On the Horizon – January 21, 2011

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Jan. 25

Franchising 101

Learn the basics of franchising from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Penrose Library downtown. Attendance is free.

Investment tools at the Library

This class is designed to teach how to use free resources at the library to track your investments. This class will teach you how to research companies and industries as well as specific types of investments. It is scheduled from 8:30 — 10 a.m. at the Penrose Library downtown. Attendance is free.

Jan. 25

Retirement Red Zone: Strategies for income planning

Ent Federal Credit Union will offer a class about retirement from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ent’s central office, 7350 Campus Drive.

Jan. 26

Grantseeking for nonprofits

This class is designed to teach how to identify foundation and corporate giving programs using free online databases accessible through the Pikes Peak Library District. Learn to search the Foundation Directory Online, the Colorado Grants Guide, and other online databases. The class is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Call Amy Rodda at (719) 531-6333, ext. 2335 to register.

Feb. 1

U.S. Green Building Council WinterGreen Celebration

The fourth annual U.S. Green Business Council WinterGreen Celebration is scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at Colorado College’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. The event will be a celebration of the successes of sustainability in Southern Colorado. Food and drinks will be served and a keynote address is scheduled from Sean Smith, USGBC Colorado residential green building advocate and host of the HGTV show “Professional Grade.” Registration is free. RSVP at http://usgreenbuildingcouncilcolorado.memberlodge.org/southern

Feb. 3

Lecture: Patent reforms and export specialization

The Colorado College economics and business department will host Keith Maskus, Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado-Boulder, who will present the fifth lecture in an economics seminar series. Maskus is a specialist in various aspects of international trade. His current research focuses on the international economic aspects of protecting intellectual property rights. The free lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m., at the Palmer Hall Room 121 on the Colorado College campus.

Feb. 26

Springs regional history competition

The final rounds of the Colorado Springs Regional National History Day competition are scheduled for 8 a.m. Feb. 26 at Palmer Hall and Tutt Science Center. Attendance is free.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center will hold the following workshops in January. There is no charge to attend, but attendees must register with Connecting Colorado, the state job search database, at www.connectingcolorado.com.

Workforce Center Orientation

9 or 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Online Job Search and Applications

10 a.m. to noon Jan. 13 and 27

CSI: Career Scene Investigation

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays

A Hands-on, exploration tools to survey interests, occupations, required training, wages, and labor market information for clues to your career plan.

Basic computer skills needed. To register, call (719) 667 -3790.

Self Employment: The Driver’s Seat

9 to 10 a.m., Jan 6 and 20

For those who want to be the boss and have an entrepreneurial personality. Explore a range of business start-up resources on enterprise zones, marketing and regulations. Register online at www.ppwfc.org

Federal Jobs: How to Apply

January 19, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

January 26, 10:30 to noon

This workshop provides hands-on help with complex Federal Job Application process. Register online at www.ppwfc.org for Veterans sessions.

Managing Stress

10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Learn tips and techniques for dealing with stress. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome.

Job Search: Interview Skills and Network Techniques

9 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesdays

Interviewing begins with networking — both in person and online via social media. Learn techniques to mine for job leads, answer interview questions and negotiate salary. Register online at www.ppwfc.org or call (719) 667-3790.

Resume ‘Righting!’ — Resume and Portfolio Design

These sessions provide intermediate to advanced resume and portfolio guidance.

2 to 4 p.m. Mondays

10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays

Network Groups: Ongoing job search and support on trends and leads

Job Search Group: Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon. No registration required.

50+ Job Seekers Group: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon. No registration required.

Veterans: Regular sessions on Jan. 5 and 12, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Register online at www.ppwfc.org for the veteran’s session.