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ARTS & CULTURE

FEBRUARY 3 | ON STAGE AT THE LONG CENTER: DATE*

Do you believe in love at first site? Written and performed by Luciann Lajoie and based on interviews with a wildly diverse group of more than 150 online daters (young, old, straight, gay, Mormon, Jewish, etc.), this hilarious and candid multimedia show explores the hits and misses of one woman’s surprising quest to find love online.

Once upon a time, Luci moved back home to Denver with two masters degrees and a broken heart. She had no single friends and no social life (unless you count Sunday pancakes with mom and dad), and all of a sudden online dating seemed like a really good idea. And it got her thinking about things like what the hell do you say in your profile and should you message this guy first and what about photoshopping and Spanx and sex and how many sites should I be on at once and is this guy gonna pick up the tab or not and does true love exist and can you actually find it online?

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.474.5664

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FEBRUARY 15 | THE COLORED MUSEUM

The Colored Museum (1986) is a play written by George C. Wolfe and directed by Matrex Kilgore.

In a series of 11 “exhibits” (sketches), the review explores and satires prominent themes and identities of African American culture. It will be performed at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.

FMI: web | tel: 512.974.4926

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FEBRUARY 20 |

If your new year’s resolution is to expand your world through reading and discussing books, then you may want to join us. Folktales’ Black Women’s Literary Society is starting its 23rd year on Friday, February 20 at 6pm at the George Washington Carver Museum and Community Center, 1165 Angelina.

We are starting the year with a discussion of A CHOSEN EXILE: A HISTORY OF RACIAL PASSING IN AMERICA by Allyson Hobbs.

Contact us for additional information.

FMI: email

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FEBRUARY 27 | THE PEOPLE'S GALLERY 2015 OPENING RECEPTION

The 2015 People’s Gallery exhibition features over 100 artworks from Austin-area artists, galleries, and arts organizations. Enjoy artworks displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall and music in the Atrium.

The Whole Foods Market trailer will be on the plaza from 6-9 pm offering food for purchase.
Parking is available in the City Hall garage; however, we encourage visitors to bike, walk, or ride the bus!

Visit our website for more information about the People’s Gallery.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7700

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COMMUNITY

JANUARY 31 | ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA (AKA) COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: PROMOTING HEA

The Beta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. will host the “AKA Community Health Fair: Promoting Health & Wellness.”

This health and community resource fair is a community-wide event to promote health and wellness, increase awareness about chronic diseases affecting our community, and provide resources to support individuals and families. Invited guests include representatives from local community and state organizations including: the American Diabetes Association; the Capital of Texas Alzheimer's Association; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; health and human services, and others. Zumba (dance exercise) classes, children’s activities, and healthy snacks will be provided.

Join us Saturday, January 31 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Boys & Girls Club - East Austin Club, 901 Thompson St.

FMI: web | email

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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 | email

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FEBRUARY 6 | THE PEOPLE SPEAK OUT: BLACK RADICAL VOICES

Join us for an evening featuring the voices of Black radical activists, organizers, poets, writers, and artists, both past and present, as we not only celebrate Black History month, but reflect on the growing movement against anti-Black racism that has erupted across the country in recent months.

Frederick Douglass once said that "If there is no struggle there is no progress...This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle." In that spirit, this event will include performances and readings by local Austin activists, artists, and students of works by people like Douglass, and many others, who historically led and were instrumental in the struggle for Black liberation in the United States.

Sojourner Truth, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells-Barnet, W.E.B. Du Bois, Billy Holiday, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Assata Shakur, Kathlene Cleaver, Angela Davis, Public Enemy, #BlackLivesMatter, #JusticeforLarryJackson

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.222.7476

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FEBRUARY 7 | ACC'S 15TH ANNUAL GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA

Join us as the 15th Annual Gospel Extravaganza featuring local and national award winning gospel artists including: Kara-Nichole, Power of Soul, CCysta, Musically Noted, 19th Street Praise Team and more. The event will be held at the Eastview Campus, Bldg./Room 8500, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.223.5106

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FEBRUARY 7 | COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP

The Lone Star (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host a College Financial Aid Workshop on Saturday, Feb 7th from 9am until 1pm at Southwestern University Olin Building, RM 105 in Georgetown.

The workshop is open to everyone and free to the public. It will offer insight to the financial aid process, applying for college scholarships, access to college representatives and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information. Registration available online.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.496.9422

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FEBRUARY 19 | CASA VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION - CARVER LIBRARY

CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.

