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
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Wednesday, August 05
Fee: $ 125.00
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, August 25
Incluso durante tiempos financieros difíciles, podemos tomar medidas para avanzar hacia un futuro financiero más brillante . La experiencia de Estabilidad Financiera le proporciona herramientas, habilidades y caminos para acercarse a la vida que desea y merece. En estos talleres podrá participar con gente en situaciones similares y con instructores que hacen el aprendizaje divertido e interesante (y dan caramelos en el camino) La serie de Estabilidad Financiera consiste en cuatro ( 4 ) talleres de dos horas : >Creando Metas para la Estabilidad Financiera Agosto 4, 2015 - 5:30 a 7:30 p.m. >Presupuestando con un Ingreso Bajo Agosto 11, 2015 - 5:30 a 7:30 p.m. >Organización para la Administración Financiera Agosto 18, 2015 - 5:30 a 7:30 p.m. >Comunicándose para la Salud Financiera Agosto 25, 2015 - 5:30 a 7:30 p.m. Registrese en: www.bouldercountyhc.org 720-564-2279
Location: Boulder SBDC
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Complete or refine your business plan, with an emphasis on understanding your market and developing financials. Each business plan component will be explained, along with information about additional resources that will be helpful in completing each section. A must for any entrepreneur, especially for those seeking funding or in the early stages of their business growth.
Speaker: Diana Royce Smith , President, Royce Arbour, Inc. & Tron Welch, MBA, Financial Advisor, Welch Financial Planning, LLC
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 12 sessions ending Wednesday, October 28
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. 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
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, August 06, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This workshop uses the internationally renowned Business Model Generation (Written By: Alexander Osterwalkder & Yves Pigneur, Co-Created By: An amazing crowd of 470 practitioners from 45 countries, Designed By: Alan Smith, The Movement as foundation), to create "a shared language for describing, visualizing, assessing; and changing business models" ** "Disruptive new business models are emblematic of our generation. Yet they remain poorly understood, even as they transform competitive landscapes across industries. Business Model Generation offers you powerful, simple, tested tools for understanding, designing, reworking, and implementing business models." During this workshop, you will learn the following: 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 Who should attend? Executives Presidents CEOs Founders Consultants Entrepreneurs Business Owners Leaders from all industries are encouraged to attend this session! Location: Boulder Public Library Canyon Room (North Entrance)
Speaker: Maureen (Mo) Kanwischer, Momentum Business Consulting
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, August 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Wednesday, September 09
¿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 (6-8pm): 12 de agosto 19 de agosto 26 de agosto 2 de septiembre 9 de septiembre 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 Spanish. The goal of this boot camp is to allow participants to create a plan or feasibility study. Participants will meet every week with the counselor to receive more help, to complete the tasks and finish the business plan. We are here to help you. Multicultural businesses are encouraged to attend. Attendees with little or business experience are welcome! Meetings 6-8pm: August 12th August 19th August 26th September 2nd September 9th **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
Thursday, August 13, 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, August 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn how to use library resources, in print and online, to put together a solid business plan. Business librarian will demonstrate library and other resources and answer the most common questions about research. This class is a prerequisite to making a one-on-one appointment with a librarian to discuss your unique needs. No reservation required. For more information, contact the Reference department. Questions? Contact Eladia Rivera riverae@boulderlibrary.org, 303-441-3194
Speaker: Eladia Rivera, Boulder Public Library
Location: Boulder SBDC
Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Attorney Theresa Pickner walks you through the nuts and bolts of starting your own business, including legal entity selection, taxes (sales, use, and payroll), liability protection, registering your trade name, and more. This workshop will help save time and stress by helping you determine which agencies to contact along with the forms you will need, and by providing the information necessary to make key decisions before completing your paperwork. You will receive a packet containing reference materials and forms you will need to get your business started right away. Attendees may also arrange for a private consultation for up to an hour with Theresa Pickner at no extra charge. Location: Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in the Arapahoe Room
Speaker: Theresa A. Pickner, Attorney at Law
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, August 26
Fee: $ 99.00
Thursday, August 20, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, 11 sessions ending Thursday, October 29
Are you in the process or starting a business or just recently began operations? Then this training opportunity is for you! The Colorado Leading Edge Program is a 11 week certified program (meets every Thursday for 11 weeks) that helps move your business to the next level. This comprehensive entrepreneur training and business plan development course provides business owners expert guidance in the areas of start-up requirements, management, marketing, finance, personnel, cash flow, and much more. Each participant will receive hands-on assistance in preparing a complete business plan in addition to training and guest speaker presentations. Classes will be held weekly, beginning August 20 through October 29, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Class will be held in Pueblo (location to be announced). Cost is $285 per business and includes all materials. (Discount provided to businesses having multiple reps attending and sharing materials.)
Speaker: Variety of business professional specialists
Location:
Fee: $ 285.00
Friday, August 21, 2015 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
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! The 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 August 21st at 2:30 p.m. or August 28th at 9:00 a.m. 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: Marcia McGilley
Friday, August 21, 2015 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
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
Monday, August 24, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar covers the fundamentals of the business acquisition process and is geared to both buyers and sellers. The elements of a business sale, including business valuation, financing and due diligence will all be covered in this fast-paced event. Concepts that attendees will learn: • Elements of a business sale • Business valuation • Financial recasting • Business financing • Value drivers • Reasons to buy or sell a business What will attendees take away? • Pragmatic tips for buying and selling a business • Strategies to improve business value • Business valuation calculator • Strategies to finance a business Who should attend? • Business owners anticipating a sale within 5 years • Business owners looking to expand via acquisition • Individuals contemplating business ownership
Speaker: Front Range Business, Inc.: Suzanne De Lucia, President and Paul Chambliss, Vice-President
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The core idea of lean manufacturing 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. Learn best practices that can drive waste out of the manufacturing process to improve efficiency, effectiveness and overall profitability. Event will be held in the Ryals Room
Speaker: Ronald Madrid, PCC Economic & Workforce Development Division
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Your team has brought you this far, but do they possess the strength to fulfill your vision of the future? Hidden strengths and weaknesses have an impact on your sales and profits. Find out how to take advantage of them through real world strategies. This session is for owners, senior leaders and managers who struggle with: Having a relationship sales team that’s busier taking people to lunches and being friends with prospects rather than bringing in revenue? Hiring "Experienced" sales and business development people but they don't work out? Inconsistent goal and quota attainment that makes forecasting difficult and sometimes near-impossible. Have a team that’s service-oriented, but has trouble “hunting” new business and achieving new account goals – thus holding your company back from its growth objectives. A compensation system that’s fair and thoughtful, but not reinforcing the sales and revenue objectives that the company needs. Join Bob Bolak for an engaging two hour workshop. This isn’t a talking head presentation, but a facilitated discussion on: · New strategies for finding, hiring & onboarding new salespeople. High turnover costs an employer 5x the average SALARY for that person. How often do we keep people in a job/role when we should make a change? · How to improve the productivity of my team: The ultimate goal of any company leader is to: 1. Strengthen your existing “bench” (strong performing salespeople that I can bring in if I’m growing or needing to make a change with an existing salesperson). 2. Get the middle 60% of my organization to be more productive - "the movable middle". (Nobody wants to mess with the upper tier of people and the lower 20% are on their way out). · How to become a better manager / leader (most leaders rose through the ranks because they were good sellers = dif. Skillset). How do I become a better manager? You probably didn't go through a 6-month onboarding program as a sales manager.
Speaker: Bob Bolak, Sandler Training
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This training class is an introduction to the benefits and basic functions of QuickBooks Online. Attendees will become familiar with the following topics: • Benefits of QuickBooks Online • Initial Set Up • Navigating the System • Recording Transactions • Creating Standard and Custom Reports • Additional "add ons" to QuickBooks Online Location: Boulder SBDC main office- 1001 Arapahoe Ave. (inside the North Building of the Boulder Public Library in the Canyon Room)
Speaker: Bob Beardsley
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, August 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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! The 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 August 21st at 2:30 p.m. or August 28th at 9:00 a.m. 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: Marcia McGilley

