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Wednesday

Business Executives Networking Group:

A new Charlotte chapter of Business Executives Networking Group, or BENG, is being started by Michael Hall, president of FranNet Carolina, to help professionals in job transition. BENG meetings target professionals from a variety of disciplines, including financial management, sales and marketing, information technology, transportation, logistics and general management. 8:30-10:30 a.m. third Wednesdays at 6100 Fairview Road, Suite 205. Register: http://bengcharlotte.eventbrite.com.

Matthews Chamber Meet & Eat:

Network with Matthews Chamber. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Which Wich, 930 Park Center Drive, Suite 101, Matthews. Register: www.matthewschamber.org.

Social Media/Internet Marketing Seminar:

Lake Norman Chamber presents a social media marketing seminar focused on using LinkedIn. 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 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.

Top Seven Challenges When Starting a Food Business:

Starting a food business is a new and exciting venture, but it can also be a risky one. During the start-up phase, you should determine your customer base and recognize potential challenges while focusing on perfecting your product. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. at CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Thursday

NAWBO – Cabarrus Expansion Networking Breakfast:

Join NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) North Expansion Group for networking and breakfast. 8:30-10 a.m. at Troutman’s BBQ, 1388 Warren C. Coleman Blvd., Concord. Register: 704-794-3496; www.nawbocharlotte.org.

Keys to Success – Small Business Workshop:

Taxpayers will participate in hands-on activities while learning basic business requirements for the N.C. Department of Revenue. Participants will become familiar with state tax laws that are pertinent to businesses and the responsibilities of a business owner. 9-11:30 a.m. at N.C. Department of Revenue, 301 McCullough Drive, third floor. Register: www.dornc.com/business.

Friday

Technology Summit:

Join Charlotte Chamber for the 2014 Technology Summit to hear from CIOs, consulting firms and education leaders, who will discuss changes coming in technology, the way companies are responding and how they will need to do so in the future. 7:30 a.m. to noon at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Tuesday

How Military Women Become Entrepreneurs:

Join the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina and CPCC’s Small Business Center to hear a panel of successful female veteran business owners and learn about the business resources available to veterans. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CPCC Harris Campus, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Taxes and Record-Keeping:

Learn basic steps toward creating a manageable record-keeping system for the efficiency that can mean a big difference to your bottom line. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. at University City Library, 301 E. W T Harris Blvd. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

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