On the Horizon – February 21, 2014

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Feb. 24

Medicaid contractors workshop

A Medicaid Certification Workshop will be held for licensed, professional general contractors from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Independence Center, 729 S. Tejon St. Lunch will be served. The workshop will help contractors become certified to qualify for state funding to carry out Medicaid home modifications. Staff from the city of Colorado Springs’ Housing Services Division, which runs a similar program for county residents, and representatives from the state Health Care Finance Department will be on hand to assist with the certification process. For more, contact Cathy Strode at 471-8181, ext. 143. To RSVP, contact Brandi Randle at 471-8181, ext. 108.

Feb. 25

SEO seminar

Ent Federal Credit Union will host For Your Business: Advanced Search Engine Optimization (SEO), from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Rawlings Public Library, Ryals Room, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo. If your website isn’t on page one of online search results, your competition stands a far better chance of getting the customer. Attend this seminar to learn about organic and paid SEO to build your online presence and customer base. Presented in partnership with the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center. To register, visit ent.com/Seminars or call 574-1100, ext. 6670.

Feb. 27

Social Enterprise workshop

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host the region’s first social enterprise workshop in partnership with the Small Business Development Center, BlueStar Recyclers, AspenPointe, the Center for Non-Profit Excellence and the Social Enterprise Alliance. The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Glen Eyrie Conference Center, 3820 N. 30th St. Cost is $25 for affiliated members, $35 for non-affiliated members and $45 day-of for non-affiliated members. Topics: What is “social enterprise” and how does it operate? How can it benefit a start-up or existing entity? Is it the right fit for my business or nonprofit? Should I create one internally or collaboratively? Registration deadline is Feb. 26.

Home- buying webinar

Ent Federal Credit Union will host an online home-buying webinar, from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn the financial steps in the home-buying process, including a mortgage loan application checklist and details on mortgage loan products available, including special loan options for first-time home-buyers. Visit ent.com/Seminars to register.


Feb. 27 to May 15, biweekly

Leadership development for health care leaders

The UCCS College of Business, Office of Professional & Executive Development (OPED) is offering this non-credit, professional development program for the health-care industry. The five-module program is tailored for health-care professionals in supervision, management and leadership. Modules will be every other Thursday from 12:15 to 4:30 p.m. at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Registration is $875; CEUs earned will be 1.75. For more, contact Shawna Rogers with OPED at 255-5215, srogers2@uccs.edu or uccs.edu/business/OPED.

March 6-8

Wine Festival

The 23rd annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs benefits Colorado Springs Conservatory. Seminars include food and wine pairing, organic wine, wine tasting with a market auction, and gourmet winemaker dinner and live auction. Events will be at The Broadmoor and Garden of the Gods Club. To buy tickets, visit coloradospringsconservatory.org or call 577-4556.

March 13

Rising Stars

Join CSBJ and Security Service Credit Union from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, to honor 27 of the area’s best young professionals. Keynote is El Pomar Foundation’s Kyle Hybl, speaking on “One Person Can Make a Difference.” Cost of $30 includes a drink, appetizers and celebration. To RSVP, go to csbj.com and click on Events.

March 15

Catholic Charities gala

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala, at 5:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Tickets are $100 each, benefiting Marian House programs: Soup Kitchen, Client Services, Life Support Services and Community Outreach as well as Family Immigration Services and Life Connections counseling and pregnancy-related services. For details and/or reservations contact 866-6422 or visit ccharitiescc.org/stpatsgala.

March 16

Chef’s Gala

The Colorado Springs Chorale presents the 29th Annual Chef’s Gala and Silent Auction, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Antlers Hilton. The cost is $95 per person or $855 for a table of 10. Reservations can be made by calling 634-3737 or emailing csc@cschorale.org.

March 19


MashUp, a high-impact networking event, brings together investors, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, startup pros and job seekers in a fun environment. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Bristol Brewing Co., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., with networking, followed by Q&A with the startup pros, then presentations by two entrepreneurs and real-time feedback. Cash bar.

March 25

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Colorado Lending Source will facilitate the program in Colorado Springs thanks to new partnerships formed with the Mi Casa Resource Center, Colorado Springs SBDC, and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Fewer than 1 percent of startup ventures receive venture capital investment. As a response to a gap in entrepreneurial education, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program empowers learners from all walks of life. To learn more, visit coloradolendingsource.org/resource-center.

April 3, 8, 30

Youth job fair

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center Youth Zone seeks employers in El Paso and Teller counties with summer positions for young adults 16-21, to attend one of three Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Young Adult Job Fairs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 3 in Colorado Springs; 1 to 5 p.m. April 8 in Woodland Park; and 12 to 4 p.m. April 30 in Cripple Creek. Employers must be willing to fill their summer positions and pay $8 per hour. There is no charge for employers to attend, and participating employers receive free lunch. To reserve a booth, call Bob Gemignani at 667-3829 or email bobgemignani@elpasoco.com.