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Minding Your Business

When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Computer Lab

Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job in Minding Your Business. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, and more

Minding Your Business

When: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job in Minding Your Business. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, and more.

Thrive meeting

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library - 1821 South Academy Blvd. at Sand Creek Study Room

Thrive board meeting

Facebook Business Pages

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

Put Facebook to work for your business by learning the basics of Facebook Business Pages. Create your page, learn to navigate the interface, and get tips on the types of content that drives interest in your business.

Pre-requisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information.

LinkedIn Basics

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn - setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

Thrive Talks

When: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library - 1821 South Academy Blvd. at Sand Creek Study Room

Monthly small business topics to advance your new and growing businesses. Open to all, no reservations needed.

Minding Your Business

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job in Minding Your Business. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, and more.

Thrive meeting

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library - 1821 South Academy Blvd. at Sand Creek Study Room

Thrive board meeting

Job Interview Tips

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at B2

A good resume is essential for getting an interview but doing well in the interview is what determines if you get hired or not. Sometimes it may be the little things you say or do, the first impression you make or the way you answer the questions that makes all the difference. This class covers interviewing tips including how to answer a variety of interview questions and is designed to give you an edge in the interview process.

Python Beginner's Workshop

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

In this full-day workshop, we will learn the basics of Python, a computer programming language. We’ll start the day with lectures on the basic concepts of the language. In the afternoon we will break out into groups to work on projects related to twitter, python graphics and text processing.
Presented in collaboration with PySprings.
We will break for lunch from 12-1.

Top 6 Franchise Opportunities in the Colorado Springs Market

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at B2

Come learn about 6 franchise investment opportunities best suited to Colorado Springs demographics, lifestyle, and small business communities. If you're thinking that this all be fast food focused, you'll be pleasantly surprised. These are concepts that are not fast food at all, but have a strong need in the unique market that is Colorado Springs.

"My name is Cindy Rayfield, and I am a Colorado native. I grew up in Colorado Springs and have strong family ties to the community. I know this market well. As an experienced franchise consultant and seasoned business owner, I have placed many people in businesses all over Colorado, and I want to show people that opportunity is simply everywhere if you know where to look. Let me help you find it if business ownership is in your future."

Cindy is a Senior Franchise Consultant with FranNet, the most respected international franchise consulting firm. From the proprietary profiling process, to the placement of clients in their dream businesses, we are a company of professionals with a strong local focus offering face-to-face attention. We allow you to realize personal and financial independence through business ownership. Let FranNet guide you in making that transition from a corporate job to business ownership.

LinkedIn Basics

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn - setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

Small Business SEO/Marketing: Auditing Your Website

When: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive

In this workshop, we will take a look at a few real Wordpress websites to point out some very simple things you can do to make sure you are ready to begin ranking in Google and other search engines. This will entail utilizing Yoast SEO (free Wordpress plugin) to give businesses a better understanding of how simple everything really is. We will cover everything from headlines, body text, image alt tags, urls, and more... At the end of this class participants will have the tools to conduct an audit of their own website in private and see some areas of very quick and easy improvement.

Located in Room A1 on the first floor of Library 21c.

Home Buying Basics

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at B6

This class covers everything you need to know, step by step, from speaking with a lender to closing on your new home. In this class Don will cover property searches, making an offer strategies, negotiation tactics, forms, contracts, and processes such as inspections and appraisal. He will also provide tips on things you should and should not do and things to be wary of during your home buying process.

Presented by Don Ostrander.

Thrive Talks

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library - 1821 South Academy Blvd. at Sand Creek Study Room

Monthly small business topics to advance your new and growing businesses. Open to all, no reservations needed.

Facebook Business Pages

When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

Put Facebook to work for your business by learning the basics of Facebook Business Pages. Create your page, learn to navigate the interface, and get tips on the types of content that drives interest in your business.

Pre-requisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information.

Resumes that Get Results

When: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at B6

Are you sending out multiple resumes and not getting the results you want? Is your resume an accurate portrayal of your true knowledge, skills and abilities? Are you using a generalized resume instead of a targeted resume? Are you using the correct resume format for your specific job search situation? With so many people searching for a job what is the best method to use to find employment?

Join Don Ostrander at the Resumes That Work class to find out the answers to these questions as well as learning how to create a resume that will put more emphasis on what you have to offer a potential employer and tips that will help your resume stand out from those of your competition.

Thrive meeting

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library - 1821 South Academy Blvd. at Sand Creek Study Room

Thrive board meeting

Small Business SEO/Marketing: Analyzing Market Channels

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive

So you have a business and are now ready to increase your online presence. How do you get people to visit your website and where do they come from? How can we tell who is a tire kicker and who is actually interested in buying? We will cover things such as Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Youtube Ads, Competitive Analysis, Keyword Analysis, and finding our audience. At the end of this course participants will have the skills to make decisions on their own that are backed by real data so they can feel better about what marketing chances are worth taking.

Located in room A1 on the first floor of Library 21c.

Home Selling Basics

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at B6

This class covers the basics of selling your home. It will provide you with information such as the listing contract, disclosure forms, preparing your home to sell, pricing your home (how the market talks to you about the price of your home), staging, and marketing. It also covers what to look for in the contract when receiving an offer from a buyer and negotiating that offer. Other subjects covered will be the home inspection, inspection objection and resolution, appraisals, and potential stumbling blocks on the way to closing the sale of your home.

Presented by Don Ostrander.

Thrive Talks

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library - 1821 South Academy Blvd. at Sand Creek Study Room

Monthly small business topics to advance your new and growing businesses. Open to all, no reservations needed.