Name of event: NAPM-WW dinner meeting Date and time: Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Place: Bell Harbor Conference Center Cost: Member $30, nonmember $35...

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Name of event: NAPM-WW dinner meeting

Date and time: Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

Place: Bell Harbor Conference Center

Cost: Member $30, nonmember $35

Web site: www.napmww.org

Description: The National Association of Purchasing Management-Western Washington monthly dinner meeting will host Robi Bendorf C.P.M., giving a presentation on managing price volatility.

Name of event: Women’s Business Exchange Breakfast

Date and time: Feb. 14, 7-9 a.m.

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Cost: Member $25, nonmember $32, walk-in $35.

Web site: www.wbex.org

Description: Trish Millnes Dziko, CEO of Technology Access Foundation, will speak on “Rethinking Diversity and Its Impact on Our Lives.”

Name of event: Negotiations Planning & Strategies

Date and time: Feb. 14, 8 a.m.

Place: Bell Harbor Conference Center

Cost: Members $350, nonmembers $365

Web site: www.napmww.org

Description: The National Association of Purchasing Management-Western Washington is hosting an all-day seminar with featured speaker Robi Bendorf C.P.M. (www.bendorf.com).

Name of event: WNET Workshop — Intentional Communication

Date and time: Feb. 15, 8-10 a.m.

Place: SBA Education and Training Center, 2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle

Cost: $25 preregistration

Web site: http://www.sba.gov/localresources/district/wa/WA_SEATTLE_SEAWNET.html

Event phone: 206-553-7316

Description: Participants will learn effective communication strategies, how to interpret nonverbal communication, how to use open-ended questions and enhance listening skills to help boost their business.

Name of event: Employee Wellness / Disease Management Programs, panel discussion

Date and time: Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: WAC in Seattle, 1325 Sixth Ave.

Cost: $40 members; $50 nonmembers

Web site: http://www.iscebs.org/PDF/chapters/080215_pnw.pdf

Event phone: 206-962-2040

Description: This event hosted by the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists will focus on disease management programs. A panel of experts will provide three different perspectives on wellness and disease management programs: the employer rolling out the plan to its employees, the insurance company that includes the program for all its enrolled members, and a vendor who provides these plans to its clients on a fee basis.

Name of event: SBIR Funding for Technology Entrepreneurs

Date and time: Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Washington State University, Vancouver Campus

Cost: Free, preregistration required

Web site: www.watechcenter.org

Description: Small-business owners and technology entrepreneurs will learn how to successfully compete for federal SBIR funding. Learn how qualified U.S. businesses can obtain SBIR funding for research to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea, create and test prototype technology, and develop the commercialization strategy. Seminar speakers will share essential tools and tips for submitting award-winning SBIR proposals. Attendees will learn about the breadth of SBIR support available through WSU’s Innovation Assessment Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program, Small Business Development Center Advisors and through collaboration with WSU researchers. Attendees must preregister online.

Name of event: Podcasting 101: How To Get Your Message Out in the World

Date and time: Feb. 16, 1-3:30 p.m.

Place: DiscoverU, Downtown Seattle

Cost: $45

Web site: http://www.discoveru.com/classes/detail.cfm?CID=2683

Event phone: 206-365-0400

Description: Local writer and podcaster Joyanne Sloan shows you step-by-step how to record, edit and publish your material in just hours with little startup cost.

Name of event: Professional Referral Organization of Seattle (PROS)

Date and time: Feb. 19, 12:45-2 p.m.

Place: Galliano’s Cucina, SeaTac

Cost: $20

Web site: http://www.SeattlePROS.com

Event phone: 206-241-5300

Description: Agenda: This networking event, with lunch, features Maria Marsala, a business strategist and motivational speaker who will answer marketing questions. Preregistration mandatory: Call Sharon Mann, president, at 206-241-5300

Name of event: Enhanced Job Interviewing Skills

Date and time: Feb. 19, noon-1 p.m.

Place: 2nd floor conference room, Plaza Center, 10900 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue

Cost: Free

Web site: www.speakingmatters.net

Event phone: 206-216-4650

Description: Speaking Matters’ interactive presentation will discuss techniques to prepare professionals for job interviews and answer questions about how to make the best possible impression during an interview. RSVP anna@speakingmatters.net.

