Human resources group hosting luncheon

The Colorado Springs Human Resources Association is hosting a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Silverwood Hotel, Interstate 25 at the Garden of the Gods exit.

The cost is $15 for members and $23 for non-members. For more information, visit RSVP to Suzanne Norris at 531-3400, ext. 1094.

Volunteerism, service-learning conference

The sixth annual Colorado Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning will be Feb. 21-23 at the Antlers Hilton. The theme will be “reaching new heights through commitment to ethics, professionalism and leadership.”

More than 80 workshops will be offered. Topics include volunteer management, corporate volunteerism, diversity, emergency preparedness, national service, trends and research and youth leadership.

For more information, visit or call Danielle at 575-4341.

SBA, NAWBO hosting women business owners

Denver’s premier conference for women business owners, In Good Company, is scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

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The Denver District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Denver Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners are hosting the event.

The full-day conference will feature a luncheon keynote address by Maria de Lourdes Sobrino, founder and CEO of Lulu’s Dessert Corp. A morning panel presentation will include Beatriz Bonnet, president and CEO of Syntes Language Group Inc.; Denise Burges, president and CEO of Burgess Mechanical; Sharon Hwang, owner of The Wellness Center Inc., Diana Nelson, president and CEO of Kazoo and Co. Inc.; and Cyd Szymanski, founder of Nest Fresh Eggs.

Topics of interest include presentations about business strategy and planning, leadership and management, marketing, sales and public relations, business financing, procurement and human resources management.

For more information about the conference, call (888) 483-0171 or visit

BBB hosting series of communication seminars

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is hosting a year-long series to help businesses improve their communication skills. Called “Sweet Talk,” the series will feature communication experts who will share techniques and information about enhancing the communication process.

The seminars are from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Adult Reading Room of the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. The cost is $15 for BBB members and $20 for non-members if paid in advance, and $25 for members and $30 for non-members if paid at the door. Members can attend all the seminars for $100; $150 for non-members.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Debbie Montoya at 636-5076, ext. 115, or

Dates and topics include:
March 1 — Hearsay: Geared toward improving listening skills and using focus groups as a tool.
April 5 — The Write Thing: Writing what you mean
May 3 — Consider it Sold: Perfecting your public speaking skills
June 7 — Branding Iron: Branding your company
Aug. 2 — Customer Love: Keys to great customer service
Sept. 6 — Perfect PR: How to make media relations work for you
Oct. 4 — Sensei Skills: Mastering your presentation, how to research and develop your content, and Internet tech wonders

Leadership, mentoring symposium

Glen Eyrie and The Navigators are hosting a symposium, The Leadership Edge, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.

The theme is “Mentoring & Coaching – Multiplying Your Leadership Influence.” Workshops will include mentoring women leaders, mentoring emerging leaders, creating a developmental environment and coaching through transition.

For more information, or to register, call (877) 488-8787 or visit

Choral society hosting Chef’s Gala

Taste culinary masterpieces prepared by chefs from the region’s finest restaurants and caterers at the 22nd annual Chefs’ Gala from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Broadmoor West, Rocky Mountain Ballroom.

Guest will feast on two dozen entries as chefs compete in the categories of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Entertainment will be provided by Lila Mori, MOSAIC and the Teske jazz quartet. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Springs Chorale.

Tickets are $95 each or $855 for a table of 10. Call 634-3737 for reservations or more information.

SCORE hosting workshops for prospective entrepreneurs

The Service Corps of Retired Executives is hosting free workshops entitled “Should you start your own business” on the following dates:

  • March 6, Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room
  • March 29, East Library Community Room
  • April 17, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room
  • May 8, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room
  • May 29, East Library Community Room
  • June 19, Penrose Library Adult Meeting Room

The Penrose Library is at 20 N. Cascade Ave. The East Library is at 5550 N. Union.

The workshops are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will include information about the rewards of starting a small business, the attributes of a successful entrepreneur, business planning (including how to determine your cash requirements), and the legal form of your business entity.

Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 636-3074