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Wednesday

Luncheon - York County Economic Development:

Mark Farris, director of the York County Economic Development Board, will share how York County is moving forward in economic development. Topics will include the sale/redevelopment of the Knights Stadium, new industrial parks and recent trends in the community. Cost: $20 for Chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at 140 East Main St., Rock Hill, S.C. Register: 803-324-7500; http://www.yorkcountychamber.com/.

Thursday

Ballantyne Chapter Power Up Luncheon:

Be a part of the next great thing by participating in Charlotte Chamber’s Ballantyne Chapter Power Up Challenge. 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. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Affordable Care Act 101:

The Small Business Administration is launching the Affordable Care Act 101, weekly webinars exploring key pieces of the law to help small-business owners make informed decisions about providing health insurance for their employees. Free. 2-3 p.m. Thursdays through October. Register: http://bit.ly/1bVzuzm.

Friday

Manufacturers Council Quarterly Meeting:

Join the Charlotte Chamber for an opportunity to network with manufacturers in the region, listen to a guest panel of local manufacturing leaders, and catch a sneak preview of a manufacturing documentary, “American Made Movie.” 9:30 a.m.-noon at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Tuesday

Mecklenburg County Focus Group on Permitting & Inspection:

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Department conducted a survey in 2012 of customers to measure their satisfaction with the Permitting and Inspection (P&I) process. As the department moves towards virtual plan review and permitting process, the county is hosting a focus group to pose a series of questions regarding code enforcement and the P&I process. 9-10:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber - Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

The Wheels on the Bus Returns to SouthWest:

Charlotte Chamber SouthWest Chapter Luncheon includes a bus tour, rescheduled from June, highlighting developments of southwest Charlotte. The bus will depart promptly at noon from the CPCC Harris Campus. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

NAWBO-Charlotte:

Join the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, a professional organization designed to fuel the success of women-owned businesses, as it welcomes Kenston Griffin, author and CEO of Dream Builders Communication, who will discuss peak business performance at its lunch meeting. Cost: $50. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave., #110. Register: www.nawbocharlotte.org.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing business ideas and identifying key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business. Cost: $25. 1-4 p.m. at Small Business Administration, Suite 300, 6302 Fairview Road. Register: 704-344-6576; www.charlotte.score.org.

August 7

Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program:

The North Carolina ABC Commission will offer Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program (RASP) for managers and staff of any business with ABC permits. The public is also welcome to attend and learn about the state’s ABC laws and regulations. The workshop is designed to address issues that affect business that sell alcohol. Free. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. at Charlotte Fire Fighters Association, 2601 E. Seventh St. Register: http://abc.nc.gov/education/rasp.

Business Dialogue:

Cabarrus Regional Chamber’s Business Dialogue series offers learning sessions geared toward small-business owners, and this year’s focus is marketing. Free to Chamber members; $10 for nonmembers (includes lunch). 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, 3003 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. Register: 704-260-8101; www.cabarrus.biz

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