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, September 08, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
LEAN implementation and continuous improvement have been around for years, but many business owners and managers implementing these ideas in their business are still challenged with grasping what's really needed to get the productivity leaps they seek. The core idea of lean practices is actually quite simple… relentlessly work on eliminating waste from the manufacturing process. So, what is waste? It can take many forms, but the basic idea is to eliminate anything and everything that does not add value from the perspective of the customer. Whether you're operating a restaurant, manufacturing or wholesale business, ALL businesses can benefit and learn best practices that can drive waste out of business processes to improve efficiency, effectiveness and overall profitability! Training seminar will be held in the Bret Keely Room A, first floor of library.
Speaker: Ronald Madrid, PCC Economic & Workforce Development Division
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, 5 sessions ending Tuesday, October 13
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. This series will be presented in English. 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 5:30-7:30pm: September 8th September 15th September 22nd September 29th October 13th **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.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises, LLC
Location: Boulder SBDC
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Karolynn St-Pierre, Symmetry Consulting
Location: Online
Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 8 sessions ending Thursday, November 12
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 129.00
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
With the hundreds of marketing channels available to businesses today like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, mobile, and direct mail, how do you choose the right advertising channels for your business? There is no one size fits all. However, there are strategies and tactics you can use to build an effective marketing campaign for your business. Join Joe Contrino with Suite 700 Direct and Henry Wurst, Inc. for this information packed 2-hour workshop to learn how to put these strategies into practice: • What questions to ask when developing campaign objectives • How to structure the best offers • How to target the right customers for highest returns • How to effectively acquire new customers • How to create integrated campaigns that produce great results • How to lower costs and increase revenues • How to improve your marketing through testing and analysis Location: Boulder Public Library Canyon Room (North Entrance) **This workshop is part of the Marketing Marathon (https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=50350111)
Speaker: Joe Contrino, Henry Wurst, Inc.
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, September 10, 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, September 10, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 11 sessions ending Thursday, November 05
Fee: $ 645.00
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Thursday, September 10, 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.
Speaker: Eladia Rivera, Boulder Public Library
Location: Boulder SBDC
Friday, September 11, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Friday, September 11, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Monday, September 14, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Tuesday, November 17
LEADING EDGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES FOR START-UPS AND EARLY-STAGE BUSINESSES - LONGMONT PROGRAM Sept. 15 - Nov. 17 | Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00 PM Size: Start-Up & Early-Stage Businesses The Leading Edge Entrepreneurship Series is a hands-on, step-by-step business planning program for start-up and early stage businesses, which have not yet reached profitability. Through this 10-part Series -- with expert help all along the way -- you can test the feasibility of your idea, solidify your business model, and build a road map to profitability. You can finish the series with an actionable business plan -- to access potential financing or to use as a blueprint to manage your business. The Leading Edge Entrepreneurship Series makes you an active participant in a program designed for (and with) entrepreneurs just like you. Facilitators and guest presenters are knowledgeable entrepreneurs and specialists who are attuned to the issues you will face every day. Thoughtful, insightful, and above all practical, the Leading Edge Entrepreneurship Series covers all aspects of successful business planning, including: Develop an effective marketing plan Create meaningful financial projections Understand legal and organizational issues Use research for competitive advantage Understand the financing options to help you access capital to grow your business This comprehensive series includes: Business specialists as guest speakers Entrepreneur panelists sharing their start-up and growth experiences Facilitator to keep you on track and match you to the resource you need Unlimited consulting with a wide range of business specialists All the support you can ask for to reach any goal you set In addition to the 10 program sessions, you are invited to attend two additional Boulder SBDC workshops as our guest! Location: Boulder SBDC Longmont satellite office, 528 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 Dates: September 15 September 22 September 29 October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 November 3 November 10 November 17 Cost for Longmont businesses/residents: $125/attendee Partners or spouses, attending from same business: $125/additional attendee Additional materials: $125/additional set of materials (contact Jamie Brandess at jamie.brandess@bouldersbdc.com or 303-442-1475 x2 if you need an additional set) Thanks to sponsorship from the City of Longmont and the Longmont Area Economic Council, Longmont businesses and residents can attend at a special scholarship rate! To find out if you qualify for the scholarship rate, please contact: Janine Ledingham, Longmont Area Economic Council, 303.651.0128 or janine@longmont.org