When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest.

CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own.

Please join us at our free Volunteer Info Session at the Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.459.2272

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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 | email | tel: 512.459.2272

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FEBRUARY 26 | CENTRAL TEXAS AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY SUPPORT CONFERENCE

The 15th Central Texas African American Family Support Conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27 at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez. Last year, over 500 attendees attended and they expect an even greater attendance in 2015!

2015 Conference Highlights include:

- Keynote addresses from former United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and University of Southern California lecturer and social worker Allen Lipscomb.

- Engaging and empowering workshops, seminars and breakout sessions covering a wide variety of topics related to mental and physical health, wellness, family life, culture and more.

An awards luncheon dedicated to recognizing individuals working hard to make sure everyone in Central Texas has a chance at a happy and healthy life.

Registration is only $10 and is available online.

FMI: web

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MARCH 1 | SENIOR SAFARI ADVENTURE - CALLING ALL SENIORS (60+)

The Austin Zoo invites you to put on your walking shoes and join us for coffee, juice and pastries as we stroll around the zoo to meet and learn about some of our animals.

Bring a lunch to enjoy in our shaded picnic grove and watch our beautiful free-roaming birds. Please bring bottled water as we do not have drinkable water on grounds yet. Bottled water is available for purchase in the Zoo Gift Shop.

Make your group reservation now! Cost for seniors is $13.00 per person/$5 for Caregiver.

Be sure to ride our Rawhide Rocket Train and see our new addition of Giant Dinosaurs native to Texas!! $2.50 per person. The Austin Zoo is located at 10808 Rawhide Trail.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.288.5031

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MARCH 3 | PACK THE COURTS FOR JUSTICE FOR LARRY JACKSON

On July 26, 2013, Larry Jackson was shot to death by Detective Kleinert. Kleinert was indicted for Jackson's murder but is now seeking to be tried in a more favorable Federal Court than in a less favorable Travis County court.

On March 3, 2015, please pack the U.S. Federal District Court on 501 West 5th Street, at 9 AM to support justice for Larry Jackson and demand that Judge Yeakel not grant Detective Kleinert's bid to be tried in Federal Court so that he may be tried in County Court.

FMI: email | tel: 210.262.3422

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PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS & MUSIC

JANUARY 31 | THE 4TH ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE AFFAIR

You asked for it Austin and you got it! The 4th Annual Black & White Affair at the Crowne Plaza, 6121 N. I35. Presale Tickets is $12. Dress Code is FORMAL! No Excuses! Call or email to RSVP for Tables. Table of 10 | $100. Table of 4 | $50.

FMI: email | tel: 512.680.2188

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JANUARY 31 | AVAIL HOLLYWOOD & ADRENA PERFORMING IN WACO

Yolanda B. presents The Blues and R&B Show & Afterparty feat Avail Hollywood and special guest Adrena on Saturday Jan.31st at Vernon's Place, 2224 Faulkner Lane in Waco.

Doors open at 7:15pm showtime 8:15 pm. $15 BYOB and setups available. No outside beer or wine. Complimentary hors d' ouevres. Contact us for VIP reservations. After party immediately following concert.

FMI: email | tel: 512.589.5973

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JANUARY 31 | PROMOTIONAL EVENT FOR GOSSIP TALK RADIO

Gossip Talk Radio with Lady T gossips about all the drama on reality television. If you like to talk about Love & Hip Hop, Married to Medicine, Preachers of LA, Basketball Wives, Real Housewives, Hollywood Husbands, just to name a few, then Gossip Talk Radio is just right for you. Come out to show your SUPPORT. FREE giveaways for new followers until they run out.

Join us at Jae Undreas, Hair Salon, 6406 N IH 35, STE 230 from 10am - 4pm on Saturday, January 31. FREE!

FMI: email | tel: 512.910.4605

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FEBRUARY 7 | MARDI GRAS MAGIC

Enjoy a fun evening of dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and doing good by contributing to the Town Lake Links Inc. scholarship fund.

$90 per person. Dress: Cocktail + Mask

Valet or Self Parking. Live concert by Howard Hewitt, followed by an evening of dancing to music provided by a DJ. Live Auction of several gift packages plus fun game of chance.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.297.9360

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FEBRUARY 8 | 25 YEARS OF JACKIE VENSON LIVE IN AUSTIN TX

A life long musician, Jackie Venson is celebrating her 25th birthday with a performance detailing where 25 years in music has brought her. Don't miss this one of a kind show, 25 only comes around once!

