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May 15

Information Assurance and Cyber Security-The Security Risk Management Challenge:

Join Themis Papageorge, associate professor and director of Northeastern University’s Information Assurance Graduate Program, for a discussion on the challenges of security risk management. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. at Northeastern University Charlotte, 101 N. Tryon St., 11th floor. Register: http://pages.northeastern.edu/05.15.13InformationAssuranceLunchLearn_LP.html

Social Media & Internet Marketing:

McBryde Website Design will present a seminar on growing your business on the Internet. 3-4 p.m. at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org

Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Mixer:

Network with Charlotte’s top young professionals at the Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals’ Mixer. Open to 21- to 39-year-olds. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com

May 16

NorthWest Chapter Power Up Luncheon:

Competing for a cash prize and package of in-kind services, local entrepreneurs and small business owners will present how their businesses can support the growth of Charlotte’s economy through innovation and entrepreneurial skills at Charlotte Chamber’s NorthWest Chapter Power Up Challenge. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Drury Inn & Suites Northlake, 6920 Northlake Mall Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com

Business After Hours – Charlotte:

Charlotte Chamber’s networking event features business-to-business networking in a relaxed atmosphere. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport/ I-77 Tyvola, 6050 Tyvola Glen Circle. Details: www.charlottechamber.com

Business After Hours – York:

Join the York County Chamber for a networking event hosted by Piedmont Medical Center. 5:30-7 p.m. at the Baxter Imaging Center, 509 Sixth Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill, SC. Details: www.yorkcountychamber.com

May 17

Speed Networking – Lake Norman:

Jay Neal of HF Financial will host a monthly speed networking event with Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce on the third Friday of every month. 8-9 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org

Business Wellness:

A healthy bottom line depends on effectively managing and nurturing the wellbeing of your business. Join other strategy-minded, performance-driven business owners for a morning of inside-out thinking. Tom Bixby, president of Level Management Partners and developer of EvaluSys, will lead the discussion. This program is by invitation for CEOs, presidents and business owners managing businesses at least three years old that exceed $500,000 in annual revenues. 8-10:30 a.m. at The Employers Association, 3020 W. Arrowood Road. Register: 704-522-8011.

Women Business Owners Awards Gala:

The National Association of Women Business Owners for their Business Women of the Year Awards Gala recognizes significant accomplishments of professionals and women business owners. This event applauds the success of honorees, provides visibility and recognition of their leadership and innovation, and recognizes the best practices in business. Cost: $90 for members; $100 for nonmembers. Noon-3 p.m. at Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St. Details: http://www.nawbocharlotte.org/.

May 20

Small Business Pitch Competition:

Join Pride Magazine for “Staying in the Game: Unwritten Rules for Small Business Success” luncheon and you could walk away with a grand prize worth $5,000. Applications are currently being accepted; describe your background and current business situation in 500 words or less in an e-mail to pridepr@pridecommunications.net. Mecklenburg County small business owners and entrepreneurs in operation for a minimum of two years with 50 employees or less are eligible to participate in the competition; nonprofits and franchises are ineligible. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Wake Forest University Uptown Campus, 200 N. College St. Register: http://prideprperfectpitch.eventbrite.com/#

How to Start a Small Business:

This workshop touches on business basics including the development of a business plan, anticipated expense and projected income. Cost: $25, materials will be provided. 6- 8 p.m. at Winthrop University College of Business (Thurmond Building), Room 208, 2nd floor. Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6091865935/eorg#

May 21

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

SCORE presents an introductory workshop focusing on the basics of testing business ideas and identifying key factors that influence start-up success. Cost: $25. 6-9 p.m. at Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road. Register: http://charlottebusinessresources.com/score/

May 22

Go Forth & Export:

Discover new markets for your product or service. Learn from local successful exporters along with federal, state and private sector export service providers. Free. 8:30-10 a.m. at Charlotte Export Assistance Center, 521 E. Morehead St., Suite 435. Register: http://charlottebusinessresources.com/growing-a-business/importexport/go-forth-and-export-2013/

Healthcare Reform:

Charlotte Works presents a workshop in partnership with The Employers Association on new healthcare reform regulations and how they will impact businesses and individuals. Free. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Charlotte Works, 1401 W. Morehead St. Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e76yu0769de31973&llr=jmtlagmab

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