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Thursday

Matthews Business After Hours:

Join the Matthews Chamber of Commerce for business after hours at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat, which is hosting an evening of networking, beverages and food. 5-7 p.m. at 724 Aubrey Bell Drive in Matthews. Free. Registration required: members.matthewschamber.org.

Explore the Dynamics of Group Decision Making:

Businesses and organizations often require individuals to collaborate on determining solutions to problems or setting direction for the company. The Dynamics of Group Decision Making, a four-hour course at Gaston College, provides insights into the complexities of building consensus. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Dallas Campus, 201 U.S. 321 S., Dallas. Free with registration: Email Cynthia Cash at cash.cynthia@gaston.edu.

NAWBO Fort Mill Networking:

Join the National Association of Women Business Owners at Six Pence Pub for a networking event in Fort Mill, S.C. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Six Pence Pub, 993 Market St., Fort Mill. Free but registration required. Details: conta.cc/1NKmQVi

Tuesday

Southeast Venture Conference:

The largest entrepreneurial gathering in the Southeast brings together more than 60 growth-stage companies, more than 100 venture capital funds and the Charlotte Venture Challenge startup competition. The conference, which also features executive and investor panels and exclusive networking opportunities, runs March 31 to April 1 at Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St. Cost: $345. www.seventure.org.

April 1

The Artist's Story: Creating a Strong Brand for Your Business

Take charge of your career by taking control of your own story to create a memorable message for your target. As an artist, you are your brand. Learn to effectively communicate this and you are in control of how you are presented and perceived, and ultimately how others remember you and connect with your work. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center, Room 215 – Hall Building, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Details: bit.ly/199RlU4.

Digital Summit Charlotte:

Dozens of speakers will provide the latest digital marketing trends and best practices. Topics include content strategy, usability/design, mobile marketing, customer engagement, social media, video and more. There will be speakers from brands such as Twitter, AdRoll, StumbleUpon and Altimeter Group. April 1-2 at Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St. Cost: $245. www.digitalsummitcharlotte.com.

April 2

Carolina Franchise and Business Ownership Forum:

At this free lunch and learn event, speakers will present information about which franchises are expanding into the Carolinas, legal considerations for starting a franchise or other business, how SCORE can help your business and what financing options for new business owners. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane, Charlotte. Registration required: https://carolinafranchiseforum2015.eventbrite.com or call 704-522-9394.

April 9

Charlotte SCORE at the York County Library:

Charlotte SCORE is offering an introductory workshop for potential small business owners focusing on the basics of testing your business idea and the factors that influence start-up success. The free two hour introductory workshop, “Is Starting a Business Right for You,” will be held 5-7 p.m. at the York County Library’s Mary Hinson Room, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing in Fort Mill, S.C. Advanced registration is required and opens March 26 by calling the library at 803-547-4114. Driving directions can be found at www.yclibrary.org under location.

April 13

German-American business ties:

The third German Mittelstand - Southern Forum for small and medium-sized German enterprises offers a platform to exchange ideas while building relationships with new business partners, gain insights into innovative business practices, and strengthen your presence within the U.S. market. April 13 at Omni Charlotte Hotel. More details: gaccsouth.com.

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2015 Small Business Summit:

Pride Public Relations announces the 2015 Small Business Summit, “Create, Innovate, Dominate.” The event happens May 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Wake Forest University School of Business-Charlotte Uptown Campus, 200 N. College St. The event’s focus is to educate new and potential business owners about the best practices and provide them with resources from Wells Fargo and other organizations. Registration is free and open to business owners of any level. Details: www.2015smallbusinesssummit.eventbrite.com.

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