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4 Series de Clases Abiertas a la Comunidad

Éxito Para Negocios 4 SERIES DE CLASES ABIERTAS A LA COMUNIDAD 1. Pilares de Mercadotecnia Lunes 14 de octubre | 7:00-8:30 PM Estrategias de acuerdo a: – El Producto – El Precio – La Plaza – La Promoción 2. Prevención de Riesgos Lunes 28 de octubre | 7:00-8:30 PM – Como proteger sus activos contra perdidas – Como protegerse contra demandas legales, daños a terceros, perdida de ingresos  3. Empoderamiento Financiero Lunes 11 de noviembre …

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Meet Your Small Business Resource Partners

Douglas County is host to the Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair in conjunction with the  Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Hear from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and small business lenders.   Representatives from the following nonprofit and government organizations will get you up-to-date on all the helpful resources each is offering to support small businesses:  Information Booths  • U.S. Small Business Administration              • SCORE …

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Making Cents of Marketing

Making Cents of Marketing Tuesday, October 1st | 9AM – 11AM Instructor:  Cathren Kayce Location:  Aurora Municipal Center, 2nd floor Aspen conference room Cost:  $15/person Please pre-register here in order to receive updates and reminders. Fee-based workshops are payable in advance via PayPal; see your registration confirmation for the link; if paying at the door, bring exact cash or check payable to the SBDC host “City of Aurora”.

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LEADING EDGE in Spanish — in Aurora

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is excited to announce the first LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series to be held in Spanish in northwest Aurora presented by Mi Casa Resource Center: Éxito Para Negocios Cada lunes, 5:30-8:30 PM | 23 de Septiembre al 9 de diciembre Moorhead Recreation Center | 2390 Havana St. | Aurora, CO  80010 Si tiene preguntas o desea inscribirse, visite: MiCasaResourceCenter.org/Calendar llame al 303-539-5670 A 12-week program taught in Spanish for aspiring business …

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Finances

The Cost of an Employee

Many small business owners do not have a firm grasp on the cost of an employee.  The cost is greater than the wage or salary you agree to pay the new employee.  The SBA’s article by Barbara Weltman, an attorney and small business advocate, is worth the short read at the SBA’s blog.    The SBDC is partially funded by the SBA. = = = = = Although we always recommend the services of a …

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Government Contracting Workshop Series

The government contracting workshop series hosted by the Aurora-South Metro SBDC and sponsored by Connect2DOT and the Minority Business Office is wrapping up for 2019.  The workshops range from the perspective of a business wanting to discover the market potential for their business and what the government buys to the existing business wanting to become better at obtaining and maintaining government contracts. “Construction Scheduling & Project Management” is coming up THIS FRIDAY, September 6th, 9AM …

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Expand Your Business with Exporting

Are you thinking about expanding to markets outside the USA? Already exporting? This upcoming Small Business Administration/ Englewood Chamber of Commerce workshop will give you insights and connections. Don’t miss this chance to ask questions and get answers from the experts!

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City

This Is Aurora

With Census 2020 just around the corner, the numbers are about to change. In the meantime, here is a current snapshot of the city of Aurora.  Click the image to download a PDF.  #ThisIsAurora #2020Census

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Aurora Global Fest

Global Fest is THIS Saturday, August 17th, 11AM – 6PM Aurora Municipal Center | Great Lawn | 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. | Aurora  80012 Global Fest is…a celebration of the cultures and communities that call Aurora home. It is a celebration of diversity, inclusion and a  great summer multicultural experience.  This unique Global event…is sure to entertain all ages. Included is a kids area, musical and dance performances, a fashion show, a parade of nations, …

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Look Before You Lease

Do you plan to sign a lease without doing some research?  Not a good idea.  A common question at the SBDC:  I signed a lease, but I need to get out of the lease.  Can you help me?  The lease is a binding legal document.   So, we implore the new business owner, “Look Before You Lease!”  People tend to act on impulse, but YOU are a savvy business owner.  This workshop may be your ticket …

