On the Horizon – April 4, 2014

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April 8

Business plan fundamentals

Every business needs a plan, whether it’s a start-up or a business wanting to grow. Mark Bittle, Small Business Development Center, will facilitate this free workshop from 9-11 a.m., Tri-Lakes Business Incubator, 14960 Woodcarver Road. Register at: clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330353.

April 9

Cyber threats

Venture capitalists, inventors and industry leaders will share info on current cyber threats. Bob Kolasky, who started the National Infrastructure Plan for the Department of Homeland Security, is keynote speaker for the free event. The Cyber Resiliency Institute will meet from 3-5 p.m. at the MainNerve Headquarters, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 160. Preregistration required at www.cyber-res.org.

April 10

Business University

Understanding the new marijuana laws and having a comprehensive drug-free workplace program is vital to ensure you know how to handle employee use effectively. Avoid potential risk to your business by being proactive. Meet 8-10 a.m., Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St. The facilitator is Christopher E. Knoepke. $10 fee. Register at clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=70330354.

April 12

Buy a home

Home-buying workshop, with Ent Federal Credit Union, the Small Business Development Center and the Colorado Springs Better Business Bureau, 10 a.m. to noon, Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Free. Sign up by calling 574-1100, ext. 6670.

Wildfire info

Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners workshop, “Surviving Wildfire — It takes a Community,” Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 15235 Furrow Road; $35, includes lunch and materials.

April 15

Pitch night

Peak Venture Group sponsors Pitch Night, 5:30 p.m., Epicentral Coworking Space, 409 N. Tejon St., #106. Register at meetup.com/PVG-Pitch-Night/events/169192172/.

April 17

Breakfast with CSBJ

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: $27, includes breakfast. Register at www.csbj.com.

April 19

Buy a home

How to buy a home in today’s market, a free workshop sponsored by Bank of Colorado Mortgage Division, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Bank of Colorado, 4328 Edison Ave. Call to reserve a seat, 304-5119 or 661-2888.

April 21-24

Proposal management

The UCCS College of Business, Office of Professional and Executive Development partnered with Shipley Associates to offer a four-day program to teach proposal management, proposal writing, planning, organizing, developing, implementing a strategy, leading a team, and more.

The class runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Fee is $1,695. CEUs earned will be 3.2. For more information, contact Shawna Rogers at 255-5215, srogers2@uccs.edu or uccs.edu/business/OPED.

March 20 to May 15

Health care leadership

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 every two weeks from 12:15-4:30 p.m. at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Fee is $875. CEUs earned will be 1.75. For more information, contact Shawna Rogers with OPED 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 for young adults, 16 through 21, to attend one of two Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Young Adult Job Fairs from 1-5 p.m. April 8 in Woodland Park; and from noon-4 p.m. April 30 in Cripple Creek.

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.