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ARTS & CULTURE

DECEMBER 19 | PHAZES OF A WOMANS SOUL PT 1 - THE CHRISTMAS STORY

A CHRISTMAS PHAZES: Phazes of a Woman's Soul Parts I and II
As we all know, things can get pretty hectic around the holidays. But one of the most beautiful things is sharing L.O.V.E. A 2-part tale of love, deceit, lies, forgiveness and devotion and finding the strength to believe again. This real life drama is a skillful balance of complex relationships shared by soul-stirring Gospel and humor, all just in time for the holidays. A Christmas Phazes reminds us of the reason for the season no matter how rough things may get. Come laugh, sing, cry and learn to love with the cast of A Christmas Phazes this December.

Each of the two Phazes is a unique performance; see one, or see them both. Written and directed by Ms. Tawanna Jackson with live music and comedy for all ages.

Phazes of Womans Soul will be performed at Scottish Rite Theatre. Tickets available online or call.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.297.4179

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DECEMBER 21 | A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

Celebrate the solstice with Dylan Thomas and Texas music.

A Child's Christmas In Wales Project
is a live reading of Dylan Thomas' beloved holiday tale illuminated
by a quartet of award winning Austin musicians.

Written originally by the poet as a radio play, Texas jazz artists Alex Coke, Suzi Stern, Rich Harney, and Evan Arredondo celebrate the author's 100th birthday and
herald the season with a spendid performance of story, song, sounds, and instrumental improv in the style of an old time radio hour.

Art quality cool for listeners, literature fans, families, friends, and kids of all ages.

Joins us on Sunday, December 21,
3pm at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Blvd.
 
General admission tickets $15 ( $10 seniors, $5 children).

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.440.0915

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DECEMBER 21 | BLACK WOMEN GET ROOTED AFROBEAT MEDITATION

Rootwork’s signature class, open to Black Women Get Rooted™ Meetup members.

Afrobeat Meditation™ combines sitting, guided, and movement meditation to relax + energize. We move, we sit, we be to Black Diaspora music. Not a dance class!

We simply move with breath. Suitable for beginners and for experienced movers & meditators alike. Seating is limited to keep it personal and communal. De-stress and connect with like-spirited women on the holistic path!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.761.7544

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DECEMBER 22 | CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMUNITY

The Austin Symphony is excited to announce a brand new program this holiday season that will bring free music to all Austinites.

Christmas in the Community is a series of twelve concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. The program kicks off on November 22nd at the Domain with their annual tree lighting ceremony and concludes December 22nd with a performance at the State Capitol.

Also featured on this series are members of the Austin Youth Orchestra, who will perform “side-by-side” with the Austin Symphony. These select young people are given the opportunity to perform with professional orchestra members; this experience proves to be an invaluable teaching tool and experience for these budding musicians.

All twelve dates, times, and locations are listed on the Austin Symphony website.

FMI: web

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JANUARY 11 | AFROBEAT MEDITATION™ W/ BLACK WOMEN GET ROOTED™

Join us for a monthly tradition since 2012! Afrobeat Meditation™ combines sitting, guided, and movement meditation to relax + energize. We move, we sit, we be to Black Diaspora music.

This circle is open to members of the Black Women Get Rooted Meetup. Join the Meetup (it's free to join) onilne or purchase your ticket at the door*.

*Seating is limited to keep it personal and communal. This circle fills up. We recommend paying ahead to reserve your seat. Season's passes also available.

More @ www.root-work.com/afrobeat-meditation

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.761.7544

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COMMUNITY

DECEMBER 20 | PHOTOS WITH SANTA!

The Austin community is invited out to take FREE pictures with SANTA on Saturday, December 20 from 1p-3p at the George Washington Carver Museum located at 1165 Angelina St.

FMI: email | tel: 512.974.4926

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JANUARY 1 | SUPER SUPPER CLUB MIND BODY AND SOUL MEETUP

The Super Supper Club of Austin (SSC) is having a Mind, Body, and Soul themed meetup in January 2015.

A special guest for each category will be discussing the subject or doing demonstrations. Check it out!