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Solutions

SBIR Road Tour

Seeding America’s Future Innovations (TM) Friday, August 16th, 7:15 AM – 3:45 PM Attention:  Small Technology Firms, Technology Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Researchers The SBA SBIR Road Tour is coming to Colorado for the first time this year, and is stopping in Boulder. The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach to provide technology funding opportunity through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Together these programs represent $2.5 billion in …

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SBDC Programs

Navigating CDOT Systems

Do you want to know more about how to do business with the Colorado Department of Transportation?  Here’s your chance.  There’s a free webinar TOMORROW, July 17th, 11AM – 12PM — Navigating CDOT Systems, presented by the Program Manager for the Connect2DOT program, Cathy Kramer. You will receive an email from GoToMeeting with a link to join the webinar upon registration today. Otherwise, call in tomorrow morning, 303-326-8686, and the SBDC staff will forward the …

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Solutions

SOS – Bogus Solicitations

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office today is alerting small business owners about potentially misleading notices requesting an extra fee for a third party to file business documents. The Secretary of State’s office has received multiple reports of these potentially deceptive or misleading solicitations being sent to Colorado businesses. The Colorado Secretary of State maintains an easy to use online filing system for businesses. Use of a third party to complete filings with the Secretary …

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Yoda Has Left The Building

It’s official — Small Business Specialist, Employee of the Year, Consultant of the Year, and Aurora Small Business Advocate of the Year is officially retired now — and still happier than a millionaire.  We will miss him.  He’s shown below with Glenn Plagens, Director of Business Support and Rural Prosperity, and to the right Chuck is with his colleague and long-time consultant Jim Olp.  Jim gave Chuck his ‘framed’ million!      We are excited …

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SKILLFUL Talent Lunch ‘N Learn

The Aurora Chamber and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! present  SKILLFUL® Talent Series Lunch ‘N Learn In this four-part training, you’ll learn how to adopt a skills-based approach to people management through activity-driven workshops using digital tools and free templates to set your company up for success. Businesses adopting this approach reduce staff vacancy by up to 70%, diversify their staff, double retention rates, and increase staff productivity on average by 22%. June 11th, 12PM – 3PM SKILLFUL Talent …

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10th Women’s Small Business Conference

  10th Annual Women’s Small Business Conference   Thursday, July 18th | 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM   Sky Ute Casino Resort | Ignacio, CO   $65/Attendee | $300/Exhibitor   Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network   and breakthrough to excellence with a day of educational seminars,   one-on-one consulting, valuable networking opportunities,   and exciting speakers! Sheri Tingey, Owner, Alpaca Raft Alpacka Raft started in the fall of 2000 as a collaboration between …

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R&D Tax Credit Program

TechSource is putting on a free, statewide webinar: How R&D Credits Could Benefit Your Business June 18, 10AM – 11AM The R&D tax credit program reimburses up to 10 percent of your Research & Development expenses.  Learn how to maximize your refund! Presented by Thierry Lepoutre, President, Boostr Consulting, LLC Thierry has over 20 years experience providing consulting services to help innovative companies successfully claim R& D tax credits and obtain refunds from the government. …

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Englewood Creates May 23

Englewood Creates endeavors to foster friendships and potential partnerships between creatives and small businesses throughout the Englewood area. This event will serve as a platform to educate attendees of tools, grants and small business resources, from the Aurora South Metro Small Business Development Center and City of Englewood’s Economic Development Department. Guest speakers will include Englewood Mayor Linda Olson and Council Member Amy Martinez. The event will be held May 23rd, 5PM – 8PM Black …

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Construction Estimating & Bidding NEW DATE

   Construction Estimating & Bidding    Have you been submitting quotes for construction projects but not    getting the work? Do you need help figuring out the right cost for    your bids? Do you want to start winning more subcontracts?    If so, this workshop is a great opportunity to improve your    estimating skills.  It will help you refine your estimating process    and create more accurate bids for construction jobs.   The workshop will cover:  …

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Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair

Did you miss the March Resource Expo?  No worries, Arapahoe Libraries is host to the Aurora-South Metro SBDC’s Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair on Saturday, May 4th, 10AM – 12PM, at Smoky Hill Library in Centennial. There is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips.  Learn about many nonprofit government and lending resources at the upcoming at this FREE event to learn about helpful local government and funding resources available to start or expand your business.  This is a  ‘kick …

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Last Chance to Sign Up for LEADING EDGE

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is offering the LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series to help entrepreneurs write a business plan.  This premier business planning program begins April 5th and will be held every other Friday from 9AM to 4PM, April through May, at the Englewood Civic Center.  It is a hands-on program that includes guest speakers, a business planning book and five hours one-on-one consulting.  The SBDC is offering a reduced rate of just $295.  Interested …

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It’s Time for the Expo in Englewood!