FMI: web

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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 | email

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FEBRUARY 14 | BLACK LOVE AFFAIR (BLACK TIE-OPTIONAL BALL)

This is a Grown & Sexy event to celebrate LOVE and Black Heritage Month with the special people in your life!

Event admission includes Gourmet Soul Food, Dancing with Live DJ, Drink Tickets, Free Parking, Black Vendor Fair (6-8 p.m.), Cash Bar
Fashion Show...and live music concert featuring KENNY WILLIAMS fresh off of Broadway's The Color Purple and The Lion King.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.797.6989

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FEBRUARY 14 | 2015 ANNUAL VALENTINES DAY BALL

The Annual Valentines Day Ball sponsored by KNDS - a subsidiary of Lyons Jr. Lodge #290.

Join us at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Center, 1156 Hargrave St.from 9:00pm until 1:00am. BYOB (no ice chest or coolers allowed). Food offered by MYEC. Tickets $15 per person. Semi-Formal (Red & White encouraged).

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.538.4770

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FEBRUARY 15 | AN EVENING WITH SILK: A VALENTINES EVENT

Join us at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center for a special Valentines Weekend Celebration!! Performing Live will be R&B Sensation "Silk".

VIP Tickets Include:
- Special VIP Entrance Open @ 5:30 PM
- Prime Table Seating
- VIP Heavy Hors D'oeuvres

VIP Doors open at 5:30 PM. GA Doors open at 6:00 PM.

If you want to reserve an entire table for you and your guests you must purchase 10 tickets. Once this is done, please contact us so we can reserve the table in your name.

FMI: web | email | tel: 214.865.9553

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FEBRUARY 20 | PLAYER'S BALL BOOK RELEASE PARTY

Come out and celebrate the Releasing of the HOTTTEST Urban Fiction Book to hit the shelves in decades, "A Pimp & A Prostitute...A Ghetto Love Story" By Trina Cleveland AKA TiTi Ladette-Author.

We have a lineup of Grown & Sexy Events that will definitely ignite you. Come dressed to impressed. Bottega Bottles will be given as Prizes for the Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Female, and Best Dressed Couple. Bottega Bottles also given to the winners of the Community Baller Awards!

The event will be hosted by The BottegaBoyz and sexy models wearing Simply Sensuous Lingerie. There will be a sexy lingerie fashion show and opening acts by the winners of the Ghetto Love Story Soundtrack Contest. The headlining performer will be the smooth, soulful R&B sensation L. Young. Join us at Studio 41
2410 E. Riverside Dr., Ste E-100.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.945.7226

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PROFESSIONAL

JANUARY 31 | A CREATIVE APPROACH TO PALLIATIVE CARE

Pam has innovated new ways of working with clients in palliative care. She has discovered that a compassionate combination of discussion, Qi exercises, and acupressure help ease both physical and emotional pain. Pam will also show effective techniques for a client's feet and hands, and similar techniques that can be shared usefully with families, for hospital, home, and hospice care.

This practical workshop will be helpful for Acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists, Massage Therapists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, RNs, and MDs. Though the workshop is aimed at health professionals, we also welcome anyone involved in long term care of family members.

Hands-On work will be done on tables and in chairs, so participants are encouraged to wear loose comfy clothing, and to bring their own sheets and pillows.

Pam's ABT column on palliative care can be found at Acupuncturetoday.com (previous issue: 2/2014, Volume 15 #2)

PDA points will be offered to anyone renewing NCCAOM Dipl. Status, and anyone requiring CEUs for Texas LMT renewals. Join us on Saturday, January 31 from 9:00am-12:00pm.

FMI: web | email

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FEBRUARY 3 | FORMING AND MAINTAINING A BUSINESS ENTITY

Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure. Whether you are an individual owner or a partner, the choice you make impacts multiple aspects of your business, including taxes, personal liability, ownership succession, and others. It's not a decision to be entered into lightly - or one that should be made without sound counsel from business experts.

In this session, you will receive an in-depth analysis of the most common entity types for Texas businesses and the types of documentation associated with those entity types. You will also have an opportunity to have your questions answered. The session will be taught by local business attorney James Howard.