Speaker: Mo (Maureen) Kanwischer, Momentum Business Consulting
Fee: $ 495.00
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Information about markets is plentiful. What companies often find challenging is how to look for and filter research so that it is relevant and actionable. Most start-ups and small businesses need to go beyond a broad industry view to find information about specific niches in which they compete. This presentation looks at ways to collect and analyze market data: • The detective work of finding, evaluating, and using secondary market information • How to identify market sizing data that makes sense for the business opportunity • Ways to use competitive information and market insights for go-to-market strategies This presentation is geared for individuals from both early stage companies needing to quantify and understand prospective markets for their products, and existing companies seeking to leverage information for growth. **This workshop is part of the Marketing Marathon (https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=50350111)
Speaker: Ruth Janjic, Diagonal Growth Strategies
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 12 sessions ending Wednesday, December 09
This LEADING EDGE™ Strategic Planning Series for Creatives is a 12-week business intensive and hands-on course to help entrepreneurs in the Creatives Industry complete a fully-realized business plan by December. Participants learn how to analyze economic opportunities and risk for their business and create an actionable strategic business plan based on proven market research and management techniques. OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAM: o Develop a clear vision for your business; o Network with and learn from other entrepreneurs; o Receive one-on-one consulting support to help you complete your business plan; o Discover tools and resources to help you launch and grow your business; o Meet potential lenders who will discuss funding options; o Test your business model with business professionals: the ‘Trout Tank’. o Compete in a business plan competition with prizes,
Speaker: Aurora SBDC Small Business Specialist and marketing 'guru' Chuck Hahn with community experts
Fee: $ 375.00
Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Friday, September 18, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Friday, September 18, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Friday, December 11
The Leading EdgeTM Strategic Planning Series is an intensive business planning course designed for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. The program includes: 1. Five day-long workshop sessions and two special bonus sessions 2. Five hours of one-on-one consulting and many group interactive exercises 3. Scheduled milestone and business planning assignments The fully-executed business plan will include: • Organizational Matters: Legal Entity, Management & Personnel • Operations: Recordkeeping, Controls & Risk Management • Marketing: Market Research, Strategies, Tactics & Implementation • Financials: Sales Forecast, Cash Flow Projections & Financial Statements
Speaker: Stefanie Dalgar, Dale Clack, Marcia McGilley and community experts
Fee: $ 495.00
Friday, September 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
After working with emerging companies for the past 10 years to help them overcome market and business growth hurdles, Colorado Emerging Ventures (a program of Boulder SBDC) developed the 2015 TechVenture Series, which consists of a cohort program that will help accelerate the growth and development of businesses in key Colorado industry growth sectors: bioscience, IT, aerospace, clean tech and advanced manufacturing. Unless a prospective market is well-defined and sizable, putting a number on it can be challenging. An emerging market can also be very dynamic with numerous players, revenue models and conflicting information. This roundtable features a cohort style of learning, meaning no lectures, but rather, a facilitated discussion with other executives who share similar business challenges. We will have a subject matter expert on hand to lend expertise in the area of identifying and sizing market opportunities. This roundtable is a free sample of the 2015 TechVenture Series, which begins September 25 and meets weekly through October 30, excluding October 9. This particular program is not for start-ups. It is for qualified businesses in the following industry sectors: bioscience, IT, aerospace, clean tech and advanced manufacturing. Email Sharon King at sharon.king@bouldersbdc.com for details. **Please note that this workshop will take place at Chase Bank, 1301 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, CO 80302
Speaker: Mo (Maureen) Kanwischer, Sharon King, Ruth Janjic
Location: Boulder SBDC
Friday, September 18, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
From human services to historic preservation grants, Michelle's work for non-profits spans 20 years in the San Luis Valley and beyond. Join her for a concise look at how to develop your best efforts from a template flexible enough to save time and energy, and a strategy for developing relationships with funders. A light lunch will be provided.
