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The Aurora Cultural Arts District is an independent non-profit organization leading local creative businesses, individuals, the local business community and area residents, p
artnering with the City of Aurora and other entities in efforts to enhance the district as a destination through cultural and educational experiences.
May, 2013 newsletter
Too nervous to make your point at the meeting? Is your audience yawning before you get to your point? Wouldn’t it be great if you could just take a pill, and no longer be terrified to speak in front of groups? Sorry… no such pill exists, but Toastmasters can help! Find out how:
Two meetings will be held on Tues., May 21st:
12PM to 1PM – Aurora Municipal Center (Aurora Room) – 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
6PM to 7PM – Aurora Public Library – 14949 E. Alameda Parkway
What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is the leading organization devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the art of speaking, listening, and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind. It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its worldwide network of clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programs.
Open house and demonstration meeting Mission, Vision, and Objectives:
Mission: Invite the citizens of Aurora, Colorado to a learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster a better community, self-confidence, and personal growth.
Vision: Empower future members from Aurora, Colorado to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams by improving their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change.
Objectives: Promote the values of Toastmasters; Demonstrate a typical Toastmasters meeting; Show how communication and leadership skills from Toastmasters can benefit a member; Invite potential guests to visit a Toastmasters meeting; Cultivate current Toastmasters clubs with new members within the Aurora area.
Visitors are always welcome. It costs nothing to visit a club, and there is no obligation to join.
AAJA Denver Community Photography Workshop
Learn from members of the media on how to improve your photography skills to get the word out about your community’s or organization’s event, or your group’s performance!
Who: Denver chapter of Asian American Journalists Association
What: Community Photography Training for leaders within the local Asian and Asian communities, as well as performers and leaders within groups and organizations interested in media outreach
Date: Saturday, June 15th
Time: 10 AM to 12 Noon
Where: KDVR Fox 31, 100 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
How Much: Cost is $20 per person
Contact: AAJA Denver treasurer Joe Nguyen, email@example.com, (303) 378-9832
Registion link: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
Workshop link: http://aajadenver.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/aaja-denvers-community-photography-workshop/
World Trade Day, Thurs., May 16th, is a technology conference focusing on international business. Small, medium and large companies will share the technology tools they used to grow their international business. There is a marketing and operations track, as well as featured tech demos all day. World Trade Day will be held at Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale. The last day to register is this Fri., May 10th. For information or to register, click here.
May 23, 2013 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Arapahoe/ Douglas Works!
6974 S. Lima Street, Centennial, CO 80112
Would you like to learn the most effective interviewing techniques for hiring the best people? Join us for this no-cost, informative workshop by Susan Rogers, HR Consultant. Learn how to ask
the right questions while avoiding legal pitfalls. To register visit our website to signup.
Aurora City Council declared a Stage 1 drought. Watering is only allowed two days a week, based on the last digit of your address. However, we recommend that you don’t water your turf until mid-May. Restrictions are in place until Sept. 30, 2013.
Aurora Water, like many other municipalities in the region, relies heavily on snowmelt. Weather has been unusually dry and warm for the past year, and snowfall in the mountains has been far below average. That means our mountain reservoirs – which capture the snowmelt – are much lower than usual, and we are concerned about maintaining our water supply.
Our Water Management Plan outlines several drought stages and, based on water supply and forecasts, it outlines various steps that should be taken to reduce water usage. Because our reservoir supplies are far below average, we are taking steps to save as much water as possible. By doing so, we can hopefully avoid more drastic measures. Read more.
Advisory Date: April 18, 2013 Contact: Amy McDowell (303) 844-2607
Advisory Number: MA13-06 Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, an entrepreneurial ecosystem of digital communications companies, is launching a five-topic social media webinar series to help small businesses leverage and grow their businesses using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and mobile marketing.
Social media is playing a growing and vital role in the success of small businesses growing and creating jobs. It provides the opportunity to build deeper relationships with customers, to increases sales and to reach new markets in a cost-efficient manner. The webinars will help small businesses to develop a comprehensive social media plan that is engaging, effective and that has maximum return on investment.
The first social media webinar for small businesses, Introduction to Social Media: Helping You Get Started, will be held on April 24, 2013, at 11a.m. MDT. To register for the webinar, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6526746452209580800. The webinar will highlight topics such as:
• What social media is and isn’t;
• Why it’s important to get involved;
• Demographics on who is using social media;
• Best practices; and
• Ways to get started.