This social club is exclusively for women. #Yoga #healthyliving #Spirituality #qualityoverquanity

The date above is not the actual date of the event. Please checkout our fans page for that information or use contact information listed.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.644.6586

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PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS & MUSIC

DECEMBER 21 | SHE SMILES ENTERTAINMENT HOLIDAY BASH/PHAZES - THE CHRISTMAS

She Smiles Entertainment presents our Holiday Bash and Phases Cast Party on Sunday, December 21st, at 5pm. $7 + wrapped gift for entry.

Come and have a holiday cheerful time with the cast and writer, director, producer and CEO herself, Ms. Tawanna Jackson of She Smiles Entertainment.

Dress code enforced!. The Holiday Bash will be hosted at the Scottish Rite Theater - 207 W 18th Street.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.297.4179

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DECEMBER 27 | LIVE IN CONCERT TUCKA, AVAIL HOLLYWOOD AND LADY AUDREY

R/P and T-head Present the last Saturday nite of 2014 live in concert Tucka, (King of Swing) Avail Hollywood, Sup Rideau, Lady Audrey and the Superior band! Join us at the Colorado County fairgrounds Exhibition hall, 1146 Crossroads Blvd in Columbus Tx on Saturday December 27 from 6pm until.

Presale Tickets $20. Reserved Seats $2 each.
No outside food or drinks. Full Bar & Vendors on site. Happy H from our 6pm -8pm. Ticket and Hotel Package includes 2 tickets, 2 reserved seats and 1 hotel room for $100. Showtime 8:00 pm. Call for Table & Party Reservations.



FMI: email | tel: 713.480.9589

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DECEMBER 27 | BUS TO COLUMBUS, TX FORR CONCERT FEAT TUCKA & FRIENDS

Yolanda B. presents Get on the Bus
to Columbus Tx for The last Saturday nite of 2014 concert feat Tucka, (King of Swing) Avail Hollywood, Sup Rideau, Lady Audrey and the Superior band at the Colorado County Fairgrounds Exhibition hall in Columbus Tx.

Bus will depart at 3:30 pm sharp! Round Trip $30. Individuals riding the Bus can purchase concert tickets at the door for $20. Food & ice will be provided. BYOB (on the Bus). Reserve your seat by calling - don't get left out!

FMI: email | tel: 512.589.5973

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DECEMBER 31 | NEW YEARS EVE 2015 BASH IN KILLEEN

2015 NYE BASH! If you are looking to do something different for New Years Eve, Come join us in Killeen/FT Hood TX, for a night of fun and stylish evening.

NYE BASH 2015 Featuring R&B Legend CHERRELLE and R&B group SHAI, plus a Tyman Comedy show. Balloon drop, DJ, VIP Buffet and Champaign. Party favors,

Tickets online or by phone.

FMI: web | email | tel: 210.837.0605

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DECEMBER 31 | CELEBRATE AUSTIN'S NEW YEAR 2015

Ring in the New Year at the City of Austin’s free, family-friendly, community celebration!

Adults and kids are encouraged to Play, Make, and Glow in Butler Park with interactive art projects, outdoor film screenings, and plenty of music - including Brownout, Mother Falcon, Peelander-Z, and Riders Against the Storm. And don’t miss the exciting fireworks finale at 10 pm!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7700

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PROFESSIONAL

JANUARY 9 | QUICKBOOKS - INTRODUCTION

Whether you are a brand new user looking to master the fundamentals of QuickBooks, or an existing user wishing to take your QuickBooks knowledge to another level, the QuickBooks Basic seminar can help you improve the way you use QuickBooks accounting software to manage your business.

This seminar covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. Don't waste time through trial and error learning. If you want to reduce frustration, and increase accuracy in your business, this training is for you.

Join us 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 registration fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 13 | USING STRATEGIC PRICING TO DRIVE GREATER PROFITABILITY FOR Y

Pricing is the fastest and most effective way for companies to increase profitability. Studies show that a 1% increase in pricing has a greater positive impact on profitability than does a 1% increase in sales volume or a 1% decrease in costs.

