On the Horizon – November 4, 2011

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Nov. 5

Fall Business Expo

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its Fall Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Valley Events Center, 6436 S. Hwy 85/87 (behind Applebees). The event features 65 exhibitors, which will distribute information, coupons and of course SWAG (Stuff We All Get) such as key chains, pens, samples and other goodies. There will be food concessions and door prize drawings. Businesses wishing to participate should contact the Chamber office at 719-382-3190.

Nov. 8

Enron whistle blower talks

Sherron Watkins, a former Enron vice president and a Time magazine 2002 Person of the Year, will share her story of what went wrong at Enron 10 years ago and the importance of ethical business leadership at 5:30 p.m. at the Penrose House Pavilion as part of a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs initiative to instill business ethnics. The event is free and open to the public. To attend, respond to www.elpomar.org/forum.

Fort Carson environmental restoration

Fort Carson hosts its bi-annual Restoration Advisory Board public meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Carson Green Building, building 2410 to discuss environmental restoration projects on post. The RAB meetings offer informative presentations on a variety of ongoing site cleanup projects. For more information about the RAB and to find out about access to Fort Carson and for directions to the meeting, call the Installation Restoration Program Coordinator at 526-8004.

HVAC and its impact on business

The Tri-Lakes Business Incubator and Tolin Mechanical host a seminar on the role of HVAC in your business and types of maintenance programs 7 to 8 p.m. at 14960 Woodcarver Road. For details call 481-4877 ext. 100.

Nov. 9

“In Case of Emergency, Break Glass”

The Colorado Springs Executive Women International Chapter has its meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Colorado Springs Country Club, 3333 Templeton Gap Road. The event features Mary Kelly, CEO of Productive Leaders and author of six leadership books. RSVP to Patty Klase at 572-6500 or pklase@rockeysmoving.com. For details visit, www.springsewi.com.

Exiting Your Business

More businesses will be sold in the next 10 years than ever before and Ent Business Banking and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center are hosting a seminar to discuss options and being prepared. The seminar is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7350 Campus Drive, second floor. RSVP to 574-1100 ext. 6670 and include name, telephone number and number of people attending.

Nov. 10

Doing Business with the Government 101

A seminar on everything you always wanted to know about doing business with the government from 1 to 3 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Business Incubator, 14960 Woodcarver Road. Admission is free, but registration is required. Contact Heather McEntee, info@trilakesbi.org, 719-481-4877 ext. 100

Nov. 10

BBB’s Excellence in Customer Service Award Writing Workshop

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will hold a free writing workshop for its 18th annual Excellence in Customer Service Award program from 8 to 11 a.m. at Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St. This event is for any company wishing to participate in the EICS process, which begins by creating an organizational profile. To register online, go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code EICS1110 or contact Kelly Clark at 636-5076 ext. 114, or kellyc@bbbsc.org.

Nov. 11

Buzz with the B’s

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Business Network International host a networking breakfast from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge, 3400 N. Nevada. Guest speaker is Janna Hoiberg, a certified executive business coach who will talk discuss how to get repeat customers. Cost is $12 with a reservation and $15 at the door. To register, go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: BBBSC1111 or contact Kelly Clark at 636-5076 ext. 114 or kellyc@bbbsc.org.

Womens Express Network

Caryn August will be the featured speaker at the Colorado Springs Womens Express Network luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Club. She will demonstrate how to go from the office to the office party with a few changes and how to get the most out of your wardrobe this holiday season. Cost is $25. For details and to RSVP go to www.CSWEN.org.

Nov. 15

Networking 101

Stephanie Cates presents Networking 101 and will discuss different possibilities that would change your marketing strategy and help your sales become 100 percent word of mouth generated, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Business Incubator, 14960 Woodcarver Road. Cost is $15 for TLBI members; $20 for non-members. To register, contact Heather McEntee, info@trilakesbi.org, 719-481-4877 ext. 100.

Nov. 17

BBB Benefits 101

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s monthly Benefits 101 class will be noon to 1 p.m. at 25 N. Wahsatch Ave. Participants will be introduced to the multitude of benefits they would receive as a BBB Accredited Business. The event is free. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP online, go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: Benefits1117.

Economics and Business Seminar Series

The economics and business department seminar series presents “The Economic Crisis and the (Ethical) Crisis in Economics” by George DeMartino, professor and co-director of the University of Denver’s master’s degree in global finance, trade, and economic integration, at 4 p.m. at Colorado College, Palmer Hall, room 121. DeMartino’s research interests include economics and ethics, political economy, international economic integration and industrial relations. His book “The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economics Ethics,” Oxford University Press, is forthcoming.

Pikes Peak Library District hosts a number of business workshops at Penrose Library. All workshops are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit ppld.org.

Minding Your Business: Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job, 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites that will help you find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, marketing, demographics and more. Register online or by calling 531-6333, ext. 2308.

Investment Tools: Learn what resources are available in print to help you become a better informed investor, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 8.

Nonprofit Workshop: Learn how to identify foundation and corporate giving programs using free online databases, 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 10.

Career Compass: This class is both an introduction to library resources for job seekers and computer lab time with assistance, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Some possible topics include resume and cover letter writing, career and industry research, job searches, etc. Please contact the instructor prior to class with your specific needs.

Westlaw Training for the Public: A West representative will provide training on how to use Westlaw, the legal research database available at Penrose Library, 10 to 11 .m. Nov. 11. Register online at ppld.org.

Excel I: Learn the basics of Excel, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 17. Registration is required by calling 389-8968.

Nonprofit Workshop — From Managing Toward Governing: Investing in your board to become high functioning and dynamic, 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 30. The workshop is designed for board members and executives to highlight the fundamental qualities and activities that can move your board from managing to high performance. Registration is required by calling 531-6333 ext. 2335.