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Ent Credit Union

Events

Our financial seminars and webinars are offered in an informal setting with plenty of time for questions and answers. And don’t worry, our seminars aren’t “sales pitches” – they’re an opportunity for you to learn the latest information on important topics.

Register for an event within each listing or by calling (719) 550-6670 or 800-525-9623 ext. 6670. Please include your name, telephone number, email address and number of attendees.

2018 Holiday Closures

All Ent Service Centers and the Ent Call Center will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day Holiday
  • Monday, September 3: Labor Day Holiday
  • Monday, October 8: Columbus Day Holiday
  • Monday, November 12: Veteran's Day Holiday
  • Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day Holiday

Saturday, July 7: Free Home Buying Seminar

Learn the financial steps of the home buying process, including preparing for home ownership, a mortgage loan application checklist and details on the variety of mortgage loan products available, including special loan options for first-time home buyers.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 10 a.m. to noon

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Thursday, July 12: Free Business Seminar: Developing a Solid Financial Plan

Learn how to increase revenue and lower expenses in order to set your business on a path toward financial soundness. In this workshop we will learn how to calculate break-even, determine an appropriate pricing strategy, determine COGS (cost of goods sold), budget, find industry standards and more! This is a working session...we strongly encourage you to bring your laptop with Excel or similar financial software if possible. Although it's not necessary, doing so will allow you to leave with some actual financial calculations completed!

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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Saturday, July 14: Free Document Shredding at the Falcon Service Center

Protect your identity by shredding old documents containing personal information. Limit of two banker's boxes per person. No registration is required.

Location: Falcon Service Center, 7520 Bierstadt Heights, Peyton
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Thursday, July 26: Free Business Seminar: Visually Based Business Planning

Learn how this relatively new and more visually-based business planning methodology allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot your business model. Great for people writing business plans, strategic plans, or wanting to document/describe existing business models!

Location: Tri Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 166 Second Street, Monument
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Saturday, August 4: Free Home Buying Seminar

Learn the financial steps of the home buying process, including preparing for home ownership, a mortgage loan application checklist and details on the variety of mortgage loan products available, including special loan options for first-time home buyers.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 10 a.m to noon

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Saturday, August 11: Free Document Shredding at the Galley Service Center

Protect your identity by shredding old documents containing personal information. Limit of two banker's boxes per person.No registration is required.

Location: Galley Service Center, 4545 Galley Road, Colorado Springs
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, August 28: Free Business Seminar: Basics of Bookkeeping

This workshop is designed for the entrepreneur with little or no experience in business accounting, and is taught by a local CPA, Paul DuMond. The workshop will cover functions of record keeping: cash versus accrual systems, recording transactions, revenue, expenses, and depreciation, accounts payable and accounts receivable. This seminar is great for both small business owners, or business assistants in charge of financial transactions and record-keeping.

Location: Tri Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 166 Second Street, Monument
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

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Saturday, September 8: Free Home Buying Seminar

Learn the financial steps of the home buying process, including preparing for home ownership, a mortgage loan application checklist and details on the variety of mortgage loan products available, including special loan options for first-time home buyers.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 10 a.m. to noon

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Wednesday, September 12: Free Business Seminar: How to Leverage Facebook & LinkedIn for Small Businesses

A strategy to drive leads and promote your business should involve a Facebook component. In this course we will dig deep into which small business strategies could be effective, including a plan for your content creation, scheduling, utilizing data, etc. Additionally, considering the recent changes Facebook has made to their business model in early 2018, find out how this may affect your business and/or how your Facebook strategy may need to change. Join us for this session on how to use Facebook naturally and effectively for your small business.

Location: Tri Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 166 Second Street, Monument
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.

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Tuesday, September 18: Free Business Seminar: Social Media 101 for Small Business

Learn how to increase success in your business specifically through the use of social media. This workshop will get you started amplifying your business through discussing concepts and tools for utilizing social media that are relevant to all platforms.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

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Tuesday, October 2: Free Business Seminar: Building Resiliency to Stress & Burnout

99% of entrepreneurs experience burnout at some point in their entrepreneurial career. Even under the best of circumstances and in the midst of our greatest successes, burnout can sneak up on us and throw us off course. Symptoms include, but are not limited to lethargy, cynicism, detachment, and disillusionment. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and secrets to preventing and overcoming the debilitating effects of burnout.

Location: Tri Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 166 Second Street, Monument
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.

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Saturday, October 6: Free Home Buying Seminar

Learn the financial steps of the home buying process, including preparing for home ownership, a mortgage loan application checklist and details on the variety of mortgage loan products available, including special loan options for first-time home buyers.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 10 a.m. to noon

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Saturday, October 20: Free Document Shredding at the Woodland Park Service Center

Protect your identity by shredding old documents containing personal information. Limit of two banker's boxes per person. No registration is required.

Location: Woodland Park Service Center, 920 Paradise Lodge Lane, Woodland Park
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Saturday, November 3: Free Home Buying Seminar

Learn the financial steps of the home buying process, including preparing for home ownership, a mortgage loan application checklist and details on the variety of mortgage loan products available, including special loan options for first-time home buyers.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 10 a.m. to noon

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Tuesday, November 20: Free Business Seminar: Tax Prep Essentials for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, you may be thinking about the taxes you'll owe with a significant level of uncertainty. "Where do I even start?!", "What does the IRS need from me this year?" and "How can I be better prepared next year?" are common questions. Don't fret! This workshop is a realistic starting point for small businesses wanting to strengthen their understanding and mastery over their business taxes.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

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Saturday, December 1: Free Home Buying Seminar

Learn the financial steps of the home buying process, including preparing for home ownership, a mortgage loan application checklist and details on the variety of mortgage loan products available, including special loan options for first-time home buyers.

