On the Horizon – June 22, 2012

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June 26

BBB explains QR codes

The Better Business Bureau will host a crash course on the use of QR codes, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 25 N. Wahsatch. Learn what they are, why they matter, and most importantly, how they can be used to reach young professionals in today’s high-tech world. To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: BBBSC626 (One word, not case sensitive).

Chamber University

The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC host Chamber University at 7:30 a.m. at Webster University, 5475 Tech Center Drive. Guest speaker is Jo McGuire of Conspire — a drug and alcohol testing business. McGuire will discuss employer rights related to employees who test positive for marijuana on a post-accident test, but who have a state-issued medical marijuana card. Cost is $5 for chamber and EDC members and $15 for nonmembers. Register online at www.ColoradoSpringsChamber.org.

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.

For Your Business: Understanding Financial Statements

Ent Business Banking and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center host “Understanding Financial Statements from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 7350 Campus Drive, second floor. This seminar will cover balance sheets, income statements, statement of cash flow, financial projections and budgeting. RSVP by calling 574-1100 ext. 6670 or 800-525-9623 ext 6670. Include your name, telephone number and number of attendees.

College Football Kickoff luncheon

The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. hosts its annual college football kickoff luncheon at noon at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Colorado State coach Jim McElwain and Air Force Falcons Troy Calhoun, whose teams will face off Sept. 29, will both be at the luncheon. Tickets, Tables: $250 (Sports Corp. members or school booster clubs) $350 for others; Individual tickets: $25/$35. Contact Lincoln Floyd at the Sports Corp. for reservations: 634-7333, ext. 1000, or by e-mail at: lincoln@thesportscorp.org

Breakfast at Trinity’s

The Better Business Bureau hosts its monthly networking breakfast, Buzz with the Bs at 7:30 a.m. at Trinity Brewing Company, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road. Admission is $13 in advance; $16 at the door.

A buffet breakfast will be served. To register, go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: BBBSC627 or call Kelly Clark at 636-5076 ext. 114, or 866-206-1094 ext. 114, or kellyu@bbbsc.org.

June 28

State of the City

The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC will host the State of the City luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Antlers Hilton Hotel. Mayor Steve Bach, after one year in office as the city’s first strong mayor, will comment on jobs and transforming the city government and building community. Cost is $30 for chamber and EDC members and $40 for non-members. Corporate tables are $350. For details, go to www.coloradospringschamber.org

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. Register by June 1 at www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us.

July 10

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 location and to register, go to www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us

Maximize Your Productivity

Tri-Lakes Business Incubator hosts a meeting on maximizing productivity from 1 to 2 p.m. at the incubator, 14960 Woodcarver Road. The event is free but registration is required. Go to www.trilakesbi.org

July 26-27

Grant Writing workshop

The City hosts a Grant Writing USA two-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.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. Email questions to cs@grantwritingusa.com or call 1-800-814-8191.