On the Horizon – May 18, 2012

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May 18

Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

Tickets are on sale now for the Sports Hall of Fame annual banquet and induction ceremony, presented for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. The banquet is Oct. 30 at the Colorado Springs World Arena. A sold-out crowd of 700 was on hand last year. Reservations for tables or seats can be made by calling Lincoln Floyd at the Sports Corp 719-634-7333, ext. 1000 or by e-mail at: lincoln@thesportscorp.org

May 22

Start-Up Basics workshop

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

May 24

Breakfast at Trinity’s

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado hosts its monthly networking breakfast, Buzz with the Bs, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Trinity Brewing Company, 1466 Garden of the Gods. Cost is $13 with a reservation and $16 at the door. A buffet breakfast will be served. To register go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: BBBbuzz524 or call Kelly Clark at 636-5076 ext. 114 or email at kellyc@bbbsc.org.

Business Expo

Reservations are being accepted for booth space for the Springs Business Expo, which is from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center. Booths start at $300. For details call 635-1551.

May 30

Behave like a Middle Market Company

The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC, in partnership with BiggsKofford and Action Coach, host “Behave Like a Middle Market Company: Change Your State of Mind to Build Company Value” from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Cost for Chamber & EDC members is $75 for the first person from a company and then $50 per additional person from that company. Cost for non-members is $100 per person. For details call 719-635-1551.

June 5

Start-Up Basics Workshop

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

June 6 and 20

Social Media for Business Series

SCORE offers a two-part series 6:30 to 8:30p.m. June 6 and 20 at the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. to help businesses use social media to promote their business. Topics include best places to be online, optimizing your website for search engines and how to integrate social media sites like Facebook with your website. Registration required: visit http://coloradosprings.score.org/ or call 636-3074. Cost is $20 and includes both sessions.

June 7

PPRTA Open House

The City hosts a Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 7, at the City Administration Building in Suite 102. Information on the list of projects being considered, if the capital portion of the sales tax is extended with voter approval, will be available for review and comment.

June 12

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. For details and to register go to www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us

June 13

Small Business Day

Small Business Day will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel. The event includes a Better Business Bureau interactive workshop; networking, and awards luncheon hosted by the Small Business Development Center. The morning workshop includes Rich Jennings, Jim Licko and Laura Love, who will discuss social media for small businesses. For details contact Marjorie Noleen at 719-636-5076 ext. 100 or Shawna Markiewicz at 719-255-5215.

June 14

Manufacturing/Assembly Job Fair

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center hosts a manufacturing/assembly job fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Veterans are allowed early entry at 10 a.m.

July 6

Business Tax Symposium

The Colorado Department of Revenue and several home-rule municipalities offer an all-day Business Tax Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Denver. The seminar is for businesses located in and outside Colorado, tax preparers who prepare sales/use tax returns for Colorado businesses, tax-exempt organizations and anyone else interested in learning more about Colorado sales/use tax laws should attend. Register by June 1 at www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us.

July 26-27

Grant Writing workshop

The City hosts a Grant Writing USA two-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. at the Mountain Metropolitan Transit facility, 1015 Transit Drive — off Hancock Expressway, between Fountain and Union. You do not have to be associated with the City to register. The cost is $425 which includes tuition, workbook, a resource CD and lifetime, free access to Grant Writing USA’s alumni forums. Various continuing education and university credit are available for this class. For details on this aspect, visit http://grantwritingusa.com/ceu.html. The workshop is designed for grant writers from beginners to experienced. Grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Topics covered include: How and where to find grants; how to write winning grants; understanding the difference between organizational needs and needs of the community; developing credibility as an applicant; researching, measuring and objectively articulating community need for a proposed grant; and measuring impacts. Questions can also be emailed to cs@grantwritingusa.com or call 1-800-814-8191.

June 27

Revenue North Business Growth

Revenue North will host a Business Growth Conference June 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. The Revenue North Business Growth Summit features 55 sessions for $99 per person or $299 for a five-member staff, with a money-back guarantee. Session topics include brand development, lead generation and conversion, social media marketing, customer service, word of mouth marketing and keys to hiring the right people. For details www.revenuenorth.com.