Wine tasting will benefit Easter Seals

A wine tasting benefiting Easter Seals Southern Colorado is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. April 1 in the Centennial Ballroom at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

The cost of the event is $50 per person, and attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle of their best wine for the silent auction.

For more information, call 574-9002.

Start Your Own Business SCORE workshops for 2006

SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, has announced the schedule for its free workshop, “Should You Start Your Own Business,” for the first half of 2006. All workshops are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and registration is not necessary.

  • April 4: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room
  • April 25: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room
  • May 16: East Library, Community Room
  • June 6: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room
  • June 27: Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room

The workshop will include information about how to access and evaluate your business ideas, how to assess your risks and management skills while setting realistic expectations, funding realities for a start up, marketing considerations – such as demand, customers and competition, the business plan – describing your business, the marketing plan, the financial plan and why you need one, and how SCORE counselors can help with the process.

For more information, call the SCORE office at 636-3074.

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Red Cross hosting ‘Heroes’ luncheon

The American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter is hosting a Heroes Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road.

The Heroes Campaign is a fundraiser to support local services, including disaster relief, emergency communications services for active military members and their families, international social services, and preparedness and life-saving classes such as CPR and first aid.

The cost is $40. To RSVP, call 785-2724 by March 31.

State offering interesting, exciting sales tax class

The Colorado Department of Revenue is offering free training about state sales tax issues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 at 1881 Pierce St., Room 110, in Lakewood.

The class will include an introduction to sales and use tax statutes and regulations, types of sales tax licenses and application form, sales tax collection and the difference between sales and use tax, how to file a sales tax return and available electronic services.

Pre-registration is required. Send your reservation request to or call (303) 205-8299.

For more information, visit

PPAF hosting meeting about Web site success

The Pikes Peak Advertising Federation is holding its monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

The speaker is Bob Shin, president of DublinBlue Internet Technologies. He will discuss options to maximize a Web site’s success, easy fixes for technical challenges, myths about the Web, search engines, simple ways to do a site performance review and resources to keep on top of technical issues.

The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

Register by April 5 by contacting Kevin Kearns at 487-8512 or

Export assistance available to food companies

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is hosting two seminars for agricultural producers and food companies about how to market products internationally.

A Branded Program seminar is scheduled for April 20 at CDA headquarters in Lakewood.

Information will be available about federal matching funds programs to offset costs involved in attending foreign trade shows, advertising and other promotional expenses.

Last year, 14 Colorado companies received more than $567,000 in export promotion assistance.

On April 21, Will Spurgeon, the CDA’s visiting trade specialist, will be available for one-on-one counseling and will provide tips about entering foreign markets.

Companies will receive an export readiness kit that contains international marketing guides and books to start and export reference library.

Space at both events is limited.

For more information, visit or call Timothy Larsen at (303) 239-4118.

SCORE offering workshops for military personnel

The Colorado Springs SCORE chapter is offering “Starting a Small Business” workshops for members of the military.

The four-hour course is designed to answer the basic questions for people leaving the service and starting a small business.

The presentation includes discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of starting from scratch, purchasing a franchise or buying an existing business.

While the information is an important first step, it does not replace the need to seek legal and accounting advice for concerns unique to an individual business.

Registration is done through the Family Support Center at each base or post. The cost is $15 per participant.

Additional information is available by calling the SCORE office at 636-3074.

Programs are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

Fort Carson – May 9, Aug. 8 and Nov. 14

Peterson Air Force Base – May 3, Aug. 2 and Nov. 1

Schriever Air Force Base – May 23, Aug. 29 and Nov. 7

Public invited to comment on speed limit changes

The City of Colorado Springs is considering changing posted speed limits and is seeking input from residents.

Open houses are scheduled for April 4 at Coronado High School cafeteria, 1590 W. Fillmore St. and April 11 at Doherty High School auditorium. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.

More information is available by clicking on the Speed Limit Changes icon at