3rd Annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo Did you realize there is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips? * Learn about Opportunity Zones. * Learn how to expand your business by getting certified for potential government contracts. * Learn how you may receive help streamlining your manufacturing business. * Learn about how the library can help with business marketing research. * Hear from the area’s nonprofit lenders and what they can do for …

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Finances

The IRS Dirty Dozen

IRS kicks off annual list of most prevalent tax scams: Agency warns taxpayers of pervasive phishing schemes in its ‘Dirty Dozen’ campaign   The IRS warns taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals to be alert for a continuing surge of fake emails, text messages, websites and social media attempts to steal personal information. These attacks tend to increase during tax season and remain a major danger of identity theft. To help protect taxpayers against these and …

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SBDC Programs

Celebrate #SBDCDay March 20th

Celebrate #SBDCDay:  www.AmericasSBDC.org/SBDCDay * Did you know?  Small Businesses make up 99.9% of ALL the companies in the U.S. and employ almost half of the workforce. * Of pre-venture SBDC in-depth clients, 60.7% start new businesses, and 50% of SBDC clients start a business within the first year.

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Certification Workshops

Do you want to expand your business opportunities by selling to the government?  Do you know if the government buys your products and services? The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is collaborating with Connect2DOT and the Colorado Minority Business Office to offer a series of certification workshops in 2019–all taught by certification, estimating and transportation experts.  The first in the series is this Friday, and a second companion and essential workshop is April 26th.  Plan to attend both …

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LEADING EDGE for Transportation Industry

LEADING EDGE for Transportation  Architecture, Engineering, Construction Sign up today for this award-winning business planning course designed specifically for highway design and construction contractors.  The cost has been reduced for this March 28 – May 22 program only.  These nine weeks could change the course for your business growth. Download the flyer here.  | Register here…

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SBA Emerging Leaders

SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative to Help Growing Entrepreneurs Opens for 2019 Recruitment WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets. Local area recruitment for the 2019 training cycle is currently ongoing at designated SBA District Offices. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, class schedules, and locations at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders, or …

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Business Plan in a Day next Friday

This all-day LEADING EDGE workshop was developed for busy entrepreneurs who need to complete a critical business plan quickly to expand or start a business. Participants will create a business plan in one day by breaking the process into 10 manageable steps. What you will achieve: -Outline and communicate your business vision -Understand business fundamentals -Learn keys to success -Learn how to do critical business research -Develop a rough draft of your business plan Cost …

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Boulder Municipal Airport’s DBE Program

PUBLIC NOTICE Boulder Municipal Airport has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Part 26.  For Fiscal Year 2018 through 2020, the Airport has established an overall goal of 2.33% of the Federal financial assistance it will receive for improvements to the airport.  The Airport estimates it will meet this goal through 0% race neutral means and 2.33% race conscious means. The proposed …

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Events

It’s the CMA Awards!

Nominations are now open for the 4th annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards — Presented by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer’s Edge   The only program of its kind in the United States, the CMAs bring together business leaders in a celebration of the modern manufacturing economy — a multi-industry, consumer, and technology-driven sector reshaping America’s rich industrial legacy. Award nominations are open for the following: Click on each award title here https://companyweek.com/events — for criteria and to nominate. …

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Englewood Small Business Resource & Lenders Expo

The City of Englewood is hosting the third annual Business Resource and Lenders Expo in conjunction with the Aurora-South Metro SBDC.  Hear from the Englewood Community and Economic Development Office, the Small Business Administration Colorado District Office, and the Colorado SBDC Network. Representatives from the following organizations will be present to keep you informed about all the helpful resources available to small businesses: Information Booths: U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE, Colorado SBDC Network, Minority …

