Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Friday, April 10, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Friday, September 11
Location: Online
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, May 05
Fee: $ 125.00
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Planning is your map to success in the business world. A business plan is needed if you are starting a business, financing or refinancing your business and raising debt or equity capital. Much money is made then lost because one area of a business fails, dragging the positive parts down with it. The Plan helps you find hidden flaws and makes you think carefully about each phase of your business. Learn the essentials of developing a professional business plan through the role of planning for your business. By writing your own plan you will gain the in-depth knowledge about your business and clarify what is involved in making your business a success. It is a great resource and tool to continue measuring and mapping out your business growth and success
Speaker: Panel Presentation – Caroline Trani, Brad Knifong, Jeff Ollinger
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
No Facebook Page? No Problem! Limited Space Sign up for a free two hour Facebook Business Page seminar brought to you by Small Business Development Center and Economic Development Corporation. Learn how to create a business Facebook page, upload media, and post information. We’ll teach you strategies for social media marketing implementation as well. Bring a laptop, page media content, and a computer file of your logo. The first hour will feature guided instruction. We’ll assist you individually and answer your questions during the second hour Are you… • Frustrated with technology? • Tired of running in circles trying to create a Facebook page? • Angry over wasting time and resources? During this workshop, you'll discover… • How to build and maintain a Facebook Page. • How to edit, add, and remove content. • How to upload images from your files or utilize stock photos provided. This is an in person workshop, a webinar will not be an option. If you need to rent a laptop please call 970-351-4274 before April 21st.
Speaker: Kyla Benson, East Colorado SBDC
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The 12 week Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series teaches participants good business practices in the completion of their business plan. Create a business that works for YOU Test ideas, explore possibilities, determine feasibility Learn to plan a profit, not just hope for one Master money management, budgeting & accounting Understand what your value to customers is Establish best pricing and marketing practices Address organization & risk management needs Network and learn from others Gain access to valuable resources & people Each session can be taken separately for a $50 per session fee. The Program includes a business plan competition with cash awards for $250 for 1st Prize, $150 for 2nd Prize, and $100 for 3rd. This class will meet at Fort Lewis College, Education Business Hall, Room 110
Speaker: Terryl Peterson and Jasper Welch
Fee: $ 300.00
Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This program was created and developed in a partnership between the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC) and brings together both organization’s programs to provide comprehensive arts-focused training and advice to help artists on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency. Professional Development for Musicians is an interactive workshop intended to empower musicians of all genres and encourage a peer-learning environment. This course seeks to build a more business savvy and economically vibrant music community in our region. Strategic Planning Topics for Musicians Include: Public Relations & Marketing – Identifying your target market, engaging and growing your fan base via publicity and social media, identifying what sets you apart from other musicians, determining appropriate marketing strategies, maximizing your use of technology and promotional materials. Legal – Forming effective contracts and improving negotiation skills, discussing trends and issues of copyright law in the digital age, releases required from session musicians, producer agreements Business Planning – establishing a budget and managing your money, maximizing merchandising opportunities and strategizing how to get your product to your market most effectively The first 10 people who sign up AND attend the class will receive their $20 registration fee back, thanks to scholarships provided by Colorado Creative Industries! Event Panelists: Robert Case, President, New Pants Publishing - song publishing and copyright issues in the digital age, how to protect your creative product Barb Dye, President, Colorado Music Business Organization (COMBO) - how COMBO helps musicians with the business of music Steve Harris, Attorney and Executive Director, Meadow Grass Music Festival – understanding contract terms and conditions, contract negotiation and festival bookings David Jeffrey, Musician, Grass It Up – support in our local music community, peer-learning opportunities Tanya Shaw Jeffrey, Owner, Ginseng Creative – essential marketing tools for musicians – strategic thinking, market analysis, messaging, building audiences and creating buzz Amy Whitesell, Owner, A Music Company – how to handle bookings, best ways to get the attention of booking agents, artist management, PR The first 10 people who sign up AND attend the class will receive their $20 registration fee back, thanks to scholarships provided by Colorado Creative Industries.
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Take Charge of Your Social Media Marketing Let's face it... social media is not going anywhere. Social media is so infused into our culture that even the Pope has a Twitter account. Even though you may not enjoy being online, your customers most likely do and this workshop is designed to help you connect with them there. Harness the power of social with all the tools you need to succeed. This workshop includes: Finding your Buyers - Not sure where to put your efforts? You must first figure out where your customers are! Certain demographics tend to lean toward certain social platforms. Let's find them. Performing a Social Media Competitive Analysis - Let's figure out how you can engage better than your competitors. Building a Content Calendar - The cornerstone of an effective social media strategy Getting Optimized - Social Media Optimization Handbook - Helping you get a good foundation and sync across channels. Discovering all the Awesome Tools & Resources - This is the money section! Get all the tools you need to compete with the big dogs. Advertising Socially - Your Guide to Social Media Ads - It's a Pay to Play kind of world, this section will help guide you. Analyzing the Data – Let’s Do Some Number Crunching! - I promise not to bore you! BONUS! - Bonus tips for TURBO Charging your social media marketing This workshop is designed to help take the overwhelm out of social media marketing so you can find success and have fun, too!