Speaker: Michelle Le Blanc
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Examines omit the concepts of lean process improvement applied to any type of business. Lean tools of Visual Workplace (real time information), 5S Methods (workplace organization), Kaizen Events (problem solving), and Process Mapping (work flow analysis) will be discussed. This seminar will help attendees develop a solid understanding of how to use lean techniques to reduce cost, improve quality, and engage employees.
Speaker: Ronald Madrid, PCC Economic & Workforce Development Division
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, October 13
Fee: $ 125.00
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Use the power of QuickBooks software to take control of your business accounting and make your life easier come tax season. In this hands-on workshop, learn the basic features and set-up of QuickBooks including why it’s important to track accounting information, how to create invoices, receive and record payments, enter and pay bills, reconcile bank accounts and pull financial statements through a QuickBooks case study. A laptop will be provided for you. Class will be held at new SBDC location: 121 W City Center Dr. Suite 220 Class is limited to 12 attendees and will be filled on a first come, first served with payment basis.
Speaker: Angela Casper, Angela Tax Services
Location:
Fee: $ 60.00
Wednesday, September 23, 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 Canyon Room
Speaker: Theresa A. Pickner, Attorney at Law
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Online
Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Friday, October 30
Please note that the location of this series is Chase Bank, 1301 Canyon Blvd. Boulder, CO 80302
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 495.00
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Are you fed up with your website? Frustrated because it’s not converting? Maybe, at first, you loved the design and envisioned prospects calling . . . emailing. . . becoming loyal customers. You heard the sound of “ka-ching” in your head, but that was the only place you heard it. Nothing happened. Maybe there was a “knock-knock” on your door – that is, people visited your site – but no one was home. Visitors didn’t understand what you do or how you could help them. They took a quick peek, and left as quickly as they came (i.e. clicked onto your competitor’s site instead). AGH! Now you’re scratching your head thinking, “what happened?” What did happen? You made one – or maybe all 5 – of the most common copywriting mistakes. Relax! The beauty of the Internet is that you can go back, review and revise your content so that your copywriting converts from mediocre to monetizing. But you need to know what to do. If you’ve wondered, “what went wrong?” then join the Boulder SBDC and Debra Jason for this information-packed session. Having run her business for more than 26 years (and written thousands upon thousands of words), Debra is going to discuss, “5 Copywriting Mistakes That Cost Your Business Money AND How To Avoid Them.” You won’t just hear about the mistakes, you’ll discover how to avoid them so that your content captivates, compels and converts. In this session, you’ll find out how to: • Evoke your readers’ interest in a way that tempts them to respond. • Knock your prospects’ socks off so they say “yes, you understand me. I need what you’re offering!” • Differentiate why a headline works for converting one prospect, but not another. • Eliminate writing mistakes that repel people away from your web site. Get them to resonate and respond. • Use one word that “tips readers over the edge” when it comes to motivating them to take action. Ready to start writing copy that resonates with your prospects – not repels them? This program is designed for enthusiastic business owners, and creative and service-based entrepreneurs – like you – ready to make a change to their current creative approach. **This workshop is part of the Marketing Marathon (https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=50350111)
Speaker: Debra Jason
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This seminar examines 10 classic mistakes to avoid when doing business with the government. The seminar draws on every phase of the government contract life cycle. During this seminar, participants will learn best practices and guiding principles to avoid common mistakes in government contracting and approaches to succeed as a government contractor. Areas that will be highlighted are: • Solicitations • Proposal preparation and submission • Contract Administration • Contract Pricing and Costs • Performance Quality This course is a great refresher for seasoned contractors who can draw from the mistakes of others. For new contractors, the seminar will provide the framework and examples necessary to ensure the more common mistakes can be avoided.