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This free seminar introduces the attendee to the business, economic, and legal requirements of self-employment. Attendees of this workshop will learn the process of selecting the most appropriate business structure, business requirements, and taxation fundamentals.
Speaker: Chuck Hahn, Small Business Specialist
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Starting Your New Business and Operating It Correctly During this course you will learn about legal structures, registration, licenses, market research, business planning, obtaining financing, insurance, taxes, and sources of assistance.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, August 06, 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
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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: Fred Burmont
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Are you thinking about forming an LLC? Planning to create a partnership? Not sure how to register your business with the Secretary of State or Internal Revenue Service? Wondering what an EIN is and what it means to your business? Join us for this two-hour workshop facilitated by a business attorney and an accountant as they go through the pros and cons of entity types, explain how to register your business along with the necessary forms and processes, and discuss other tips and how to avoid pitfalls before you start your new venture.
Speaker: Attorney Brian Boyes and Paul Matonis, EA
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This 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. Contact the Aurora SBDC for payment options.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist and Tri-County Health Dept.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Starting Your New Business and Operating It Correctly During this course you will learn about legal structures, registration, licenses, market research, business planning, obtaining financing, insurance, taxes, and sources of assistance.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This information-packed workshop will give you a good understanding of what you need to consider in order to start a profitable business. Get your questions answered and learn all about starting a successful business, including some of the basic requirements needed to launch your business. Topics discussed will include: •Legal Structure •Registration Requirements •Necessary Recordkeeping •Marketing •Financing Your New Venture
Speaker: Jayne Reiter, SBDC Business Consultant
Thursday, August 20, 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
Monday, August 24, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This class is a prerequisite for business start-ups to schedule a one-on-one counseling session at the South Metro Denver SBDC. You must attend 1 basics workshop (Business Start-up or Business Plan Basics) and 1 Successful Business Fundamentals workshop prior to consulting. This class will cover the essential building blocks necessary for businesses to start, grow and prosper. We will discuss how to formulate your value proposition, analyze your market competition, and determine what it takes to successfully compete in today’s business climate. We will also discuss the challenges of running a start-up company, as well as how to build the foundation of a successful business model.
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
A 2 1/2 hour overview of everything you need to know to start and grow your company including business licensing requirements, the business planning process and business financing options.
Speaker: Julie Morey, SBDC Director
Fee: $ 50.00

