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Wednesday

Mayor’s International Community Awards

The Mayor’s International Community Awards is hosted in partnership with the Office of the Mayor and honors foreign-owned firms in the Charlotte region for their outstanding contributions to philanthropy. Three companies are chosen as winners based on the number of people they employ in the region. 4-7 p.m. at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. Details: 704-336-2174; http://bit.ly/1o2ULgu

Thursday

Using Twitter to Increase Business

Winn Maddrey will discuss how to use Twitter as a marketing tool for your business at the Charlotte University Chapter luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

Friday

Tri-Chamber Networking Breakfast

The Lake Norman, Lincolnton and Mooresville-Iredell Chambers will hold a group networking event. Free. 7:30-9 a.m. at Sam’s Club, Mooresville, 646 River Hwy. Register: http://www.lakenormanchamber.org/.

Monday

Staying in the Game – Unwritten Rules for Small Business Success Luncheon

The purpose of the event is to educate small business owners about best practices, provide helpful resources and allow business owners an opportunity to interact directly with industry experts and other successful small business owners. The seminar will also feature “The Perfect Pitch” competition where several owners will pitch their businesses to a panel of experts for a chance to win a package of free services that will take their brand to the next level. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Wake Forest University’s Uptown Charlotte Campus, 200 N. College St. Register: 704-375-9553; http://bit.ly/1rZptEZ.

Lake Norman - Small Business Week Kick-Off Event

Learn more about the new Small Business Certification program in partnership with CPCC Small Business center and Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Register today. Cost: $17 for chamber members; $20 for nonmembers. 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at the Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.lakenormanchamber.org.

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