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Wednesday

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

Internet Marketing Workshop:

Matthews Chamber presents this workshop, which reveals the secrets to search engine optimization, Panda, Penquin, Keywords and Key Phrases, Google Tools, Pay Per Click and Google AdWords. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Matthews Chamber of Commerce, 210 Matthews Station St., Matthews. Register: 704-847-3649; http://bit.ly/146iQbu.

Thursday

Small Business Council Seminar:

This York County Regional Chamber seminar features April Simpkins, a nationally certified professional in human resources and the president of HRS&S Consulting LLC. She provides the expertise necessary to shape and develop the human capital of many small-to-midsize companies. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at The Hive, 157 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Register: www.yorkcountychamber.com

From Ballantyne to University City: AXA Tells the Story:

Helen Taylor of AXA Equitable will share insights about the company’s move to the University area, as well as helpful investment trends and tips, at Charlotte Chamber University City Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive. 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.

I.D. Theft... What the Commercials Don’t Tell You:

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosts a seminar on business and personal identity theft, presented by Babette Stewart of LegalShield. Free. 3-4:30 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org

Best Businesses to Start Today:

Join Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday Company, at a free Rowan-Cabarrus Community College seminar as he shares tips on how to create a business idea. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at North Carolina Research Campus, 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis. Register: 704-216-3941; www.rccc.edu/sbc/events/event/best-businesses-to-start-today/

Business After Hours-York:

Grab a blanket and some business cards for networking with York County Regional Chamber, while enjoying live music at the greenway. Following the Business After Hours event in the Dairy Barn, a live music performance will begin around 6:30 p.m. by the Moonshine Racers. 5:30-7 p.m. at Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC. Register: 803-324-7500; www.yorkcountychamber.com.

Inventors’ Network:

Inventors’ Network of the Carolinas, a group for area product developers, will hold a general meeting and movie night, featuring Randy Landreneau’s “Invention 101.” There will also be a discussion about new patent laws. Cost: Free to members; $10 for nonmembers. 6-8:30 p.m. at 520 Elliot St. Details: www.inotc.org

Friday

Speed Networking-Lake Norman:

Jay Neal of HF Financial and Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host a monthly speed networking event on the second 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

Saturday

Queen City Entrepreneurs Conference:

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce joins Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Rho Psi Omega Chapter and RPO Inc. as Strategic Partners in hosting the Queen City Entrepreneurs Conference. Business owners from around the region will discuss and provide details related to the challenges and successes they faced growing their organizations. Keynote speaker is Ursula Dudley Oglesby, CEO and CRO at Dudley’s Beauty Corp. Cost: $25-$50. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Charlotte Convention Center, 500 S. College St. Register: http://queencityentrepreneurconference.eventbrite.com/

Monday

Business Opportunity Conference:

The Carolinas MSDC Business Opportunity Fair is the largest minority procurement event of its kind in the Carolinas and is attended by hundreds of purchasing professionals and minority business owners. Cost: $425-$550. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through next Wednesday at Embassy Suites, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive Northwest, Concord. Register: 704-549-1000; http://cmsdcboc.squarespace.com/conference-registration/

NC IDEA Grant Info Session:

NC IDEA officials will travel to Charlotte to kick-off their Fall 2013 Grant Cycle and provide potential grant applicants an overview of the grant process and eligibility criteria. Learn how to apply for a grant; what NC IDEA looks for in an application and what types of companies are eligible for funding. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register: 919-941-5600; www.meetup.com/packardplace/events/132352202/

DNA of an Entrepreneur:

This entrepreneurial competency assessment offered by CPCC will measure your strengths and weaknesses related to specific traits and skills demonstrated by entrepreneurs. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Main Campus, Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; http://cpcc.edu/sbc.

Tuesday

Breaking Free of Your Growth Constraints:

Business Innovation & Growth (BIG) will present a seminar introducing the steps to profitable start-up growth and sales tactics that create velocity. Free for BIG members; $30 for students; $60-$75 for nonmembers. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Employers Association, 3020 W. Arrowood Road. Details: 704-927-8064; www.bigcouncil.com/

LACCC Tapas:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for tapas and networking. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Zapata’s Ballantyne, 15105-B John J. Delaney Drive. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Register: 704-343-2525; www.lacccharlotte.com.

Business Plan Basics:

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar will help you commit ideas to paper and provide a basic understanding of the components of a typical business plan. Free. 6-8 p.m. at CPCC Main Campus, Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; http://cpcc.edu/sbc.

Contractors Night Out:

Join the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas for a fun evening of business, networking and good eats. Free. 6-7 p.m. at Amor de Brazil Steakhouse, 2225 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. Register: 704-583-4184; http://hcacarolinas.org/en/our-events/register-to-our-events

August 14

Meet & Greet:

Charlotte Chamber hosts speed networking in a relaxed, small group environment. Free for chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. 7:30-9 a.m. at Costco, 500 Tyvola Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Matthews Chamber Business Networking Luncheon:

Matthews Chamber will host a networking luncheon with Jim Taylor, mayor of the Town of Matthews. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Cost: $15-$20. RSVP by noon Tuesday. Register: http://www.matthewschamber.org

Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Mixer:

Network with some of Charlotte’s top young professionals at Charlotte Chamber Young Professional’s Mixer. Events are open to 21- to 39-year-old young professionals throughout the Charlotte area. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Peculiar Rabbit, 1212 Pecan Ave. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

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