On the Horizon – June 1, 2012

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June 2

BBB’s Letter Rip Day in Canon City

The Better Business Bureau, Mobile Record Shredders, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado and KRLN radio host a free document shredding day from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Goodwill Retail Center, 910 Main Street, Canon City. The public is invited to bring as many as five boxes of documents. Plastics, cardboard, magazines, and files more than a half inch thick cannot be accepted. Those who wish to bring more than five boxes will be charged $5 per each additional box and proceeds will benefit Discover Goodwill.

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. 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. 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 8 and 9

Basic computer training

The City of Colorado Springs, in partnership with Pikes Peak Community College and Pikes Peak Library District, offer two free training programs: June 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Department Complex, Printers Parkway; and June 9 from 8 to 10 a.m.at the East Side Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The goal is to offer training on a periodic basis including basic computer and Internet skills and provide awareness to electronically available government information. To sign up call 389-8968.

June 9

Garden of the Gods 10 mile run/Expo

Vendors and nonprofit organizations interested in having a booth space at the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run Expo should contact Adam Vernon at ppmsponsorship@gmail.com. Booth space is free. The Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

The Better Business Bureau and the Small Business Development Center are co-hosting the 2012 Small Business Day from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel. This year’s theme is managing crisis communication in the age of social media. Three communications experts — Rich Jennings, Jim Licko and Laura Love — will lead an interactive workshop from 8 to 10:30 a.m. For details contact Marjorie Noleen at 719-636-5076 ext. 100 or Shawna Markiewicz at 719-255-5215. To RSVP, go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code BBBSC613. Reservations must be received by June 11.

CEO Workshop

The Colorado Springs Marketing Group, the largest collaboration of marketing agencies in Southern Colorado, hosts the 3rd annual CEO Workshop from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator. The third annual CEO workshop will deliver insights and actionable best practices in mobile marketing to boost bottom-line profits. Registration is $35 per person and includes a breakfast networking session and a takeaway DVD for reference. To register, go to www.coloradospringsmarketinggroup.com.

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.

June 16 and 17

35th Annual Springs Spree looking for vendors

The Springs Spree 2012 is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 16, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 17 at Memorial Park. The event gives local businesses an opportunity to promote and sell their products to thousands of people who attend the annual festival. Any and all types of businesses are welcome to reserve a booth at Springs Spree as long as they meet requirements of a family friendly festival. Last year’s Springs Spree drew a crowd of about 70,000 people. To reserve a booth go to SpringsSpree.org or call Mike Tapia at 719-233-4553.

June 16

Government to Business Outreach

Businesses have the opportunity to meet the Colorado Springs area DoD Small Business Specialists from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut Street, room 252. SBSs will provide briefings on their organization’s contracting needs and the other agencies will pass on information on their programs. From 1 to 4 p.m. there will be a presentation “See Excellence,” describing successful projects and teams in state and local procurement offices in Colorado. The presenter is Richard Pennington, a Colorado PTAC board director and former director of the Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement.

June 27

Business Growth Conference

Revenue North will host a Business Growth Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. Attendees will have access to more than 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. Learn more at www.revenuenorth.com.

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 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 beginners and experienced grant writers. 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.