On the Horizon – 6/29/2007

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PPWFC networking groups and workshops

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is offering the following networking groups and workshops in July.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required at www.ppwfc.org. All workshops and networking groups are at the main office, 2306 Pikes Peak Ave.

Executive Group: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays

Professional Group: 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays

50-plus Job Seekers: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays

Veterans: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. first, second and fourth Wednesday

Job Match: Completing Your PPWFC Skills Profile – 10:30 a.m. to noon, July 5, 12, 19 or 26. You might be missing calls for jobs. In-depth guidance for registering your skills in the PPWFC statewide, job-matching system.

Job Shop: Guided Job Search – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10 or 24. Job search guidance and organization, including resume and portfolio development, job application, ads, networking, interviewing and negotiation.

Resume “Righting”: Resume and Portfolio Design – 9 to 10:30 a.m. July 5, 12 19 or 26. This session provides resume and portfolio basics, and is designed for those urgently needing a resume update or as a head-start for Job Shop.

Self Employment: The Driver’s Seat – 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 3, 17 or 31. Explore a range of resources for starting a business, including legal issues to keep in mind, while weighing the pros and cons of working for yourself.

SCORE hosting workshops for future entrepreneurs

The Service Corps of Retired Executives is hosting a free workshop entitled “Should you start your own business” on the following dates:

July 31, East Library Community Room

Aug. 21, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room

Sept. 11, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room

Oct. 4, East Library Community Room

Oct. 23, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room

Nov. 13, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room

Dec. 4, East Library Community Room

Dec. 18, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room

The Penrose Library is at 20 N. Cascade Ave. The East Library is at 5550 N. Union Blvd.

The workshops are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include information about the rewards of starting a small business, the attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning (including how to determine your cash requirements), and the legal form of your business entity.

Attendees also will be provided perspective about the risks and types of activity involved with owning a small business, the initial planning that should be done by anyone considering starting a small business and issues to consider before launching a business.

Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 636-3074 or visit www.coloradospringsscore.org/view_calendar.html

Workshops for military entrepreneurs

The Service Corps of Retired Executives is hosting workshops for military personnel who are considering leaving the service and starting a small business. The cost is $15 per participant or couple.

The presentation will include information about starting a business from scratch, purchasing a franchise and buying an existing business.

The workshops are from 8 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

Fort Carson, July 31 and Nov. 13. Call Leonardo Martinez at 526-1002 or 526-0394 to register.

Peterson Air Force Base, Aug. 1 and Nov. 7. Call Susan Golden at 556-6141 or 556-6323 to register.

Schriever Air Force Base, Aug. 28 and Nov. 20. Call Andrea Hernandez at 567-7340 or 567-7378 to register.

For more information, call the SCORE office at 636-3074.

BBB hosting series of communication seminars

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is hosting a series of seminars to help businesses improve their communication skills. Called “Sweet Talk,” the series will feature communication experts who will share techniques and information about enhancing the communication process.

The seminars are from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Adult Reading Room of the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. The cost is $15 for BBB members and $20 for non-members if paid in advance, and $25 for members and $30 for non-members if paid at the door.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Debbie Montoya at 636-5076, ext. 115, or debbiem@bbbsc.org.

Dates and topics include:

Aug. 2 — Customer Love: Keys to great customer service

Sept. 6 — Perfect PR: How to make media relations work for you

Oct. 4 — Sensei Skills: Mastering your presentation, how to research and develop your content, and Internet tech wonders

Nov. 1 — Take the Lead: Leadership, motivating, managing, role modeling

Dec. 6 — Corporation Connections: Networking, partnering, contact spheres, power teams, interfacing

Fraud 101 for small businesses

The Small Business Development Center is hosting a fraud prevention workshop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

The workshop will be taught by a certified fraud examiner and will include information about accounting functions critical to small businesses and the risk of fraud and fraud warning signs associated with cash receipts and accounts receivable, payroll, and cash disbursements and accounts payable.

The cost to attend is $40.

Register online at cssbdc.org. For more information, call 262-3844, ext. 100