Business Basics

Thursday, August 06, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
During this presentation, we will begin the task of putting together a very basic strategic plan that will act as a roadmap to building your business plan. Would you begin to build a 43 story skyscraper without a blueprint? Then ask yourself this, what does your business look like three to five years from now? These methodical steps are the beginning of a process that will enable you to move forward with purpose, passion, and precision; profitability will present itself when you have followed your own direction. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression. Join us to begin the process of strategically mapping your business through a simplified business plan that you can then continue to build upon.
Speaker: Mark Bittle, SBDC Consultant | Leading Edge Business Planning Facilitator | CenturyLink
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, August 06, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop explores the tools available to determine where the most appropriate location for the needs of the business. The objective of the workshop is to identify the critical factors that contribute to the sustainability of new and existing businesses. Participants will explore the local economic factors that frame the economic conditions for the neighborhoods in the city.
Speaker: Tim Gonerka, Retail Specialist
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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: $ 30.00
Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Explores the commercial and legal issues a business owner faces in leasing commercial property. Before you sign that business lease, learn about: using a tenant broker; understanding the relationship between the broker, lessee and lessor; lease terms, letter of intent, exclusivity, triple net leases, and coming area maintenance; sections of the lease that bind the landlord and tenant (free)
Speaker: Dwight Taylor, Attorney at Law, Rocky Mountain Law Group, LLC Forrest Bassett, Associate Broker, Broad Street LLC
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This workshop will focus on the use of online business research resources available through Mesa County Libraries, as well as the basics of website design and social media.
Speaker: Shawna Bird

Financing

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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
Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Introduces essential elements of a business plan and research tools. Learn how the business plan functions as a feasibility study, loan proposal and operating guide for the business.
Speaker: Santos Blan, Small Business Specialist
Fee: $ 30.00