Name of event: How to Choose a Franchise

Date and time: Feb. 20, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: SCORE, 2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle

Cost: $45, $40 for each additional attendee

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: What kind of franchise fits your needs, goals and expectations? Learn how to analyze and assess a franchise opportunity, evaluate startup costs and other important criteria before you sign on the dotted line.

Name of event: Making Connections

Date and time: Feb. 20, 5:30-7 p.m.

Place: Marie Callender’s, 9538 1st Ave. N.E., Northgate

Cost: $25 AWC members, $30 nonmembers

Web site: http://www.seattleawc.org/

Event phone: 206-654-2929

Description: This dinner and program is hosted by the Association for Women in Communications When you need expert communications advise or assistance, who do you call? Expand your circle of resources and support as your learn about local communications professionals, their specialties and expertise, and what they offer.

Name of event: Internet 101 for Business Owners: Create a Web Site

Date and time: Feb. 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Place: Downtown Seattle

Cost: $49

Web site: http://www.discoveru.net/classes/detail.cfm?CID=900

Event phone: 206-365-0400

Description: Learn the basics behind a Web site and 10 proven steps to make your Web site “trustable and findable” by your target market. Also learn Web site lingo, which programs Web designers use, what costs what and discover what questions you need to ask Web designers you might interview to create your site for you. Gain the Web experience of someone who created and maintains numerous Web sites and is an Internet veteran.

Name of event: Present Like A Pro

Date and time: Feb. 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Place: Downtown Seattle

Cost: $55

Web site: http://www.discoveru.net/classes/detail.cfm?CID=1784

Event phone: 206-365-0400

Description: Whether you are a seasoned pro or taking your first step in the spotlight, presenting in front of an audience can make just about anyone nervous. Even if you’re not that person, step outside the box, go outside of your comfort zone. Attend this class that has something to offer everyone, no matter what skill level you are. Learn the basic principles in all great presentations and leave your nerves at the door.

Name of event: Your Voice: The Most Important Tool in Your Business Toolkit

Date and time: Feb. 20, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Rainier Square Conference Center, third floor, Fourth and Union, Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.speakingmatters.net

Description: Anna Bernstein, founder of Speaking Matters, presents a free interactive hour that will answer questions about voice improvement and include tips about taking your voice to its most professional level. E-mail anna@speakingmatters.net for more information.

Name of event: Turbo Charge Your Marketing in 4 Simple Steps, eWomen Network Luncheon

Date and time: Feb. 20, 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Place: Magianno’s in Bellevue Seattle, WA

Cost: $39.95 — $65

Web site: https://events.ewomennetwork.com/event/calendar.php?lid=47.

Event phone: 425-968-8375

Description: Marketing expert Stacy Karacostas shares details on how to turbo charge your marketing materials in four simple steps.

Name of event: Lake City Chamber Community Chat

Date and time: Feb. 20, 7:30 a.m.

Place: Claire’s in Lake City

Cost: Free.

Event phone: 206-363-3287

Description: Business coach Doug Graybeal will speak on “Creating a Life that Drives Your Business and Avoiding a Business that Drives your Life.”

Name of event: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” luncheon

Date and time: Feb. 20, 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Place: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10455 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue

Cost: $39.95 eWomenNetwork members; $50 nonmembers; $65 after Feb. 15

Web site: www.ewomennetwork.com

Description: Speaker Stacy Karacostas will explain how to turbocharge your marketing materials in four simple steps.

Name of event: Women Business Owners Power Lunch

Date and time: Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Cost: $31 members, $46 nonmembers before Feb. 19; after that date, $41 members, $56 nonmembers

Web site: www.womenbusinessowners.org

Event phone: 206-575-3232

Description: Speaker Lori Richardson discusses how to increase sales through feet-on-the-street referral partners.

Name of event: Book Publishers Northwest: Pool Your Talents

Date and time: Feb. 21, 4-6 p.m.

Place: Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N., Room 221, Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.bpnw.org

Event phone: 206-941-6514

Description: Bring your questions about a project, your search for some help, and/or your considerable talents to the next meeting of Book Publishers Northwest. This is a chance for the publishing community to show off latest projects, ask questions and make a few contacts.

Name of event: Avoiding Common Mistakes in Starting a Business

Date and time: Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Central Branch, Seattle Public Library, 9th floor

Cost: Free

Web site: www.TheEsource.com/JPullen

Event phone: 206-324-1185

Description: Learn how “following your passion” leads smart people to make dumb mistakes about starting a business, and how to avoid repeating them.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber February Business After Hours

Date and time: Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Bellevue Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 14595 N.E. 29th Place

Cost: $12 members, $20 nonmembers

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: Make business connections at this after-work, networking focused event.

