On the Horizon – March 30, 2012

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April 2

TEDxCSU

Tickets for Colorado State University’s TEDxCSU, featuring former Gov. Bill Ritter and eTown host Nick Forrester, are now on sale through the Fort Collins Lincoln Center website. The event will be at 2 p.m. at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center Performance Hall, 417 W. Magnolia St. Fort Collins. Tickets are free for CSU students and $12 for the general public. To purchase tickets, visit www.lctix.com. TEDxCSU is an event designed for the university and Fort Collins communities to hear speakers address different aspects of environmental sustainability such as energy, education, design and the effects of language on the future of sustainability.

April 5

Masterminds networking

El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen will speak at the Springs Masterminds Group at 7:30 a.m. at Aspen Pointe Café, El Paso County Citizen Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road. The meeting is free and open to the public. RSVP to David.Alley@canonbank.com.

April 6

CC business seminar series

David Mushinski, professor of economics at Colorado State University, will present “Gender Difference in the Impact of Preferences on the Decision to Become an Entrepreneur” at 4 p.m. in Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. as part of the economics and business department seminar series. Mushinski teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses including econometrics, principles, public economics, law and economics and health economics. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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.

SCORE and SBA luncheon

SCORE and the Small Business Administration host a “Helping Today’s Small Business” luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. The event features Michael Chodos, associate administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, SBA and Ken Yancey, SCORE CEO. Chodos oversees the agency’s counseling, training and mentoring programs for entrepreneurs and business coaches. Yancey has helped develop SCORE into an organization that has served more than 9.5 million business owners. Discussion topics include the economy, the political climate and SCORE services. Cost is $24 for lunch and $192 for table of eight. RSVP at http://coloradosprings.score.org/

April 11

Open house, Woodmen Road corridor

The City of Colorado Springs will hold a public open house at 5:30 p.m. at Jenkins Middle School cafeteria, 6410 Austin Bluffs Parkway, to provide information on phase 2 of the Woodmen Road corridor improvement project. The project stretches along Woodmen Road from I-25 to Powers Boulevard. Phase 2 includes safety improvements, sidewalks, bike lanes, aesthetics and landscaping from Stinson Road to Powers Boulevard as well as widening the existing roadway from four lanes to six lanes from Sam’s Club to Lexington Drive. These improvements are a continued effort to reduce congestion along Woodmen Road.

April 24

Spring lecture

Christina D. Romer, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, will deliver the 2012 Spring H. Chase Stone Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. Romer, who resigned from the Council of Economic Advisers in 2010, teaches in the department of economics at the University of California-Berkeley. She has done work on fiscal and monetary policy from the Great Depression to the present, using notes from the meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee and the materials prepared by Fed staff to study how the Federal Reserve makes its decisions. Her recent work (with David Romer) has focused on the impact of tax policy on government and general economic growth.

Business Programs at Penrose Library

All library programs are free unless otherwise noted.

For more information, visit ppld.org.

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

Nonprofit Workshop — Program Evaluation

What is your impact? Is it the impact you want — or need — to have? How do you evaluate and document it? These are the central questions of this hands-on workshop. Organizations that focus on having high impact through a few mission-critical, change-based programs are those that thrive.

8 to 10 a.m. April 5

Minding Your Business

Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites that will help you find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, marketing, demographics and more.

8:30 to 10 a.m. April 10

7 to 8:30 p.m. April 23

PowerPoint I

Learn the parts of the PowerPoint screen and how to create a basic slideshow. Prerequisites: Word 2 and experience using a computer mouse and keyboard.

7:15 to 8:30 p.m. April 16

Excel I

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. April 17

Nonprofit Workshop — The Funding Plan

This workshop takes participants through the key plan components, offers a suggested planning timeline and process. The workshop is free, registration is required. Contact Amy Rodda at 531-6333 ext. 2335 to register.

8 to 10 a.m. April 18