Managing a Business

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
From a business standpoint, staying ahead of changing consumer preferences remains priority #1 for savvy retailers. But once a customer enters your establishment, does your lighting highlight and accurately portray your featured items? Does your lighting create the correct ambiance overall for your store brand? From a lighting standpoint, there are established ways to utilize lighting in retail applications to enhance sales, and many cost-conscious new lighting products are receiving attention for their potential to improve aesthetic appeal and deliver significant operating savings which go straight to the bottom line. In this course we will talk about how lighting impacts your customers as well as your bottom line. Reimbursement of the course fee will be provided upon completion of the workshop!
Speaker: Staci Caver, Executive Account Manager for Osram Sylvania
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, August 21, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Five key technologies that you should be using in 2015 to take your business to the next level: 1) Network Security & Data Backup - is your network and data really secure? 2) Customer Relationship Management (CRM) - are you nurturing your existing clients and bringing on new ones? 3) Social Media & Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – can potential customers find you on the web? 4) Client Service & Support Ticketing systems – are your customers experiencing world class customer service? 5) On Line Payments & Electronic Invoicing – want to get paid faster? You will walk away with an actionable game plan for evaluating how important these technologies are for your specific business. The course will provide an outline for how to implement a solution that best fits your needs and at a price you can afford. Technology doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
Speaker: Bob Dowski
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Golf Connection – Connecting Business to Business The un-tournament for connecting business leaders with emerging leaders! Golf, an adventure through greens, fairways, bunkers, and other hazards, remains one of the greatest ways to build and maintain solid business relationships. "Golf teaches you about a person's reactions in adversity—how they deal competitively with situations… I'm not worried about their skills as a player, but rather how they conduct themselves, as golf, like business and life, will test you in a multitude of ways”. David Rynecki former golf and business journalist and author. The way a person plays golf speaks volumes about the way they approach their business as professionals. Reasons business leaders use to conduct business on the golf course ; because anyone of any age can play; because of the handicap system used in scoring anyone of any capability can play with other more experienced golfers, during a 2-4 hour game there is plenty of time to talk, build relationships and learn a person’s character. In golf the culture is one of rigorous honesty. Savvy business people understand the strategic potential of golf; they plan and execute their playing as carefully as they do any other aspect of their business. Register today for the 1st Annual Golf Connection and learn what savvy business people understand about the doing business on the golf course. The event opens with appetizers and networking during registration. Golf Pro Danny Hughes will give a keynote on success lessons for golf, business and life. Following the brief keynote address participants will be connected with a business leader who will share secrets of business success during a nine hole round of golf. Participants will be paired off in teams of four and the emerging leaders will switch places mid-point giving each participant time to share with two business leaders during the course of play. To complete the event all participants will meet again in the club house for a buffet dinner for more networking and discussion on lessons learned.
Speaker: Danny Hughes, Golf Pro
Fee: $ 80.00

Managing Employees

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 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
Fee: $ 15.00

