Statement • What are the 5 C’s of Credit? • What are the expectations for…Capital Injection (owner’s investment), Cash Flow (what is cash flow), Required Documents, Timeline (turnaround time) and Costs
Speaker: Shannon Richardson, Community Banks of Colorado
Thursday, June 02, 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
Thursday, June 02, 2016 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
At this event you will uncover the root cause of the growth issue the obstacles to growth so you can eliminate growth trauma, and never misdiagnose what’s really going on in your business as you determine the best path to success. In order to cross the gap between stages of development business owners need to understand the 7 Stages of Entrepreneurial Growth Helping Business Owners Predict, Prepare and Prosper! If you have been struggling with growing your business this one and a half day session will help you re-evaluate your business strategy. "Within each stage of growth are three unavoidable zones; preparation, performance, and pressure. The move from one stage of growth to another begins as soon as you land in any stage of growth. What a business does not get done in a specific stage of growth does not go away. Time will make a difference” Laurie Taylor.
Speaker: Laurie Taylor Business Growth Specialist, Speaker, and President of Flashpoint
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, June 03, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center have partnered to create the Colorado Coalition for Social Impact. CCSI’s goal is to provide thought leadership, mentoring and resources to social entrepreneurs and organizations interested in impacting their community. As a business leader, social impact practitioner, or engaged community member, we would like to have you as part of our first Town Hall meeting as we bring this conversation forward. Location: El Paso County Citizen Service Center Room 1017 (Assessor’s Classroom) 1675 Garden of the Gods Road Colorado Springs, CO 80907 RSVP here! https://bbbsc.wufoo.com/forms/r1pyylhg0uvjem1/
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Friday, June 03, 2016 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
This session will help you identify best business practices and find solutions to your business management challenges. You will also get the opportunity to work in group settings discussing the challenges of business development, leadership styles and much more. This is a “can’t miss” event if you are looking to grow your business, build strong networks and hone your leadership skills in a one day session!
Speaker: Kari Knutson, Knutson Consulting; Wendy Crockett, Lead4Life; Kendra Fernandez, FBD Strategies; Russell Jensen, Bust Out Colorado
Fee: $ 25.00
Monday, June 06, 2016 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
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 necesario para comenzar y operar su negocio es muy importante. Éstas y más preguntas serán las respuestas del seminaro, Cómo Comenzar y Operar Correctamente su Negocio.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises, LLC
Monday, June 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Monday, June 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Monday, June 20
Topic: Managing a Business
Whether your business is just opening its doors or you’ve been looking at taking your existing business to the next level, you need a plan. That plan will help you make the best possible decisions that will guide your business to where you want it to be. This course will help you develop the living document to guide your business, as well as provide a base plan that can be easily adapted should you choose to seek further financing for your business. You wouldn’t leave on a road trip without a plan, so why should the journey of business ownership be any different? In this comprehensive 3 session course, we provide you with all the tools and templates you need to formulate your strategic plan. The sessions will focus on: Session 1 June 6, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Defining your business - Defining your products and services - How to complete market research Session 2 June 13, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Creating your marketing plan - Laying out organizational management - Beginning financial statements Session 3 June 20, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Determining start-up expenses - Building your financial plan - Pulling everything together You’ll also be encouraged to meet with an SBDC consultant during the course to make sure you’re applying the concepts presented through this course effectively to your business.
Speaker: Mike O'Connell
Fee: $ 120.00
Monday, June 06, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This session will cover Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, as well as Colorado Advanced Industries Grants. The Small Business Research Innovation Research 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 for award and possible errors to avoid when applying. This session is most appropriate for existing and early stage businesses.
Speaker: Ed Kase, EKase Consulting and Katie Woslager, OEDIT
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 3 sessions ending Tuesday, June 21
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Over the 3 sessions (June 7, 14 & 21 from 8:30 - 12:30) this series of hands on classes will cover what QuickBooks can do for you. You will learn how to back up your system, navigate through the program, and a brief overview of setting up a sample company. Other topics include how to manage your checkbook, handle credit card payments, reconciliation of accounts, accounts payable, accounts receivable and analyzing your financials by using reports. This class is perfect for the person who has never used the program or is within their first year of use.
Speaker: Presented by Sandy Hogan, Certified Quickbook Pro Advisor
Fee: $ 199.00
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This webinar will provide an overview of the CDOT ESB program and new benefits being provided by CDOT. Firms must be certified by CDOT to take advantage of bidding on ESB restricted projects (set asides), counting toward ESB goals on major projects, and contributing to the incentives CDOT provides to prime contractors and consultants that utilize ESB firms. This orientation provides an overview of the program and is MANDATORY for any firm interested in becoming certified.