Speaker: Stephanie Amend, Arrowhead Solutions, LLC
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, September 30, 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. A laptop will be provided for you for the class for hands-on training. Class will be held at new SBDC location: 121 W City Center Dr. Suite 220 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
Location:
Fee: $ 60.00
Thursday, October 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The federal government spent $445.2 Billion in FY 2014. Are you missing out on opportunities? Gary Henry, Executive Director of the Colorado PTAC, will provide an overview of government contracting, including Federal, State and local opportunities as well as opportunities with larger prime contractors. In collaboration with the SBDC, PTAC offers free consulting and other resources including registration support with DUNS, SAM, CAGE, and NAICS and the ability to sign up for alerts from PTAC's database for potential opportunities. From this workshop, you will learn about no cost services available to Colorado companies desiring to pursue and win contracts in the government sector and leave with an understanding of how government contracting is an available tool to supplement commercial work. Additionally, you will learn ways you can overcome the perceived obstacles associated with contracting.
Speaker: Gary Henry, Colorado PTAC
Location: Boulder SBDC
Monday, October 05, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Monday, October 05, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, September 08, 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
Thursday, September 10, 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
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Explore the basics of business ownership, including entrepreneurship, planning for a profitable business, pitfalls to avoid and how to reach your customers. We will cover: • Defining your business • Common entrepreneur myths • Target markets • Business plan options • Resources • And much more! This class is a prerequisite for start-ups to schedule free consulting sessions at the Larimer SBDC.
Speaker: Mike O'Connell
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
5 hour seminar on various aspect of starting a business including: registration issues, legal structure, business planning process, financing your business, etc.
Speaker: Rich Lindblad, Jack Llewellyn, Coelene O'Kane,, Lindsey Nicholson, John Lopez, Shawn Candelaria, Elise Savastano, Donna Arment
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 16, 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, September 17, 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, September 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: Paul Matonis & Tom Selken
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
There are many regulations for businesses. There are many questions that must be answered as a new business owner when opening a new business. Who do I market to? Who is my competition? Do I have what it takes to be in business? Do I have the right amount of capital to start this business? During this course these and many more questions will be answered. You will learn about legal structures, registration, licenses, market research, business planning, obtaining financing, insurance, taxes, and sources of assistance.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 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
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Today more people are starting their own business for many reasons; downsizing where they worked for many years; following a lifelong dream; freedom, etc. This all day workshop will get you in motion. Our facilitators will walk you through the steps in one day: 1. What’s in a Name 2. Determine a Legal Structure 3. Register your business name. Check the Secretary of State Business data base to see if it is available. 4. Get an FEIN (Federal Employee Identification Number). 5. Get a business license. 6. Doing Business with your municipality 7. Understanding Federal State, county and city tax requirements. 8. Understand how to obtain a business bank account. 9. Set up a simple accounting spreadsheet. 10. Identify your customer segments and revenue streams 11. Meet with counselors to get questions answered and set up a follow up appointment. This one day training will take a few hours but in the end you will have a better understanding of how to start and run your business and all the confusion surrounding licensing and legal requirements will be behind you. What is more you will be an entrepreneur with a network of advisers and documents to get you off on the right foot.