Unfortunately, too many companies think tactically about pricing and do not effectively price for profitability.

This workshop is designed to help small business owners and managers to understand common mistakes that companies make in pricing and learn best pricing practices that will enable them to maximize company profitability.

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to: 1. Understand key principles and a process for defining pricing 2. Define pricing based upon their market strategy and value proposition 3. Apply the principles of Value-Based Pricing to their own business situation

Join us from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 13 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. Free to attend.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 15 | THE TAX MAN COMETH: BUSINESS TAX OBLIGATIONS

The Tax Man Cometh: Business Tax Obligations seeks to outline all common tax situations that will affect a small to medium size business.

Tools will be provided to help the business owner handle the tax reporting requirements both timely and inexpensively, while also explaining when and when not to engage external help.

Join us 9:00 AM - 4:00 pm at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $45 fee includes light breakfast.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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SPIRITUAL

DECEMBER 21 | SWEET HOME ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION

On Sunday, December 21st, 11 a.m., the Nursery, Children and Youth ministries of Sweet Home – The Pinnacle of Praise are pleased to present their highly acclaimed Annual Christmas Production.

This year’s production is entitled “The Perfect Gift,” and is an original musical Christmas play featuring the children and youth of the church in song, dance, and oratory, as they discover the real meaning of God’s great gift to the world.

It’s about love. It’s about salvation. It’s about celebrating the gift of our Savior.

Be sure to join us and experience “The Perfect Gift.”

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.823.2888

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DECEMBER 31 | SWEET HOME NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION SERVICE

Usher in the New Year with Sweet Home – The Pinnacle of Praise and CrossWork Christian Center at our annual New Year's Eve Celebration Service.

The Celebration Service will be hosted at Sweet Home on December 31st, beginning at 10:00 p.m. and concluding just after midnight. Join us with your family, friends, and neighbors as we close-out 2014 and bring in 2015.

You don't want to miss this exciting worship experience as we bring our community together as "great cloud of witnesses, seen and unseen" to celebrate in song, dance, spoken word, preaching, testimony, and prayer.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.823.2888

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JANUARY 9 | BEING INCUBATED BY CHRIST GALATIONS 4:4A

join sisters coming together inc. for their 12th annual womens conference. january 9-10 at the holiday inn midtown, 6000 middle fiskville rd. vendors are welcome.

friday evening, pre-worship service, 6:30pm till 9:pm. saturday, 7:am early morning prayer session. 8:am get fit for service. 8:30am onsite registration.

we know that incubation is a process. once an understanding is received of gods word, and his expectations of us, then we can move on to pleasing him and walk in our god given purpose.our talents and stuff that we go to school for, we pay for that, but our gifts from god is what we are born for.

so join us. pre-registration donation till dec 31, 2014 is $30. onsite registration $35. sessions for young girls, married ladies, and singles.

FMI: email | tel: 512.740.9979

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JANUARY 11 | BIRTH OF A NEW CHURCH IN ROUND ROCK, TEXAS

We would like to welcome everyone to attend services at the New Generation Church of North Round.

New Generation Church will begin having services on January 11, 2015 at The Holiday Inn Austin North Round Rock, Texas, 2370 Chisholm Trail Round Rock, Texas 78681

Sunday School services will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by Sunday morning worship at 11:30 a.m.

Please mark the date, 4/12/2015 when we have our grand installation services at 3:00 P.M. You will not want to miss it.

Join us as we celebrate, praise, and worship the Lord.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.422.4144

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FURTHER OUT

JANUARY 21 | BIZOPEN ORIENTATION

The BizOpen Orientation provides a general overview of the potential steps in the City of Austin's development process. The objective is to help you identify which processes are relevant to your business location development, and how to navigate the steps in a timely and efficient manner.

