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Wednesday

Business After Hours:

Lake Norman and Mooresville chambers of commerce will host a joint mixer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of International Kitchen & Bath’s service to the Lake Norman area, with music by William Lee. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. at International Kitchen and Bath, Inc., 201 Griffith St., Davidson. Details: 704-892-4001; www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Thursday

Monitoring and Surveillance:

Technology allows us to share information, but it can also be used to monitor activities. How do employers walk the fine line of allowing employees to use these tools, while also monitoring employees’ behaviors and activities? Hear practical advice on the potential legal pitfalls from employment law attorney John Shedden of Ogletree Deakins. Cost: $35. 7:45-9:30 a.m. at the Employer’s Association, 3020 W. Arrowood Road. Register: 704-522-8011; email Jackie Greco, jgreco@employersassoc.com.

Professional Women's Network Group:

Professional Women’s Network is a women-only MSI Chamber Solutions Group where members can network in a professional, yet informal atmosphere. The group meets the first Thursday of the month, and discussions include business solutions, as well as personal growth topics. Nonmembers are welcome to attend up to three meetings. Cost: $5, includes breakfast. 8-9:30 a.m. at the U Center, 517 Alcove Road, Mooresville. Details: 704-664-3898; www.mooresvillenc.org.

Creating Your Business Story:

Join the Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter for the final segment of its Business Booster Series. Learn three important tools for creating a dynamic presentation that will help you attract and engage clients to become brand ambassadors for your business. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Crowns of Enterprise Awards:

In celebration of Charlotte’s Small Business Month, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County invite you to attend the 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards, which honors small businesses that are demonstrating exemplary leadership and sound business strategies. Awards will be given in the following categories: Minority Business Enterprise of the Year, Woman Business Enterprise of the Year, and Small Business Enterprise of the Year. 6-8 p.m. at the Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St. Details: http://bit.ly/1f7oL8j.

Friday

Low-Cost Internet Marketing:

Harrisburg is partnering with the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center to bring a series of seminars on low-cost Internet marketing to local business owners. Kris Briscoe, an internet marketing consultant and entrepreneur, will discuss the most cost effective ways to promote your brand, build customer loyalty and manage your online reputation. Free. Sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Harrisburg Town Hall, 4100 Main St., Harrisburg. Part 1 is Friday, part 2 is May 9 and part 3 is May 16. Register: 704-216-3941; http://bit.ly/1rrwSwr.

May 5

Charlotte Debut of “Startupland”:

CPCC’s Small Business Center is kicking off Small Business Month with a screening of “Startupland,” a documentary series capturing the journey of five startups alongside interviews with technology-industry legends, followed by Q&A and networking sessions. Come early to support local food trucks at the event. Free. 5:30-9 p.m. at Tate Auditorium, CPCC Central Campus. Details: www.cpcc.edu/sbc/startupland.

May 6

Social Media Seminar:

Kerry Burd of Social Media Consultants will present a workshop called "Creating Your First YouTube Video Testimonial." Free. 9-10 a.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

SouthWest Chapter Luncheon:

Join the Charlotte Chamber SouthWest Chapter for its monthly luncheon, where featured speakers address and provide updates to topics that affect local businesses. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

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

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