Name of event: Tracking Customers and Growing Revenue with CRM

Date and time: Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Congruent, 4205 148th Ave N.E., Suite 100, Bellevue

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.congruentsoft.com/C6/Test%20Drive%20Microsoft%20CRM/default.aspx

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: Congruent presents a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Test Drive, providing lunch and an overview of Microsoft’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program and how it seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft applications such as Office.

Name of event: Dashboard Strategies with the Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform

Date and time: Feb. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Place: The Harbor Club Bellevue, 777 108th Ave. N.E.

Web site: www.madronasg.com

Event phone: 206-686-8701

Description: This seminar will examine key steps to a successful dashboard project, development of key performance indicators (KPIs), designing for visual effectiveness, introducing interactivity within the dashboard and leveraging existing investments in the Microsoft Platform

Name of event: SolutionsIQ management briefing

Date and time: Feb. 21, 5-7:30 p.m.

Place: Seattle Public Library

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/events.html

Event phone: 800-235-4091, ext. 1434

Description: Stephen Krempl, entrepreneur and the former vice president of global learning at Starbucks, will discuss how leading edge companies are building corporate learning into their enterprise architecture strategy. He will be joined by a representative from Starbucks who will describe the coffee retail giant’s experience with Microsoft SharePoint as a corporate learning platform. Also, Chris Mayer, knowledge management and collaboration practice director at SolutionsIQ, will provide a brief demonstration and overview of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server equipped with the SharePoint Learning Kit and new training add-ons developed by SolutionsIQ for Microsoft. Space is limited. To register, email events@solutionsiq.com

Name of event: The Role of Community Leaders in Managing Conflict and Community Racial Tension

Date and time: Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: Seattle University Student Center, Room 160

Cost: $125

Web site: http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/ips/

Event phone: 206-296-6143

Description: This seminar is designed to provide useful techniques aimed at building healthy and inclusive communities. This presentation will provide an introductory overview of managing cultural diversity and conflict within communities and public agencies. Participants will explore the roles that community leaders, municipalities and the media play in preventing and/or resolving racial conflict. Describe the response sequence in addressing conflict (conflict cycle). Explain how a single conflict incident can transform into a larger public controversy. Identify key issues related to providing a conflict management response. Design a basic community assessment process.

Name of event: 7 Deadly Small Business Marketing Sins

Date and time: Feb. 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Place: Shoreline Fire Station

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Web site: www.success-stream.com

Event phone: 206-324-4330, ext. 100

Description: This session will be presented by marketing expert Stacy Karacostas.

to share the seven deadliest small business marketing sins and how to avoid them.

Name of event: The Spoken and Unspoken Elements of Leadership in the Workplace

Date and time: Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Alexis Hotel

Cost: $850 per participant

Web site: www.scsincorporated.net

Event phone: 866-557-6660

Description: Strategic Communications Services presents a small group seminar (limit of 15) for women who are first-year business hires. The seminar is designed to identify and strengthen skills needed to succeed during this time of transition. This intensive, daylong session will be led by Marilyn Salenger, a strategic communications experts.

Name of event: Facilitation for Requirements Gathering

Date and time: Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Bellevue Community College, Building NWCET, Room N201

Cost: Free

Web site: http://seattle.theiiba.org/

Description: Facilitation is a critical skill for business analysts as they collect requirements and interact with stakeholders. The Seattle Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis and Accenture presents Ruth Siguenza, a prominent local educator and practitioner, who will offer practical tips and tricks for effective facilitation.

Name of event: “Life in the Trenches,” Barbara Taylor-Carpender

Date and time: Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Heathman Hotel Kirkland, 220 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland

Cost: $40 members, $45 nonmembers. Cost increases by $10 if you register after Feb. 20

Web site: www.mpiwsc.org

Event phone: 206-622-2117

Description: This program is based on the results of Meeting Professional International’s FutureWatch 2008. It takes a look at our day-to-day business relationships and discusses, from the planner and supplier viewpoints, how we can apply the results of FutureWatch to our business. Discuss what FutureWatch indicates will be the trends that may affect your business relationships in the year ahead.

