Events/Workshops

 
  
    

May

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

July

Friday, July 22, 2016 , 5 sessions ending Friday, September 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Sign up for our Start-Up Accelerator Track and get 3 start up classes for the price of 2. You'll also receive focused attention to help connect you to the best possible resources for your business, including being matched with an SBDC general consultant to help you make the most of the classes you'll be taking. Included in the Start-Up Accelerator Track are our most popular and informative classes for new businesses. Between January 7, 2016 to May 18, 2016, you will be allowed to register for one session each of: 1. So You Want to Start a Business - Define your business and connect with SBDC resources 2. Make it Official - Learn how to register your business and the different types of business entities 3. Strategic Planning to Meet Your Business Goals (3 part class) - Build the foundation of your business plan, a living document to guide your future business decisions Upon registration, we will call you to see which sessions you want to attend for each of the 3 workshops. Solidifying your plan will help ensure that your business will end up where you want it to be. With the Larimer SBDC, you'll lay the foundation your business will need to succeed.
Fee: $ 140.00
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Carbon Valley Regional Library 7 Park Ave. Firestone, CO 80504
Tuesday, July 26, 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, July 26, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Greeley Chamber of Commerce 902 7th Ave, Greeley CO 80631
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
CDOT staff will be providing an overview of the new terms for Professional Services contracts and the new system being launched for DBE and ESB compliance reporting on engineering projects. One day prior to the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email via GoToWebinar with instructions on how to join. Registration will be closed on July 25th to ensure everyone has the required information to join the webinar.
Speaker: Megan Coontz-McAllister, CDOT Small Business Program Specialist
Location: Online
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Google Apps for Business: Earn money, reach new customers, extend your brand and showcase products and services for business growth by using Google tools and Apps to their fullest potential!
Speaker: Cory Arcarese - CArc Media
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Looking to start a new business? Then this Getting Started Essentials seminar is for you! Topics covered will include Business Entity options, Federal, State and local requirements, Taxes, Business Model development, Access to Capital and more! Pre-planning is the first essential best practice in starting a new business! Join the SBDC for a seminar to get started in your planning process.
Speaker: Caroline Trani, SBDC Director
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Topic: Government Contracting
This workshop will help you understand the various federal and state government certification programs that can give you a competitive edge in contracting. Also discuss the SBA’s loan guarantee programs, and discover which program might be right for you and what you need to do to qualify.
Speaker: Carolyn Terrell, James Van Horn
Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This workshop is designed for the entrepreneur with little or no experience in business accounting, and is taught by a local CPA, Paul DuMond. The workshop will cover functions of record keeping: cash versus accrual systems; recording transactions; revenue, expenses, and depreciations; and accounts payable and receivable. This seminar is great for both small business owners, or business assistants in charge of financial transactions and record-keeping.
Speaker: Paul DuMond, CPA, Beyond the Box Bookkeeping LLC
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 - Defining your business - Defining your products and services - How to complete market research Session 2 - Creating your marketing plan - Laying out organizational management - Beginning financial statements Session 3 - 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. Dates and times for this three-part workshop are Thursdays, July 28, August 4 and 11, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Speaker: Kathy Stewart
Fee: $ 120.00
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location Aims Community College in Windsor Room 220 Public Institute Building 1130 South Gate Drive Windsor, CO 80550
Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
LEADING EDGE™ Strategic Planning Series is a multi-week business planning program that addresses the questions every entrepreneur must answer to reach their dreams of running a successful business. 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. Attend one of our FREE info sessions on either July 28th at 5:30pm or August 4th at 5:30pm to learn more! • 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 Learn about funding options and meet potential lenders o Compete in a business plan competition with prizes
Speaker: Chuck Hahn
Friday, July 29, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
This fun hands-on workshop will give you a completely different perspective on how to manage your revenue! Following the methods created by Nike Michalowicz in his book Profit First, our Facilitator, Janet Redford will detail the cash management system that will ensure any business of any size, in any industry, no matter how much debt it carries or how many years it has been operating – will become permanently profitable by following these simple tried methods of managing your revenue and cash flow. If you are swimming in debt, just getting started or tired of not paying yourself, this is a must attend workshop for you. “It’s your business, shouldn’t your profits come first?" Register today!