Speaker: Amanda Griffin, Colorado Marketing Chick Chuong M. Le, The Le Law Group, LLC Jean Starr, City of Brighton Sales Tax Division Jennifer Holmes, City of Brighton One Stop Center Valerie Escatel, Valley Bank & Trust Gabe Lopez, Nationwide Insurance Teri Sanchez, SBDC
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, October 01, 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

Business Basics

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
At this info session, you'll hear from the instructors, preview course materials, learn about scholarship opportunities talk with graduates and get your questions answered. Ready to start your new business idea, but in need of some structure? Or, if you already run a small business, are you ready to finally strategize your business growth? Formerly known as NxLeveL, LEADING EDGE is an 10-week course designed to help you develop a business strategy and/or business plan through a discovery process that starts with a business concept, moves to designing a viable business structure and results in an executable plan of action. Through a blended-learning format that combines an online learning platform with classroom sessions, you will participate in interactive learning exercises, hear from experts and receive online resources to help you start or run a business. Depending on individual needs, you will complete either a formal written business plan or a written working strategy that outlines actionable steps with measurable outcomes and time-bound deadlines. By the end of the course, you will discover and test their business concept, understand the aspects of running a business, have a written business plan or strategy and test your model for financial viability.
Speaker: Glenn Plagens
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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, SBDC Consultant
Friday, September 18, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
This workshop is for people who are interested in starting, or already have started, a food business to learn how to find/grow fresh produce for their business, find financing to start their fresh food business, and discover next steps as far as facilities and business consulting. Jessie Burley will talk about High Country Conservation's (HC3) Sustainable Food Programs, including information on the community gardens and greenhouses, and how to grow or acquire local produce. HC3's programs for sustainable food businesses answer many needs in our community by connecting gardeners to gardens, youth to healthy food, and visitors to local farm stands. Followed by Anne Misak from the Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF), who will present on the Healthy Food Financing (HFF) Program. Anne develops, manages and promotes the HFF Program, helping to provide access to capital for small food businesses. Trent Owens of the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will give information on kitchen facilities based on his Kitchen Incubator Study and free, confidential business coaching for small businesses available at the SBDC. *The 18th is also the last day of the Farmers Market in Dillon, and we will be providing snacks from the market vendors.
Speaker: Jessie Burley,High Country Conservation; Anne Misak, Colorado Enterprise Fund; Trent Owens, Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Tuesday, December 08
Starting a business is not for the faint-hearted. Most of us were never taught to be business owners: we were taught to be employees. This 10 week course is designed to help entrepreneurs develop a business model and/or business plan through a discovery process that starts with a business concept, moves to designing and testing for a viable (profitable) business structure that results in a executable plan of action (business plan). It is in a blended learning format that combines an online learning platform with classroom time. The online learning platform will be filled not only with the information needed to write a business plan, but to actually start and run a business. Class time will be dedicated to interactive learning exercises and guest experts to act as guides for your business success. Depending on individual needs, you will complete either a formal written business plan or an internal working strategy that outlines actionable steps with measurable outcomes and time-bound deadlines. (Skips 11/24)
Speaker: Glenn Plagens
Fee: $ 495.00

Managing a Business

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Have you ever wondered if your business could self-insure their employee benefit plan? Would you like to be in control of your health insurance dollars? Are there other ways to help bend the health insurance cost curve? If you have 20 or more employees and have answered yes to any of these questions, then this seminar is perfect for you. We will explore what drives health insurance claims dollars, whether your company is a candidate for this type of risk management, and what types of options you have. REGISTER AT WWW.CSRBA.COM
Speaker: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance Healthcare Team
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Are you searching for effective tools to make the most of your time each day? We will examine techniques that will help you organize your work environment, increase productivity, increase efficiency and effectiveness, and get results. In addition, we will discuss the impact of communicating expectations to others by delegating responsibility wisely. You will even learn how to create a daily to-do list, meet with intent, control your email time, and the benefits of a “do not disturb” sign. Understanding that effective time management reduces stress, you will find a better work/home balance.
Speaker: Jon Jaggers
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The health and wellness industry is both diverse and expanding rapidly. Do you ever wonder how you make yourself not only stand out, but also thrive in the vast offering of services? Please join our panel of health & wellness business experts for some peer networking with refreshments, followed by a panel discussion on topics such as: • Keeping money NOT awkward • Gaining a consistent schedule with clients • to train the "untrainable" • How to fire a client & why you should • Creating a referral based business • Standing out in a competitive market • Availability of Workforce Come prepared with your questions and get answers directly from industry experts This will be held in the Hondius Room at the Library.

Managing Employees

Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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
Speaker: Courtney Berg, CourtSide Consulting
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Did you know that even if you have just one employee, you have 17 federal laws you have to follow? As a Small Business Owner without a Human Resources Department, you are probably the person dealing with various HR issues. Having some background and ground rules on how to handle employee issues will give you the basic information you need to find solutions. Learn the 7 things you need to know to make navigating HR issues easier and understand the essential HR rules that small business must live by to handle common HR issues. Courtney takes boring HR concepts, adds humor and practical experience to bring you information you will use the minute you leave the workshop.
Speaker: Courtney Berg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Fee: $ 20.00

Customer Relations

Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
An introduction to personality styles, understanding yourself and others and interacting more effectively. Grab your lunch and join us for the BRC's newest seminar series, 60-Minute Morsels. Taught by local experts, these quick and informative seminars will be taught over the lunch hour to maximize your day!
Speaker: Marge Fajardo, Key Results, LLC

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Wednesday, September 23
Over the 3 sessions (September 9, 16 & 23; 1:00 - 5:00 pm) this series of hands on classes will cover what QuickBooks Online 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: - Managing your checkbook - Handling credit card payments - Reconciliation of accounts - Accounts payable & accounts receivable - 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. **Please note: This class is tailored for people who will be using the QuickBooks Online software. We will be holding a separate QuickBooks 2015 (desktop) class in November 2015.
Speaker: Presented by Kirsten Woy, Certified Quickbook Pro Advisor
Fee: $ 199.00
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, September 17
This fee-based seminars explores how effective recordkeeping is an essential part of financing a business. Attendees of this workshop will explore the basics of accounting principles, bookkeeping systems, accepted internal control procedures, creating an information system that will enhance other business functions, and creating a business information system with QuickBooks (a two-session class). QuickBooks for Beginners II -- held the following week, Thurs., September 17th, 9AM-12PM -- builds on QuickBooks I and provides hands-on practice. Attendees will create invoices, add and modify accounts, add and pay vendors, create sales tax items and groups, add inventory items, add fixed assets and write checks. Familiarity with a computer keyboard and Windows operating system required. QuickBooks I is a pre-requisite. Contact the Aurora SBDC for payment options.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist
Fee: $ 60.00
Friday, October 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
QuickBooks Class: Step 1 is for those who have never used QuickBooks but are thinking of purchasing the program for their business. This is NOT a Power Point presentation but a real hands on experience using the actual Quick Books program. Each participant will have access to Quick Books and be able to create their own accounts or use a sample program in Quick Books. The participants will learn how to set up their program so they can start using it immediately. There will be two hours of classroom instruction and one hour where the students will be able to practice and get one-on-one assistance with the program from the facilitators. By the end of this class you will be familiar with: • Entering Company Data • Setting up and managing user accounts • Setting up accounts, items, customers and vendors • Adding, changing and deleting list items • Sorting Lists • Preparing invoices and sales receipts • Making payments • Making deposits • Backing up data After Step 1 you are ready to take Quick Books - Step 2
Speaker: ProAdvisor, Wendy J. Renslow ABC (Auditing Bookkeeping & Counsulting
Fee: $ 50.00

Marketing and Sales

Friday, September 11, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This session will focus on easy-to-adopt behaviors and techniques to attract more new clients and customers to your business through referrals and introductions from your existing customer base as well as strategic partners and prospective clients and customers. Participants will come away from the workshop with: A changed mindset on how to ask for referrals and actually get them Personalized lessons learned on an individual's barriers to getting referrals and effective means of vaporizing those barriers Important rules on giving and receiving referrals such as "Emerson's Law of Compensation," how to train customers and prospects, how to share qualified hot referrals, and non-traditional way to mine referrals.
Speaker: Instructed by Philip Pelto, Sandler Training
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, September 17, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
How to use Twitter and Google+ to market your business.
