Hey all! I’m Dan Lewis–I head up the professional development side of the RPs, which usually entails a couple weekly meetings at Pikes Perk and alot of emails. We’re also going to start sharing our experiences in the community and respond to specific questions in a weekly column, aptly titled the Professional Development Review. I’m sure you all can come up with a better name, so send me some suggestions. Continue reading
The City of Colorado Springs seeks applicants to fill openings on the City Investment Advisory Committee. The committee advises City Council and City staff on investment policies and procedures of the City. Ideally, applicants with experience in banking are preferable.
Members serve three-year terms and meet twice per year. Additional meetings may be called if necessary. This Committee is not responsible for advice for investment of the Utilities Fund or Memorial Hospital, as those operations have their own boards and commissions.
If interested, please fill out this application (PDF) and contact:
P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
The Colorado Springs Rising Professionals is a leading organization in young professional development and is officially transitioning away from our parent organization (the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance). With this transition we are now seeking a new brand that will represent our organization in its own right for today, and in the future. For more information about the Rising Professionals (RPs) please visit, www.csrisingprofessionals.com.
RP Marketing Committee
We have been tasked with creating a brand all our own that will represent what we are as an organization with no ties to our past partnerships. The brand must be able to be used in several different formats with an emphasis on online usability. We are contacting several Colorado Springs based firms for this project and are pursuing an open, public RFP process to select a firm.
Who We Are:
The Rising Professionals has been an organization with an emphasis in the following areas of Young Professional development in Colorado Springs:
- Mentoring: we match RP members with local community leaders to develop and enrich members to help better their professional and personal lives thus leading to a more enriched community.
- Professional Development: we offer courses that are geared towards sessions/work groups to help educate members on a variety of business related topics including: ethics, marketing, intergenerational management, working in today’s complex business climate, and more.
- Civic Engagement: we have a program to help educate RP members on how our City and County government works and offer connections for those who are interested in getting involved in the political process.
- Networking: we host a selection of networking events to let young professionals mingle and connect with others on a local basis.
- Public Service: we offer opportunities for RP members to give back to the community through programs such as trail repairs, park cleanup projects and other volunteer events that directly benefit the community as a whole.
- Fun: RP members believe in staying active and have fun doing it. We offer a variety of group activities such as recreational sports leagues, tailgate parties, social mixers and other fun gatherings for members.
Who We Want To Be:
The Rising Professionals believe in our current goals and structure but we want to offer more. We strive not only to be a leading young professional group in Colorado Springs but also to be an example to all of Colorado. We would like to be thought of as the place to go to for:
- YP Business education
- Connecting organizations with board and committee opportunities for young professionals
- Community service opportunities for young professionals
- Career placement and advancement opportunities and advice
- Fostering business creativity or be an “incubator” for new business ideas and opportunities
- Experience in business dealing in Colorado Springs
What We Are Not:
The Rising Professionals is not just a social club. We are a structured organization of more than 275 paid members with a mission to serve young professionals in our community, both professionally and personally. We want to enrich the lives of our members so they keep their talents here in Colorado Springs. Our highly involved members also serve on a variety of committees that offer a wide range of participation and direction in the organization. It is very important that our brand differentiate us from other local organizations to avoid any confusion.
Concept/Theme: We need a logo designed that will incorporate a clean and modern feel that appeals to a young audience and also look professional. The logo must have a design that is different from other brands in Colorado Springs such as the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and others that have recently rebranded. The brand will need to be suitable for printing, not dependent on color or shading (i.e. legible in black and white), and suitable for embroidery and screen printing.
Format: the logo design will need to be delivered in the following file formats:
- High-resolution four color process (CMYK) vector format for printing (.AI, .EPS, .PDF)
- Low-resolution web (RGB) format (.JPG, .PNG)
Color: the design will also need a brand guide which outlines the specifics of the logo including CMYK colors (Pantones/PMS), RBG hexadecimal numbers, font name(s) and size(s) of elements in logo. Logo should incorporate full color and also provide a black and white variation.
All submissions must be submitted via email to email@example.com before 5:00pm on November 15th. Submissions should include:
- Proposed total project price (if applicable), or price equivalent (if pro bono)
- A detailed breakdown of the total project price (with line items)
- A general idea about the creative direction you propose
- Number of designs you will provide (if applicable) and number of revisions allowed in the process
- Company background and samples of previous work/your portfolio
- An overview of the proposed process (i.e. number of meetings needed, questions that need answers, critical path points, a timeline, etc)
Our goal is to have the design process completed by the end of the year, to be revealed to the public the first week of 2014.
