On the Horizon – February 22, 2013

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Feb. 22

Spirit of the Springs rally

Mayor Steve Bach will host the winter rally for the Spirit of the Springs program from 5 to 7 p.m. in Armstrong Hall at Colorado College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to bachsoffice.com.

Community leadership award nominations

Leadership Pikes Peak is seeking nominees in four categories for its annual leadership awards to be presented April 6 at the Olympic Training Center. The ceremony is part of the annual Celebration of Community Leadership. Go to http://www.leadershippikespeak.org/seeking-community-leadership-award-nominations.

Colorado’s Emerging Leaders Initiative class

Applications are being accepted through March 22 for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, the only federal training program that focuses on executives of established businesses that are poised for growth. The project is open to businesses owners across the nation and provides them with the necessary tools to build sustainable businesses. Requirements: 1) $400,000 in annual revenue; 2) in business for three years; and 3) at least one employee. Applicants will be interviewed and finalists will be notified April 1. Classes begin in mid April.

Feb. 25

ObamaCare webinar

A free “ObamaCare: Reform in Action” webinar will be held at noon to discuss the tools that the Affordable Care Act brings to combat rising costs while improving quality and access. Judith Bentoker, academic director of the executive master of healthcare leadership program and adjunct professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown Alpert Medical School, will lead the webinar.

Feb. 26

Business Alliance orientation

Interested in learning more about the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance? The next orientation is scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. at Alliance offices, 102 S. Tejon St., No. 430. Call Nora Hardin at 575-4330 for more information and to register.

Feb. 27

W2W mentoring forum

The Women to Women Mentoring Forum features Jerri Marr, Forest Supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Doolittle Hall on the U.S. Air Force Academy campus. Register at w22mentoring.org or call Debi Bauer at 649-3769.

CU Funding in Focus forum

The University of Colorado is holding a Funding in Focus education forum at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to build a network of constituents who will promote the university’s education aims and raise awareness about funding issues. CU Regent Sue Sharkey, vice chair, and Regent Kyle Hybl will be at the event, from 4 to 5 p.m. at University Center 116, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Parking is free on the third level of the garage. Register for both the seminar and the reception following by calling Michele McKinney at (303) 860-5622.

Intro to QuickBooks Pro: Part 2

This class builds on the lessons learned in Part 1, covering credit card accounts, tracking asset and liability accounts, and equity accounts. It also covers customer payments, discounts, partial payments and overpayments, and how to record a deposit. The workshop will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center at UCCS. Cost is $125; call 255-3844 to register.

SBA loan webinar

The Small Business Administration will host a web overview of its commercial lending and real estate 504 loan structure, eligible uses and any recent changes. Refinance options will also be part of the webinar, held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register

Feb. 28

Book of Lists launch party

The Colorado Springs Business Journal is releasing its annual Book of Lists with a celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mining Exchange Hotel. Cost is $25 for subscribers and $35 for non-subscribers. A free copy of the Book of Lists is included in the price, and there will be an open bar and refreshments. RSVP at csbj.com and click on Events.