Location: Ent Operations Center, 7350 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Colorado Springs
Time: 10 a.m. to noon

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Wednesday, July 18: Free Business Seminar: Business Plan Basics

Join us for this informative seminar that covers the basics of preparing a successful business plan. Topics to be discussed include the purpose of a business plan, the information your plan should contain, the financial documents you will need, how to determine start-up costs, the importance of market research and information that lenders look for.

Location: Castle Pines Library, 360 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 22: Free Business Seminar: Business Start-Up Basics

This information packed workshop will give you a good understanding of what you need to consider in order to start a profitable business. Get your questions answered and learn all about starting a successful business, including some of the basic requirements needed to launch your business. Topics discussed will include legal structure, registration requirements, necessary record-keeping, marketing and financing.

Location: Lone Tree Library, 10055 Town ridge Drive, Lone Tree
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Saturday, September 15: Free Document Shredding at Wilcox Service Center

Protect your identity by shredding documents containing personal information. Limit of two banker's boxes per person. No registration required. 

Location: Wilcox Service Center, 190 S. Wilcox Street, Suite G, Castle Rock
Time: 9 a.m to noon


Tuesday, September 18: Free Business Seminar: Cash Flow Fundamentals

This information packed seminar will give you a good understanding of how your money flows in and out of your business. Get your questions answered and learn all about starting a successful business. You will learn and understand how to use and apply positive cash flow, flow of money, cost of goods for products and services, sales forecasting and gross profit.

Location:  Parker Library, 20105 East Mainstreet, Parker
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 17: Free Business Seminar: Marketing Fundamentals

So you just started a new business; you're registered, licensed and ready to start selling! But how do you get the word our about your new company? Join us to discover the basic things you need to know about marketing your small business. Learn about the marketing skills and tools that will create momentum in your business, and learn how to determine who your customers are and how best to reach them. This workshop will cover the importance of marketing, the right amount of marketing, competitor analysis, defining your markets and setting goals and testing marketing efforts.

Location: Castle Rock Library, 100 S. Wilcox Street, Castle Rock
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 13: Free Business Seminar: Business Start-Up Basics

This information packed workshop will give you a good understanding of what you need to consider in order to start a profitable business. Get your questions answered and learn all about starting a successful business, including some of the basic requirements needed to launch your business. Topics discussed will include legal structure, registration requirements, necessary record-keeping, marketing and financing.

Location:  James H. LaRue Library, 9292 Ridgeline Boulevard, Highlands Ranch
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 12: Free Business Seminar: Business Plan Basics

Join us for this informative seminar that covers the basics of preparing a successful business plan. Topics to be discussed include the purpose of a business plan, the information your plan should contain, the financial documents you will need, how to determine start-up costs, the importance of market research and information that lenders look for.

Location:  Lone Tree Library, 10055 Town Ridge Drive, Lone Tree
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, August 23: Free Business Seminar: Getting Started Essentials: Business Startup

Looking to start a new business? Then this startup business seminar is for you! Topics covered will include business entity options, federal, state and local requirements, taxes, business model development, access to capital and more. Pre-planning is the first essential best practice in starting a new business! Join the SBDC for a seminar to get started in your planning process.

Location: Pueblo Rawlings Library, Ryals Room, 100 E. Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Thursday, September 20: Free Business Seminar: Business Planning Essentials

Learn the essentials of the planning process and developing a professional business plan for your business. By writing your own plan you will gain the in-depth knowledge about your business and clarify what is involved in making your business a success. It is a great resource and tool to continue measuring and mapping out your business growth for success.

Location: Pueblo Rawlings Library, Ryals Room, 100 E. Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Thursday, November 15: Free Business Seminar: Marketing Essentials for Your Business

When it comes to marketing for small businesses, money isn't everything! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use the same marketing tricks the big companies employ - without making a big dent in your wallet. You'll learn best practices on cost-effective strategies including strategic partnerships, local marketing, search engine optimization, social networking, e-mail marketing, and niche marketing. Whether you're new to advertising or looking for a refresher, this workshop will help make you confident in your marketing plan.

Location: Pueblo Rawlings Library, Ryals Room, 100 E. Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Thursday, August 16: Business Plan in an Hour

During this webinar, we will begin the task of putting together a very basic strategic plan that will act as a roadmap to building your business plan. Join us to begin the process of strategically mapping your business through a simplified business plan that you can then continue to build upon. This workshop is for both startups and existing businesses!

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 10: Developing and Optimizing Your Business' Website

Your website is often the first impression someone may have of your business, and it can be a vital tool in generating leads, developing customer education, or turning potential customers into paying customers. This webinar will be 1) an overview of some popular website platform options and determining which one is best for you, and 2) a discussion on optimizing your website's content and layout, addressing common issues, and giving tips on creating the most effective website for your business.

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, November 14: Building a Business to Sell

Whether you're just starting a new business or actively looking to sell it's never too early to begin positioning your business for sale. In this workshop you'll learn the steps you can start taking now to maximize your business value and prepare for your exit strategy. We'll cover topics such as financial records, market valuation, the acquisition team, the presale audit, customer concentration, intangible assets, etc. We'll also cover current market trends and the economic outlook for small business over the next 5 years.

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

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