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Entrepreneurial Corner

BiggsKofford has renovated our electronic news! Formally known as Take 10, our Entrepreneurial Corner feature will cover pertinent and up-to-date subjects relevant to your business. From tax law updates to event information, keep an eye open for our new featured articles! If you have questions or article suggestions, email Jenn, our Public Relations Coordinator, here.

 

Enterprise Edge

After lots of thought, BiggsKofford has decided re-brand our Entrepreneurial Corner event series. Our new series, Enterprise Edge, will cover hot topics that are significant to your business. These presentations will discuss community, state, and nationwide issues relevant to business owners, executives and entrepreneurs. We want to ensure that our topics are both beneficial and worthy of your precious time. Our new program will take place a few times throughout the year, rather than on a monthly basis. Stay tuned for our first event announcement! If you have questions or topic suggestions, email Jenn, our Public Relations Coordinator, here. Stay tuned for our first event announcement!

Cyber Security 

How to Protect Your Organization from Cyber Threats

 

Guest Speakers
                               
    
                                            Todd Morris           Jill Webb
                                          Vice President       Vice President
                                           CB Insurance        CB Insurance
 

 

What We’ll Discuss:

  • What is cyber security?
  • Why is it an important topic for businesses?
  • What is the impact on your organization?
  • How can an organization protect itself?

 

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

 

 

Economic Snapshot

What to Expect from Our Local Economy

Guest Speakers
                               
                                   
Join us in welcoming Dr. Bailey to Colorado Springs! She is taking over as Director of the Economic Forum for Fred Crowley and Tom Zwirlein as the area’s new economist!

What We’ll Discuss:

  • National Economic Indicators
  • Regional Employment, Wages and Income
  • Residential Housing and Construction
  • Commercial Markets
  • The Business Conditions Index (BCI)
  • Sneak Preview: Forum Theme on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

 

 

Join us for the eighth year of one of our most popular sessions. We will preview the 18th Annual  Southern Colorado Economic Forum, which is October 10, 2014. Register for the forum at www.southerncoloradoeconomicforum.com.   

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

 

  

Increasing Value in Your Company:

For Continued Ownership or Eventual Sale

 

Our Speaker:

Chris Blees, CPA, CM&AA

President, Chief Executive Officer

BiggsKofford, P.C.

What will be discussed?

  • Learn market valuation approaches
  • Understand what drives value
  • Hear how to improve value in your company
     

Thursday, May 22, 2014

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

 

  

Sustainable Growth Strategies:

Understanding your Business Model

Our Guest Speaker:

Chuck Kocher

Certified Master & Executive Business Coach

ActionCOACH

What will be discussed?

  • Learn about the nine core areas of your business model
  • See concrete examples of popular business models
  • Use tools to develop your current and future growth strategies
  • Understand how to leverage this tool against competition

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

 

  

Employment Law:

Protect Yourself from Employee Retaliation    

 

Our Guest Speaker:

Joan Rennekamp
Human Resources Consultant
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

 

What will be discussed?

  • Litigation and legislation update from 2013 – state and nationwide
  • Proposed legislation that you should prepare for
  • Overtime exemption and independent contractor updates
  • Unemployment insurance requirements and much more

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

 

  

National and Local Markets:

How does the Stock Market Impact our Local Economy

 

Our Panelists:
ENT bios

 

What will be discussed?

  • UBS and Merrill Lynch explain trends in national and international markets
  • Hear local economists cover the effects of the markets on your business
  • Better understand the impact on your personal assets

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

Sponsors

 

In case you missed last week’s breakfast on ‘Implementing Obamacare’, here are the handouts.

It was presented by Jeff Ahrendsen and George Martin, both Senior Vice Presidents with HUB International.  If you have any questions, please e-mail them by clicking their name above or call (719) 884-0700.

Implementing Obamacare

Led by
Jeff Ahrendsen
Senior Vice President
HUB International Insurance Services
George Martin
Senior Vice President
HUB International Insurance Services

We’ll Discuss:

  • What 2014 will mean for your health insurance
  • Practical strategies to avoid insurance cost increases
  • Last minute changes in the law

Thursday, October 24, 2013

7:30 – 9 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

 

  

 

This morning’s Entrepreneurial Corner covered marketing vs. branding!

Here is a tool to assess how your company behaves when it comes to brand, as well as another handout.  To get help filling in the blanks in the handout or your company’s branding, feel free to speak directly with this morning’s presenter, Suzanne Tulien, at suzanne@brandascension.com.

If you would like to be included in these events in the future, e-mail Stephanie Johnson at sjohnson@biggskofford.com.

Did you miss Fred Crowley’s presentation on the local economy last week?  Check out his presentation here!

Have you signed up for the Southern Colorado Economic Forum? Learn more here.

 

What can you expect from our local economy? 

Led by Fred Crowley  

Fred is the Associate Director and Senior Economist of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and one of the area’s leading experts on the local economy.  

We’ll Discuss:

  • Fed Policy
  • The Economic Base
  • Job and Income Growth
  • Housing
  • The Business Conditions Index

 

Join us for the seventh year of one of our most popular sessions.  We will preview the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, which is September 26, 2013. Register for the forum at www.southerncoloradoeconomicforum.com.   

 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

7:30 – 9 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

 

  

Local Commercial and Residential Real Estate Markets Update

Led by:
Brian Bahr, Founder of Challenger Homes
Peter Scoville, Principal at Cushman & Wakefield
Fred Veitch, Vice President of Nor’Wood Development

We’ll Discuss:

  • The insiders’ views of the future of our local market
  • Recent local trends with both residential and commercial marke
  • Where the next opportunities in real estate will come from

Thursday, April 25, 2013

7:30 – 9 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

Ownership Thinking, a Special Workshop for Middle Market Owners

Meet the Speaker

Brad Hams is the author to the recently-published book Ownership Thinking™.  In this book, he vividly portrays the way companies can become Top Quartile performer.

The book and business model aim “to end a culture of entitlement and replace it with accountability, purpose and profit in companies.” Through Brad’s expertise, he has helped over 1,000 companies implement this management system.

With today’s workforce, creating a profitable culture of accountability can be challenging.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Ways to end the entitlement mentality and get your employees to think and act like a business owner
  • How to identify your company’s key operational and financial indicators to build scoreboards for your team
  • Create self-funded incentive plans that clearly align employees’ behavior to the organization’s objectives

Thursday, March 14, 2014,

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m. Networking | 8 a.m. Presentation & Workshop |

9 a.m. Q&A

Cheyenne Mountain Resort,

3225 Broadmoor Valley Road

Entrepreneurial Corner HeaderPrivate Capital Markets: Where is the money flow?

Led by:
Chris Blees, CPA, CM&AA President & CEO

Austin Buckett,
ACA, CM&AA

Manager

We’ll Discuss:

  • What industries are attracting the most capital
  • What the latest trends are in valuation for middle-market companies
  • Up-to-date lending trends for the middle market

Thursday, January 24, 2013

7:30 – 9 a.m.

BiggsKofford’s Office,

630 Southpointe Court, Suite 200

BiggsKofford and Merrill Lynch will host Kenneth H. Marks, a nationally-known author and speaker, who has written about middle-market financing on October 24, 2012.

We’ll discuss:

  • What lenders are specifically looking for to finance small and mid-sized companies
  • What areas of your business should be financed to see the most growth
  • Where to go when banks say you’re not yet bankable
  • Strategies in today’s economy for financing your exit strategy

For more information about the event and to RSVP, click here.