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

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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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 | 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 | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 7 | THE LEADERSHIP BUSINESS FREE SEMINAR

The Leadership Business & Coaching Small Business. FREE Informational Seminar. Feb. 07, 2015 [9:00am - 11:00am] at George Washington Carver Museum Conference Room. Seating Limited! Online RSVP required.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.437.1277

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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 | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 10 | 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.

FMI: web | 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 | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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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 | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 18 | 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 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Howson Branch Public Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd. Free.

FMI: web | 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 | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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FEBRUARY 24 | 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.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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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 | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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SPIRITUAL

FEBRUARY 3 | WAITING ON GOD FOR A MATE, PURPOSE, & THROUGH TRIALS

Inside Out with Courtnaye presents a "LIVE" chat entitled, "WAITING ON GOD for your mate, purpose, & through trials." This is a "LIVE" call that will be happening Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 8:30pm (CST), (567) 704-2763, Code: 12345#.

This is one call you won't want to miss! SAVE THE DATE!!! For more info and to watch the promo video, visit the TODAY!!! Share it with your friends and talk to you soon!

FMI: web | email

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FURTHER OUT

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 7 | COMING TO THE STAGE IN AUSTIN - CHRIS TUCKER LIVE!

Actor and comedian Chris Tucker’s trademarked style, incomparable delivery, impeccable comedic timing, and signature voice make him one of today’s premiere entertainers.

Tucker brings his stand-up show to Bass Concert Hall on Saturday, March 7. Tickets on sale now!

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.471.1444

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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 11 | TOUR THE TALENT ART STUDIO TOURS IN THE HILL COUNTRY

Tour the Talent is a two-day Art Studio Tour in the Hill Country on April 11-12, 11 am to 6 pm.

The six Art Studios, with over 30 diverse artists, highlights Artists Alliance of the Hill Country’s finest talent. This is a free event with mixed media artists, painters, sculptors, Japanese woodblock printmaking, pyrography, metal, pottery, glass, fine jewelry, photography and much more.

It is the perfect opportunity for collectors, interior designers, and art enthusiasts to find an extraordinary piece of art. Pick up the tour map at one of the art studios or view it online.

FMI: web link | email |

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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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JUNE 9 | BUSINESS STRUCTURE: FORMING AND MAINTAINING A BUSINESS ENTIT

Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure. Whether you are an individual owner or a partner, the choice you make impacts multiple aspects of your business, including taxes, personal liability, ownership succession, and others.

It's not a decision to be entered into lightly - or one that should be made without sound counsel from business experts. In this session, you will receive an in-depth analysis of the most common entity types for Texas businesses and the types of documentation associated with those entity types. You will also have an opportunity to have your questions answered. The session will be taught by local business attorney James Howard.

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



FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JULY 29 | SAVE THE DATE: STATEWIDE PROCUREMENT CONNECTION SEMINAR & EX

Hosted by the Statewide HUB Program, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - The 2015 PCSE will include workshops providing vendors guidance and training on the state government purchasing process.

There will also be panels of agency and university purchasing representatives providing information from their agencies perspectives. Time will be allotted for vendors to network with state purchasers to explore tools and approaches that can help them secure state business. All vendors are encouraged to attend.

Join us at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Details are coming soon!

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.463.5894

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OCTOBER 6 | BUSINESS STRUCTURE: FORMING AND MAINTAINING A BUSINESS ENTIT

Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure. Whether you are an individual owner or a partner, the choice you make impacts multiple aspects of your business, including taxes, personal liability, ownership succession, and others.

It's not a decision to be entered into lightly - or one that should be made without sound counsel from business experts. In this session, you will receive an in-depth analysis of the most common entity types for Texas businesses and the types of documentation associated with those entity types. You will also have an opportunity to have your questions answered. The session will be taught by local business attorney James Howard.

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

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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DECEMBER 8 | BUSINESS STRUCTURE: FORMING AND MAINTAINING A BUSINESS ENTIT

Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure. Whether you are an individual owner or a partner, the choice you make impacts multiple aspects of your business, including taxes, personal liability, ownership succession, and others.

It's not a decision to be entered into lightly - or one that should be made without sound counsel from business experts. In this session, you will receive an in-depth analysis of the most common entity types for Texas businesses and the types of documentation associated with those entity types. You will also have an opportunity to have your questions answered. The session will be taught by local business attorney James Howard.

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

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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