Speaker: Susan Tucker, Get Susan Marketing
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This training class is an introduction to the basic functions of QuickBooks. It will cover topics starting with the initial setup and end with creating the financial reports that summarizes the heath of the business. QuickBooks can save the company money by delivering a completed financial statement to their tax accountant as opposed to a series of loose transactions that would have to be summarized by the accountant. Gain the knowledge of the record keeping processes in order to track company sales, expenses, and bank activity, and summarize those transactions to determine your company’s financial position. Attendees will learn and take away: • Initial set-up • Recording sales transactions from clients • Reconciling bank accounts • Running reports • Knowledge of the record keeping processes that allow a company to track company sales, expenses, and bank activity, then summarize those transactions to determine the company’s financial position
Speaker: Don Potratz, Long's Peak Accounting, LLC
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Your business starts with your brand. Companies big and small go through the same challenges with naming, sales messaging, identity and brand strategy. In this workshop we begin with teaching you about how to identify your target markets and how to establish personas around those audiences. We will then discuss how you can develop your brand, beginning with naming your business (or product) and developing your brand strategy, sales messaging and brand guidelines. What’s next? It’s time to launch your brand. SuzAnn will share some advice on how to get your new identity out into the market strategically using tips, tools and tricks of the trade.
Speaker: SuzAnn Brown, Turn Left Digital Marketing Solutions
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Have you… • Made plans to guarantee the continuation of your business should you become incapacitated due to illness or injury? • Thought about how you would like to transition out of your business, whether by choice or necessity? • Considered selling your business outright or passing it on to your children? Consider this… Like so many other people, you have worked hard to build your business. Unfortunately, many of those other people will never take the time to learn how to protect their businesses and families. This workshop has been designed to give you a broad overview of some of the business hazards that may lie in front of you and how to prepare for them so that you can seriously mitigate the negative effects they can have on your business, your family and your lifestyles. Join Business Value Builders’ representatives Avery Finger and Bryan Daly! This workshop is designed to help you, the business owner, understand why business continuation planning is essential to every business. Discover… • Business Succession/ Transition Strategies • “Key-Person” Protection/ Retention Tactics • Loss Prevention and Recovery of Business Assets Register Today Online www.EastColoradoSBDC.com Live, In Person Class Only. Class will be canceled with fewer than 5 registrants
Speaker: Avery Finger and Bryan Daly, Business Value Builders
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, May 07, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, May 07, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This free seminar will review how to prepare a business plan, the essential components of a business plan, and how to put these together. Creating a business plan will help you achieve your business goals. This seminar will provide you with a guide for building a successful business focused on achieving your personal and financial goals. It will also help persuade others, including lenders, to invest in what you are creating. Business plans are essential road maps towards increasing the potential success of your business. This living document can generally guide you for 3-5 years ahead and provide direction to the route your business intends to take to grow revenues and ultimately achieve your dreams. Participants will receive resources for additional support as well as templates for writing the plan. Register at EastColoradoSBDC.com Please RSVP to 720-837-0416 or 970-351-4274 three days before the session. If there are fewer than 7 participants, this seminar will be cancelled.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC
Friday, May 08, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 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 June 12 and meets monthly on the 2nd Friday of the month through October, with two meetings in June. 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.
Speaker: Mo (Maureen) Kanwischer, Sharon King, Ruth Janjic
Location: Boulder SBDC
Friday, May 08, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Friday, May 08, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Monday, May 11, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, May 13
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center and Small Business Development Center will be hosting The Grantsmanship Center’s Social Enterprise for Nonprofits training on May 12-13, 2015 here at the Citizen’s Service Center. This is a brand new course and we are one of the first to host it in the nation! To secure your work and to demonstrate your sustainability to grantmakers, you've got to move outside the "let's get a grant" box. This 2-day training helps participants establish a plan for building a steady, reliable earned income stream for their nonprofit organizations in a way that is compatible with their organization's mission. During this training, you identify and assess an earned income opportunity; practice market research, pricing strategies, operational plans, and financial analysis; and work with a small team to develop a mini-business plan. Rolfe Larson, respected social enterprise authority, is the trainer. He holds an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and is the author of Venture Forth! Rolfe’s book is recognized as the leading guide to business planning and social enterprise strategies for nonprofits and was endorsed by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman as “a clear, no-buts way to negotiate the minefields in the nonprofit world.” Before becoming an independent consultant, Rolfe was an executive at Minnesota Public Radio where he designed, launched, and managed numerous earned income ventures that brought in millions of dollars. The Grantsmanship Center is a Los Angeles based organization that works nationally and internationally. It offers trainings for nonprofits on how to design programs, win grants, manage grants, and create earned income to supplement grants. It also provides publications and consulting services that build nonprofit capacity. With over 40 years of service and 125,000 alumni, the Center is the premier training organization in this field. Tuition for Social Enterprise for Nonprofits is $495 and includes extensive resource materials and follow-up support for 6 months following the training (Lunch is also provided both days). Please contact me for additional information, or contact the Grantsmanship Center directly at (800) 421-9512. You can also register online at www.tgci.com or call the Center for assistance with registration. Please join us and, also, share this information with anyone else you feel may be interested! This is a great opportunity to strengthen the nonprofits in our area and we would very much like you and your organization to benefit.