Speaker: Janet Redford, Mindblown
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, July 29, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00

August

Monday, August 01, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Retail is a blend of art and science. As the store owner you understand your customers and what they want: you provide a point of view and a taste level, the ART. The SCIENCE involves understanding how to maximize the merchandise you bring in to support your vision. Inventory control is the best investment you can make for your store: Poor inventory management is the #1 reason retailers fail. And 1/3 of stores that fail are actually profitable but don’t have enough cash flow to run the business. We will talk about too much inventory, not enough inventory, gross sales, what percentage most retailers spend on merchandise, and inventory in relation to total assets. This class will walk through the basics of running a retail business and you will come away understanding: • The difference between net profit and cash flow • The 4 Pillars of Retail • How to more accurately forecast your sales • What an Open-to-Buy is and how to create one for your business • How to create a cash flow projection
Speaker: Alyson MacMullan, Peak Retail Group
Tuesday, August 02, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 3 sessions ending Tuesday, August 16
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Over the 3 sessions (August 2, 9,16; 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, August 02, 2016 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This is a great course for the small business owner, or for assistants, who primarily handle the finances! This interactive QuickBooks Online (2016 Version) - Part 1 introductory course will cover: 1. How the online software works and how to navigate through the program; 2. How to create a new Company with QuickBooks including settings preferences, setting open balance, and entering customers, vendors, and accounts; 3. How to enter vendor information, as well as descriptions & prices for products and services; 4. How to work with registers, including opening registers, making entries, and reconciliation; and 5. How to handle bills in QuickBooks, including how to enter & pay bills; entering discounts from vendors
Speaker: Marta McDonald, Founder "M" as Money
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Tuesday, August 02, 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, August 03, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business Model Canvas ~ Customer Engagement & Marketing Strategy Learn how to use the Business Model Canvas tool to focus and strategize for your business. Using the canvas, based on the book, Business Model Generation (Written By: Alexander Osterwalkder & Yves Pigneur) we’ll create "a shared language for describing, visualizing, assessing, and changing business models" This workshop will cover the building blocks used in the Canvas and allow business owners, senior management and key employees to visually view and innovate for your business. • Understand and succinctly capture your business model • Innovative approaches to doing business • Ideas to create value and build new business • Improve or transform your organization • Interactive and hands-on format • Learn how to systematically understand, design and implement a new business model - or analyze and renovate an old one
Speaker: Lindsey Stapay, Director of Northwest Small Business Development Centers
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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, August 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, August 03, 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, August 04, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This free seminar introduces the attendee to the economic and compliance issues of starting a restaurant. Learn the conceptual and practical business requirements of starting a restaurant, and the city and county requirements in transferring ownership or developing a new restaurant. This workshop is in collaboration with Tri-County Health Dept.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist and Brad Turpin, Tri-County Health Dept.
Thursday, August 04, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Are you pursuing easy to understand and effective lean methods for your business? Examine the concepts of lean process improvement that can be 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. Students develop a solid understanding of how to use lean techniques to reduce cost, improve quality, and engage employees.
Speaker: Jon Jaggers
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, August 04, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Thursday, August 04, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
LEADING EDGE™ Strategic Planning Series is a multi-week business planning program that addresses the questions every entrepreneur must answer to reach their dreams of running a successful business. 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. Attend one of our FREE info sessions on either July 28th at 5:30pm or August 4th at 5:30pm to learn more! • 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 Learn about funding options and meet potential lenders o Compete in a business plan competition with prizes
Speaker: Chuck Hahn
Friday, August 05, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Every business faces a daily, weekly, monthly and annual series of problems to be solved combined with a desire to improve to be the best they can be. Solve these problems and make the right improvements and you can achieve more profits and live with less stress. It is the American Dream in action. But in the trenches, the small business owner is constantly playing their own personal role of Robert Irvine in Restaurant Impossible. It seems like an impossible role. Yet here you are, the star of your own reality show trying to get the most out of your own business and live the dream. In this workshop we will explore some models for problem solving and improvement. These models can be used as the beginning of your framework for your annual business review or to solve your current biggest problem, whether you are trying to get back on track or trying to take it to the next level. Clearly you are the star of your show. Let’s see if we can help you feel like the director too.
