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Events

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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Resources

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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Events

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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Events

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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Resources

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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Events

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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Events

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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Resources

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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CityEvents

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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Business Tips

9 Examples of Re-Purposing Value Content

If you’ve attended one of my marketing seminars, one of the tactics that I suggest is re-purposing useful information to your target market would like. The linked article By Ryan Bozeman really hits the nail on the head. Thanks Ryan! About Ryan BozemanRyan Bozeman is a copywriter and content strategist who specializes in working with marketing and SaaS companies. You can connect with him atwww.BozeContent.com or on Twitter at @RyanBozeman.

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Awards

Nominate an Outstanding Aurora Business

The Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005, celebrates successful businesses that are leaders in the workplace and community. It recognizes not only the economic vitality that businesses of all sizes and types bring to Aurora, but also the influence that businesses have on where people live, work, shop and play. The selection committee will be looking for proven longevity, significant business growth, the introduction of a unique product or service, exceptional customer …

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Events

Biz Workshop in Frisco

Need an excuse to drive up to beautiful Frisco, Colorado? Essentials for Small Business 2018 Wednesday, July 25th | 8AM – 4PMSummit County Community & Senior Center | 0083 Nancy’s Place | Frisco, CO 80443   Tools for Thinking, Starting, or Expanding Small Business Learn:  Planning for Success, Avoiding Pit-Falls and Traps, Making Sure You Are Making Money, Building Critical Relationships, Real-Life Lessons, and more.   Cost $40 ($30 for Summit CO Chamber Members) Includes light breakfast and Lunch Register by July …

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Business Tips

AdWords Marketing Campaign 101?

From Elegant themesFound this article to be both relevant and useful:If you want to promote your website, online ads are one of the best ways to do it. With AdWords, you can reach one of the world’s largest audiences, as long as you have the budget. The only problem is, budgeting for AdWords costs can be complicated if you don’t know how much you should expect to pay. Luckily, there is a lot of AdWords data available …

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Business Tips

How To Use LinkedIn to Reach Key People

I thought this article was important and useful . Here’s the 1st of several useful suggestions. Take these all-important steps to up your success rate in finding decision-makers on the leading business social media site. 1. Complete Your Profile Before initiating any interaction with decision-makers, make sure you’re making a good impression with your profile. Those you request to connect with, even before you actively engage with them, will check your profile first to make sure you’re worth your …

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Solutions

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Field Operations Center West Release Date:  June 12, 2018 Contact:  Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500 Release Number:  CO 15561-01 Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram  SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert and Lincoln counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of …

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City

Connecting Aurora’s Immigrants-Refugees with Health

Health Powers Life campaign for immigrants and refugees in Aurora receives international accolades AURORA, Colo. – Health Powers Life, an outreach campaign targeting better health outcomes for Aurora’s immigrant and refugee communities, has been recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with three Communicator Awards. “One in five residents in Aurora was born outside the United States, and Health Powers Life is an important tool in the city’s strategic plan to connect immigrants …

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City

Farewell to Aurora Mayor Stephen Hogan

It is with deep sadness that we inform the small business community that Stephen D. Hogan, Mayor of Aurora, passed away on May 13, 2018.  He was 69 years old.  Mayor Hogan honorably served as mayor of Aurora from 2011 until his passing.  His time as mayor was preceded by 24 years on the City Council. The Hogan family has asked that, in his honor, donations be made to the Mayor Stephen D. Hogan Memorial Fund via this link …

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Events

May Business Resource Fair

The May 5th Business Resource Fair at Arapahoe/Douglas Works was a grand conclusion to National Small Business Week.Many thanks to Congressman Coffman and his staff for presenting this annual fair! Above, emcee for the morning, Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, talks with SCORE representative, Ken Heller. Below are some photos of the many community partners who came out on a lovely Saturday morning to make the event possible and to inform small businesses …

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AwardsEvents

SBA Colorado Awards, May 2

 National Small Business Week — SBA Colorado District Awards The week’s main event was outstanding with capacity crowd — the annual Colorado Small Business Week award ceremony, held Wednesday, May 2nd at the Innovation Pavilion Event Center in Centennial, CO.   The Colorado Small Business Persons of the Year winner, Margot Langstaff & Elisa Hamill, Managing partners/Owners of LifeHealth, were presented with their award (pictured below with other award winners).  Both women are shown here (second and third from left) with Daniel …

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CityEvents

Bike To Work Day – Business Challenge

Bike to Work Day gives everyone a reason to try cycling as a form of commuting, which positively impacts regional air quality, health and traffic congestion. This year, Bike to Work Day has an added element to encourage increased participation from local businesses with the Business Challenge. Put your employees to the test and distinguish your company from its competition. Businesses are split into four classes: Class A (1-29 employees), B (30-99 employees), C (100-299 employees) and D (300+ …

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Customers

Customer Appreciation Day

Ken’s Auto Service is hosting a customer appreciation day on May 2,Wednesday,  from 11:00am to 3:00pm, in honor of their 16th year in business. They have teamed up with other great organization that share the same goal of building a great reputation as the #1 local automotive sources. Door prizes, goody bags, burgers & fries ….  and much more! See ya’ There Ken’s Auto Service is located at 15293 E. Mississippi Ave. Aurora, CO 80012 

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Resources

Apply to CleanTech Open Start-Up Accelerator

Cleantech Open finds, funds and fosters the most promising cleantech start-ups on the planet. Apply by May 1st to join Cleantech Open’s 2018 Accelerator Program Cleantech Open provides tangible benefits:World-class mentoring | Hands-on training | Networking | Visibility |  Ongoing engagement Learn more and apply by May 1st here…Application and participation fees apply.The Accelerator begins June 1st.

