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Business Calendar

Wednesday

Demystifying Small-Business Financing:

Do you own a small business, or are you thinking of starting one? The Small Business Administration’s April Gonzalez will discuss how you can secure financing to start and grow your business. Free. 2:30-5 p.m. at Stanly Community College Small Business Center, 143 N. Second St., Albemarle. Register: 704-991-0182.

Thursday

Tri Chamber Business After Hours:

The Lake Norman, Lincolnton and Mooresville-Iredell Chambers will hold a group networking event. Free. 5-7 p.m. at Duke Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Getting Your Business Online:

Learn the process of getting your business online. This workshop covers choosing a domain name, basic planning for a business website, optimizing a website for local search and promoting the website through social network marketing. Cost: $50. 6-8 p.m. at Winthrop University, Thurmond Building, Park Avenue at Memorial Circle, Room 415, Rock Hill. Register: http://bit.ly/RvUjdh.

Friday

Small Business of the Year Awards Reception:

The Lake Norman Chamber will recognize its Small Business of the Year. Free. 4-5:30 p.m. at The Foyer at Visit Lake Norman Offices, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Tuesday

Capital Ideas – Entrepreneurs, Expansion and the New Financing Landscape:

Network and engage with experts in the business financing and legal industries and learn about loans and other types of business financing you can use to strengthen and grow your small business. Cost: $20. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at UNCC Center City, 320 E. Ninth St., second floor. Register: 704-336-6924; http://ez-tixx.com/capital-ideas/.

MSI Chamber Networking Lunch Buffet & Bowling:

Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will host a networking lunch buffet with bowling. Cost: $10 (includes buffet, drinks, darts, pool and/or bowling). 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville. Details: 704-664-3898; http://www.georgepappasvictorylanes.com/.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

Charlotte SCORE presents this introductory workshop, which focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Free. 12:45 p.m. at Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300, Training Room. Register: 704-344-6576; http://charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

NAWBO Awards Gala – Celebrating Possibilities:

NAWBO Charlotte will host the Business Women of the Year Awards Gala to recognize the significant accomplishments of professionals and female business owners. $95 for members; $110 for nonmembers. 6-9 p.m. at the Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St. Register: 704-367-3454; http://conta.cc/1jat51E.

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