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Wednesday

Resume Writing Class/Employment Assistance:

Get help finding a job, working on your resume and improving your computer skills. Fees waived based on unemployed or underemployed status. 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays at Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. Details: 704-664-2927; www.mooresvillelibrary.org

BB&T Distinguished Leaders in Action:

Join William Sparks of the McColl School of Business for an engaging lecture experience with Christopher Kearney, chairman, president and chief executive officer of SPX. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Ketner Auditorium, Queens University of Charlotte. Register: www.formstack.com/forms/?1647832-UEEyC0JoAy

New Product Idea: From Concept to Commercialization:

This class, taught by invention expert Louis Foreman, gives you step-by-step instructions on defining, developing, and protecting your new product idea. Cost: $179. 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 30, at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.

The Magellan Society:

Join Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte (TMS), in partnership with UNC Charlotte Office of International Programs, for the opportunity to network and hear several early-career professionals discuss the international elements of their careers in law, business, government, not-for-profit and education. Free, guests welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City Building, Room 902, 320 E. Ninth St. Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/

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Thursday

Workplace Issues Committee:

Jeremy Stephenson with McNair Law Firm will speak to the Charlotte Chamber Workplace Issues Committee on noncompete agreements and trade secrets. He will address the contractual and statutory protections for trade secrets, discuss recent case studies from North Carolina courts and give practical advice for HR and corporate best practices. 8-9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Chamber – Bank of America Briefing Center, 330 S. Tryon St. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Creating a Simple Social Media Strategy:

This Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter presentation will offer tips on how to create a simple social media strategy to strengthen your brand. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Small-business expansion:

SCORE, a volunteer organization of retired executives that offers assistance to individuals wanting to start or expand their small business, is offering a series workshops designed to help small businesses expand. Session 4, Developing a Financial Plan, will be offered Tuesday. Session 1, a free, three-hour introductory workshop will begin at 1 p.m. next Wednesday at the Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300. Session 5, Funding Steps and Next Steps, will be offered April 10. Sessions 2 through 5 are 6-9 p.m. at Carolina Premier Bank, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 100, Community Room, 2nd Floor. The four paid seminars are held every two months and need not be taken in sequence; the cost is $125. Register: 704-344-6576; http://charlotte.score.org/.

Friday

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.

World Affairs Council of Charlotte:

Lawrence Gumbiner, Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States, will discuss the strategic relationships between nations within the Americas. Cost: $20 WACC student/educator members; $30 WACC members; $42 for nonmembers (lunch included). 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Register: 704-687-7762; www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.

Business Beyond Borders:

Staying Ahead Carolina will present a global economic forum, highlighting international business opportunities for small and midsize companies. 2-5 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive, Piedmont Ballroom. Register: email sbrown@stayingaheadcarolina.com.

Monday

Creating a Meaningful Brand:

To create a meaningful and lasting “brand,” it’s important to understand your brand, define it and live it as a “lifestyle.” This seminar will assist you in building your brand strategy and identity. Free. 6-8 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.

Pricing Your Product or Service:

Poor pricing can have disastrous affects the success of a product and your business. Learn the formulas for determining pricing that ensure both sales and profits. Cost: $89. 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through April 14 at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/temporary-spring-brochure.

Tuesday

Healthy Charlotte, Healthy You:

Charlotte Chamber’s SouthPark chapter luncheon will feature Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System and 2014 Charlotte Chamber chair, who will discuss how healthy partnerships, healthy lifestyle choices and a healthy business climate impact our community. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

LACCC Tapas:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce for networking and tapas. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites – SouthPark, 6700 Phillips Place Court. Register: www.lacc

charlotte.com.

Business After Hours:

Join Charlotte Chamber for business-to-business networking in a relaxed atmosphere. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites – SouthPark, 6700 Phillips Place Court. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

April 9

TechBreakfast CLT:

TechBreakfast CLT provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrepreneurs can get feedback from great panelists. Free. 8:30-9:30 a.m. second Wednesdays at The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Details: http://techbreakfastclt.itsbspoke.com/

Matthews Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon:

Weather forecaster Terri Bennett will discuss “Weathering the Storm: How to Survive a Personal Identity Crisis.” Bennett will offer practical strategies and tips on dealing with career adversity and reinventing yourself. $15 if registered by noon Tuesday; $20 after. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Register: www.matthewschamber.org.

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