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Sept. 17

Gig WOW Experience:

Charlotte leaders explain how high-speed Internet will benefit the community, followed by live Gigabit Internet demonstrations. Keynote speaker is Jeff Stovall, CIO for the City of Charlotte. Other speakers include Mary Ellen Player, City Operations Manager for Google Fiber, and Valerie Truesdale, CIO for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Free. 4-7 p.m. at DC74 Data Centers, 3101 International Airport Drive, Charlotte. Details: gigwowexperience.splashthat.com.

Sept. 17

The Artist Entrepreneur - How to Earn More:

This seminar covers some business basics for artists. Learn how to bridge the gap between creativity as an artist and running a successful art business. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cabarrus Business and Technical Center, 660 Concord Parkway North, Concord. Details: www.rccc.edu/sbc or call 704-216-3534.

Sept. 18

Web.com Small Business Summit:

Web.com -- in association with SCORE, America’s Small Business Development Center and the PGA Tour -- invites small business owners to attend a free summit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Presentation topics include online marketing solutions, and risk and financial information from Allstate Business Insurance and Bank of America. Attendees receive a free ticket to the Web.com Golf Tour event at River Run golf course. For more information, and to register, go to http://bit.ly/1Q3FMya.

Government Contracting:

The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center is sponsoring a workshop, “How to Succeed in Government Contracting.” Free. 9-11:30 a.m. UNC Charlotte, Portal Building, 9319 Robert Snyder Road, Room 242. For more information: 704-687-0443. Register at bit.ly/1LOWLTi.

Sept. 24

University City Taste:

Join the Charlotte Chamber’s University City chapter for the fifth annual University City Taste. Admission includes live entertainment, food and beverages, while supplies last. The event will also feature free paddle boat rides, sponsor offerings and networking with more than 500 University City business professionals. 5:30 - 8 p.m. at The Shoppes at University Place, on the corner of W. T. Harris Boulevard and North Tryon Street. For registration details, go to the events tab at charlottechamber.com.

LACCC Workshop: Run Your Own Business with State Farm

Todd Gill with agency recruiting will talk about how you can receive a salary plus benefits while training to run your own business. Free. 6-8 p.m. at the Latin American Chamber of Commerce Charlotte, CPCC Central campus Hall Building, Room 201, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register at www.lacccharlotte.com.

Sept. 29

How to Write a Business Plan:

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Free. 6 - 9 p.m. at Mitchell Community College - Statesville, 701 W. Front St. Register at bit.ly/1LOYdFg.

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