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Wednesday

State Contracting Basics Webinar:

Each year, local and state government agencies spend hundreds of millions of dollars purchasing goods and services from local businesses. Find out more about how to sell to state agencies by attending the “State Contracting Basics” webinar. 10-11 a.m. Free. Register: www.sbtdc.org/programs/ptac/events/

Social Media & Internet Marketing:

McBryde Website Design will hold a seminar on using Google+ and other forms of social media to market your business. Free. 3-4 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.com

Thursday

Matthews Networking Breakfast:

Join Matthews Chamber for networking every third Thursday. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Matthews Costco, 2125 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. Register: www.meetup.com/Matthews-Costco-Biz-Networking-Breakfast/

Identity Theft:

Babette Stewart of LegalShield, a certified identify theft risk management specialist, will hold a seminar on assessing your business security. Free. 8:30-10 a.m., Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.com

Alignment and Empowerment of a Team:

Learn how to motivate people to want to be part of a team at Charlotte Chamber’s NorthWest Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Drury Inn & Suites Northlake Mall, 6920 Northlake Mall Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

Attend this series of workshops to help test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Assessing a business idea, Thursday; marketing your product or service, June 27; understanding business financials, July 11; funding your business, July 18. Cost: $100 for all four sessions. Prerequisite required. 1-4 p.m. at Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300. Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e6mbhepxc22a0ac3

Business After Hours-Davidson:

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event. 5:30-7 p.m. at Arthur Rutenburg Homes - Model Home, 18130 Shearer Road, Davidson. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org

Business After Hours - Charlotte Chamber:

Charlotte Chamber’s will host a networking event, featuring food and drinks, prizes and business-to-business networking. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive in Charlotte. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

British After Hours:

The North Carolina British-American Business Council will host a networking event. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Big Ben British Pub and Restaurant, 2000 South Blvd., #530. Details: http://bahjune2013.eventbrite.com/

The Critical Few: An Exploration of Key Leadership and HR Competencies for Today:

National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Charlotte Chapter invites the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce and guests to their upcoming meeting, facilitated by Giselle Poveromo, senior organizational development consultant with Carolinas HealthCare System. Cost: Free to chapter members; $10 for nonmembers. 6-8 p.m. at Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. Details: http://info.cmbcc.org/

Friday

C3 Luncheon:

Charlotte Christian Chamber presents entrepreneur Genia Rogers, who has experienced success in both corporate and franchise business models with a proven track record of leading individuals and teams to achieve their desired level of success. Cost: $25. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bravo Italian Restaurant, 6851 Northlake Mall Drive. Details: https://charlottechristianchamber.org/event_registrations/new/74

Young Professionals Friday Night Mixer:

Charlotte Chamber hosts a special mixer for the Charlotte Chamber’s Young Professionals. 9-11 p.m. at Bubble Charlotte, 210 E. Trade St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

Monday

Mountain BizWorks retreat:

Mountain BizWorks and the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge are partnering to offer a one-day business planning retreat for current and prospective business owners. Participants will be guided through critical business plan concepts such as start-up and overhead costs; profit goals; cash flow; marketing; and licensing and record-keeping. Cost: $75 for Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge members; $135 for nonmembers; includes materials and lunch. Room discounts at the Inn will be offered to retreat attendees. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lake Lure Inn, 2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC. Register: 828-253-2834, ext. 27; www.mountainbizworks.org

Introduction to Finding Funders:

Learn to find funders for your 501c3 nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool, the Foundation Directory Online. Familiarity with computer basics and Internet use required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Independence Regional, 6000 Conference Drive. Details: http://www.cmlibrary.org/programs

Business Certifications:

Learn about different certifications and how to use . With speaker Briles Johnson. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: Reference, SBX 8104. 704-330-4223; www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=120330079

Tuesday

Small Business Resources:

This seminar will assist you with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Women’s Business Center (WBC) and N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED). Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business with speaker Briles Johnson. Free. 12:30-2:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: Reference, SBX 8048. 704-330-4223; www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=120330063

Preventing Burnout in a Nonprofit Organization:

Long-term stress can lead to mental and physical exhaustion, known as burnout. Discover the signs of employee and volunteer burnout, its organizational impact, and the steps you can implement to reduce or avoid burnout altogether. With speaker Faith Triggs. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Library, Suite A, 4045 N. Tryon St. Register: Reference, SBX 8018. 704-330-4223; www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=120330064

LACCC Seminar - Women’s Study:

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce will present a free seminar on “Women & Money: Changing Times” (A Women’s Study). 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Belk Corporate Center, Overview Room, 2801 W. Tyvola Road. Details: www.lacccharlotte.com

June 26

A.M. Biz Leads:

Charlotte Chamber invites you to a small group speed-networking event for morning people. Cost: Free for Chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Includes continental breakfast. 7:30-9 a.m. at Sam’s Club, 8909 JW Clay Blvd. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

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. Details: 704-333-4886; or e-mail greg.sizemore@trade.gov

Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur:

Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur is designed to educate and prepare growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage private equity investors. The program provides an “insider’s look” into the world of equity funding. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road. Register: http://www.sbtdc.org/investorready/charlotte/

PR Doesn’t Stand For Press Release:

There are many tools in the public relations tool bag; the press release is just one of them. Learn about other PR tactics used to build brand awareness at Charlotte Chamber’s Metro Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

LACCC Monthly Luncheon:

Ronnie Bryant, president & CEO of Charlotte Regional Partnership will present “The Vision for Our Region” at the Latin American Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon. Register by 5 p.m. Monday. $20 Members; $35 nonmembers.11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mint Museum Uptown, 5th Floor, 500 S. Tryon St. Register: www.lacccharlotte.com

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