Name of event: Environmental Business Opportunities in China Date and time: Dec. 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Place: Washington Athletic Cub Cost...

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Name of event: Environmental Business Opportunities in China

Date and time: Dec. 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Place: Washington Athletic Cub

Cost: Free

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Event phone: 503-796-2895

Description: Recent Chinese initiatives on environmental protection and alternative energy are affecting businesses in China and the United States. New environmental business opportunities exist for Americans doing business in China, specifically in the areas of waste management, recycling (plastic, metal), waste to energy (methane, biomass) and clean technology. Businesses can jump-start growth by maximizing knowledge in these areas.

Name of event: KEYTIME ‘Learn to Type in 1 Hour’ class

Date and time: Dec 22-23 and Dec. 29-31 10 a.m.-noon

Place: 5508A Roosevelt Way N.E.

Cost: $295

Web site: http://www.keytime.com/schedule.html

Event phone: 206-522-8973

Description: Since 1987, KEYTIME has been teaching people of all ages to type. Students learn to type without looking in one hour and then improve speed and accuracy. Average increase in speed and accuracy in the nine-hour class is 15-20 words per minute. A quick and easy approach to improving your productivity through computer keyboarding.

Name of event: Staying on Track During an Unexpected Job Transition

Date and time: Dec 30, 12 p.m.

Place: Purple Cafe (Kirkland)

Cost: Free

Event phone: 425-468-1249

Description: Merrill Lynch invites you to an insightful and informative seminar to help you stay on track during an unexpected transition. (Please RSVP by Dec. 28)

Name of event: Project Management Professional Course Info Meeting

Date and time: Jan. 8, 6 p.m.

Place: Everett Transit Station

Web site: http://www.ExtendedEd.wwu.edu

Event phone: 360-650-3308

Description: Fine tune your project management skills and prepare for the PMP exam. Attend evening classes in Everett during this 10-week course offered by Western Washington University.

Name of event: Economy-Proof Your Business

Date and time: Jan. 8

Place: Bellettini’s, Bellevue

Cost: $35 includes networking, meal, mini-workshop, valet parking/tip

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

Event phone: 360-271-8418 or 425-440-9659

Description: Learn how to write a clear, concise and understandable business plan, on one page. The process links five very important business-building concepts: brainstorming, planning, execution, accountability, and results. The event’s speaker is Maria Marsala, founder of Elevating Your Business.

Name of event: Seattle Landlord Tenant Law Seminar

Date and time: Jan. 8

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: $45 or $60 for clock hours

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: The landlord tenant laws of Seattle are unique and not always intuitive. In this class, taught by Chris Benis, we focus on everything that a Seattle landlord must know to comply with the city’s laws. Special attention is paid to the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, Landlord Prohibited Acts Ordinance, Rental Agreement Regulation Ordinance, and Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance.

Name of event: Turbo Charge Your Business: It Takes a Business and Marketing Plan on One Page

Date and time: Jan. 8

Place: The Bellettini, Bellevue

Cost: $35 before Jan. 3, $47 after

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

Event phone: 360-271-8418

Description: Learn how to write a clear, concise and focused business plan. The process links five important business-building concepts: brainstorming, planning, execution, accountability and results. Learn more at the Web site.

Name of event: King County Landlords Meetup

Date and time: Jan. 9

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: Come network and discuss relevant issues and best practices of the rental housing industry with other rental property owners.

Name of event: Publici-Tea Half-Day Workshop

Date and time: Jan. 9, 12:30-5 p.m.

Place: The Village Bellevue, 121 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Cost: $297, includes the Media-Savvy-to-Go Publicity eToolkit

Web site: http://www.publici-tea.com

Event phone: 425-641-5214

Description: Publicist Nancy Juetten will hold the Publici-Tea Half-Day Workshop to empower do-it-yourself publicity success in traditional, online and social media among buzz-seeking business owners.

Name of event: Money Wi$e Women Conference

Date and time: Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Place: North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way North, Seattle

Cost: $39

Web site: http://www.moneywisewomen.net

Event phone: 360-204-0982

Description: Are you faced with financial fear every month? Is debt running your life? Are you stressed out over the Wall Street meltdown? If you’re ready to create a life of financial freedom, attend this conference — a safe place to learn about money. It will feature three keynote speakers and 12 breakout sessions taught by local professional experts.

Name of event: Homebuyer Education Seminar

Date and time: Jan. 11, noon-5 p.m.

Place: MetLife Home Loans, 1700 Westlake Ave. N. #600, Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.justrealseattle.com/custom4.shtml

Event phone: 206-898-7100

Description: Dreaming of homeownership? Make your dreams a reality. Get everything you need to buy your first home, including information about low interest rate state bond loan programs, down payment assistance, federal tax credits and much more.

Name of event: Landlord 101 Seminar

Date and time: Jan. 12, 3-6 p.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: $45

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: Instructor: Being a landlord can be a scary experience. Come learn practical, useful information from Tamara Simon, owner of Koss Property Management, on how to manage your rental property. Knowledge is power, get the tools you need to become a more effective landlord. Simon’s “Ten Commandments of Property Management” will cover the basics of attracting and keeping quality tenants, demystify Landlord Tenant Law, and increase your bottom line.