Material will cover the following: Development Assessment, Land Use and Zoning, Site Plan Review, Building Plans and Permits, and Inspections and Certificate of Occupancy.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in the Client Services Room, One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 13th Floor. This course is free.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 21 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Hampton Branch at Oak Hill Public Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Free to attend.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 23 | QUICKBOOKS - INTERMEDIATE

This course is a more advanced look at how to use QuickBooks Pro to best meet your business' accounting needs. This course covers these advanced topics: sales tax, payroll setup and processing, billable expenses, time tracking, budgets, estimates, sales orders and year end closing procedures using QuickBooks Pro accounting software.

QuickBooks Pro is one of the most cost effective and best supported small business accounting software application on the market today. This class will teach you how to use the more complicated features that QuickBooks can perform.

Join us 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 fee.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 24 | ZETA FINERWOMANHOOD YOUTH CONFERENCE

Area youth are invited to attend the “Zeta Finer Womanhood Conference: Your Purpose Defined” sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Pi Omega Zeta Chapter.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Settlers, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd in Round Rock.

Motivational speakers will present on various topics, including career and education exploration, leadership and image building, decision making techniques, as well as topics on communication, social and behavioral skills. Interactive and team building exercises are also components of the daylong conference open to all area girls ages 13-18. Admission, which includes lunch, is $25 in advance and $35 on site.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1920, is a national organization with more than 100,000 members.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.699.0443

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JANUARY 27 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. Free to attend.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 28 | PETER AND THE STARCATCHER ONSTAGE AT ZACH

This swashbuckling pirate story tells what happened before a young orphan became the boy who never grew up—the boy we know as Peter Pan.

The five-time Tony® Award-winning play will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight to Neverland! In an evening of madcap fun, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters from James M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

FMI: web link | tel: 512.476.0541

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JANUARY 28 | THE ART OF SALES: FROM COLD TO SOLD

Are your sales stuck in a rut? Do you need a little motivation and some ideas on how to get the momentum going again?

If so, attending The Art of Sales: From Cold to Sold will get your creative juices going and offer some eye opening insight on sales prospecting, processes, follow ups and other techniques and how easy it is to get back on the path to success with resources you already have!

During this interactive and informational packed class, you will participate in a hands on approach of some of the processes and techniques reviewed in a group/partner setting.

Join us from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $25 registration fee.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JANUARY 29 | SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING

Accounting provides the framework to evaluate the financial health and success of a business. Small Business Accounting is a practical introduction to basic accounting concepts and the primary financial statements a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement.

Students will learn how these statements interact and the language of accounting, cost of goods sold, depreciation, capitalization, LIFO/FIFO, and the differences between profit and cash flow.

By learning some basic accounting knowledge and skills, small business owners will be better able to evaluate new opportunities, manage current operations, ensure timely and accurate tax compliance, and attract new partners or investors. This course provides a foundation for using accounting concepts as an essential tool in managing a small business.

Join us 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 fee includes light breakfast.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 4 | RETURN TO SPRING- HUI CHUN YIDAN WITH KAY WENTWORTH & FRANCI

The purpose of the practice of Return to Spring is to attain an even, calm disposition, mastering the mind, the inner self, and one’s inner power. If we can maintain this even state of mind, we can attain equipoise and achieve good health.

The word “spring” in the title Return to Spring refers to nature – a return to nature, the original state. It also signifies beauty, goodness, and vitality. The same effortless balance found in the moon’s path around the earth can also be experienced within the movements of our own bodies. Go into this space as you practice the movements. In your Heart and mind everything is perfect.

This class is open to beginners and advanced students. February 4th - April 22nd, Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45pm at AOMA Mind-Body Center, 4701 West Gate Blvd.

FMI: web link | email |

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FEBRUARY 5 | SETTINGS GOALS FOR SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence provides a hands-on, step-by-step instructions for establishing goals & strategies, defining core values. The purpose of this class is to provide business owners with exactly what they need to discover their most important goals and how to go about achieving them. This course will teach you how get a clear long-term vision while also experiencing short-term motivation. It’s time to set some non-negotiable core values and a business introduction that invites opportunity.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $25 registration fee.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 6 | QUICKBOOKS - INTRODUCTION

Whether you are a brand new user looking to master the fundamentals of QuickBooks, or an existing user wishing to take your QuickBooks knowledge to another level, the QuickBooks Basic seminar can help you improve the way you use QuickBooks accounting software to manage your business.