Location: Online
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, June 07, 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
Tuesday, June 07, 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, June 08, 2016 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
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 necesario para comenzar y operar su negocio es muy importante. Éstas y más preguntas serán las respuestas del seminaro, Cómo Comenzar y Operar Correctamente su Negocio.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises, LLC
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Getting the most affordable coverage for you, your family and your employees Topics: Financial issues Exemptions Affordability – everyone’s situation is unique Strategies – public and private with mini case studies Size of employer affects affordability for families Open enrollment and life changes events incorporated into case studies Churn incorporated into case study Large employers don’t necessary offer the most affordable coverage People can change coverage during the year based upon financial considerations Health coverage options are now complex – get free help!
Speaker: Rhonda Lofing, Hilltop Health Access
Wednesday, June 08, 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, June 08, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 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.
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This Info Session is free and will give insight into what the 8-week course will cover with the Leading Edge curriculum. Meet the instructors, and find out if this course is right for you! MAIN WEBPAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE! http://www.pikespeaksbdc.org/training/leading-edge
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 4:30 PM to 11:00 AM, 10 sessions ending Thursday, November 17
Topic: Business Basics
10 session, hands-on, intensive business certification provides a real-world foundation for building your business smarter, faster and profitably. Are you: -Starting a new business? -Adding a new line of products or services to your business? -Struggling to meet goals? -Wondering if your idea will work? -Looking to spark innovation? What to Expect: -Peer learning with like-minded business owners -One-on-one coaching from course facilitators and consultants -Access to an online learning platform and resources to help you grow your business -Feedback on your business development plan Course Requirements: -Two classes a week for 5 weeks, 10 sessions -Weekly meetings with mentor Outcome: At the end of the course, you will have decided if your idea is a “go,” “no go,” or “pivot.” You will know your next steps for moving your business forward. Class Schedule: June 8th & 9th (Business Model Canvassing ~ Customer MVP) June 22nd & 23rd (Financial Strategies ~ Sales & Marketing Goals) Wednesday evenings | 4:30 – 7:30 pm Thursday mornings | 8:30 am – 11:30 a.m. August "Developing Leadership through Understanding" October: Professional Network Panel/Marketing Panel November: Business Project/ Financial Panel Graduation: Colorado Governor's Mansion February 2017 Statewide Business Plan Competition: February 2017
Speaker: Nancy Barnett, Lindsey Stapay, DiAnn Butler
Fee: $ 250.00
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Loveland Aleworks hosts a series of fundraising events named: Pints for the People to support non-profit organizations that are important to the Loveland community. Loveland Aleworks partners with a different group each Wednesday night (from 6-11 p.m.), to which they will donate $1 from the sale of every pint that is sold during those hours. The Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC) has been chosen as the non-profit group to be sponsored on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. The LBDC is now aligned with the Larimer SBDC program and will be participating in this event.
Thursday, June 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Greeley Chamber of Commerce 902 17th Ave Greeley CO 80631
Thursday, June 09, 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
Thursday, June 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
¿Listo para iniciar una empresa en Colorado? Esta orientación de arranque de negocio integral ha sido diseñada como punto de partida para cualquier persona que está considerando la posibilidad de saltar al negocio por vez primera o séptimo. Este seminario le proporcionará una guía de inicio de Colorado, biblioteca gratuita de recursos para apoyar su negocio, recursos web, así como un resumen general de las cosas a considerar al iniciar un negocio. Únase a nosotros en persona para este taller! Durante este taller, usted aprenderá sobre: -Requisitos de licencia de negocio - Impuestos de negocios requeridas - Formas jurídicas u organización - Componentes de un plan de negocios - Esenciales para el marketing - Requisitos de gestión - Planificación financiera - Medios para financiar un negocio
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Thursday, June 09, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, June 09, 2016 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Hay muchas responsabilidades que un dueño de una pequeña empresa tiene que cuidar diariamente. Es una de las experiencias más gratificantes cuando las cosas van bien, pero muy rara vez las cosas van bien y el dueño de un pequeño negocio debe estar preparado para actuar y tomar decisiones difíciles. Venga a un panel de empresarios individuales que han trabajado en este proceso y han tenido éxito y dificultades en sus negocios. Este panel proporcionará a los dueños de pequeñas empresas existentes y futuros algunos ejemplos y experiencias de primera mano de las penurias y los aspectos positivos de dirigir un negocio.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises, LLC
Thursday, June 09, 2016 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Recent scholarship has reported a higher percentage of IPOs and acquisitions among startups that have received patents, and found that patents open the door to funding opportunities. The Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent Office? will provide an overview of the key forms of intellectual property that startups should be on the lookout for, and consider protecting, and will then discuss the above findings in sharing several strategies to consider in leveraging IP to enhance the likelihood of commercial success. PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION OF THIS WORKSHOP IS AT BARRIO E: 471 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501
Speaker: Molly Kocialski, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Director of Rocky Mountain Region
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Many leaders start a business because of their passion to make a better world. Perhaps you want to support artisans in Cambodia or farmers in Ecuador. Maybe you’re seeking to give jobs to veterans or handicapped in the community. Or to create a business model which is zero carbon emissions. Whatever your cause, let’s get some key insights into how to balance the difficult tradeoffs and create a thriving business for decades to come. In this session, we’ll see some inspiring examples from various industries and dig into their underlying success factors. Carl will introduce us to an approach which captures the balance between the “hard” and “soft” goals of the business, and the process of leading toward attainment of you particular vision.