Speaker: Mike Winchell has a demonstrated history of creating industry-leading teams and rapid, on-time industry-leading results as a Director, Manager or Contributor. His diverse background includes success in Small Business Management, Engineering Management, Product Management, Product Marketing and Sales, Account Marketing, Program Management, Systems Engineering and Engineering Design, Technical Writing, Process Management Training and Facilitation. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. He is the owner and executive cognitive skills trainer for the LearningRx Cognitive Skills Training Center in Fort Collins. Awards include multiple Customer Service Awards, the Acceleration Award for the Most Improved Franchise, Franchisee of the Year Award, the AT&T Eureka Award for innovative invention and multiple US and international patents.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
What would be a fair listing price for a business and how is it determined? Will a lender finance the acquisition? Does selling a business within the industry provide opportunity to command a premium price? Join us in learning about the roles of market analysis and business evaluation in developing a realistic business worth assessment.
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financing
This free seminar introduces attendees to the requirements for obtaining financing for a business. Attendees will learn about SBA loan programs, non-traditional financing sources and the components of a comprehensive loan package.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Managing Employees
One of the largest expenses for any business is personnel. We’re all familiar with the direct costs – pay, benefits, etc. But what about the costs involved in hiring and turnover? In this session you’ll learn about the true costs of employee turnover: not just recruiting, but the other costs involved; direct costs, indirect costs, and opportunity costs. You’ll also learn about the high price of unhappy employees, such as poor customer service, the “one bad apple” effect, and damage to your brand. We’ll look at the causes of employee turnover, such as dissatisfaction and lack of engagement. It’s not all bad news, though – you’ll also get tips on how to address turnover: motivation, engagement, and improving employee satisfaction.
Speaker: Kevin Kays
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Overwhelmed by digital marketing? Not sure where to spend your marketing dollars? In this course, we'll hold your hand and guide you step-by-step through setting up a digital marketing strategy. We'll talk about website creation, SEO optimization, the use of social media, email marketing, and all things digital. At the end of this course, you won't be an expert in any tool, but you will know how to use each of these tools as part of an overall marketing strategy for your business. Most importantly, you'll learn how to track and increase a real business ROI from your marketing. If you don't know where to start with digital marketing, start here.
Speaker: Tyler Brooks, Analytive, LLC
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Since you've learned the basics of QuickBooks Online in Part 1, this class will build on that foundation to teach you more advanced processes within the software. This interactive course will cover: 1. Credit card accounts and transactions; how to create and track asset and liability accounts; and an introduction to equity accounts; 2. Sales and purchase forms; how to create a new invoice; the QuickBooks Item list and how to add new items; how to create invoice letters & sales orders; and how to track backorders; 3. How to record customer payments; how to handle customer discounts, partial payments, overpayments, or down payments; how to record a deposit, including cash back; how to process credit cards 4. Financial data tools: QuickReports, preset reports, and graphs; how to save reports in Excel or PDF format.
Speaker: Marta McDonald, Founder "M" as Money
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Erie Library 400 Powers Street Erie, CO 80516
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
This information packed workshop will give you a good understanding of how your money flows in and out of your business. Get your questions answered and learn all about starting a successful business. You will learn and understand how to use and apply: •Positive Cash Flow •Flow of Money •How to Figure Cost of Goods for Products & Services •Sales Forecasting •Gross Profit
Speaker: Dale Clack, Small Business Specialist
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 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 Larimer SBDC wants to help you establish a successful foundation. Maybe you’re sure the idea you’ve got will be a profitable business. Maybe your idea is a bit vague and you need help focusing. Maybe you’re thinking of turning your hobby into a business. Regardless of your motivation, this class will help you discover: • How to define your business • Common entrepreneurial myths • Who and where your target market is • Business plan options • Resources available in the community • Other potential entrepreneurs to develop your network This class is a prerequisite for start-ups to schedule free consulting sessions with the Larimer SBDC.