Speaker: Rolfe Larson, respected social enterprise authority, is the trainer. He holds an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and is the author of Venture Forth!
Fee: $ 495.00
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop teaches you the basics of financials for your small business. You will learn why financial statements are important and walk away understanding the following: Various types of accounts (assets, liability, equity, revenue, cost of goods sold, and expense), Your balance sheet, Business indicators such as gross profit, net profit, and breakeven analysis, Cash flow management Through this workshop, you will receive information that will help you make sound financial decisions for your business.
Speaker: Rosy Aburto McDonough
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, May 12, 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.
Speaker: Julie Morey
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is, how it works and why it is critical for your website and to your business to be found by your customers. Whether you are building a brand new site, or wanting to modify an existing website, learn the vital website components necessary for proper SEO that anyone can understand, no technical skills required. Location: Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in the Canyon Meeting Room
Speaker: Heather Florence, Cybercom Consulting, Inc.
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you… • Looking to hire? • Challenged by discovering the right person for an open position? • Seeking resources to help you recruit outstanding team members? Join Us…! Finding just the right person for a job is the constant challenge for every business – and particularly small businesses. Going to a recruiter can be very expensive – often up 30% of a first year salary. There are secrets those recruiters use that will be shared that make recruiting a bit easier and can save a business good money. Karolynn St-Pierre will provide up-to-date training, high-tech tools, and good common sense that will give a small business confidence in finding the best person for the job. “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard Join us via Webinar Register at EastColoradoSBDC.com For payment options call 970-351-4274
Speaker: Karolynn St-Pierre, Symmetry Consulting
Location: Online
Thursday, May 14, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Thursday, May 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 11 sessions ending Thursday, July 23
Fee: $ 645.00
Thursday, May 14, 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
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fee: $ 125.00
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Facebook has changed the way businesses communicate with people. Marketing is no longer 1-way communication. It is now 2-way communication and that is a good thing for businesses who want to interact with customers. Facebook provides business-to-consumer businesses advantages by encouraging fresh, relevant content; providing a “meeting place” for customers where pictures and other information can be provided and it offers deeper engagement tools and insight analytics that traditional media does not provide. If you already have a Facebook brand page, come to this session to learn some tips on how to maximize your Facebook efforts. Event held in Ryals Room.
Speaker: SBDC
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Boulder SBDC
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, May 20
Fee: $ 99.00
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The Colorado Office of Economic Development has 12 business consultants in key international markets available to assist Colorado-based companies looking to sell. These consultants are visiting Boulder and will be available to meet one-on-one with companies. Come meet them and learn how the state of Colorado is supporting Colorado exporters through this network of global consultants. Participating consultants include: Mexico Market Intelligence Latin America Luis Domenech Canada Ken Flanders, President New Business Navigators Brazil IndoBras Anand Hemnani Chile BSTInnovation Barbara Silva Troncoso France Location Marketing Louise Gibbons Germany Location Marketing Thomas Klement United Arab Emirates Channels Ann Jafery Japan Gotairiku Rike Wootten China, Korea, Taiwan Intralink Alan Mockridge India Maeflower Abel Cherian
Speaker: Sandi Moilanen, Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
Location: Boulder SBDC
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
How to Start a Business in Colorado This free comprehensive Business Start-up orientation has been designed to be a starting place for anyone who is considering jumping into business for the first time (or the second time with a better outcome). This seminar will provide you with a Colorado Start-Up Guide, free library resources to support your business and websites, as well as a general overview of the things to consider when starting a business. During this workshop, you'll learn about… • Business Licensing Requirements • Business Taxes You Are Required To Pay • Legal Forms of Organization • Components of a Business Plan • Marketing essentials • Management requirements • Financial Planning • Funding Your Business • Putting a Business Plan Together • Launching Your Business Register Today Online www.EastColoradoSBDC.com Live, In Person Class Only
Speaker: Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, May 20, 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
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This seminar is designed to help existing and new small business owners understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. During the seminar attendees will learn what types of financing are available, what is needed to qualify for financing, basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions, and resources available to help you through the process to make a best first impression when applying. This seminar is a must for any small business owner interested in securing debt or equity financing.
Speaker: Panel Presentation by Business & Finance specialists
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $ 40.00