This seminar covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. Don't waste time through trial and error learning. If you want to reduce frustration, and increase accuracy in your business, this training is for you.

Join us 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. Fee is $85.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 10 | WHAT IS A MARKETING PLAN AND WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS ONE

Developing a thorough marketing plan for a small business startup or expansion is vital to the success of any business. Once complete, a marketing plan becomes a work in progress and can help give your business a significant competitive edge.

The purpose of this class is to provide the tools necessary for any small business to compete successfully in today's challenging business environment. This course will teach you how to look at the economic, sociological, and financial factors which influence the consumer decision-making process and how to forecast industry trends to meet consumer demands. Using an instructor prepared case study, the student will create a marketing plan in class.

Join us 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110]. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 12 | ROADMAP TO SUCCESS: HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN

You would never start out on a long road trip with no directions, so why would you start your business with no map to take you where you want to go? This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business.

Upon completion, a business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation. Emphasis will be placed on a plan's components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis.

This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $45 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 14 | XI ANNUAL LOVE & HAPPINESS SHOW ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine's Day - R. Kelly will be headlining the XI Annual Love & Happiness Show. Saturday Feb. 14,2015 inside the Alamodome in San Antonio. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations. Come spend your Valentine's Day Evening with the King of R&B!

FMI: web link | email |

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FEBRUARY 18 | BIZOPEN ORIENTATION

The BizOpen Orientation provides a general overview of the potential steps in the City of Austin's development process. The objective is to help you identify which processes are relevant to your business location development, and how to navigate the steps in a timely and efficient manner.

Material will cover the following: Development Assessment, Land Use and Zoning, Site Plan Review, Building Plans and Permits, and Inspections and Certificate of Occupancy.

Join us 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in the Client Services Room, One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd. 13th Floor. This is a free event.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 19 | GOOGLE: MAKE SURE YOUR CUSTOMERS CAN FIND YOU!

This course provides hands-on, step-by-step instructions for getting websites found through high ranking on Google and other search engines. Using real world examples, local author Greg Bright will present Search Engine Optimization using non-technical, layman's terms - from one small business owner to another.

Included with the course is a copy of the instructor's book. Get Top Ranking On Google and Other Search Engines. The book contains 101 simple tips for high ranking and growing businesses online and is formatted like a workbook with blanks lines and objectives at the end of each chapter. Every technique covered in the course can be implemented immediately.
Search Engine Optimization is all about getting high ranking in the "natural" search results and it is free -- not to be confused with the paid advertising.

Join us from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 21 | CASABLANCA GALA

In 2015, CASA of Travis County will celebrate 30 years of empowering Austin to speak up for children. We invite you to join us at the 2015 CASAblanca Gala as we commemorate this incredible milestone.

This elegant evening of generosity will feature dinner, live and silent auctions, casino games and the inspiring stories of CASA children and volunteers.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.459.2272

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FEBRUARY 25 | EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE: KEEP YOUR BEST CUSTOMERS

Understanding how to gain and keep your customers is vital for any small business owner. This workshop is designed to raise the level of awareness with regard to customers - who they are, how they should be treated and how to influence others within your organization by promoting customer conscious attitudes.

This course will help you to establish a customer service culture or help you to improve the existing customer service culture within your own business by focusing on service, attitudes, and consistency.

Join us from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 Fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MARCH 6 | QUICKBOOKS - INTRODUCTION

Whether you are a brand new user looking to master the fundamentals of QuickBooks, or an existing user wishing to take your QuickBooks knowledge to another level, the QuickBooks Basic seminar can help you improve the way you use QuickBooks accounting software to manage your business.

This seminar covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. Don't waste time through trial and error learning. If you want to reduce frustration, and increase accuracy in your business, this training is for you.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 Registration Fee.