Name of event: NW Biodiesel Network monthly meeting

Date and time: Feb. 26, 2008, 7-9 p.m.

Place: Seattle Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: http://nwbiodiesel.org/

Description: Ever wondered about making your own biodiesel? BioLyle will cover what you need to know about homebrewing biodiesel. Learn about where to get materials, how to make your own processor or where to buy an automated one, how to ensure fuel quality, how to find high quality used cooking oil, and more.

Name of event: Developing Effective Value Propositions and Positioning

Date and time: Feb. 27, 6-8:30 p.m.

Place: Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle, N-201, Bellevue

Web site: www.pmcnw.org

Event phone: 425-891-6272

Description: Is your company prepared to compete in a softening economy? Savvy product managers know that effective positioning and well-defined value propositions are key elements of success. At this Product Management Consortium session, two industry experts — Shannon Kavanaugh, founder and president of Go-To-Market Strategies, and Bruce Scheer, founder and Partner at FutureSight Consulting — will share best practices in these critical areas.

Name of event: Graphic Artists Guild February workshop meeting

Date and time: Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: Rock Salt Steak and Seafood on Lake Union, 1232 Westlake Ave. North, Seattle

Cost: $30-$40; RSVP by Feb. 22 for discount pricing.

Web site: www.seattleguild.org

Description: The meeting will feature Edwin Fotheringham, longtime Seattle illustrator, whose work covers subjects and markets as varied as punk rock and Neiman Marcus, The New Yorker and Ladies’ Home Journal, a Visa Card campaign and an elementary school auction.

Name of event: ASWA Seattle — Student Night

Date and time: Feb. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Rainier Golf & Country Club, Des Moines Memorial Drive S., Seattle

Cost: $3-$27

Web site: http://aswaseattle.org/calendar.cfm

Event phone: 206-467-8645

Description: This meeting of the American Society of Women Accountants will feature a pre-dinner panel discussion on diverse career/life paths and a presentation by Sharon Daloz Parks of the Whidbey Institute on “The Fine Art of Mentoring Relationships.”

Name of event: Your Voice: The Most Important Tool in Your Training Toolbox

Date and time: Feb. 27, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Plaza Center, 2nd floor conference room, 10900 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue

Cost: Free

Web site: www.speakingmatters.net

Event phone: 206-216-4650

Description: Anna Bernstein, founder of Speaking Matters, presents an interactive hour that will answer questions about voice improvement and include tips about taking your voice to its most professional level.

Name of event: Marketing 101

Date and time: Feb 27, noon-4 p.m.

Place: SCORE, 2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle

Cost: $45, $40 for each additional attendee

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Marketing can make or break your business. Get the essentials in this introduction that will help you refine your product, define your target customer and promote like crazy.

Name of event: Landlord 101

Date and time: Feb. 27, 3-6 p.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound conference room, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: $45

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-283-0816

Description: Being a landlord can be a scary experience. Come learn practical, useful information on how to manage your rental property. The “Ten Commandments of Property Management” will cover the basics of attracting and keeping quality tenants and demystify Landlord Tenant Law.

Name of event: Product Management Intensive

Date and time: Feb 27-28

Place: 15355 S.E. 30th Place, Bellevue

Cost: $1,595 ($100 discount for AeA members, additional $100 discount for early registration by Feb. 13, $100 discount for multiple attendees from an organization)

Web site: www.pivotalpm.com

Event phone: 425-891-6272

Description: Learn and apply the seven product management best practices in this two-day workshop, and be ready to use them immediately on the job. Designed for product managers in any industry who need to get successful products to market faster, while ensuring that their products meet real customer needs, deliver lasting competitive advantage, and realize revenue and profits sooner. To register, contact info@pivotalpm.com

Name of event: Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

Date and time: Feb. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Place: Downtown Seattle

Cost: $49

Web site: http://www.discoveru.net/classes/detail.cfm?CID=18

Event phone: 206-365-0400

Description: This workshop teaches you the basics of researching and writing successful grant proposals. Learn about funding sources and how to determine which corporations and foundations can help your nonprofit organization. Address how to use directories and online information as well as how to make initial contact with grantmakers. Also discuss the structure of a winning grant proposal: what to include, what to do after you get the grant and how to maintain relationships with funders.

Name of event: Build Your Web Site — No Muss, No Fuss

Date and time: Feb. 29, 1-3 p.m.

