On the Horizon – March 1, 2013

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March 1

The Affordable Care Act

The Colorado Springs Technology Incubator is hosting an information event, “The Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) and What it Might do to You” from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Petritz Foundation Conference Room, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd. The speaker will be David Smythe and the event will cover the effects of the ACA on business and residents. Call 685-6877 to register, space is limited.

Nonprofit Day

More than 400 nonprofit representatives and business leaders will convene to celebrate Nonprofit Day at the Antlers Hilton, hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Workshops will feature topics about economic impact of nonprofits, finance and fundraising, talent development and avoiding executive burnout. The Front Range Executive Service Corps will host individual executive coaching sessions. The keynote address will be delivered by international speaker Drew Dudley. Go to http://www.cnecoloradosprings.org/ to register.

Deadline for Business Alliance’s day at state Legislature

Deadline to register for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance’s annual day at the legislature, scheduled for March 7. Cost is $125 and must be received in advance. The bus leaves at 8:15 a.m. from the Sears parking lot at the Chapel Hills Mall, and will leave Denver at 6 p.m. The day begins with an opportunity to meet officials, and lunch will be held in the Mountain View room at the Colorado History Center. At 3 p.m., participants will meet with legislators and receive a process briefing and with the state’s House and Senate leadership. There will be a closing reception at the Governor’s Mansion from 5 to 6 p.m.

March 5

Training for federal certification

The Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a training event focused on federal contracting certifications from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Colorado Springs SBDC at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The class will discuss the rules and requirements to be certified as a business development program, small disadvantaged business, HUBZone and woman-owned small business. Call 255-3844 to register.

City Council debate

A free forum with the candidates for Colorado Springs City Council will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mining Exchange Hotel for up to 350 people. Watch it live or view it on KOAA News 5 Now. Questions will be taken from the live audience, Facebook and Twitter. Sponsored by the CSBJ. Register at http://csbj.ticketleap.com/city-council-forum-live-and-online/

March 6

Everything you need to know about franchising

Cindy Rayfield will speak about franchising opportunities and how to purchase franchises from noon to 2 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Call 255-3844 to register.

Business insurance

This session provides business owners with information about basic insurance information needed for small- to medium-sized businesses, as well as how to eliminate unnecessary or expensive insurance. John Putnam will speak at the event from 9 to11 a.m. at the Small Business Development Center on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Call 255-3844 to register.

March 7

Youth Job Fair

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is holding its annual summer job hunt that connects people ages 16 through 21 with local businesses to find short-term, summer employment. The job fair is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree World Arena Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Pre-register at ppwfc.org.

2013 Day at the Legislature

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance’s annual day at the legislature event. Bus leaves at 8:15 a.m. from the Sears parking lot at the Chapel Hills Mall, and will leave Denver at 6 p.m. The day begins with an opportunity to meet officials, and lunch will be held in the Mountain View room at the Colorado History Center. At 3 p.m., participants will meet with legislators and receive a process briefing and with the state’s House and Senate leadership. There will be a closing reception at the Governor’s Mansion from 5 to 6 p.m. Deadline is March 1 and cost is $125.

Wine Festival of Colorado Springs

The wines of France will be showcased at this year’s Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, held March 7-9 at The Broadmoor hotel, Garden of the Gods Club and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. To buy tickets, go to http://www.csfineartscenter.org/winefest.asp.

CASA Volunteer 411 Night

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is hosting a volunteer information night to let volunteers know about the organization’s role in representing the best interest of children who are victims of child abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict. The workshop is at 5:30 p.m. at the CASA office, 701 South Cascade. For more information, call 447-9898.

Sixth Annual WinterGreen event

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Colorado Southern Branch is holding their 6th annual WinterGreen event from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn Conference Center on Fort Carson. The event is free for members, and includes tours of LEED buildings. Non members pay $15 for the tour and the event, the event only is free. Registration is required. Call Chris at 471-0910.

March 8

Community Day at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site

The 2nd Warhorse Brigade Combat Team will host a community day at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site from 10 a.m. to noon March 8. The events goal is to foster relationships with Southern Colorado by giving guests an opportunity to understand the objectives of the 2nd BCT’s upcoming training at Pinon Canyon. The event will include a question-and-answer session, and a round-robin training at four vehicles on static display.

March 9

U.S. Passport Day

The Colorado Passport Agency will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3151 S. Vaughn Way in Aurora to allow people to get passports without missing work or school.

The Brothers Size

The regional premiere of “The Brothers Size” by Tarell Alvin McCraney is March 9 at 9 p.m. Performed by the Curious Theater Company. Box office hours are Monday –Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday — Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday’s from 1 p.m. through the end of performance.

March 13

Blogging workshop

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Foundation is hosting a workshop to discuss the importance of having a web presence and how businesses can use various tools, such as blogs, to attract and educate consumers. The seminar will be led by Matthew Kaskavitch, social media coordinator for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Dr. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/websiteblogging-313.

March 14

Middle market workshop

Brad Harris presents a workshop designed for middle market business owners and management. Participants will learn ways to get employees to think and act like business owners; identify key operation and financial indicators and create self-funding incentive plans. The event is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Reosrt, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road.

March 15

Reverse mortgages: What are the facts?

Sandie Guenther of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. gives facts about using reverse mortgages to start a business, get out of debt and pay bills. The event is from 10 to 11 a.m. at Woodcarver Properties/Tri-Lakes Business Incubator, 14960 Woodcarver Road. Refreshments will be provided. Email Cherith Marchase at cherithm@trilakesbi.org to register.

March 27

Sales/Use class for contractors and manufacturers

The Colorado Department of Revenue is holding a tax class for contractors and manufacturers that covers new and relevant information on a variety of sales and use tax issues, including the liabilities businesses face when they are not in compliance. The class is from 1 to 4 p.m. in Centennial. Register at www.taxseminars.state.co.us.