On the Horizon – April 8, 2011

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April 8

Funding Your Business

The Small Business Development Center will host a class for businesses looking for money to start or expand their business. Taught by a local banker, topics covered include business loans over $100K, micro loans, and SBA loans. The seminar will also explain the lending process and what lenders are looking for; organizing your loan proposal; how to negotiate a loan; identifying internal and external sources of money; and differentiating between equity and debt financing. The class will be held form 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register by calling (719) 255-3844.

Minding Your Business

The Pikes Peak Library District will host a class about electronic databases and websites for business use. This class covers competition, vendors, target markets, industry outlook, financing, advertising and marketing.

Call (719) 531-6333 for more information.

April 16

Colorado Springs Fork & Bottle

The 7th annual Colorado Springs Fork & Bottle food-and-wine extravaganza is scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 16 GOCA 121, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, at 121 S. Tejon St. in the Plaza of the Rockies next to Nosh. Sample hors d’oeuvres and desserts from the city’s top caterers and restaurants and enjoy the exhibit, Breaking the Sound Barrier: Sonic Art 1860-2011.

Proceeds benefit Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School.

Cost at the door is $40 per person. Reserve in advance for $35 per person. Call 719-636-3084 to reserve tickets or visit: www.coloradospringsforkandbottle.org.

April 21

Goodwill 50th Anniversary Dinner

Goodwill will celebrate 50 years of improving lives at its April 21 Annual Dinner. Recognition will be extended to businesses and individuals who helped create opportunity and independence for individuals who have overcome barriers to independence.

The public is invited to attend the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. at The Broadmoor. Tickets are $65 per person or $650 for a table of 10. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting www.goodwill-colosprings.org by April 14.

April 26

Business building blocks in a digital world

The Pikes Peak Library District will host a class about protecting business information in a wireless world from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26.

Call (719) 531-6333 for more information.

April 28

Nonprofit Workshop

The Pikes Peak Library District will host a class from 8 to 10 a.m. April 28 about the role individual donors play in your fundraising strategy, methods for identifying potential major gift donors, and the research tools for effective cultivation and solicitation strategies. Registration is required.

Call Amy Rodda at 531-6333, ext, 2335 to register.

May 5

Common legal ssues when starting a small business

The Small Business Development Center will host a class about common legal issues when starting a small business, including legal entities, business licenses and taxes, contracts and leases, marketing and advertising practices, intellectual property protection and bankruptcy.

Register by calling (719) 255-3844.

May 13

Funding Your Business

The Small Business Development Center will host a class for businesses looking for money to start or expand their business. Taught by a local banker, topics covered include business loans over $100K, micro loans, and SBA loans. The seminar will also explain the lending process and what lenders are looking for; organizing your loan proposal; how to negotiate a loan; identifying internal and external sources of money; and differentiating between equity & debt financing.

Register by calling (719) 255-3844.

May 19

Basics of BookKeeping

The Small Business Development Center will host a class about the basics of bookkeeping. This workshop is designed for the entrepreneur with little or no experience in business accounting and is taught by a local CPA. It will cover functions of record keeping; cash versus accrual systems; recording transactions; revenue, expenses, and depreciations; and accounts payable and receivable.

Register by calling (719) 255-3844.

June 8

Basics of Bookkeeping

The Small Business Development Center will host a class about the basics of bookkeeping. This workshop is designed for the entrepreneur with little or no experience in business accounting and is taught by a local CPA. It will cover functions of record keeping; cash versus accrual systems; recording transactions; revenue, expenses, and depreciations; and accounts payable and receivable.

June 17

Funding Your Business

The Small Business Development Center will host a class for businesses looking for money to start or expand their business. Taught by a local banker, topics covered include business loans over $100K, micro loans, and SBA loans. The seminar will also explain the lending process and what lenders are looking for; organizing your loan proposal; how to negotiate a loan; identifying internal and external sources of money; and differentiating between equity and debt financing.

Register by calling (719) 255-3844.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center holds the following workshops on a regular basis. 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.

CSI: Career Scene Investigation

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

A hands-on, exploration tool 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.

Managing Stress

10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays

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 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 the first and second Thursdays of every month, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Register online at www.ppwfc.org for the veterans’ session.