August 30

Blue Moon Trail Run

The Second Annual Blue Moon Trail Run takes place at 5:45 p.m. in Piñon Valley Park, 5585 Mule Deer Drive. A post-race barbecue is available to all registrants and volunteers, featuring Bristol beer. Childcare available. Net proceeds benefit local community centers. Prices: $30 through Aug. 29, $35 on Aug. 30. Kids races, $5 for ages 10 and under and are two distances: 400m and 800m. For more, visit or contact Brian Kates at 385-7940.

August 31-September 2

Colorado Balloon Classic

The 37th annual Colorado Balloon Classic will start at 5 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. at Memorial Park during Labor Day weekend. It’s the largest, longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain region as well as Colorado. Go to for more information.

September 3

Contracting Certifications

The Small Business Development Center will host a training event focused on federal contracting certifications for small businesses. This class, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Colorado Springs SBDC, will cover rules and requirements to get certifications, including small disadvantaged business, HUBZone and woman-owned small business. Lonnie Koyama is the speaker and there is a $30 fee. Call 255-3844 or email

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September 4

Building Bank Relationships

Designed for businesses looking for money to start or expand, this seminar is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. at the Colorado Springs SBDC. Taught by a local banker, topics include business loans, micro loans and SBA loans. The seminar will also explain the lending process and what lenders are looking for; organizing your loan proposal; how to negotiate a loan; identifying internal and external sources of money; and differentiating between equity and debt financing. Basic topics to include in a business plan to prepare for funding will be included. Cost is $20.

September 5

Financial Business Plans

Have you ever felt like there should be a more systematic and organized approach to creating your business’ wealth-building strategy? Would you like to learn three simple steps you can take today and start uncovering your dreams? In this workshop, slated for 9 to 11 a.m. at the Colorado Springs SBDC, you’ll learn about buy/sell agreements, how to keep more money and how to plan for wealth transfer. Call 255-3844 or email

Wills and Other Documents

Ent Federal Credit Union is hosting a free seminar on preparing wills, medical and durable powers of attorney and living wills from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at its Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Attorney Skip Morgan is the speaker. Call 574-1100 ext. 6670 to register.

Indy Music Awards

The Colorado Springs Independent celebrates live music downtown at the Indy Music Awards, a free kickoff to the annual “What if” festival. The music starts at 6 p.m. on Tejon Street between Pikes Peak Avenue and Kiowa Street. All proceeds go to the Indy Give! Foundation to benefit nonprofits.

September 11

Economic Gardening

Ent Federal Credit Union is hosting a seminar to teach businesses how to use annually updated demographic data, spending-preference information and psychographic data to create strategies. The event is slated for 9 to 11 a.m. at 735 Campus Drive, second floor. Register at 574-1100.

Sept. 12

Job Fair

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is hosting a fall job fair designed to connect companies with job seekers from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Veterans are allowed early entry at 9:30 a.m., but must bring a DD-214 or military identification card. Eighty companies are planning to attend.

The PPWFC Fall Job Fair is designed to connect hiring companies with work-ready job seekers.


Fulfilling the need for skilled labor

Is there a shortage of skilled labor to help the Pikes Peak region and the Front Range recover from recent fires and floods? Be part of the discussion from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Career Building Academy and E3 Dropout Recovery Program, 410 Tia Juana Street. Top construction industry panelists from Vantage Home, Classic Homes and New Generation Homes. Call 471-4918 to register.

Sept. 17

Government to Business Outreach

The Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center will hold an event for business owners to meet the Colorado Springs-area DoD small business specialists, as well as other key government and business assistance agencies. The specialists will provide briefings about contracting needs and programs. The event is held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Colorado Technical University, 4425 N. Chestnut St., room 252.

Tactics, Tips and Tricks; PTAC Workshops

The Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center will hold a workshop about how to apply for and receive government contracts from 1 to 4 p.m. at Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St., room 252. Go to for more information.

Sept. 18

For Your Business: Developing Your Team

Ent Federal Credit Union is hosting a seminar to teach people ways to develop valuable team goals, set clear expectations for your team, achieve continuing team improvement and build a teamwork culture. The seminar will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street in Pueblo. For more information, call 574-1100, ext. 6670.