On the Horizon – March 14, 2014

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March 14

Connect for Health

El Paso County residents still have time to explore health insurance options. Connect for Health Colorado will have a team in Colorado Springs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Building, 14 S. Chestnut St., offering free assistance to answer questions, help shop and compare plans, complete applications and check eligibility for cost reductions under the Affordable Care Act. For questions, contact ForHealth@PPACG.org or call 471-2096.

March 19


MashUp is a high-impact networking event with investors, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, startup pros and job seekers. 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 startup pros, then presentations by two entrepreneurs and real-time feedback. Cash bar.

Networking You and Your Business

Networking You and Your Business class, 10 a.m. to noon, Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 1107. The class will teach attendees how to network with other business owners. Fee is $20. To register, https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340022.

March 20

Marketing via direct mail

Every Door Direct Mail: Business to Consumer Marketing at a Discounted Cost class, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Small Business Development Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 1107. The class will to teach about a discounted direct mail program and a targeted marketing campaign. Fee is $20. Go to usps.com/eddm for more details. To registerhttps://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70340062.

March 20 to May 15

Leadership development for health care

The UCCS College of Business offers this non-credit, professional development program for the health care industry. This five-module program is tailored for health care professionals who have roles in supervision, management and leadership. Modules will be held every two weeks from 12:15 to 4:30 p.m., at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Fee is $875. CEUs earned will be 1.75. For more information, call Shawna Rogers with OPED at 255-5215, srogers2@uccs.edu or uccs.edu/business/OPED.

March 22

Build a home

Building a Home: Help from the Ground-Up, 10 a.m. to noon, Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Learn about lending guidelines, financing, interim construction and more. For more information and to sign up, go to Ent.com/Seminars or call 574-1100 ext. 6670.


April 17

CSBJ: Grow jobs

Have Breakfast with the Journal and talk about creating jobs, investing in our future through venture capital, legislation and workforce retention, 7 a.m., at the Doubletree World Arena. Join the CSBJ and our panel of speakers: Matt Varilek, SBA Region VIII administrator; Nick Kittle, performance, innovation and sustainability manager for Adams County; and State Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, chair of the House Business Affairs Committee. Cost is $27 and includes breakfast. Register at csbj.com.


April 21-24

Learn proposal management

The UCCS College of Business partnered with Shipley Associates to offer a four-day professional development program to teach proposal management, including proposal writing, planning, organizing, developing, implementing a strategy and leading a team and more. The class is held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Fee is $1,695, with $100 discount if registered by March 15. CEUs earned will be 3.2. For more information, call Shawna Rogers at 255-5215, srogers2@uccs.edu or uccs.edu/business/OPED.


April 3, 8, 30

Youth job fair

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center Youth Zone seeks employers in El Paso and Teller counties who have summer positions available for young adults, 16 through 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; from 1 to 5 p.m. April 8 in Woodland Park; and from noon to 4 p.m. April 30 in Cripple Creek. There is no charge for prospective employers to attend and participating employers receive free lunch. To reserve a booth, call Bob Gemignani at 719.667.3829 or email bobgemignani@elpasoco.com.