Place: Seattle SCORE

Cost: $25

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Need a Web site, but don’t know how to begin? Speaker Robbin Block will teach you about tools to build a site fast without needing much technical expertise.

Name of event: AIPMM CPM/CPMM Certification Exam

Date and time: Feb. 29; review, 8:30-noon; test, 1-4:30

Place: 15355 S.E. 30th Place, Bellevue

Cost: Fee for certification exam only, $395; exam plus half-day review session, $895.

Web site: www.pivotalpm.com

Event phone: 425-891-6272

Description: Earn internationally recognized AIPMM certification as a Certified Product Manager (CPM) or Certified Product Marketing Manager (CPMM). The exam focuses on strategies and skills considered to be the most critical across industries. The half-day review session is recommended for those taking the certification exam. For more information on CPM/CPMM certification, see www.aipmm.com. To register, contact info@pivotalpm.com.

Name of event: Renton Chamber of Commerce February Networking Breakfast

Date and time: Feb. 29, 7:30 a.m.

Place: The Lodge at Eagle Rige

Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers

Web site: www.gorenton.com

Event phone: 425-266-4560

Description: Come meet master practitioner Maurice Brooks of the Brooks Institute of Hypnosis as he teaches a simple hypnotic technique to reduce workplace stress.

Name of event: Retirement Readiness Seminar

Date and time: March 1, 12:30-5 p.m.

Place: Avikai Spa, Issaquah

Cost: $45 for individuals; $75 per couple

Web site: www.finpath.com

Event phone: 425-316-9964

Description: This session covers the three pillars of an abundant retirement — happiness, prosperity, and health — and how to prepare for them. This event will offer hands-on, practical tips, advice, and resources so participants can create their own retirement road map.

Name of event: Test Drive Microsoft Dynamics Accounting Software

Date and time: March 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Congruent, 4205 148th Ave N.E., Suite 100, Bellevue

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.congruentsoft.com/C10/Test%20Drive%20Microsoft%20Dynamics/default.aspx

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: Congruent presents this Microsoft Dynamics hands-on seminar. Take this opportunity to see Microsoft Dynamics ERP and get answers to your questions. At this event you’ll be seated at an individual personal computer and guided by a certified instructor.

Name of event: Washington Technology Industry Association: March Security SIG

Date and time: March 3, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Seattle University, Pigott Building, Room 107

Cost: Free to members, $20 to nonmembers

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent_tab.asp?EventID=731&eventTabID=655

Event phone: 206-448-3033 ext. 111

Description: The focus of this session is developing effective policies and standards. The speaker is Barb Padagas, manager of information, privacy and IT security for Puget Sound Energy.

Name of event: Business Growth and Marketing Workshop

Date and time: March 5, 7-9 p.m.

Place: City University, 150 120th Ave. N.E., Building F, Room 1029, Bellevue

Cost: First time guests are free; RSVP online

Web site: www.NoBSSeattle.com

Event phone: 425-458-1011

Description: Learn how to improve your income potential and build your customer list. Walk away with marketing ideas you can implement right away, and network with other business-minded professionals.

Name of event: Starting a New Business

Date and time: March 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: SCORE, 2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle

Cost: $85, $75 for each additional attendee

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Learn the basics of getting a business off the ground, including business structure, insurance, accounting and operations.

Name of event: Creating Value and Sustainability in Facility Management, 12th Annual IFMA Seattle Education Symposium

Date and time: March 6, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Place: Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood

Web site: www.ifmaseattle.org/events.shtml

Event phone: 253-265-3043

Description: Learn best practices and hear case studies in sustainable building, workplace productivity and money-saving opportunities. The event includes lunch and a mini-trade show featuring relevant products and services. Continuing education hours offered for CFMs, FMPs, BOC grads, and other professional designations.

Name of event: Actionable Steps for Achieving Career Success

Date and time: March 8, 10 a.m.

Place: The University of Washington Womens Center, Seattle campus, Cunningham Hall.

Cost: $50, plus $15 for supplies

Web site: http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/classes/registration.html

Description: Lisa Quast, author and founder of Career Woman, and the UW Women’s Resource Center have paired up to offer this seminar. The four-hour brown bag seminar will teach attendees how to apply the business principle of strategic planning to themselves to create a personal strategic plan for achieving career success. Quast will engage the audience in an interactive presentation based on her book “Your Career, Your Way.”