Speaker: Carl Dierschow is a member of Small Fish Business Coaching, based in Fort Collins. With over 17 years experience in business coaching for companies large and small, he helps business owners and entrepreneurs to create healthy, successful companies. Check out his website www.smallfish.us and his blog on this topic at www.valuesbased.biz.
Fee: $ 10.00
Monday, June 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Managing Employees
Time to hire an employee? What paperwork should you complete? How do you train them? What happens if you have to fire them? This seminar will provide you with a framework to improve hiring, firing and managing employees in your organization. You will learn the steps in the employee life cycle: 1. What to do before you hire someone 2. How to orient them to your company 3. How to effectively set expectations and manage their behavior 4. How to discipline and terminate employees safely How You Will Benefit: • Receive checklists for hiring, firing, discipline and performance evaluation • Identify necessary paperwork for employees in Colorado • Understand steps of the employee life cycle Suggested Audience: Business owners and managers who are planning to hire employees.
Speaker: Courtney Berg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, June 14, 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
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Restaurateurs must practice multiple skill sets in order to make their businesses as profitable as possible. Among the challenges are personnel, marketing, and kitchen operations. One of the most critical is purchasing, as it is the first step in controlling Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). In this Small Business After Hours gathering, we’ll explore how crafting an efficient set of purchasing protocols will make your life easier, your restaurant operation more proficient, and your business more profitable. Among the topics we’ll touch will be: - Purchasing - Why the “How Much” approach costs your business money - Cost - What does this word really mean? - Key Items - Why they really control your Food Cost - Building a symbiotic relationship with your suppliers - Why good purchasing practices help grow your business - Inventory Controls - Why this should not be an afterthought The intent of this After Hours is to stimulate a productive dialogue, and to offer ideas to kindle further discussion and engagement in the purchasing and controls approach to profitability. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and open discussion.
Speaker: Ken King has been in the restaurant business since 1974. He created and taught the “Business of Restaurants” coursework for the University of Colorado Culinary system, including “Purchasing for the Foodservice Industry” Course CUA 262. Ken currently operates his Restaurant Consulting business Foodservice Consulting & Design, LLC, Restaurant Rx, and also serves the Colorado Small Business Development Centers as a Foodservice Specialist and Business Consultant.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location Erie Library 400 Powers Street Erie, CO 80516
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, June 15, 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
Wednesday, June 15, 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, June 15, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Wednesday, July 13
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 125.00
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Join us for this informative seminar that covers the basics of preparing a successful business plan. Topics to be discussed include: •The purpose of a business plan •What information your plan should contain •The financial documents you will need •How to determine start-up costs •Market research and its importance •What lenders look for
Speaker: Jayne Reiter, Small Business Specialist
Thursday, June 16, 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, June 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Friday, June 17, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Monday, June 20, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Your website can be a vital tool in generating leads for your business. Come learn how to maximize the potential of your website. Increasing Website Traffic with Social Media: Blogging, You Tube and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Speaker: Cory Arcarese
Monday, June 20, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This Info Session is free and will give insight into what the 8-week course will cover with the Leading Edge curriculum. Meet the instructors, and find out if this course is right for you! MAIN WEBPAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE! http://www.pikespeaksbdc.org/training/leading-edge
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Monday, June 20, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: Evans Community Complex 1100 37th Street Evans, CO 80620 Registration fee: During registration you will be requested to provide a valid credit card number. This is used as a holding fee. NO action will be taken on the card at this time. Card information will be processed if: Registrant fails to attend the presentation. If registrant fails to cancel 24 hours prior to the event. Failure to provide credit card information will result in registrants being dropped from a workshop or seminar. Given limited registration capacity information will be collected via the phone.
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, June 21, 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, June 22, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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Wednesday, June 22, 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, June 22, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Financing
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 is bring together several types of funding sources and respective experts for you to ask questions and get answers. Doug Johnson, will facilitate the following guest panelists and areas of financing: *Grants - Catherine Parker, Advanced Industries, Office of Economic Dvlp and Int'l Trade *Angel Investing - Mike Freeman, Innosphere *Venture Capital - Mike Freeman, Innosphere *Crowdfunding - Ryan Stover, Community Funded *Micro Lending - Lewis Hagler, Colorado Lending Source *SBA Lending - Bob Martin, 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!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Financing
FREE WORKSHOP! RSVP Required... - The Art of Business Lending - Why lenders need the items they require - Cash flow vs. Profit and Loss Projections - Management Verses Market - Credit scores & Collateral - Loan Term, Interest Rates, Balloon Payments - How long will it take?
