On the Horizon – January 13, 2012

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Jan. 19

2012 Economic Forecast

Vectra Bank hosts a 2012 Economic Forecast breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Ted Mossman, market president, Pikes Peak Region,; Thomas Zwirlein, professor of finance, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,; and George Feiger, CEO, Contango Capital Advisors, discuss challenges, bright spots and unknowns for the coming year. For details e-mail rondi.biloff@vectrabank.com.

Hands-On Online Marketing & Social Media — Part I

Tri-Lakes Business Incubator hosts a two-part workshop, with the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 14960 Woodcarver Road. Bring your own lunch. The cost is $15 for TLBI members and $20 for non-members (Pre-payment required) Call 481-4877 ext. 100 to register. The workshop will cover: how to determine which online marketing options and social media sites are best for your business; successful components of small business websites; what you need to know to improve your online marketing results; and how to use social media — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn — to effectively supplement your business website.

Sign Code hearing

The City of Colorado Springs Land Use Review Division is updating the City Sign Code and will host a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. at the City Planning Commission meeting to discuss updates to the existing sign ordinance. The meeting will be on the second floor of the Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle. The draft addresses four identified priorities: make needed code clarifications; address aesthetic issues; improve the use of sign packages and plans; and, respond to new technologies (address electronic message centers, also known as LED signs). View the current draft and at www.SpringsGov.com/2011SignCode.

Investing doesn’t have to be dicey

Barbara Harris with Harris Group Realty, Inc. will present the first in a series of seminars to explain the “Benefits and Realities of Real Estate Investing” at 6:30 p.m. at ENT Federal Credit Union on Campus Drive. This seminar is free. For details and to RSVP, call Jane at 227-9900.

Jan. 20-21

Small Business Growth Summit

Revenue North Small Business Growth Summit at Antlers Hilton Hotel features 60 sessions on the topic of growing business by local experts such as Action Coach CEO/President Chuck Kocher, who will discuss tips on how to grow a business, and Colorado Springs Technology Incubator CEO Ric Denton, who will talk about getting funding for start-ups. The cost is $99 per person, or $299 for a five-member staff, to attend the two-day event. For details, visit www.revenuenorth.com.

Jan 20

Statement on Health

The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce hosts Make a Statement on Health, a free community event from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Bring business cards and mix and mingle. For details call 575-4327.

Jan. 21

Take the Lead

A new series presenting an engaging and informative dialogue on financial topics focusing primarily on women and how they invest, donate, organize their personal financial life and plan for personal and family issues related to aging is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The program is a presentation of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District and the PPLD Foundation in collaboration with Artemis. The first session will feature local experts speaking on taking the lead, investing and estate planning. To reserve a spot for this free event, call 531-6333, ext. 1212.

Jan. 24

From Business Owner to Employer

Tri-Lakes Business Incubator hosts a seminar on hiring employees who contribute to business success from 10 to 11 a.m. at 14960 Woodcarver Road. Cost is $5 for TLBI members and $10 for non-members (Pre-payment required) Call 481-4877 ext. 100 to register and prepay.

Jan. 26

Networking 101

Tri-Lakes Business Incubator hosts the seminar 4 to 6 p.m. at 14960 Woodcarver Road. Cost is $15 for TLBI members and $20 for non-members (Pre-payment required) Call 481-4877 ext. 100 to register and prepay. The seminar explores the different possibilities that would change your marketing strategy and help your sales become 100 percent word of mouth generated.

Food for thought

The Colorado Springs Diversity Forum’s Food for Thought program is seeking people interested in cultivating new ideas and having stimulating conversations to join its fifth Food for Thought Dinner and Dialogue series. This community building project encourages diverse groups of people to meet and share a meal, five times over a six month period, to discuss challenging subjects. The initial kickoff event allows participants to introduce themselves, to agree to ground rules, and to select discussion topics.

The first meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 South Hancock Expressway.

Jan. 28

“Yes, I Can”

Educating Children of Color organization hosts its fifth annual event- “Yes, I Can” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs to discuss dismantling the cradle to prison pipeline for children of color and children in poverty through education. The Summit is sponsored by the El Pomar Foundation, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council and is for students in grades 9 — 12, undergraduate college students under age 21, parents and professionals. For details and registration go to www.educatingchildrenofcolor.org.

Feb. 23

Business tax class

The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a three-hour business tax class from 1 to 4 p.m. regarding the laws surrounding state sales and use taxes applicable to businesses conducting sales in Colorado. This class is for new businesses in Colorado, taxpayers considering opening a business in Colorado, tax preparers consulting with Colorado clients on this topic, and/or those who need a refresher course on Colorado sales/use tax laws. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Details can be found at www.TaxSeminars.state.com.

Business Programs at the Library

All library programs are free unless otherwise noted.

For more information, visit ppld.org.

Minding Your Business

Learn about resources to help you look for a job, start a business or grow the business you own or work for. The covers print sources, online databases and free websites.

8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 19 — Penrose Library

Excel I class

Learn the basics of Excel. Registration is required by calling 389-8968.

8:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 17 — Penrose Library

Investment Tools at Your Library

Learn what resources are available in print to help you become a better informed investor. Includes print, online database and websites as well as ValueLine and Morningstar.

8:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 31 — Penrose Library

Career Compass Lab

Learn about library resources that can help with your job search, resume, and interviewing skills. Call 389-8968 to register.

8:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 24 — East Library