What We Are Offering You:
We are excited that you are considering providing us a new brand! In consideration for your efforts, we have a budget set aside of up to $2,000. However, we also also excited to offer the following if your proposal is offered pro bono:
- An announcement of the chosen firm on our website, social media, press releases, etc
- Inclusion as a Supporting Sponsor of the Rising Professionals, which includes:
- Your logo and link to your website on www.csrisingprofessionals.com
- Recognition on our Social Media account (Facebook, Twitter and more)
- Three free Rising Professionals memberships
- Your banner posted at all Rising Professionals events in 2014
The winning submission will be chosen by our Marketing Committee. The Rising Professionals will need all usage rights to the design.
To Submit Your Proposal:
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00pm on November 15th. Please also direct any questions about submissions, guidelines or the brand to this email as well.
The City of Colorado Springs is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Liquor and Beer Licensing Board.
If interested, please contact:
Assistant to Council
107 N. Nevada Avenue, Suite 300
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Give back to the profession and make a difference! Each year, the Pikes Peak PRSA (Public Relations Society of Ameria) elects new leaders who guide our membership and address the interests and needs of you – our valued members.
Our chapter is currently seeking dedicated professionals who would be willing to serve on our 2014 Board. From novice practitioners to seasoned professionals, we invite everyone to get involved in a committee or volunteer to serve on our chapter’s board of directors! Take advantage of our many opportunities to connect you with the best in the field.
Become a PRSA leader today! Gain valuable experience and expand your professional network while sharing your expertise in public relations. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get involved and make a difference!
If interested, contact:
Dana Chippindale (2013 Chapter President)
Here is a great volunteer opportunity, that is new in the community and makes such a big impact! The purpose of this new volunteer opportunity is to provide volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) tax preparation services and asset-building education and opportunities for low to moderate income families in El Paso County. Last year almost $100 million was left unclaimed, because families did not know or did not apply for this funding.
The PPUW VITA provides services to individuals at three locations in our community. The program not only provides free tax preparation and electronic filing but also increases awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other asset building opportunities.
Click here for a flyer with the details about the positions we are recruiting for and the volunteer requirements. We anticipate a need to recruit 30 volunteers per position. So, please feel free to forward to any peer, friend, family member, or group that you believe would be a great fit. The only position that requires a tax preparation back ground is the Quality Reviewer.
If interested, contact:
Jenna Bentrop / Development Officer / Pikes Peak United Way
518 N. Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 / 719.955.0755 / email@example.com
The Colorado Springs City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee (PSSTOC).
The PSSTOC monitors the expenditure of the Public Safety Sales Tax (PSST) funds and ensures that the items approved by voters at the November 6, 2001 election are accomplished with PSST funds. Additionally, the PSSTOC reviews the annual PSST and General Fund Preliminary Budget as submitted to City Council to ensure that the baseline funding for General Fund public safety expenditures is maintained.
If interested, please download this brochure and contact:
LeMerla Dean Beukema
City Council Office
107 North Nevada Ave., Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers for the Citizens Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB). Collectively, the Board advises the City Council on matters relating to the City’s multi-modal transportation system, such as: trails, bicycling and pedestrian issues; neighborhood issues; trucking and freight movement issues; public transit issues; business issues; and land development and construction issues. CTAB meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Volunteers should have an expertise and/or interest in transportation and transportation-related concerns.
If interested, download this form and contact:
P.O. Box 1575
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
The City of Colorado Springs is seeking three volunteers to serve on the Airport Advisory Board. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the City Planning Commission. Members are appointed for three-year terms and serve on a volunteer basis to address matters pertaining to land use, construction, planning or operation of the Colorado Springs Airport. The Commission also renders advice concerning the Airport Master Plan and its implementation. Additionally, the Commission may act in an advisory capacity to the El Paso County Planning Commission and the El Paso Board of County Commissioners.
If interested, download this form and contact:
P.O. Box 1575
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
My experience with the Chamber Rising Professionals program was fantastic and, I would attribute that statement mostly to the clearly perfect matching done for me and my mentor, Pam McManus. I would highly recommend this program. I am still in contact with my mentor and have cherished the exposure and connection. Thank you, Rising Professionals, for making this happen!