Competition: The deadline to apply for the Charlotte Venture Challenge, for early-stage entrepreneurs, is Feb. 29.
A venture capital firm will provide the grand prize: a $50,000 investment. Other prizes also will be awarded.
Business leaders will choose winners in six categories: new energy and high tech; information technology and informatics; life and biotech sciences; consumer products and services; student ventures; and social enterprises.
Networking: The Derita Business Association Breakfast will take place at 9 a.m. March 1 at Maria's Grill, 2801 W. Sugar Creek Road.
The meeting is open to the public. It's a chance to exchange business cards, discuss leads and get breakfast or coffee. For information, call Bernie Samonds, 704 806-3813.
Conservation leaders: Sustain Charlotte is accepting nominations for its inaugural Community Sustainability Awards, which will be presented March 31.
Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization whose members support regional programs and policies for conservation for air quality, buildings and homes, energy, food, parks and green spaces, and other areas.
Submit a nomination form by March 31 to recognize someone who has been a leader and advocate for sustainable programs and policies. Nomination forms are available online at www.sustaincharlotte.org/events.
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