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Wednesday

Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon:

The Matthews Chamber will host a luncheon. Cost: $15-$20. 11 a.m.-1 pm. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville Matthews Road, Matthews. Register: 704-847-3649; www.matthewschamber.org.

Ballantyne Chapter Luncheon:

Michael Brown, an economist for Wells Fargo Securities, is responsible for tracking national and regional economic trends. Join Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter for an economic forecast for 2015. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

LinkedIn Secrets to Prospecting Painlessly:

Steve Gatter, LinkedIn copywriter and author of “The Best Ever LinkedIn Profile for Networking,” will reveal the secrets to using LinkedIn to locate and meet the best hidden prospects for you and your business. 6 p.m. at AZN Azian Cuizine, 4620 Piedmont Row Drive. Register: bit.ly/1Axwm6K.

Thursday

Network to Get Work:

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

Protecting Your Business Against Cybercrime:

Dale Callan with Central Piedmont Community College will discuss credit card fraud, smartphone security and identity theft at the Charlotte Chamber NorthWest Chapter Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Drury Inn & Suites Northlake Mall, 6920 Northlake Mall Drive. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Friday

Focus Friday @ Lake Norman Chamber:

The Lake Norman Chamber will review its 2015 legislative agenda. Free. 8:30-10 a.m. at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Annual Awards Banquet:

The Lake Norman Chamber will host a Chamber Awards Banquet. Cost: $85. 6 p.m. at The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. Register: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

Tuesday

Business Plan Basics:

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar will provide a general overview of the components of a typical business plan. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Morrison Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd. Register: www.cmlibrary.org/programs.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This three-hour seminar is devoted to evaluating whether starting a business is feasible and to provide guidelines for the development of a marketing/business plan. Free. 5:45-9 p.m. at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register: 704-344-6576; https://charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

Jan. 21

Metropolitan Business & Professional Women:

MBPW’s monthly luncheon meeting combines networking with an informative speaker the third Wednesday of each month. 11:30 a.m. at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 1928 South Blvd. Cost: $30 for members; $40 for others and late registration (after 5 p.m. Friday.) Register: mbpw.org.

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