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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.

See contest rules at www.charlotteventurechallenge.com. For information, contact Devin Collins, devin.collins@uncc.edu.

Derita

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.

Communitywide

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.

Write to us: Send news and announcements at least two weeks in advance to Karen Sullivan, ksullivan@charlotteobserver.com. Include your name and daytime phone number.

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