Customer Relations

Friday, August 07, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
"Business is a concept, people are the business." This is true for all business and when we really begin to appreciate that, the want for a positive experience can outweigh the need for the service. People gravitate toward what they enjoy and enjoyment is a simple concept. In this seminar I will offer you some very simple, cost-effective tips to create a positive experience that your customers will return to.
Speaker: Justin Salisbury - Regional Operations Manager for Breeze Thru Car Wash. His routine responsibilities encompass organizational direction, people development, interviewing, maintenance and repair needs and overseeing company processes & procedures. He has a passion for finding success via others and currently has the opportunity to do so with over 70 people regularly. An outdoor enthusiast, if he can't be found at Breeze Thru, good luck tracking him down!
Fee: $ 10.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Friday, August 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Friday, August 14
**Please note: This class is not included in the summer price deal** If you are one of the many small business owners who are intimidated by numbers, this two-part course is for you. Accounting Basics takes the mystery out of number-crunching. In a fun and easy going environment participants will take the mundane tasks of accounting and business finance and make them something easily learned, understood, and ready to use. We will also cover the relationship between QuickBooks and your set of books.
Speaker: Suzy Schutz
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
This is a great course for the small business owner, or for assistants, who primarily handle the finances! This interactive QuickBooks Pro (2015 Version) - Part 1 introductory course will cover: 1. How the 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: Rosy McDonough, MBA Consultant Colorado SBDC
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Since you've learned the basics of QuickBooks - Pro (2015 version) 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: Denice Tinsley, QuickBooks Pro Advisor
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
This class is for the advanced QuickBooks user with a product business in need to track inventory, sales tax, estimates, payroll, and time per project. This interactive session will cover: • Get an overview of inventory, use purchase orders and track the receipt of inventory, make manual inventory adjustments and set up units of measure • An overview of sales tax rates and agencies, track sales tax and how to apply sales tax to a sale, determine sales tax liability, and review activities • Get an overview of payroll and how to setup: payroll, employee information, schedules, paychecks, and tax liabilities • Learn how to create job estimates and progress invoicing, create duplicate estimates, create invoices from an estimate, and updating job status • Learn how to track time worked on a project, how to invoice a customer from tracked time, create project reports, track time worked by owners or partners, and pay nonemployees for time worked. • Learn how to modify the format of an invoice, design a custom invoice form, prepare a collection letter and edit prewritten letters in QuickBooks.
Speaker: Rosy Aburto McDonough, MBA SBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 75.00

Tax Planning

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This workshop will focus on learning the basics of business taxes, including forms of different business entities, business use of home and car, record keeping, Schedules C, SE, and ES, Form 1040 and more.
Speaker: Fran Coet, CPA, CVA, & CFP Coet & Coet PC
Fee: $ 15.00

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
"Marketing that Works! Discover What's Right for Your Business" So you just started a new business...you're registered, licensed, and ready to start selling! But how do you get the word out about your new company? Join us to discover the basic things you need to know about marketing your small business. Learn about the marketing skills and tools that will create momentum in your business, and learn how to determine who your customers are and how best to reach them. This workshop will cover: •Why Marketing is Important •How Much Marketing is Enough? •Comparing to Your Competition •Defining Niche, Specialty, and Target Markets •How to Set Goals and Test Your Marketing Efforts
Speaker: Jayne Reiter, SBDC Consultant
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
What’s holding you or your sales team back? This workshop will improve your effectiveness, strengthen you 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
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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: $ 30.00

Government Contracting

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
There are many opportunities to grow your business through federal, state, and local government procurement but most business owners don’t understand the steps necessary to be successful. Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a free resource to any business wanting to do business with governments. This workshop is an in-depth review of the government procurement process and how this can impact your business. The 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: $ 15.00
Monday, August 17, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:00 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 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. Visit with us during our Open House Sessions to find out more about this course!
Speaker: Cathy Kramer, Connect2Dot Program Manager
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
City of Aurora and SBA procurement specialists will discuss the ins and outs of finding solicitations, establishing communication protocol, getting certifications and using resources to help land government contracts (seminar is at no charge).
Speaker: City of Aurora Procurement Specialist; SBA representative
Monday, August 31, 2015 3:30 PM to 5:00 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 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. Visit with us during our Open House Sessions to find out more about this course!
Speaker: Jennifer Kurtz (MBA, PMP) SBDC Consultant Jennifer Kurtz, MBA, PMP, SBDC Consultant

Arts & Entertainment/Creative

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Research shows that employers have a vested interest in helping make their communities great places to live. Attracting a talented workforce is one of our community’s biggest challenges. Creating a vibrant arts and culture scene is a critical aspect of meeting this challenge. Business supporting the arts will define our local culture as on trend and relevant which can make a significant impact on economic development. THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP AND COMPLETE THE CLASS WILL RECIEVE A SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE FEE OF $10. Thank you to our sponsor Colorado Creative Industries. *THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE MEZZANINE DOWNTOWN. Lunch will be available for order!
Speaker: Linda Weise, Executive Director, Colorado Springs Conservatory & Jenifer Furda, Associate Publisher, Colorado Springs Business Journal
Fee: $ 10.00
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