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Community College of Aurora 16000 East CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011-9036 (Fine Arts Bldg, Forum Room F100). Developed exclusively for start-up businesses and individuals considering a path into the food product industry, learn about brand building, working with retailers, nutrition labeling, beginning production factors and more! To review the agenda and register: www.coloradoagriculture.org.
Speaker: Various
Location: Aurora SBDC
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, April 30, 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, May 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 1 sessions ending Wednesday, May 27
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, May 08, 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, May 12, 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.
Thursday, May 14, 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: Joe Keck, Jack Llewellyn, Shawn Candelaria, Lindsey Nicholson, Chuck Fredrick
Fee: $ 25.00
Monday, May 18, 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 one basic start-up workshop ("Business Start-Up Basics" or "Business Plan Basics") and one "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
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Explore the basics of business ownership, including entrepreneurship, planning for a profitable business, pitfalls to avoid and how to reach your customers.
Speaker: John Murphy
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, May 21, 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, May 22, 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
Friday, May 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cómo Comenzar y Operar Correctamente su Negocio Nuevo. Existen muchas reglas para los negocios, y hay muchas preguntas que tiene uno que piensar en abrir su negocio ¿A cuál mercado se dirige? ¿Quiénes son su competencia? ¿Tiene la destreza directiva necesaria para operar su negocio? Teniendo el dinero necesarios para comenzar y operar su negocio es muy importante. Estas y mas preguntas seran las respuestas del seminaro, Cómo Comenzar y Operar Correctamente su Negocio.
Speaker: Jesse Esparza
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
A 2 1/2 hour overview of everything you need to know to start and grow your company including business licensing requirements, the business planning process and business financing options.
Speaker: Julie Morey, SBDC Director
Fee: $ 50.00