Speaker: Jim McWilliams
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Three hours with a business attorney! Learn about entity selection, agreements and contracts, employer/employee issues, purchasing a business and many other legal considerations. Includes Q&A.
Speaker: Dave Rich, Attorney At Law, a business attorney
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Wednesday, September 07
Topic: Not Set
¿Buscan saltar iniciar su concepto de negocio? Este campamento le ayudará rápidamente desarrollar su plan de negocios y determinar la factibilidad de lanzar su negocio. Este taller consisten en 10 horas de entrenamiento y cubre esenciales empresariales, marketing, organización y resumen financiero. Además, cada participante podrá hacer 5 horas de gratis, asesoría uno-a-uno con el consejero de SBDC. Esta serie está presentado en español. El objetivo de este campamento es permitir a los participantes que crear un plan o viabilidad de negocios. Los participantes reunirán cada semana con el consejero para recibir mas ayuda y para que terminen las tareas y cumplan con el plan de negocio. Estamos aquí para ayudarles. Los negocios multiculturales son animados a asistir esta serie. Los asistentes con experiencia mínima de negocios son bienvenidos. **La terminacion de la serie y un plan de negocios aprobado puede estar utilizado para requisito para una subvención de Boulder County CAP Personal Investment Program (PIE) o las subvenciones de City of Longmont Startup o Business Improvement. Las reuniones (6:00-8:00pm): Intercambio de Comunidades 1715 Iron Horse Dr #130, Longmont, CO 80501 10 de agosto 17 de agosto 24 de agosto 31 de agosto 7 de septiembre
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, Morning Sun Enterprises, LLC
Thursday, August 11, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
All interested suppliers are invited to attend a short, free session entitled ‘How to do Business with CU’. Content is focused for business concerns interested in learning how the University’s procurement process operates. Businesses which offer goods or services appropriate for University consumption are encouraged to attend. The session does not include information on student/student group purchasing or construction projects. Session topics will include: • Overview of University of Colorado System • Overview of Procurement Service Center (PSC): Payables & Purchasing • Introduction to University procurement process : Purchasing Thresholds & Competitive Solicitations • Introduction to CU Sourcing & Supplier Portal • Overview of University Small Business Program • Review of Information Packet: Contacts & Resources • Q & A Note: Attendance is NOT a requirement to do business with the University Location: Boulder Public Library Canyon Room (North Entrance)
Speaker: Penny Davis, University of Colorado Small Business Liaison Officer
Location: Boulder SBDC
Thursday, August 11, 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, August 11, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Online
Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Online customer reviews are one of the most important parts of an online marketing campaign for a local business. Your business is being reviewed and listed in online directories whether you are paying attention or not! In this class we will explore best practices for managing your online presence with popular review sites such as Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Google My Business, as well as industry-specific sites like Avvo and Healthgrades. You will also hear tips from a local expert on what to be aware of, avoid, or take advantage of with the resources that are available to you.
Speaker: Craig Mount, Co-Founder of Classy Brain
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 12 sessions ending Thursday, October 27
Topic: Not Set
LEADING EDGE™ Strategic Planning Series is Colorado's premier multi-week, 36-hour intensive and hands-on course designed to help entrepreneurs complete a fully-realized business plan. 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; o Compete in a business plan competition with prizes.