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Business Breakfast in Englewood

Have you experienced frustration trying to communicate with someone of another generation at work? Attend the Englewood Chamber’s Business with Breakfast on Tuesday, February 12th, 7:30 AM, at The Guild Englewood, 3424 So. Inca.  A Boomer and a Millennial will share how to get beyond what often seems like a barrier and, instead, work as a team. Please make your reservation by February 8th. Cost:  $15/Greater Englewood Chamber members; $17/non-members  RSVP:  www.myenglwoodchamber.com

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Business Planning & Financing

Need a business plan?  Need financing for your business?  Two January workshops are not to be missed!  LEADING EDGE:  Business Plan in a Day, Friday, January 25th, 9AM – 4PM, $150/person This all-day workshop was developed for busy entrepreneurs who need to complete a critical business plan quickly to expand or start a business. Participants will create a business plan in one day by breaking the process into 10 manageable steps.  Cost includes materials and …

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LEADING EDGE for Transportation Businesses

     It’s the final week to register for the award-winning LEADING EDGE for Transportation business planning program in Colorado Springs. Don’t miss your chance to join the next cohort of successful contractors for a nine-week course customized for growing businesses in A&E and construction. You’ll get hands-on training from industry experts, large contractors and peers to help develop your management skills, build capacity and win more contracts. January 10 – March 7, 2019 Thursday evenings, …

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Polis taking calls from Coloradans

Governor-Elect Polis taking calls from Coloradans The seven transition committees have planned a series of telephone town halls over the next week or so to let people share their ideas with the Polis administration. Sat., 12/1/18, 12PM-1PM on energy, natural resources and agriculture  Mon., 12/3/18, 6PM-7PM on public safety, military and corrections  Wed., 12/5, 12PM-1PM on education | 2PM-3PM on health and human services  Sat., 12/8, 10AM-11AM on economic development and labor  (past: Thurs., 11/29, …

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How to Become a Contractor

Grow Your Business! How to Become a Contractor with Federal and Sate Governments Tuesday, December 4th, 8:30 – 10:30 AM Englewood Public Library | 1000 Englewood Pkwy., 1st Level | Englewood  80110 (extended free parking available in lot south of the building) Sponsored by — Englewood Chamber of Commerce City of Englewood Englewood Public Library State of Colorado with:  Carolyn Terrell, SBA’s Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist and Barbara Musick, Supplier Diversity Liaison, Colorado State Purchasing …

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Business Tips

Business Registration Compliance

An Attractive Offer for Business Compliance in Colorado Greetings from the Division of Professions and Occupations: Every business offering barbering, cosmetology, hairstyling, esthetician, or nail technician services must be registered in Colorado, in addition to individual licensure requirements required to work at these businesses. Towards that end, the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure currently is offering a one-time opportunity to ensure compliance to unregistered businesses across the state. From Oct. 1, 2018 through Nov. …

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Parker Area Chamber – Photo of the Day

Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, spoke today for the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Lunch-N-Learn on the topic “The Mind of the Entrepreneur.”  She gave the top 10 myths and facts about what makes an entrepreneur who they are.  It looks like Mrs. Parker was there, too.  Beautiful!

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SBA Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

SBA kicks off National Veterans Small Business Week, November 5-9 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 5-9.   “National Veterans Small Business Week is another opportunity for us not only to highlight the success of our nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses, but also to recognize the areas where there is still work …

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Veterans Small Business Week

Veterans Small Business Week:  Expansion & Growth WHO:  Vets who own a business and want to expand and grow. WHEN:   Monday, November 5, 2018 | 12PM – 3PM                Food truck available if you wish to purchase lunch on location. WHERE:  Launch Pad Brewery | 884 S. Buckley Rd. | Aurora, CO 80017 REGISTER:   This is a free event; please pre-register.                      www.Aurora-SouthMetroSBDC.com/training > Browse Workshops  AGENDA:   — U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION  COLORADO DISTRICT OFFICE:  Opening Remarks …

