On the Horizon – March 8, 2013

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March 8

Community Day at Piñon Canyon

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

March 12

Business Alliance University

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance will present “Understanding the Business Aspects of Health Care Reform” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at University of the Rockies, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Call 471-8183 to register.

Tax information for single moms

The Colorado College Economics and Business Department will hold a free talk about the earned income tax credit for single mothers from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 212, Palmer Hall, on the CC campus.

Becoming Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

The Small Business Development Center will host a workshop for small businesses from 9 to 11 a.m. at the SBDC offices on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. Park State Bank and Trust is facilitating the workshop.

March 13

Building your web presence

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Foundation is hosting a workshop on developing a web presence and using tools such as blogs to attract and educate consumers. Matthew Kaskavitch, social media coordinator for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, will lead the workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Drive. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/websiteblogging-313.

Nonprofit workshop — finding grants

Learn how to identify foundation and corporate giving programs using free online databases accessible through the Pikes Peak Library District. From 8 to 10 a.m. at the Penrose Library.

March 14

Employee development workshop

Brad Harris will present 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 Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road.

Meet the Press

Leadership Pikes Peak will host “Meet the Press — Covering the Election,” featuring local media panelists at 7:30 a.m. at The Gazette, 30 S. Prospect St. Register at 632-2618.

March 15

Reverse Mortgage: What are the facts?

Sandie Guenther of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. will discuss 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.

Managing Compensation, Soft Perks and Generational Differences

Middle Market Entrepreneurs of Colorado Springs will host a breakfast meeting from 6:45 to 9 a.m. at the El Paso Club, 30 E. Platte Ave. Go to http://tinyurl.com/CSBJ-MMECS to register. Event is capped at 60 people.

March 19

Military speakers lunch

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance will hold a military speakers lunch featuring Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 2886 S. Circle Drive. Call 471-8183 to register.

Minding Your Business

Learn how to research starting and growing a business or how to find a job. The class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites research to find information on industries, competition, vendors, financials, mailings lists and more. The event is scheduled from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Penrose Library.

March 21

Why join the Better Business Bureau?

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is holding its monthly Benefits 101 class from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its offices at 25 N. Wahsatch Ave. Lunch is provided and the event is free. For accredited businesses who would like to customize their free ShopMyBBB.com web page, there will be an editing class following the benefits event from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

“Green” bag lunch-n-learn

The city’s next Lunch n-Learn session will feature the nonprofit ICAST’s ResourceSmart program, which helps businesses and multi-family housing owners make energy upgrades both easy and affordable. The event will be held from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. in room 701 at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Call Nick Kittle for more information at 385-6609.

Business After Hours

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance will host a Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. at Phil Long Lincoln of Colorado Springs, 1114 Motor City Drive. Call 471-8183 to register.

March 22

Nonprofit Workshop — Starter Toolkit

Searching for a way to keep track of donors? This free workshop will cover donor databases, features, where to find them and tips on how to use them. The class is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Penrose Library.

Photoshop: Parts 1 and 2

Learn the basics of Photoshop Elements in this two-part class from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Class is limited to six people and you must sign up for the course on March 29 as well. To register, call 389-8968.

March 27

Sales and use tax class

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.