City hosting neighborhood workshop

The city’s Planning and Community Development department is hosting a workshop about the neighborhood development review process from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18 at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 102.

Information will be available about how neighborhood groups can become informed about proposed development projects, how to effectively participate in the city’s development review process and understanding the department’s neighborhood meeting program.

For more information, contact Monique Caterina at 385-5345.

Ent hosting several seminars this month

Ent Federal Credit Union is hosting the following seminars in April:

First-Time Home Buyers, 10 a.m. to noon, April 15, Ent Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6998.

Show Me the Money: Money Management for Teens, 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 25, Ent Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6095.

Get on the Road: Smart Car Buying for Beginners, 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 26, Ent Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6095.

The Bulls and the Bears: Understanding Basic Investing, 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 27, Ent Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road. Register at or call 550-6095.

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.

PRSA hosting monthly meeting

The Public Relations Society of America is hosting a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at Tesla Educational Opportunity Center, 2560 International Circle, Room 129.

The topic of the meeting is Promoting the Olympic Dream. Representatives from USA Hockey and USA Figure Skating will discuss how they promote and maintain a positive public perception of their organization and its athletes and how to utilize the media to share personal and team stories about challenge and triumph. They also will discuss their tactics for dealing with defeating and embarrassing incidents and avoiding potential public relations nightmares.

The cost is $15 for PSA members and $20 for non-members. RSVP by 5 p.m. April 17 to Cara Housman at 473-0704 or

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 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.

Workforce Center hosting HIPPA business seminar

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center Business Relations Group is hosting a seminar about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the center’s main office, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

The seminar, which is being presented by the Mountain States Employers Council, is tailored for business managers and owners. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Visit and click on Business Services, then on seminars.

Catamount Institute hosting Mission Reorganization

The Catamount Institute is hosting Mission Reorganization from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 at the Beidelman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo.

The seminar, which is part of the institute’s Living Simply, Living Well workshop series, will introduce strategies to eliminate clutter, organize your home and personal space for optimal function and maintain a “clutter-lite” lifestyle over the long-term.

The registration fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

For more information, or to register, call 471-0910, ext. 105, or e-mail

Geocaching clinic and outing on tap

REI and the Catamount Institute are hosting a geocaching clinic and outing next month.

The two-part workshop begins from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 11 at REI, 1376 E. Woodman Road and continues with a wilderness outing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 at the Catamount Institute mountain campus, 3168 Country Road 28, Woodland Park.

Instruction will include GPS setup, capturing waypoints, working with coordinates and waypoint navigation.

The registration fee is $20 for institute and REI members and $25 for non-members. The registration deadline is May 8.

For more information, or to register, call 471-0910, ext. 105, or e-mail

University of Phoenix hosting opportunity fair

The University of Phoenix is hosting the 2006 Southern Colorado Career Advancement Opportunity Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at 5725 Mark Dabling Blvd.

Job candidates will have the opportunity to interview employers and employers will “pitch” to candidates why they should work for their companies.

For more information, call Anthony Garnica at 235-4027 or visit

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