Speaker: Aurora SBDC Small Business Specialist and marketing 'guru' Chuck Hahn and community experts
Fee: $ 375.00
Friday, August 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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: $ 25.00
Monday, August 15, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Have you heard? There is a new overtime rule for salaried employees, possible increase in the minimum wage, and a requirement to provide paid time off. Do you know if your employees are exempt? Did you know that state minimum wage is NOT the prevalent law when working on a government contract….are you paying your employees correctly? If you are in government contracting, have you kept up with all the changes that you must abide by? What rules do you, as a non contracting business have to follow? Join us for a great interactive panel discussion at the El Paso County Regional Development Center where you can get your questions answered and make some great contacts to help you manage your staff. Look for remote broadcast locations if you can't make it to Colorado Springs. To register, please visit http://www.coloradoptac.org/event-calendar
Speaker: Panelists: • Jack Patterson, Regional Vice President, Human Resources, HUB International Limited Central Region • John W. Hart, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) • Michelle Jacobsen, Esq., SPHR, Director, Southern Regional Office, Mountain States Employers Council • Sherman & Howard
Monday, August 15, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing Employees
Are your employees not meeting your expectations? Are there behaviors you want them to change, but they continue to do what they always have done? Maybe you need to resuscitate them. CPR for Your Management Team teaches the simple steps you need to follow to improve employees’ performance. In this seminar you will learn how to discuss your expectations, hold your employees accountable for getting the job done and leave with easy-to-use, proven strategies to bring your employees to their peak performance.
Speaker: Courtney Berg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 16, 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, August 17, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This class will help you understand what bookkeeping can tell you about your business and how it can help you manage your business including: * What data you need to keep track of * Avoiding common mistakes * A summary understanding of what financials and proper bookkeeping can tell you about your business * General understanding your financial statements - income (profit and loss ) statement and balance sheet * What’s accrual accounting mean? The importance of matching expenses with revenues. * When to engage with an accountant and/or bookkeeper Don’t let your financial statements overwhelm you! Once you understand what they can do for your business, you’ll wonder why they were ever such a mystery to begin with.
Speaker: Jaime Heveron, CPA
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, August 17, 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, August 17, 2016 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Part 1: Intro - Learn the basics of Getting Started in QuickBooks. Learn about Setting up QuickBooks using the Easy Step Interview, and then enter customers, sales information, estimates, vendors, employees etc. Also, learn how to Work with Lists, Forms and Registers and how to work with Bank Accounts and how to reconcile them. Suggested Audience: Entrepreneurs newly using QuickBooks software. Training will be hands-on with laptops provided; knowledge of using a computer is required.
Speaker: Instructor: Angela Casper, Angela Tax Services, LLC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Friday, August 19
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 75.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
5 hour seminar on various aspect of starting a business including: registration issues, legal structure, business planning process, financing your business, etc.
Speaker: Liz Ross, Jack Llewellyn, Donna Arment, Paul Broderick, Coelene O’Kane, John Lopez, Lindsey Nicholson and Ed Morlan
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Intermediate Social Media: Setup an Effective Facebook Campaign in 5 Easy Steps In this class we will work together to create a dynamicFacebook campaign that you can use for any business. You’ll learn: - What can a campaign do for you… - Create character profiles - Create a basic marketing message - Identify simple ways of targeting your audience - Organize your campaign for successful posting
Speaker: Nikole James, Travel Copy Solutions www.relationshipmarketingsolutionsllc.com
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Introduces the fundamentals of creating an online presence with free software. The attendee will learn how to harness the power of a WordPress Blog, build and modify a WordPress site, use and modify themes, install widgets, use WordPress content management system, create menus, modify the CSS (cascading style sheets) behind the theme, and add video and podcasts. Familiarity with a computer keyboard and Windows operating system required.
Speaker: Chuck Hahn, Small Business Specialist
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 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, August 18, 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 Tom Selken and Teresa Kaufman, CPA
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Learn how to facilitate optimal employee performance, use the right management style for the job and empower your teams to expedite project completion and free you up to handle the bigger picture. Missed deadlines, unhappy customers, apathy and conflict can be the kiss of death for your company’s success. You love your business and you hired people who were excited about getting on-board with you. If those employees have started to pull in and temper their initial enthusiasm, however, it’s time to take action. Better yet, why not sidestep the downward slide and create a collaborative team that holds itself accountable for top performance from the get-go? In this interactive workshop you’ll learn how to: • Inspire optimal performance and increase employee retention and engagement • Increase success by using the right management style for the job as well as for the person • Empower team members with tools that expedite project completion, turn complaints into solutions and free you up to handle the bigger picture.
