On the Horizon – March 16, 2012

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March 19

Minding Your Business

Cheyenne Mountain Library hosts a Minding Your Business class at 6 p.m. for those interested in learning how to research starting or growing a business. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, marketing, demographics and more.

March 20

Start-up Basics

SCORE hosts a free workshop 6 to 9 p.m. at Fountain Corporate Center, 3595 East Fountain Blvd. to help entrepreneurs assess and document their business plans. SCORE is a national volunteer association, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, providing free and confidential counseling and seminars to small businesses. This is the first in a series of six sessions. For more information, visit www.coloradosprings.score.org/ or call 636-3074.

Business After Hours

The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce hosts “Business After Hours” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105, Palmer Lake. Cost is free for members; $5 for partner members and $10 for nonmembers.

March 22

Speed Networking

The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC host speed networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Pikes Peak Library District, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Cost is $20 for chamber and EDC members and $30 for nonmembers. Box lunches will be served. RSVP at www.coloradospringschamber.org or call 635-1551.

March 29

Minding Your Business

Penrose Library hosts “Minding Your Business” 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants can learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, marketing, demographics and more.

April 19

Sales Tax Class

The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a three-hour business tax class from 1 to 4 p.m. on the laws surrounding state sales and use taxes for Colorado businesses. This class is for new businesses, taxpayers considering opening a business, 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.co.us

Business Programs at Penrose Library

All library programs are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit ppld.org.

Excel I

Participants will learn how to set up, manipulate and format a basic spreadsheet. Prerequisites: Computer 101 or experience using a mouse and keyboard.

8:30 to 10 a.m. March 22

Investment Tools at Your Library

Participants will learn about resources that can help you become a better informed investor. The seminar includes print, online databases and free websites as well as Valueline and Morningstar.

8:30 to 10 a.m. March 31