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Today

Which Certifications are Right for Your Business?

SBE, MBE … Certification confusion? Learn about the certification alphabet soup and how to use it to spell out success for your business. Learn how to get certified and why it matters. Free. 10 a.m. to noon at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Choosing Your Legal Structure:

Which legal structure is best for your business – sole proprietorship, S-Corporation, partnership or LLC? Choosing the right business entity is an important step in setting up your business. Know what questions to ask when choosing a legal structure and understand the benefits and disadvantages of each. Free. 6-7 p.m. at Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Thursday

Business & Workplace Issues Committee Meeting:

The Charlotte Chamber Business and Workplace Issues committee will host Cathy Graham, director of benefit services at The Employers Association, who will speak about same-sex marriage and how the workplace must now take a closer look at spousal benefits. 8-9:30 a.m. at Moore & Van Allen PLLC, 100 N. Tryon St., No. 4700. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

Business After Hours:

Network with the Matthews Chamber. 5-7 p.m. at Malak Jewelers, 8042 Providence Road, Suite 1000. Register: 704-847-3649; www.matthewschamber.org.

Ballantyne Chapter Holiday Mixer:

Join the Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter and ring in the holiday season with networking, food and cheer. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, 13139 Ballantyne Corporate Place. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

December Mixer:

The Lake Norman Chamber will host a networking mixer. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. at Waterford at the Park, 14000 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org

Tuesday

Small Business Seminar - Seven Tips to Achieve Stratospheric Growth:

Create a strategic business plan with professional business and sales coach Diane Wagner, owner of The Growth Coach of S.C. Wagner will help you create a plan to increase revenue, show you how to better manage your priorities and help set solid, attainable goals for 2015. Cost: $20 for members; $40 for nonmembers (includes lunch and meeting materials). 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 116 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C. Register: 803-324-7500; wwwyorkcountychamber.com.

Babson Capital/UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast

UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton will present his quarterly forecast for the North Carolina economy at a luncheon and press conference. Noon to 1 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St., auditorium on the second floor, www.uncc.edu.

Lunch & Learn – Lake Norman Chamber:

Hilary Broadway will present “The Twelve Apps of Christmas ... Apps from 2014 That You Simply Can’t Live Without” to the Lake Norman Chamber. Free. Noon-1 p.m. at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This three-hour seminar is devoted to helping evaluate whether starting a business is feasible, and to provide guidelines for the development of a marketing/business plan. Free. 12:45-3:45 p.m. SCORE Office, 6302 Fairview Road. Register: 704-344-6576; www.charlotte.score.org

SouthPark Chapter Holiday Mixer Bubbles and Bites:

The Charlotte Chamber SouthPark Chapter brings you its annual Bubbles and Bites holiday mixer. The event will feature gift bags, giveaways, food, drinks and networking. 5-7 p.m. at Dean & Deluca, Phillips Place. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events

Next Wednesday

Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon - Matthews:

Mark Vitner, managing director, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC, will present “Predicting Our Region’s Business Future” at the Matthews Chamber monthly luncheon. Cost: $15 if registered by noon Sunday, $20 otherwise. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville Matthews Road, Matthews. Details: 704-847-3649

LACC Holiday Tapas:

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce will host holiday networking and tapas. Cost: $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers; $40-$60 for couples. 6-9:30 p.m. at Mint Museum – Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Register: 704-343-2525; www.lacccharlotte.com.

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