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Wednesday

Social Media/Internet Marketing:

Lake Norman Chamber will host a seminar on Hootsuite and enhanced social media management. Free. 3-4 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Starting & Growing Your Small Business:

Get advice about business plans, developing your business and how to use free SCORE support services. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. Register: 704-416-0101; www.cmlibrary.org/programs/.

The DNA of an Entrepreneur:

This entrepreneurial competency assessment will measure your strengths and weaknesses related to specific traits and skills demonstrated by entrepreneurs. Free. 6-8 p.m. CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Register: 704-330-4223; http://bit.ly/Sze7N1.

Funding Your Business:

CPCC Small Business Center will host a webinar that reviews the various forms of equity and debt financing, including conventional bank loans, SBA guaranteed loans, private loans and venture capital. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register: 704-330-4223; http://bit.ly/Sze7N1.

Thursday

Costco Biz Breakfast:

Matthews Chamber hosts a networking event every third Thursday. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Matthews Costco, 2125 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. Register: www.matthewschamber.org/.

The Affordable Care Act:

Charlotte Chamber NorthWest Chapter will discuss employer obligations regarding the Affordable Care Act and recent survey results from local Charlotte-based companies. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Drury Inn & Suites Northlake Mall, 6920 Northlake Mall Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

SCORE hosts a series of workshops that will help you decide if your idea for a business is viable. Cost: $125. 12:45-4 p.m. at SCORE, 6302 Fairview Road, #300. Register: 704-344-6576; http://charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

Business After Hours:

Join Charlotte Chamber for business-to-business networking in a relaxed atmosphere. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Monday

Research and Grow with ReferenceUSA:

ReferenceUSA is a no-cost tool for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Discover how to use this resource to create sales lead lists, locate vendors and check out your competition. Free. 2-4 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; http://bit.ly/Sze7N1.

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