Business Basics

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Friday, June 26
10 Session Business Certification DATES TO BE DETERMINED (MAY - JUNE 2015) | GRAND COUNTY, COLORADO Info Sessions all 9am-12pm: April 8th: Granby @ the FireStation May 4th: Fraser @ Fraser Library June 3rd: Grand Lake Community Room June 24th: Kremmling Chamber Are you: Starting a new business? Adding a new line of products or services to your business? Struggling to get enough sales? Wondering if your idea will work? Feeling like a train wreck? Looking for tools and guidance for creating an innovative business? Outcome: At the end of the course, you will have decided if your idea is a “go,” “no go,” or “pivot.” You will know your next steps for moving your business forward
Speaker: Nancy Barnett, Lindsey Stapay, DiAnn Butler
Fee: $ 250.00
Tuesday, May 12, 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

Financing

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
PTAC Speaker Panel Series: SBIR/STTR Join us as expert partners discuss SBIR/STTR. Participating Partners: National Defense Industrial Association Colorado Springs SBDC Pikes Peak Workforce Center Minority Business Office Location: Pikes Peak Regional Development Center 2880 International Circle Colorado Springs, CO 80910 DATE: Wednesday, April 22 PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - SEATING IS CAPPED AT 70 For all details and registration copy and paste the following link: http://www.coloradoptac.org/event-detail/ptac-partner-panel-series-sbir-sttr-research-and-development-funding/
Speaker: Panel
Friday, May 08, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
SBDC Lenders Panel: Show Me the Money Find out about loan and micro-loan programs available for small businesses through lending institutions. The panel discussion will include what lenders look for in a loan package, their criteria for lending and how to qualify for funding. There will be time for a Q&A and one-on-one discussions with the lenders. A continental breakfast will be provided. NOTE LOCATION: Lone Tree Civic Center | 8527 Lone Tree Pkwy. | Lone Tree, CO 80124
Speaker: Various lenders
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, May 19, 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

Managing a Business

Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
You’ve started your business. You have business cards, your EIN, and maybe even a few customers. However, you may be missing a lot of the legal needs of your business, especially if you started without the help of an attorney. In this seminar, we will go into the issues that arise after you start your business – protecting your brand, using the internet to promote your business, hiring employees, negotiating leases and getting paid! Also, plan your exit strategy so that you can run your company and it doesn’t run you.
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Join FranNet to learn more about yourself for a great start to 2015. Benefit from in-depth insights into your personal and professional life – your values, interests, business motives, work style and core competencies. Once you better understand your own thinking process and communication style, you can interact more effectively with managers, peers and employees. You’ll also gain a competitive advantage by knowing how to successfully sell to these different personality types. In advance of the one-hour workshop, you will receive a link to the PFA online assessment. Results will be sent to you immediately upon completion and you will need to bring the report to the workshop.
Speaker: Stephen Hogan
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
PTAC Speaker Panel Series: DCA Compliance Participating Partners: National Defense Industrial Association Colorado Springs SBDC Pikes Peak Workforce Center Minority Business Office Breakfast Sponsor: Pennica Financial Group Location: Pikes Peak Regional Development Center 2880 International Circle Colorado Springs, CO 80910 PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - SEATING IS CAPPED AT 70 For all details and registration copy and paste the following link:
Speaker: Panel

Business Accounting and Budget

Friday, May 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This class is for those who have had some experience with Quick Books but feel they can be doing so much more with the program to make their accounting systems more effective. In this class participants will learn how to set the preferences they wish to use in their accounting system and be familiar with: • Preparing and manipulating reports • Setting preferences for sales, customers, finances, purchases, and vendors • Sending forms via e-mail • Making purchases • Setting up memorized transactions • Scheduling recurring transactions • Setting reminders This is a must have class for anyone who wants to become proficient in Quick Books and are planning on taking the Quick Books Step 3- On My Own! class.
Speaker: ProAdvisor, Wendy Renslow ABC (Accounting, Bookkeeping Consulting)
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Do you know what to send your CPA/Tax advisor at year end and why? Do you know how to match you trial balance to last year’s tax return? Do you know how to use your Quickbooks software correctly? Join us to learn about reviewing your Balance Sheet, Equity Section, Profit & Loss Statements, Inventory, General Ledger, etc. Instructor Deb Smith a Quickbooks Pro Advisor will help to answer all of you questions to maximize your time spent using Quickbooks.
Speaker: Deb Smith is a certified Professional Bookkeeper and a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She started Financial Bootcamps in June 2011 to help support small business owners and their bookkeepers by providing QuickBooks Consulting and Training.
Fee: $ 50.00
Wednesday, May 13, 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 - 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, May 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This workshop is designed for those who are comfortable working in the Windows environment, and have a basic knowledge of Quickbooks software either through experience, or by having attended an introduction to Quickbooks seminar.
Speaker: Bethany McManus
Fee: $ 70.00
Wednesday, May 20, 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, May 27, 2015 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This class is for the advanced QuickBooks user with a product business in need to track inventory, sales tax, estimates, payroll, and time per project. This interactive session will cover: • Get an overview of inventory, use purchase orders and track the receipt of inventory, make manual inventory adjustments and set up units of measure • An overview of sales tax rates and agencies, track sales tax and how to apply sales tax to a sale, determine sales tax liability, and review activities • Get an overview of payroll and how to setup: payroll, employee information, schedules, paychecks, and tax liabilities • Learn how to create job estimates and progress invoicing, create duplicate estimates, create invoices from an estimate, and updating job status • Learn how to track time worked on a project, how to invoice a customer from tracked time, create project reports, track time worked by owners or partners, and pay nonemployees for time worked. • Learn how to modify the format of an invoice, design a custom invoice form, prepare a collection letter and edit prewritten letters in QuickBooks.
Speaker: Rosy Aburto McDonough, MBA SBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 75.00