Speaker: Nikole James, Travel Copy Solutions
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
You will learn to craft a thoughtful and authentic answer to the question “What do you do?” – in a way that genuinely serves your customers. Your personal and unique presence is an important part of your business. Today, more than ever, you need to create an attitude of serving and bringing value. Express that with clarity, communicating the “why”, “how”, and “what” of your business offering your public an insight into what makes your company unique and brings value to them. Creating a two way connection with your customers is key to having them choose your company for their needs. There are two approaches to creating greater interest for your services or product: Wow, Now, How, or Hook, Look, Book. We will explore both for your business. Join this interactive and experiential workshop and find out how to make instant positive impressions and sell more by serving.
Speaker: Jacquelyn Jones
Fee: $ 20.00
Monday, September 21, 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: $ 20.00
Tuesday, September 22, 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.
Speaker: Elizabeth C. Lewis, MS, JD, Law Office of E.C. Lewis, P.C.
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, e-newsletters, blogs… It can all be overwhelming! Social media is a constantly evolving form of marketing, but poses great opportunities to build a loyal fan base for your business. How do you harness the power of social media to enhance your business? Where should you start? Which platforms should you be on? What are you goals for entering the social realm? Join us for “Sorting Through Social Media: Basics and Strategy.” This class is designed to help you: • Discover the basic (and not-so-basic) social platforms • Determine which platforms your business should be on • Develop a cohesive social voice for your business • Get tips for creating effective content to generate a loyal fan base • Learn strategies to minimize time-drain and effectively manage your business’s online digital presence Understanding where you should be and why you should be there will help you create a viable social media strategy.
Speaker: Amy Alcorn, Aspen Grove Marketing
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
You’ve done your merchandise buying. The calendar is ticking away. You know the biggest retail season is just around the corner. Once you get all that amazing merchandise, what’s your plan for it? Display it and hope for the best? That’s where our Retail Holiday Boot Camp is here to help. Join us on for another “Small Business After Hours” event targeted at our retail client businesses. Alyson will present great information that we’ll use to help you establish a real plan you can use through short interactive breakout sessions. Some of the topics we’ll be focusing on will be: • Laying out your holiday marketing calendar • Getting creative with your promotions • Message targeting store displays (like gifts for teachers) • Learning how to create strategic shopping partnerships with complementary retailers, as well as service providers and restaurants The holidays are a stressful time of year even when you don’t own a retail business, get ahead of the game this year and register for our Retail Holiday Boot Camp!
Speaker: Alyson MacMullan
Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
You will learn to craft a thoughtful and authentic answer to the question “What do you do?” – in a way that genuinely serves your customers. Your personal and unique presence is an important part of your business. Today, more than ever, you need to create an attitude of serving and bringing value. Express that with clarity, communicating the “why”, “how”, and “what” of your business offering your public an insight into what makes your company unique and brings value to them. Creating a two way connection with your customers is key to having them choose your company for their needs. There are two approaches to creating greater interest for your services or product: Wow, Now, How, or Hook, Look, Book. We will explore both for your business. Join this interactive and experiential workshop and find out how to make instant positive impressions and sell more by serving.
Speaker: Jacquelyn Jones
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Want to leverage the power of Facebook for your business, but not sure where to start? This course is for you! We’ll cover all the Facebook basics, from setting up your business page, to gathering more likes, to advertising on Facebook. This is your Facebook how-to-guide for small business. We’ll also cover other social media platforms to see if they can complement your Facebook strategy.