Name of event: Games Speakers and Trainers Play

Date and time: March 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon

Place: Bellevue Coast Hotel, 625 116th Ave. N.E.

Web site: www.nsanorthwest.org

Event phone: 425-458-5771

Description: Ed Scannell, former National President of the National Speakers Association (NSA) presents this workshop at this Saturday meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Name of event: Major Gifts: Finding the Perfect Donors

Date and time: March 12, 1-3 p.m.

Place: Senior Services Lillian Rice Center

Cost: Free

Web site: http://sforce.benevon.com/intros/western.htm

Event phone: 206-428-2196

Description: Learn a system to identify and cultivate donors who love your mission, donors who will give for operations, capital and endowment. Find out how to grow your organization’ visibility in the community and engage your board in the fundraising process without requiring that they ask for money. This entry-level workshop is designed for board members, executive directors, CEOs, and fund development professionals.

Name of event: Building a Business Plan

Date and time: March 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: SCORE, 2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle

Cost: $85, $75 for each additional attendee

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: A well-written business plan is your blueprint for success. Understand marketing, operations, finance and cash flow.

Name of event: Rental Housing Association’s spring workshop and trade show

Date and time: March 13, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: La Quinta Inn, 1425 E. 27th St. Tacoma

Cost: $40 before Feb. 29, $55 after

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-283-0816

Description: Session topics include: safety rules for showing a unit, the top mistakes rental property owners/managers can make, fair housing for owners, communication with tenants, telephone techniques and business etiquette, fair housing for leasing professionals, and getting more value with every maintenance dollar.

Name of event: Washington Technology Industry March Networking Event

Date and time: March 13, 5-8 p.m.

Place: Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

Cost: $20-$30

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0803NETWK

Event phone: 206.448.3033 X111

Description: Connect and grow with Washington’s technology leaders and professionals at this St. Patrick’s Day networking event.

Name of event: Publici-Tea half-day training event

Date and time: March 14

Place: 5101 Somerset Drive S.E., Bellevue

Cost: $297

Web site: www.publici-tea.com

Event phone: 425-641-5214

Description: Seattle-area business owners eager to learn the nuts and bolts of do-it-yourself publicity can attend the Publici-Tea half-day training events hosted by author Nancy S. Juetten, a work-in-the-trenches publicist and Puget Sound Business Journal columnist. Juetten also is the owner of Nancy S. Juetten Marketing, a boutique public relations and information products agency.

Name of event: Women’s conference

Date and time: March 15, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Place: Edmonds Community College, Triton Union 202, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood

Cost: $65 ($55, register before March 1)

Web site: http://www.edcc.edu/equity

Event phone: 425-640-1538

Description: Presentations on topics such as health, social justice and business featuring feminist author Rebecca Walker and motivational speaker Debrena Jackson Gandy.

Name of event: Renton Chamber of Commerce State of the City Luncheon

Date and time: March 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Holiday Inn

Cost: $35

Web site: www.gorenton.com

Event phone: 425-226-4560

Description: Denis Law, the mayor of Renton, will give an update on the state of the city.

Name of event: Your Voice: The Most Important Tool in Your Business Toolkit

Date and time: March 19, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Rainier Square Conference Center, third floor, Fourth and Union, Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.speakingmatters.net

Event phone: 206-216-4650

Description: Anna Bernstein, founder of Speaking Matters, presents a free interactive hour that will answer questions about voice improvement and include tips about taking your voice to its most professional level. E-mail anna@speakingmatters.net for more information.

Name of event: How to Sell

Date and time: March 26, 12:30- 4 p.m.

Place: SCORE, 2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle

Cost: $45, $40 for each additional attendee

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Develop a successful sales plan for your company. Use market research to react to customer needs and increase your existing client base through referrals.

Name of event: Renton Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast

Date and time: March 28, 7:30 a.m.

Place: Holiday Inn, One South Grady Way, Renton

Cost: Members $15, nonmembers $20

Web site: www.gorenton.com

Event phone: 425-266-4560

Description: Get to know other business owners at this networking breakfast.

Name of event: 2008 Washington State Technology Summit

Date and time: April 15, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Cost: $190/$220

Web site: www.watechcenter.org/?s=1405

Event phone: 206-685-1920

Description: Explore innovation for the next Washington with more than 400 technology leaders who are driving Washington state’s industry development in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials and manufacturing.