Topics for future webinars in the social media webinar series include: Blogging 101, Creating Content for Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, Identifying and Connecting with your Influencers and Getting Started with Mobile and Location-based Marketing.
WHAT: “Introduction to Social Media: Helping You Get Started”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – 11a.m. to Noon MDT
HOW: Space is limited. Register here .
How to COMMUNICATE
When No One is Listening
with Marvell Lawson
Master the Art of Communicating good ideas that become strong realities. Attendees will learn how to:
• Set goals for your communication
• Identify communication methods
• Think inside the box for your personal success
• Overcome barriers to communication
• Reduce conflict
To effectively get your message across, you must be a Thinker, Imaginative, and Creative. You will enjoy immediate benefits from applying the powerful and proven techniques taught at this seminar. A valuable workbook will be available to participants for an additional $10.00, so you will always have somewhere to turn whenever you need to prepare for a communication exchange.
• Use the most important element of communication – listening
• Better understand the mysteries of communication
• How your audience perceives you
• Finding your collective unconscious
Marvell is a consultant, and professor who specializes in public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and creative communication coaching. Communication is the foundation for growth and success in your personal and professional life. Marvell presents tools that will help you become an effective communicator engaging in dynamic interactions.
Park Hill Library – 4705 Montview Blvd – Denver, CO
April 16, 2013 — 5:30 – 7:45 PM
Adults $20.00 — Students and Seniors $10.00
To register visit: www.centerforinformationdesign.com, or, call (303) 947-0962.
9TH ANNUAL INDIAN BIZ EXPO
April 5, 2013 | 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Workshops, Procurement Pavilion, Entertainment, Inspiring Keynote Address, & More
Join us for the luncheon and entertainment portion of our event for only $35.00. Call 303.629.0102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register now! Visit our website at www.rmicc.org to register for event and to learn about sponsorship opportunities still available. We have a limited number of exhibitor booths still available. Details online at www.rmicc.org.
12:30 – 2:00 PM — Lunch, Entertainment and Sponsor Recognition
Entertainer: Red Feather Woman
Sharing Ancestral Stories and Music
Nominee 2008: “Distant Drums”
Winner 2006: Native American Music Awards
Nominee 2004, 2007: Indian Summer Music Awards
The South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center offers the Colorado Leading Edge: NxLeveL™ Business Training for both existing small business owners, as well as those who are interested in starting a new business.
NxLeveL™ for Entrepreneurs is a 12-week, intensive business planning course designed for existing entrepreneurs seeking knowledge and practical skills for managing and/or growing their business. Each participant receives 5 sessions of one-on-one consulting outside of class time to help enhance the educational experience. This class is aimed at helping business owners who have been operating for over 18 months. Participants graduate with a fully executed business plan!
Topics discussed throughout the course include:
- Planning & Research: Entrepreneurial Essentials
- Organizational Matters: Management & Legal Structure
- Marketing: Market Research, Analysis & Understanding
- Advertising: Strategies, Tactics & Implementation
- Financial Overview: Books, Records & Controls, Financial Planning
- Managing Your Money: Cash Flow Projections, Budgets & Assumptions
The NxLeveL™ for Start-Ups 10-week business planning program is geared towards those in the idea or pre-venture stage, and/or those who have been in business for less than 18 months. This class looks to help emerging entrepreneurs with developing their business concept before launching their operation. Each participant receives 5 sessions of one-on-one consulting outside of class time. Participants graduate with a fully executed business plan!
This course will cover:
- Developing your Business Concept
- Business Fundamentals
- Testing the Idea: Market Research & Analysis
- Getting to the Market: Marketing Strategies
- Understanding Budgets & Financials
- Raising the Money
- Getting Started & Managing the Future
NxLeveL™ sessions begin in January and August each year. The class takes place on Monday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. Registration for the upcoming session is open on our Workshops & Events Calendar; the cost is $495 per person for the Entrepreneurs class, or $395 per person for the Start-Up class. If you are an Investor in the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, or a customer of Colorado Business Bank, there is a $50 discount. If you are interested in taking the class with other members of your business or organization, the cost for each additional member is $250 for both the Entrepreneurs and Start-Up courses (to cover the cost of materials).
Prior to the start of each session, we host free informational Briefing Meetings. Come learn about how the class can assist you and your business, see the materials that are used, and meet the instructors. If you would like to attend a briefing meeting to learn more about NxLeveL™, please visit the Workshops & Events Calendar and register for the next meeting.
If you have any other questions, please contact the South Metro Denver SBDC:
email@example.com or 303-795-0142.