Speaker: Caroline Joy
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Eric Spellmann is the President of Spellmann & Associates, a technology company offering online marketing, social media management, and website design. As the owner of the largest online marketing and web design firm between Dallas and Denver. He will be discussing 10 Free Online Marketing Tools Every Business Should Be Using and the Importance of Being Found on Google & How to Rank
Speaker: Eric Spellman
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Selling 101 in the 21st Century focuses on how to arm the salesperson with a selling system that puts them in control of the selling process to bring in more new customers and beat company sales goals. The workshop format is an insightful interactive discussion about what works, what doesn’t and how to evolve your approach to fit the new selling economy. This workshop is for small business owners, entrepreneurs and professional salespeople who are: • Concerned that their marketing and prospecting activities are not getting them in front of enough qualified prospects. • Experiencing longer and longer sales cycles. • Frustrated by their spending a lot of time providing unpaid consulting with quotes, presentations and ideas, and then not getting the business. • Fighting to keep margins from eroding due to increased price competition and/or salespeople’s inability to negotiate successfully. • Uncomfortable not having a selling system that keeps them in control and helps them identify what they’re doing well and where they can improve. The goal of this training session is to arm you and your salespeople with the truths and direction to explore new ways to generate new customers, handle increasing “low price” pressures and increase revenue and profits.
Speaker: Bob Bolak
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, October 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
What is marketing? As business owners, entrepreneurs, and managers we often hear the term “marketing” used. More frequently than not, there is confusion between marketing, sales, advertising, and public relations. This Marketing 101 course will provide you with a better understanding of marketing and crucial aspects to consider before engaging in marketing efforts.
Speaker: Kendra Fernandez
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, October 02, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
How to Get More Traffic, Leads and Sales with Online Marketing Strategies Want more traffic to your website? Want more potential customers attracted to your products or services? Want to convert visitor traffic into sales without being to "salesy?" In this seminar, Lucy will walk through the foundations of online marketing with techniques for building traffic, generating leads and converting leads to sales. You will hear more about options for increasing visitor traffic, the basics of permission-based marketing, and tips for optimizing your customer value and sales with systematic sales process.
Speaker: Lucy Morgan, CPA, 10-Minute Media
Fee: $ 20.00

Government Contracting

Monday, September 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Have you been looking for a way to get your foot in the door and become a money-making CDOT contractor? Do you want to successfully perform on all types of government transportation contracts? The Connect2DOT LEADING EDGE for Transportation course is a ten-week class designed tailored to business owners in the highway design and construction industry. The course builds on the award-winning LEADING EDGE curriculum and was customized by industry experts to help you determine the best growth strategy for your business to successfully perform on projects with CDOT and other USDOT-funded contracts.
Speaker: Jennifer Kurtz, Facilitator
Fee: $ 400.00
Monday, September 21, 2015 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Workshop on USDA Grant/Loan Training The REAP program can assist small businesses, farmers and ranchers with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Not applicable to residential, governmental, or non-profit agencies. This program of the USDA Rural Development can cut costs for businesses and help revitalize our rural economy. Don't miss this opportunity. Space is limited so register today. For more information contact Rachel Lunney, NWCCOG, 970.468.0295 x106.
Speaker: Pattie Snidow, USDA Rural Development
Thursday, September 24, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
There are many opportunities to grow your business through federal, state and local government procurement but most owners don't understand the steps it takes to be successful. Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is one of the 93 programs nationwide that is a free resource to any business trying to do business with governments. This workshop is an in-depth review of the government procurement process and how this can impact your business. PTAC will explain many of the government acronyms, describe how your business needs to be registered to do government contracting, look at the different preference programs and determine which agency uses your product or service.
Speaker: Tom Thompson, Colorado PTAC
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
PTAC Counselor, Tom Thompson will inform you about PTAC’s free services including Bid Match. This is a powerful search engine that will scrape publicized government bids matching your keywords and codes and will send that bid match directly to your email inbox. If you want to use PTAC services, this session is a must to attend in order to help us determine if you have what it takes to sell to the government. We will describe what services we can offer you in this process, and help you make the best value decision before proceeding further into the A-Maze-ing process of selling to the government. The session will get you off to the right start plus offer you networking and marketing opportunities.
Speaker: Tom Thompson, Colorado PTAC
Fee: $ 20.00
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