Speaker: Anita Cameron, Northwest Loan Fund
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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During this workshop, we will begin the task of putting together a very basic strategic plan that will act as a roadmap to building your business plan. Would you begin to build a 43 story skyscraper without a blueprint? Then ask yourself this, what does your business look like three to five years from now? These methodical steps are the beginning of a process that will enable you to move forward with purpose, passion, and precision; profitability will present itself when you have followed your own direction. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression! Join us to begin the process of strategically mapping your business through a simplified business plan that you can then continue to build upon. This workshop is for both start up and existing businesses!
Speaker: Mark Bittle, Director of Marketing & Development, the Gazette
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The Boulder SBDC is hosting a special series of workshops for professional services firms in the construction industry. Thanks to sponsorship from Connect2DOT, this workshop is free to attend for qualified businesses (must be a professional service firm in the construction industry). The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) spends nearly $115 million every year with outside professional services firms. There are numerous opportunities for small business to provide A&E services including landscape architecture, civil and bridge engineering, environmental, geotechnical, surveying, and construction management. Last year, CDOT updated its policy to require all licensed professional service providers to be prequalified and have a Master Price Agreement (MPA). If you are interested in working on CDOT design projects as a prime or sub consultant, you don’t want to miss this workshop. This session will be led by CDOT staff who will walk you through the process of technical and financial prequalification, as well as establishing an MPA to work with CDOT.
Speaker: Kyle Dilbert, Engineering Contracts Manager Engineering Contracts Colorado Department of Transportation Carlos Garcia, Lead Consultant Prequalification Engineering Contracts Colorado Department of Transportation Marguerite Molinas, Lead Contracting Officer Engineering Contracts Colorado Department of Transportation George Currie, CIA, CFE, CRMA, CICA Engineering Contracts Colorado Department of Transportation
Location: Boulder SBDC
Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:00 PM to 12:00 PM
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Register for link. Webinar participation are excluded from registration fee.
Location: Online
Friday, June 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Forget Business Plans! The business planning method for the 21st Century is more practical and effective in not only starting a business but in growing a business through the different stages of business growth. A business model describes the value an organization offers to its customers. It illustrates the capabilities and resources required to create, market and deliver this value, and to generate profitable, sustainable revenue streams. The BIZMODEL Workshop offers systematic methodologies of business development strategies to deliver value and innovation to business planning offering a new perspective on business strategy using a business model template which will help you: 1. Identify your true business model and niche 2. Identify your real customer segments 3. Focus on the big picture (lowering the planning risk) 4. Reach beyond existing demand to show the scalability of the business 5. Develop the strategic sequence for the business 6. Identify key organizational hurdles 7. Build execution into the strategy How to structure the business to insure future growth using a reproducible manner, leading to opportunity while minimizing risk To help ensure the business model can be implemented in a way that it supports a viable business each participant will be given a follow up appointment to complete a business model that can be implemented/or presented to a lending institution. A light continental breakfast and light lunch will be served.
Speaker: SBDC Consultants
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, June 24, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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So you need a website, but don't have a budget to hire someone else to build it. No problem! We'll show you how to build your own website quickly with a small upfront investment. Why spend thousands of dollars when you can get most of what you need from a simple, low cost solution? We'll dig into some of the common platforms and help you get a website up and going quickly. We'll also discuss the role of your website in your overall marketing picture. FAQs: * What level of technical knowledge is required? A background in computer usage is helpful, but not required. We won't be doing any significant coding, but we will be using a computer (obviously) to create a website. * How much will the initial investment will be? Generally, we'll teach you had to build your website for less than $15 a month. *Will you look at my website during the class? Unfortunately, we won't have time to go over individual websites. We'll show you how to use some tools to create a website, but we won't be able to help you solve particular problems on your website.
Speaker: Tyler Brooks,
Fee: $ 10.00
Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Any teen interested in learning about entrepreneurship is encouraged to attend! Throughout the day, you will hear stories from real life entrepreneurs about how they started their own business and how you could start your own! This will be an interactive, hands-on day facilitated by a successful entrepreneur. You will work in teams throughout the day to walk through the process of manufacturing a product, creating plans, learning about product differentiation and market strategy with changing market conditions, and how to set a price for a product or service. This event is meant to be a fun way to explore if entrepreneurship might be a great career option for you! Lunch will be provided.
Speaker: Erin Lewis
Location: Boulder SBDC
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