Dec. 3

Federal contracting

The Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration will hold a training event on federal contracting certifications for small businesses, 9 to 11:30 a.m., at El Paso County Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 1107. Cost is $30, pre-payment required. To register, call 667-3803 or log on:

Dec. 4

What’s best for your commercial business?

SBDC will host a workshop on leasing, buying and selling commercial real estate in Colorado Springs. The class covers leases, contracts and location of retail, commercial and industrial properties, 9 to 11 a.m., Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 1107. Cost is $20, pre-payment required. To register, call 667-3803 or log on:

Dec. 5

Medicaid Home Modifications workshop for contractors

The Independence Center’s Medicaid Home Modifications workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Independence Center, 209 S. Tejon St. and will focus on helping contractors through the certification process. Typical modifications include entry ramps, widened doorways, hand rails, grab bars and bath or kitchen alterations for ease of use. Medicaid funds are used to pay for materials and labor to make these modifications. The workshop is an opportunity for licensed, professional building contractors in the Colorado Springs area to become certified to carry out Medicaid Home Modifications. Representatives from the State’s Health Care Finance Department will be on hand to assist with the certification process, as well as staff from the City of Colorado Springs’ Housing Services Division. For more information about the Independence Center or the workshop visit or call 471-8181.

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The state of higher education

CSBJ will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive. Leaders from four higher education institutions discuss jobs, economic drivers and future workforce issues. They will also talk about what role the business community here plays in their success and what role the schools play in the region’s success. Speakers include: Pam Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS chancellor; Jill Tiefenthaler, Colorado College president; Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent; Lance Bolton, Pikes Peak Community College president. To register, visit

Credit report

Ent sponsors a seminar on reading your consumer credit report, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Learn what information is included on your consumer credit report and what isn’t, how to check the accuracy of that information, clear up inaccuracies – and more.

Dec. 6

Zoo becomes electric

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 23rd Annual Electric Safari runs Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve). Celebrate the holiday season surrounded by sparkling trees, animated animal sculptures and warming fires throughout the Zoo. Santa will visit nightly through Dec. 23.

Dec. 7

Ent home buyer seminar

Learn about the financial steps in the home buying process, including preparing for home ownership, a mortgage loan application checklist and details on the variety of mortgage loan products available, including special products for first-time home buyers, 10 a.m. to noon, Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road.

Dec. 13

Celebrate Technology nominations due

CSBJ, in partnership with Peak Venture Group, Middle Market Entrepreneurs, Start Up CS, Regional Business Alliance, CS Tech Incubator and Regional Entrepreneurial Alliance are bringing back the Celebrate Technology reception. If you know a company or person taking it to the next level in manufacturing, communication, innovation or technology, nominate them today. Visit and the events tab to nominate.

Dec. 14

Kaiser open house

Kaiser Permanente will host a free community open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Colorado Lone Tree Multi-Specialty Center, 10240 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree.