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Wednesday

The Generational Impact to Business:

Charlotte Works hosts the Employer Learning Series (ELS) to support and improve the knowledge base of Charlotte-area employers. This course will provide a solid understanding and tools for managing the various generations within the workforce. Free. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Charlotte Works’ Employer Engagement Center, 1401 W. Morehead St. Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e76yovma17ea881a&llr=jmtlagmab

Charlotte Venture Challenge Finals:

Finalists make their business pitch in the 12th Annual Charlotte Venture Challenge. One start-up company will win the grand prize and receive $25,000. 4-7 p.m. at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Register: http://charlotteventurechallenge.com/2013-competition/1st-of-may-finals-registration/

Negotiating Skills for Business Success:

This seminar will cover basic negotiation skills to help you understand how to reach the best agreement or compromise possible for you and your company. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Charlottetowne Ave. Reference: #SBX 8005, Section 501. Register: http://www.cpcc.edu/einstitute

Thursday

Bidding and Managing Federal Contracts:

Learn the ins and outs of federal contracting and get the inside scoop on what works in the bidding process. Gather the knowledge to develop a successful marketing and sales plan to make you one step closer to winning that contract. Cost: $199. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Charlottetowne Ave. Reference: #SBX 7490, Section 501. Register: http://www.cpcc.edu/einstitute

Cyber Security: The New Organized Crime Paradigm:

Join the Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter for an in-depth conversation on cyber security and virtual reality. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. Details: charlottechamber.com

Energy for Working Women: Three Keys to Restore the Energy, Joy and Balance in Your Life:

Ruth Gordon Howard is the guest speaker at the eWomenNetwork Accelerated Luncheon. $35 for eWomen members; $45 for nonmembers. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J. M. Keynes Drive. Register: https://events.ewomennetwork.com/event/details.php?eid=17065&ccode=NC105

Business After Hours:

Matthews Chamber and Malak Jewelers host an evening of networking. 5-7 p.m. at Arboretum Shopping Center, 8042-800 Providence Road. Register: 704-847-3649; matthewschamber.org

Monday

Choosing Your Legal Structure:

Choosing the right business entity is an important step in setting up a business. Know the right questions to ask when choosing a legal structure and understand the benefits and disadvantages of each. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Charlottetowne Ave. Reference: #SBX 7812, Section 503. Register: http://www.cpcc.edu/einstitute

Tuesday

CharlotteWorks Employer Learning Series:

Discuss ethics in the workplace for human resources professionals. Approved for three HR Certification Institute HRCI recertification hours. Free. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Charlotte Works, 1401 W. Morehead St., Suite 100. Register: www.charlotteworks.com/Employers/2013-Employer-Learning-Series

Protect Your Business Against Identity Theft:

Lake Norman Chamber presents a lecture on business and personal identity theft with Babette Stewart of LegalShield. Free. 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org

Beyond the First 100 Days and Into The Future of CMS:

Take a look inside at Heath Morrison’s eight steps for the future of CMS at Charlotte Chamber’s SouthWest Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com

Big Turbines Meet Big Training:

Siemens Energy director of training, Pamela Howze, will deliver a talk on the plant’s extensive workforce development efforts, apprenticeship programs, and its educational partnerships that allowed it to acquire, test and train new workers. Free. 1:30 p.m. at Siemens Energy, 5101 Westinghouse Blvd. Details: http://mfgmakesitreal.ies.ncsu.edu/mmir-rsvp.cfm.

LACCC Tapas:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for networking opportunities. Free for members; $10 nonmembers. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Don Pedro Restaurant, 1009 Chancellor Park Drive. Register: www.lacccharlotte.com

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May 8

From Sit-ins to Eat-ins: Charlotte Business and the Civil Rights Movement:

In partnership with Levine Museum of the New South, join the Charlotte Chamber for a special MWBE Connect program and kickoff to the “From Sits-ins to Eat-ins” community program series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Charlotte’s desegregation in May 1963. 8-10 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber-Belk Action Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: charlottechamber.com

The Affordable Care Act and Your Business:

Patti Dodgen, co-founder of Hielix, will discuss the Affordable Care Act at Matthews Chamber’s business networking luncheon. 11 a.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. RSVP by noon Tuesday. Details: matthewschamber.org

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