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Five Cs of Credit

Five characteristics used by lenders to gauge the creditworthiness of potential borrowers. Wednesday, April 25th, 12PM – 1PM, FREE | Lunch included.Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. | Aurora 80012 | 2nd floor ASPEN conference room Please pre-register here…

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Events

Central 70 Trucking Outreach

There is an upcoming outreach event with Kiewit and Iron Woman Construction for subcontracting opportunities on the CDOT Central 70 project. There are millions of dollars of trucking subcontracts available over the next five years, and this free event will help owner-operators and other small business trucking firms learn what they need to do to get work on the project. Central 70 Trucking Outreach EventApril 30th 5:00 to 6:00 PM –  Registration/Networking | 6:00 to 7:30 PM …

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Resources

Resource Fair to end Nat’l Small Biz Week

Congressman Mike Coffman presents the SBA Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair Saturday, May 5th | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | FREE Location: Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Arapahoe Room at the DMV Building 6964 So. Lima St. (at Arapahoe Road) Centennial, CO  80112 Find out about SBA programs, loan and micro-loan programs available for small businesses through lending institutions, government contracting resources, State of Colorado and expanded SBDC services. There will be short presentation and opportunity to …

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Events

Look Before You Lease

Look Before You Lease — Explores the commercial and legal issues a business owner faces in leasing commercial property. Thursday, April 12th | 9AM – 12PM | $10/person Location:  Aurora Municipal Center, 2nd floor ASPEN conference room Before you sign that business lease, learn about: code requirements, using a tenant broker; understanding the relationship between the broker, lessee and lessor; lease terms, letter of intent, exclusivity, triple net leases, and common area maintenance; sections of …

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Consultants/Trainers

NEW at Havana BID

Welcome Chance Horiuchi! The Havana Business Improvement District (BID) Board has hired Chance Horiuchi for the executive director in-training position.  Chance will be training under current Havana BID Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, for a full year to learn the ropes before taking over as ED in April of 2019.  Gayle can then semi-retire and drop back to part-time or help with specific projects only. For the past six years, Chance worked as the Director of Business …

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Aurora Team

Thanks For Watching!

Mention was made recently of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC on Aurora News Weekly: Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center Click below to watch other stories recently featured on Aurora News Weekly: Aurora, Brothers Redevelopment & Partners Host Groundbreaking for Paris Family Apartments   Aurora Hosts Military and Veterans Employment Expo   New VA Hospital Grand Opening   Save the Date for “Colorado Remembers” Event   7/20 Foundation Gets Ready to Send Peace Crane Wreath to Parkland, FL   …

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Events

Is Certification Right For You?

Is Certification Right for Your Business? Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, FREE Are the Small/Minority Business Certification Programs Right for Your Business? The government is a huge, diverse market with many buying offices. If you are interested in selling to the government, you should first answer some basic questions and gain a general understanding of how the government buys. Does the government buy your products/services?  If yes, how do they buy? o Does …

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Business Tips

Social Media Today

A great article by Social Media Today on PEW research of Snapchat:  Click here…

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Business Tips

Dirty Dozen 12 – Offshore Tax Cheating

The series of IRS “Dirty Dozen” for 2018 is complete: #12:  IRS Committed to Stopping Offshore Tax Cheating It was on last year’s Dirty Dozen list of tax scams, also.  Follow this link to read up on this scam to avoid. An Abusive Scheme Toolkit for External Stakeholders Each toolkit provides an explanation of the scheme, background, facts and law, and talking points. Follow this link for the Toolkit  

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Business Tips

Dirty Dozen 11 – Abusive Tax Shelters

The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to be wary of abusive tax shelters, which remain on the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams. Tax law generally allows businesses to create “captive” insurance companies to protect against certain risks. Traditional captive insurance typically allows a taxpayer to reduce insurance costs. The insured business claims deductions for premiums paid for insurance policies. Those amounts are paid, either as insurance premiums or reinsurance premiums, to a “captive” insurance company owned by …

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Events

Advance Colorado Procurement Expo

ADVANCE COLORADO PROCUREMENT EXPO — April 3, 2018 The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, now in its ninth year, is Colorado’s premier buyers and sellers marketplace! Every year, businesses are invited to participate in this day-long event, which focuses on state and local government procurement. Small businesses (sellers) exhibit throughout the day to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies (buyers). Exhibitors are able to meet with procurement professionals from those agencies …

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Business Tips

Hootsuite

Saw this article, Thanks hootsuit:   First thing first, what is Google My Business? Essentially, Google My Business is a business listing service. For example, if you search for Hootsuite you’ll see a box appear to the right hand of the results. This contains a short blurb about the company, social links, and other companies that are usually searched for by association. https://blog.hootsuite.com/google-my-business/  

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