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Cyber Security Summit

                   October is Crime Awareness Month — What a good opportunity to think about the protection and safety of your business, employees and customers!  The Cyber Security Summit is all day, Friday, October 26th  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Summit  4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Happy Hour  Pinery at the Hill | 775 W. Bijou St. | Colorado Springs  80905  Cost:  $20/person ($300/exhibitor) The Summit will include a full day of workshops and …

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Innovation & Opportunity Conference

SEED  | CONNECT | GROW November 7-8, 2018 Aurora, Colorado Hyatt Regency Event Center HOSTED BY: The inaugural Innovation and Opportunity Conference: Advancing Aerospace and Defense brings together NASA experts, small businesses, startups, research institutions and large businesses/prime contractors for a technology and commercialization event. The Innovation and Opportunity Conference (IOC) provides opportunities for companies at every stage of maturity, from those just starting out with a great idea, to experienced innovators looking to expand and actively participate …

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Douglas County Business Resource & Lenders Fair

The Douglas County Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair is being held in the South Metro corridor! Friday, October 19th | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PMParker Library | Event Hall | 20105 E. Mainstreet | Parker, CO 80138 (east of Parker Rd. at Mainstreet & Pine Dr., just north of Parker Town Hall) The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is organizing this fair in collaboration with the Town of Parker, Parker-Area Chamber of Commerce …

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National PTAC Day

September 26th is the first annual National PTAC Day and it will be celebrated every fourth Wednesday of September moving forward.  The day is to celebrate the great things PTACs have done for businesses across the country from our network of 95 offices. The Colorado PTAC is celebrating the day by hosting socials in two different locations; Colorado Springs and Aurora. Colorado PTAC wants to thank their workshop presenters, Subject Matter Experts, clients and community partners, so plan to attend.  There’s …

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Englewood Manufacturing Day Celebration

Join the City of Englewood for a free event that recognizes the manufacturing industry:   Englewood Manufacturing Day Celebration The City of Englewood, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Palmer DCS are coming together to host the celebration and say thank you to local manufacturers and connect each one with resources to help grow your business.  They are part of October’s North American recognition of the industry. Food, beer & wine, music, and prizes will be provided. Spots are filling fast, so read more event …

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Lunch and Learn in Parker

Small Business Specialist Chuck Hahn will be presenting at the Parker Area Chamber Lunch and Learn.  One of his favorite subjects is market research.  The key to a successful business is knowing your customer and providing excellent customer service. Market Research Made Simple | Wednesday, September 12th | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | FREEA marketing expert, Chuck will help you navigate through several research options designed to lead you toward making better business decisions, with …

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Business Tips

Customer Service for Small Business

Customer ServiceThis self-paced training exercise is an introduction to customer service and how it impacts your business. Topics include: Defining what good customer service is, implementing good customer service, and how to improve customer service.

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Business Tips

Catch Up on Marketing: 43 Things to Do

By Rieva LesonskyHere are 43 things you can do during your August downtime that will have a big impact come fall. Your Customers come first: Schedule catch-up calls or lunch with your biggest clients to see how you can better serve them in the coming year. Reach out to a former customer who’s fallen off your radar and see if you can win their business again. Check in with a prospect you’ve been nurturing to see if you …

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Global Fest 2018

The city of Aurora invites you to experience fantastic flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expressions from around the world at Global Fest this Saturday, August 18th, 11AM – 6PM, at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.  And entrance is FREE!  Enjoy world entertainment, music and food, ethnic markets, community booths, fashion shows–yes, that’s plural–and even more entertainment and education at the Aurora History Museum. The World Beer Market will offer different …

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7-20 Memorial Ascentiate

The memorial, named “Ascentiate” by its artist creator, is located inside the city of Aurora Water-wise Reflection Garden at the southeast corner (East Alameda Parkway and South Chambers Road) of the Aurora Municipal Center campus, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. The memorial, to be dedicated July 27th, 6:30 PM, honors the 13 lives taken, 70 wounded and many lives that were changed on the night of July 20, 2012. Together with the surrounding garden, the artwork creates a …

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