Cash Flow Management

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Annual sales in Larimer County’s restaurant/food industry exceed $1B, and how well individual companies manage their costs in this highly-competitive business can mean the difference between success and failure. Please join our panel of food industry experts for some peer networking with refreshments, followed by panel discussion on industry topics such as: • How do you control food portions? • What best practices do you follow for managing your inventory? • How do you achieve proper staffing during peak and off-peak times? • What policies do you recommend for getting the most value from your suppliers? • Suggestions for minimizing spoilage? • What are the critical metrics that you as an owner/manager track? Our four guest panelists bring a wide variety of experiences within the food and restaurant industries. They include: • Henry Mouton - Formerly COO/Sustainability Director of The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants, currently General Manager of Motherlove Herbal Company • Linda Griego - Founder and Owner of Java Raiz • Scott McCarthy - Co-Owner and Vice President of Hot Corner Concepts, a Northern Colorado restaurant group • Robert Poland - Co-Founder and Vice President of Mouco Cheesery Beverages and light appetizers provided for event
Speaker: Henry Mouton, Scott McCarthy, Linda Griego, Robert Poland

Tax Planning

Tuesday, May 19, 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

Wednesday, April 29, 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: Stefanie Dalgar, SBDC consultant
Friday, May 01, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Our world is in information overload. Wondering how you can gain some attention for your business in the social media world? This seminar will show you that effectively using Visual Marketing can not only get your brand and business noticed, it will likely gain you followers and increase the share ability of your information. The more often people see your information, the more likely they will seek you out to do business. Come find out the best visual marketing tools techniques and social media platforms, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google Hangout, to start marketing your business. Pre-Registration is Required.
Speaker: Alisa Conner, Ripple Effect Marketing
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Effective selling begins with establishing and maintaining relationships based on trust. Prospects are evaluating you beginning with your prospecting activity to determine if you might be someone that can be trusted with meeting their needs.
Speaker: Don Overcash, Sandler Training
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Introduces techniques used in social media marketing as an integral component of marketing campaigns for building brand awareness and promoting business. Learn tools which include internet forums, message boards, blogs, wikis, podcasts, picture sharing, video sharing, and social networking.
Speaker: Chuck Hahn, Small Business Specialist
Fee: $ 30.00
Friday, May 08, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Learn how to massively increase your sales with the latest trends for SEO, mobile, video and social media. In this workshop, you will learn top trends for WordPres, Local SEO, Google My Business, Video Advertising, and Mobile Marketing. Instructed by Jack Jostes, Constant Contact Local Area Expert PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Speaker: Jack Jostes
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
What exactly is social media? In its simplest definition, social media uses online and mobile tools to communicate user generated content. Why is this so important? User driven means you, and your potential clients can drive the conversation. The result? Connections with people that generate better information, better ideas, more directed sharing and better leads. Social media tools, such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube are completely changing the way people are marketing their companies and themselves. Social Media IS NOT for everyone. It demands time, authenticity, integrity and humanity. But for those who are ready and willing to commit to a social media marketing plan, be prepared to experience powerful results from your efforts. You must have opportunity before you have success. Leveraging the resources of social media, social networking and web 2.0 technologies will allow you to take full advantage of this new world of opportunity. In this class we will go over Social Media, what it is and how to use it effectively. We will review the following platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Youtube.
Speaker: Amy Alcorn, Aspen Grove Marketing
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
LinkedIn is a network with 65 million business professionals around the world. The average LinkedIn member has an average annual household income of $109,000. Nearly 50% of LinkedIn members have decision-making authority for their companies which is why LinkedIn is considered the world's largest audience of influential, affluent professionals in one place. Come learn how a company page can help you with your lead generation efforts. Timeline for workshop: 9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. Registration/Wifi registration/Networking 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m. Presentations followed by Q&A **Please note depending on pace of workshop end time may vary**
Speaker: Cory Arcarese, Owner CArc Media Digital Marketing Agency
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
If you understand the basics of the larger social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter but want to expand your business’s reach, this is the class for you. We will be covering the following platforms: • eNewsletters • Blogs • Google+ • Pinterest • Location based/review sites such as Foursquare
Speaker: Amy Alcorn, Aspen Grove Marketing
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Too many salespeople focus on selling and have not really considered whether the prospect is qualified to buy or not. Selling is the easy part of the process if the prospect has been properly qualified.
Speaker: Don Overcash, Sandler Training
Fee: $ 40.00

Government Contracting

Monday, April 27, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you a small business that can provide products or services for a highway or transit construction project? Are you interested in doing business with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) or working on local airport, street or bridge improvement projects? If so, this is the workshop for you! Come learn about upcoming opportunities with CDOT and how you can leverage small business certifications to get your foot in the door. The state of Colorado provides a US DOT contracting program designed for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). These are businesses owned by minorities and women in a wide range of industries from trucking, landscaping, dirt work, and traffic control to engineering, electrical, materials testing, and construction management. If your business fits the basic criteria, you can become certified as a DBE and attract business opportunities offered by local government and prime contractors. This workshop will explain what is required for certification and how to complete the application package. You may also be eligible to become certified as a CDOT Emerging Small Business (ESB) which is open to all small businesses that provide services for highway transportation projects. There is no minimum for how long you have been in business and you qualify if your business size is 50 percent of the SBA small business size standard. We will cover the benefits of the ESB program and how you can market the certification to primes. This workshop also counts toward the mandatory requirement for an ESB Orientation so you will be ready to complete the application immediately!
Speaker: Monica Vialpando, CDOT Region 5 Civil Rights Specialist Cathy Kramer, Connect2DOT Program Manager
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Description: This full day workshop is essential for all prime contractors and subcontractors working on CDOT highway construction contracts. Staff from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), including local Region Civil Rights Managers, will provide vital information about how to comply with CDOT and Federal contracting regulations. This annual workshop covers updates to federal regulations including: • FHWA 1273 • EEO Contract Requirements • DBE Requirements • ESB Program • CDOT Form 205 • OJT Requirements • Certified Payrolls • Davis-Bacon and Related Acts • Site of Work • Classification of workers • Prompt Payment Suggested Audience: Project Superintendents, Construction Contractor Employees, Consultant Project Managers, Payroll clerks, EEO Officers, Estimators, Others involved in construction contract administration Speakers Names: BethAnn Wieder, CDOT Project and Labor Compliance Manager CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center Speaker(s) Company: CDOT Speaker Website: www.codot.gov/business/civilrights/contractor-compliance For more information, please contact: Cathy Kramer Connect2DOT Program Manager (720) 624-6728 cathy.kramer@state.co.us
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you a small business that can provide products or services for a highway or transit construction project? Are you interested in doing business with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) or working on local airport, street or bridge improvement projects? If so, this is the workshop for you! Come learn about upcoming opportunities with CDOT and how you can leverage small business certifications to get your foot in the door. The state of Colorado provides a US DOT contracting program designed for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). These are businesses owned by minorities and women in a wide range of industries from trucking, landscaping, dirt work, and traffic control to engineering, electrical, materials testing, and construction management. If your business fits the basic criteria, you can become certified as a DBE and attract business opportunities offered by local government and prime contractors. This workshop will explain what is required for certification and how to complete the application package. You may also be eligible to become certified as a CDOT Emerging Small Business (ESB) which is open to all small businesses that provide services for highway transportation projects. There is no minimum for how long you have been in business and you qualify if your business size is 50 percent of the SBA small business size standard. We will cover the benefits of the ESB program and how you can market the certification to primes. This workshop also counts toward the mandatory requirement for an ESB Orientation so you will be ready to complete the application immediately!
Speaker: Monica Vialpando, CDOT Region 5 Civil Rights Specialist Cathy Kramer, Connect2DOT Program Manager
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