Speaker: Elizabeth Gold
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, August 19, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Fee: $ 50.00
Friday, August 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
This info session is a time to ask questions and learn about the LEADING EDGE™ Strategic Planning Series. This program is the business planning flagship program for entrepreneurs in the State of Colorado. Sit with the Center Executive Director and make sure this is the program for you at this stage of your business! LEADING EDGE™ Strategic Planning Series is an intensive and hands-on course designed to help entrepreneurs create a fully-realized business plan. The fee-based series will take place at the Lone Tree Civic Center, all-day Fridays, April 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 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. Attend one of our FREE info sessions on either March 4, 2:30-3:30 PM or March 11, 9:00-10:00 AM to learn more! • Outcomes of the program: o Develop a fully realized business plan 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 Learn about funding options and meet potential lenders o Compete in a business plan competition with prizes
Speaker: Stefanie Dalgar
Friday, August 19, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Healthy organizations are characterized by minimal politics and confusion, high levels of productivity, morale, and low turnover. They are whole, consistent, and unified in their management, operations, and culture.
Speaker: Meribeth Lunn, Lunn brings over 25 years of sales, human resources and employee benefits experience to the ESG team. She joined ESG’s sister company, Century II in 1999 and has served in the positions of Sales Manager, Agency Manager, Benefits Manager and Operations Manager prior to being promoted to Vice President in 2008. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is certified as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Lunn is also a licensed Life and Health Agent in 15 states.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This is a conversation where you matter. You become a part of where the dialogue goes and set the tone of what might happen. Waffle up your pressing questions to local artists turned business owners and settle into safe, discussion circles about where to go next. Discover local opportunities, where your talents fit in, and learn about how business and creativity sync together.
Speaker: Speakers to be announced soon!
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 23, 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
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 12 sessions ending Tuesday, November 08
Topic: Managing a Business
The Leading Edge Program is a 12-week program that helps move your business to the next level. This intensive training course provides business owners and entrepreneurs expert guidance in the areas of cash flow management, marketing, finance, personnel, legal issues, and more. Each participant will receive hands-on assistance in preparing a complete business plan. Each participant receives hands-on individualized assistance in preparing a business plan. The course includes 36 hours of intensive training and a minimum of 4 hours of individual consulting. The program is highly interactive, which ensures the flow of information not just from the instructor, but between the participants as well. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Owners of start-up and existing businesses.
Fee: $ 275.00
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:15 AM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Fort Morgan Community College Bleodorn Hall 920 Barlow Road Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Wednesday, August 24, 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, August 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
What’s holding you or your sales team back? This workshop will improve your effectiveness, strengthen your resolve and inspire you to action. If you find yourself: • Blaming problems on the competition, the economy and bad luck • Being fearful and tentative during prospecting and sales calls • Baffled by what holds salespeople back from success • Angry over accepting too many put offs and delays and never seem to get the decision • Frustrated over yesterday’s disappointments that keep you from enjoying tomorrow’s victories. You might find this workshop a good investment of your time!
Speaker: Don Overcash, Sandler Training
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Pikes Peak SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Part 2: Mastering – A deeper look into using QuickBooks to manage your business. Learn about different account types such as Credit Cards, Assets, Liabilities, and Equity. Enter your Credit Card charges and reconcile your statements. Learn all about entering Sales Information, Receiving Payments & Making Deposits, Entering & Paying Bills and Analyzing Financial Data. Suggested Audience: Entrepreneurs who have learned the basics yet newly using QuickBooks software. Training will be hands-on with laptops provided; knowledge of using a computer is required.
Speaker: Instructor: Angela Casper, Angela Tax Services, LLC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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