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March 19

LACCC Monthly Luncheon:

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon with Brad Wilson, president and chief executive officer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Queens University Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Road. Register by Monday. Cost: $20 members; $35 nonmembers. Register: lacccharlotte.com.

Career Choices – Never As Simple As It Seems:

Metropolitan Business and Professional Women (MBPW) will hold a monthly lunch meeting with networking and an informative program with Morgan Fogarty, lead anchor for WCCB Charlotte, who will discuss career choices. Cost: $40. 11:30 a.m. at Sullivan’s Steakhouse 1928 South Blvd. Register: mbpw.org/monthly-luncheon-meetings/

Social Media/Internet Marketing Seminar:

Lake Norman Chamber will host a seminar on Internet marketing using Twitter. Free. 3-4 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: http://www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Starting & Growing Your Small Business:

SCORE will give advice about business plans, lessons learned about developing your business, and free support services. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. third Wednesdays at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. Register: 704-416-0101; http://www.cmlibrary.org/programs/.

From Grant Seeking to Grant Writing:

This class will help you research, weigh the options, build relationships, incorporate what is needed in grant proposals and submit for funding. Cost: $119. 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 9, at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; http://www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.

Start Your Business Now:

This seminar is packed with information to help you start your business and increase the odds of success. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.

March 20

Matthews Costco Biz Networking Breakfast:

Matthews Chamber will host a networking event the third Thursday of each month. Scott Francis, owner of Success Weapons, is this month’s guest speaker. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Costco, 2125 Matthews Township Parkway. Register: 704-321-7471; www.meetup.com/Matthews-Costco-Biz-Networking-Breakfast/

Google+ for Business:

Learn how to use Google+ to market your company online. Cost: $199. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.

Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation Facilities in Northwest Charlotte:

Join the Charlotte Chamber NorthWest Chapter for a panel discussion with representatives from outdoor recreational facilities, including the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Carolina Raptor Center, NorthStone Country Club and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at NorthStone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

World Affairs Council of Charlotte:

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for a program with Ichiro Fujisaki, former Ambassador of Japan to the U.S. (2008-2012). Ambassador Fujisaki will discuss the relationship between Japan and the United States, as it pertains to opportunities for economic and trade partnerships, political cooperation, regional defense initiatives and cross-cultural education exchanges between both nations. Cost: $25 for WACC student members/educator members; $35 WACC members; $55 nonmembers (includes lunch). 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St. Register: 704-687-7762; http://www.worldaffairscharlotte.org/.

Business After Hours:

Charlotte Chamber will host business-to-business networking in a relaxed atmosphere. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown, 222 S. Caldwell St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Meet & Eat – Matthews:

Network with Matthews Chamber. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Grapes Wine Bar, 2233-G Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. Register: http://www.matthewschamber.org/.

Simple Steps For Starting Your Business:

Simple Steps For Starting Your Business is a series of SCORE workshops, which will help you decide if your idea for a business is viable. Cost: $125 for four workshops. 5:45-8:45 p.m. at Carolina Premier Bank, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place. Register: 704-344-6576; http://charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

March 21

Fast Track To Employment Series:

This workshop will include resume critique, job interview preparation and job search techniques. Free. 9 a.m.-noon at Employment Security Commission, 133 Island Road, Statesville. Register: www.ncesc.com.

GreenWorks Committee Tour - Duke Energy Center:

Charlotte Chamber’s GreenWorks Committee will tour Duke Energy Center and learn how the tower received the highest level of certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Core and Shell rating system Version 2.0. 10:30 a.m.-noon at Wells Fargo Learning Center at The Green, 435 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

March 25

Legislative Agenda Task Force Voting Day:

The Charlotte Chamber Legislative Agenda Task Force will host a meeting to set the Chamber's legislative agenda. The list dictates the issues the Chamber will advocate for on behalf of the business community. 7:45-9:15 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber - Belk Action Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Business Before Hours:

Brock Zevan of Compass Real Estate Group will host networking with Lake Norman Chamber. Free. 8-9:30 a.m. at The U Center, 517 Alcove Road, Mooresville. Register: http://www.lakenormanchamber.org.

NAWBO Charlotte – Beyond Elevator Talk:

NAMBO Charlotte (The National Association of Women Business Owners) will present a hands-on workshop on prospecting for your business. 8:30-11:30 a.m. at The Employers Association, 3020 W. Arrowood Road. Register: 704-367-3454; http://conta.cc/1oVaNFe

Inside the Charlotte Chamber: Secrets to Being a Successful Member:

Join Charlotte Chamber’s Metro Chapter for an informative session with Chamber staff and members about the benefits of being a member. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Lake Norman Chamber - New Member Launch:

Lake Norman Chamber will host a new member launch. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: http://www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Is Your Business Growing?

The Latin American Chamber Of Commerce and Hallie Hawkins, a personal and small business finance expert, will present a seminar on business planning networking. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at HF Financial, 6000 Fairview Road, #400.

March 26

NAWBO Charlotte Spring Information & Recruitment Event:

NAWBO Charlotte Chapter will host a women's business networking event. NAWBO-Charlotte’s organization is comprised of over 100 women-owned businesses representing a wide variety of business segments and sizes -- from finance and retail, to marketing and green energy engineering -- the businesses driving our economy’s growth. RSVP by Monday. Cost: $10. 6-7:45 p.m. at the Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive. Register: 704-488-4811; http://www.nawbocharlotte.org/

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