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Tuesday:

Give them an offer they can’t refuse!

The Art of Soft Selling for Small Business Owners: Be one of the first 10 people to register and attend this seminar with Mark Csordos and receive a free copy of his book, “Selling Entrepreneur Style.” Then hear his best tips. Csordos started his first business at age 24 and sold it when he was 28. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, North Campus, Room 4312, 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. S., Salisbury. www.rccc.edu/sbc.

Feb. 11

‘The LinkedIn Guy’ speaks to Matthews Chamber:

Speaker Ira Bass of IB Media will join the Matthews Chamber Business Networking Luncheon for a discussion: Are You LinkedIn or Left Out? Bass will share simple steps you can take to update your LinkedIn page. Cost: $15-$20. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville- Matthews Road, Matthews. members.matthewschamber.org.

Feb. 20

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Al Johnstone with the Small Business Center at South Piedmont Community College leads this free seminar on starting a business. Learn the entrepreneurial traits, knowledge and skills you need to be a success. Find out about the process of planning, creating and operating your small business. 8-11 a.m. at SPCC Small Business Center, OCH Building A, 4209 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe. Register: www.spcc.edu/cce/sbc/seminars.

Feb. 24

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Women’s Conference:

Keynote speaker Astrid Chirinos of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce Charlotte headlines the third annual Lake Norman Chamber Women’s Conference. All participants will receive Pamela R.H. Lue-Hing’s book, “Pink Slip to POWERHOUSE: 12 Steps to Next.” Event includes speakers, an afternoon wine and cheese reception, and sessions on networking and the best ways to market your business. Cost: $75. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.lakenormanchamber.org.

March 18

CPCC’s Global Competitiveness Summit:

Hear from manufacturing and commerce leaders presenting at Global Competitiveness Summit IV at CPCC’s Harris Conference Center. Speakers include Berend Bracht, regional president of Bosch Rexroth Americas; N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla; S.C. Commerce Secretary Robert Hitt III; and others. Cost: $65. www.cpcc.edu/global/events/summit-iv.

March 24

Business Success Extravaganza 2015:

Winthrop University and the S.C. Small Business Development Center are sponsoring an all-day forum designed to help small businesses succeed. The event includes sessions, speakers and lunch. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the DiGiorgio Student Center at Winthrop University, 701 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. For information, go to the workshop calendar tab at www.winthropregionalsbdc.org.

March 31

Southeast Venture Conference:

The largest entrepreneurial gathering in the Southeast brings together 60-plus growth-stage companies, more than 100 venture capital funds and the Charlotte Venture Challenge startup competition. SEVC also features executive and investor panels and exclusive networking opportunities. Runs March 31 to April 1 at Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St. Cost: $345. www.seventure.org.

April 1

Digital Summit Charlotte:

Dozens of speakers will provide the latest digital marketing trends and best practices. Topics include content strategy, usability/design, mobile marketing, customer engagement, social media, video and more. Speakers include brands such as Twitter, AdRoll, StumbleUpon and Altimeter Group. Runs April 1-2 at Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St. Cost: $245. www.digitalsummitcharlotte.com.

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