On the Horizon – November 2, 2012

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Nov. 2

Film Festival

Tickets are on sale for the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Nov. 2-4 at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The festival opens Nov. 2 with the award-winning film “Trash Dance.” Full festival pass is $125. Opening night gala is $65. Weekend pass is $70. Saturday pass is $40. For a schedule go to www.rmwfilmfest.org. For tickets, call 226-0450.

Nov. 6

Planning Your Exit Strategy

The Small Business Development Center hosts “Planning Your Exit Strategy” workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at the SBDC, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Cost is $20. More businesses will be sold in the next 10 years than in years past. Whether an owner is starting a business today, or has been around for 30 years, at some point, the owner will exit the business. The workshop aims to help owners be prepared and understand their business valuation.

Nov. 7

SBDC sales workshop

The Small Business Development Center hosts “Increase Sales Through Focus” workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. at the SBDC, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. The workshop aims to help participants be better able to strategically develop and implement solutions to increase efficiencies and profits within hours. Attendees will learn how to strategically develop the most important piece of their sales cycle, the actual process they take from handshake to close. Cost is $20.

Nov. 8

CASA 4-1-1 Night

Learn how to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate and assist children in their court cases of abuse, neglect or severe domestic conflict. CASA 4-1-1 Night is at 5:30 p.m., 701 S. Cascade Ave. For more information contact Kelly at 447-9898, ext. 1033 or visit www.casappr.org.

Nov. 9

Newborn Hope luncheon

Newborn Hope will celebrate 40 years of serving Colorado at its luncheon and fashion show at The Broadmoor. The Scott McKechnie family will be featured at the event. For details, visit www.newbornhope.org.

PVG entrepreneurs’ breakfast

Peak Venture Group hosts a breakfast meeting from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road. Keynote speakers are father and son Brian and Paul Hegarty. Brian was co-founder of Signal Processing Technologies, a spin-out from Honeywell, and co-founder of NVX Corp., which developed industry technology for manufacturing flash memories. Paul was hired by Steve Jobs to help start NeXT. Later, he co-founded a software company and now teaches at Stanford University. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For details go to www.peakventure.org.

Nov. 13

Pitch Night

Entrepreneurs with an idea for a new startup are invited to Pitch Night at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 188, on University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus. Pitch Night was launched last year by Peak Venture Group and Startup Colorado Springs so that people with startup ideas can pitch them before a group of seasoned business leaders and possibly investors and receive instant feedback. Each startup/entrepreneur has five minutes to pitch an idea and will receive five minutes of questions and feedback from the audience.

Nov. 15

Entrepreneurship for Boomers

The Center for Productive Longevity, which serves as the bridge between older people and opportunities for them to continue in productive activities, is hosting “Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Baby Boomers“ series at University College on the University of Denver campus. To register and view the agenda, visit www.ctrpl.org/november-15-2012. Participants must be 50 and older. The day will include presentations from three successful 50+ entrepreneurs and two rounds of interactive breakout sessions on topics relating to new-business creation and how to become an entrepreneur.

BBB Benefits 101

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado hosts its monthly Benefits 101 seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 25 N. Wahsatch Ave. Participants will have an opportunity to network with fellow accredited businesses and be introduced to the benefits members receive as a BBB AB. The event is free and open to all companies in southern Colorado. RSVP online at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: BBB1115.