FMI: web link | tel: 512.974.7800

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MARCH 27 | QUICKBOOKS - INTERMEDIATE

This course is a more advanced look at how to use QuickBooks Pro to best meet your business' accounting needs. This course covers these advanced topics: sales tax, payroll setup and processing, billable expenses, time tracking, budgets, estimates, sales orders and year end closing procedures using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. QuickBooks Pro is one of the most cost effective and best supported small business accounting software application on the market today.

This class will teach you how to use the more complicated features that QuickBooks can perform.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 fee.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MARCH 31 | HOW TO GET INVESTORS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Whether you are looking to start a new business or to expand the operations of an existing business, you will always need capital. How To Get Investors For Your Business explores a wide spectrum of opportunities in seeking venture capital or risk capital investors.

The course is structured to provide the student with a wide spectrum of opportunities in seeking venture or risk capital investors. From friends and family to professionally managed venture capital funds, all potential equity partners are reviewed and considered. The student will leave this class with a well-organized and practical system for finding the right investors for their business. From friends and family to professionally managed venture capital funds, all potential sources of capital are reviewed and considered.

This course explains the processes of determining capital needs for the small business and will help you to understand the difference between equity investors and business partners. You will learn the different methods of finding and raising capital and how to research and contact potential business investors.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 1 | THE TAX MAN COMETH: BUSINESS TAX OBLIGATIONS

The Tax Man Cometh: Business Tax Obligations seeks to outline all common tax situations that will affect a small to medium size business. Tools will be provided to help the business owner handle the tax reporting requirements both timely and inexpensively, while also explaining when and when not to engage external help.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $45 fee includes light breakfast.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 7 | ROADMAP TO SUCCESS: HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN

You would never start out on a long road trip with no directions, so why would you start your business with no map to take you where you want to go?

This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business. Upon completion, a business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation. Emphasis will be placed on a plan's components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis.

This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

This is a two-part class held on 04/07/2015 and 04/09/2015. Students should bring the class material handed out on Tuesday to their class on Thursday.

Join us at Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $45 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 10 | QUICKBOOKS - INTRODUCTION

Whether you are a brand new user looking to master the fundamentals of QuickBooks, or an existing user wishing to take your QuickBooks knowledge to another level, the QuickBooks Basic seminar can help you improve the way you use QuickBooks accounting software to manage your business.

This seminar covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. Don't waste time through trial and error learning. If you want to reduce frustration, and increase accuracy in your business, this training is for you.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 registration fee.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 15 | BIZOPEN ORIENTATION

The BizOpen Orientation provides a general overview of the potential steps in the City of Austin's development process. The objective is to help you identify which processes are relevant to your business location development, and how to navigate the steps in a timely and efficient manner.

Material will cover Development Assessment, Land Use and Zoning, Site Plan Review, Building Plans and Permits, and Inspections and Certificate of Occupancy.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Client Services Room, One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd. 13th Floor. Free.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 21 | THE 7 MOST IMPORTANT SECRETS OF SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

The Seven Most Important Secrets of Small Business Success provides a practical template for the successful creation and operation of a small business. Whether you are a start-up still in the planning stage, or an existing business, these seven essential principles must be followed throughout your business life to achieve maximum success. They have been tried and proven over many years and will help you execute your business plan with passion and precision.

Join us from 1:00 PM - 4:00 at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 23 | KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL: MAKE YOUR CASH FLOW WORK FOR YOU

Cash flow -- you can live and die by it. Your ability to effectively manage business cash flow is vital to your business survival and ultimately its growth. Many small business owners get stuck in the day to day business operations and fail to pay enough attention to this area. With this area so often overlooked it’s easy to see why businesses can get buried in debt, tax problems or worse. The good news is that this can be mitigated or avoided altogether by effective use of some simple tools.

Although there are essentially only two moving parts (income and expense) they can easily get out of control. This class is designed to help the business owner get their arms around cash flow and use it as tool to keep the business healthy. Healthy cash flow management will contribute to the success of a business. This course will provide you with the fundamentals needed to both understand and interpret the business cash flow. More importantly it will teach you how to manage it! Cash is king -- and this class will teach you the many ways to address it.

Join us from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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