On the Horizon – January 11, 2013

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Paying for college

Barbara Swiatek, with the National Association of College Funding Advisors, will host a free workshop on “How to Pay for College without Going Broke” from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Swiatek will discuss federal financial aid forms and give tips on how to pick a college that has the best financial aid packages.

Jan. 15

State of the world

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts the second-annual “State of the World” discussion from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. at the Antlers Hilton, featuring Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic and senior fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. The discussion will center on the global challenges President Obama will face in his second term.

H&R Block Waldo Canyon fire tax information

A tax talk for Waldo Canyon fire victims and others affected by recent disasters in Colorado — late filing and late payment allowances in federally declared disaster areas, casualty losses, fee waivers — will be at 6 p.m. at the Rockrimmon Library.

Oil and gas work session

City Council will host an oil and gas regulations work session from 3 to 6 p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., Council chambers, third floor. Officials will address the key questions put forward by Council regarding Ordinance 12-106, which pertains to proposed oil and gas regulations. Discussion includes air quality, inspectors and enforcement, updates, water availability, water quality and zoning/setbacks. Public comment not permitted. Public comment will be permitted at a future public hearing during a regular Council meeting.

Wildfire awareness neighborhood meeting

The City of Colorado Springs will host a neighborhood meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road to discuss wildfire awareness and emergency preparedness. Fire Chief Rich Brown, Fire Marshal Bret Lacey and Office of Emergency Management Manager Bret Waters will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuation planning and wildfire mitigation.

Jan. 16

BBB’s customer service workshop

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host its second of two workshops to provide information to companies interested in applying for the 2013 BBB Excellence Awards in Customer Service. The workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St. Admission is free. RSVP by Jan. 15 at http://tinyurl.com/writingwrkshp-116. Lunch will be provided by Pinnacol Assurance.

Jan. 17


The city’s next Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn is from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. at 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 102. A panel will discuss how the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Colorado Springs School District 11, Academy School District 20, Harrison School District 2 and the Air Force Academy are reducing energy use and fossil-fuel-based energy. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches. For details or questions contact Nick Kittle at 385-6609 or nkittle@springsgov.com.

BBB Benefits 101

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host its monthly Benefits 101 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 25 N. Wahsatch Ave. The seminar will introduce business owners to the BBB Accredited Business program. The event is open to all companies in southern Colorado. Admission is free. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/benefits-117.

Jan. 18

PVG breakfast

Peak Venture Group will host its next breakfast meeting from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Garden of the Gods Club. The keynote speaker is Bill Flagg, who co-owned RegOnline, which was sold to The Active Network in 2007. In 2008, he started The Felix Fun to be an angel partner and help other entrepreneurs grow companies. His four Felix Fun companies employ 100 people, have $15 million in revenue and 25 percent profitability and are growing 20 percent per year. For prices and details go to www.peakventure.org.

Middle Market Entrepreneurs

MME will host a breakfast meeting from 7 to 9 a.m. at the El Paso Club, 30 E. Platte Ave., called “Developing Future Leaders Within Your Business.” Guest speakers are: Kathy Boe, Boecore founder and CEO; Jerry Biggs, founder of BiggsKofford CPA firm; and Roland Smith, Ph.D., senior faculty and lead researcher, Center for Creative Leadership. For details go to http://mmecos.yolasite.com.

Jan. 19

H&R Block on retirement

An H&R Block presentation highlighting retirement will be at 11 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library. This will cover relying on nest eggs, Social Security benefits and taxation of retirement plan distributions.

Jan. 22

Career Compass — job search help

Learn about the library’s computer resources for help with a job search, résumé and interviewing skills in a class from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sand Creek Library. Bring your résumé and your employment history for the open lab portion of the class. Students need to have a working email address.

Jan. 23

Public safety job fair

The Society of Hispanic Human Resources Professionals is hosting a job fair focusing on the public safety sector (fire, police, EMS) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver. The center is at I-25 and exit 211 with free parking. For details contact Martina Will at martinashhrp@gmail.com or call (720) 840-8117, or go to www.shhrp.net.

Jan. 24

Nonprofit workshop — grant seeking

Learn how to identify foundation and corporate giving programs using free online databases accessible through the Pikes Peak Library District in a class from 8 to 10 a.m. at Penrose Library. Successfully search the Foundation Directory Online, the Colorado Grants Guide and other databases.

Jan. 29

Minding Your Business

Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job in a class from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sand Creek Library. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials and more.