Name of event: Securing Your Laptops — January Security SIG

Date and time: Jan. 12

Place: Seattle University, Engineering Building, Room 304

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0901SIGSEC

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: Laptops continue to be a hole in the defenses of many organizations. How do you execute your security policies if the laptop does not hit your network for three days? Come learn about some of the possible solutions to protect your organization from data breaches. We will discuss the pros and cons of some of these security approaches. Additionally there are more data breach reporting and compliance issues as more states pass new regulations. Please bring your tough questions and join us for an interesting discussion.

Name of event: Economy-Proof Your Business / Columbia Tower Club Business Forum

Date and time: Jan. 14

Place: Columbia Tower Club

Cost: $35 includes networking, meal, mini-workshop, valet parking/tip

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

Event phone: CTC Office: 206-622-2010

Description: Learn how to write a clear, concise and understandable business plan, on one page. The process links five very important business-building concepts: brainstorming, planning, execution, accountability, and results. The event’s speaker is Maria Marsala, founder of Elevating Your Business.

Name of event: First Time on a Nonprofit Board? What You Need to Know

Date and time: Jan. 14, noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: Plaza 600 Building, 600 Stewart St., Seattle

Cost: $69

Web site: https://www.regonline.com/JPFirstTimeJan2009

Event phone: 206-542-8422

Description: Board service standards are higher now as the IRS encourages good governance practices for all nonprofit organizations. Review a directors legal responsibilities and your rights and obligations as a member of a charitable, educational or professional board. Protect yourself from liability, enjoy the confidence of understanding your role, and be prepared to take an active part in board discussion. Jurassic Parliament offers this interactive and enjoyable training including a box lunch if you register by COB Monday January 12.

Name of event: Bookkeeping Basics Seminar

Date and time: Jan. 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave N., Seattle

Cost: $45

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: This seminar, taught by Julie Johnson, is designed to cover bookkeeping basics, from understanding and tracking cash flow, creating a profit and loss worksheet to setting up effective and accurate bookkeeping and record management systems. This class will give you the basics you need to properly manage your rental property finances. There will also be a brief overview of Quicken Rental Property Manager Software for the small owner.

Name of event: Be Connected to Effective Networking

Date and time: Jan. 15, 4-7 p.m.

Place: Mayflower Park Hotel, 405 Olive Way; Seattle

Cost: $45 online advance registration; $55 at the door

Web site: www.sagepresence.com

Description: Two Minnesota-based filmmakers who have rewritten the book on effective networking are bringing their groundbreaking method to Seattle. Director Dean Hyers and screenwriter Bill True, collectively operating under the SagePresence banner, are offering this workshop. An instructional and entertaining event, it will teach people how to network effectively and provide participants with immediate hands-on practice for their newfound skills.

Name of event: 37th Annual Economic Forecast Conference

Date and time: Jan. 17, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: Seattle Sheraton Hotel

Web site: www.enterpriseSeattle.org

Event phone: 206-389-8650

Description: Gain insight into future economic trends with timely forecasts from a field of experts from The Conference Board, Federal Reserve Bank and Puget Sound Economic Forecaster. The conference will also feature an interactive discussion with a panel of regional executives to address the challenges and emerging opportunities for the region.

Name of event: NW Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo

Date and time: Jan. 19-21, 2009

Place: Oregon Convention Center

Cost: General registration, $25-$295

Web site: www.nwfpa.org

Event phone: 503-327-2200

Name of event: RHA’s Investment Club

Date and time: Jan. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: Considering a career in real estate investing or are you planning on purchasing investment property? Michelle Broderson shares her successes of being in the real estate industry for over two decades and will teach you what you need to know before purchasing investment property. She will share insight and examples of some of her investment deals. Topics covered will include finding, funding and exiting deals as well as whether or not you should work with an agent or be your own.

Name of event: Choosing and Evaluating Franchise Options

Date and time: Jan. 21, noon-4 p.m.

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

Cost: $45

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: Setting Yourself Up for Success Seminar

Date and time: Jan. 21, 8-10 a.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: $30

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: People who set goals are more successful than non-goal-setters. They also earn more money. This course will help you set your goals and follow through with an action plan to achieve results.

Name of event: Value-Driven Product Requirements Workshop

Date and time: Jan. 21-22, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Place: Regus, 5400 Carillon Pt. # 400, Kirkland

Cost: $1,595

Web site: www.pivotalpm.com

Description: This two-day, interactive course is targeted at customer-facing product managers, program managers and product planners. It provides a step-by-step process for creating Business, Market, and Product Requirements Documents (BRDs, MRDs, PRDs) for products that deliver maximum value to users and customers.

Name of event: I’ve Just Been Elected Treasurer — HELP!

Date and time: Jan. 22, noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: Plaza 600 Building, 600 Stewart St., Seattle

Cost: $69

Web site: https://www.regonline.com/JPElectedTreasurerJan2009

Event phone: 206-542-8422

Description: As nonprofits are subject to ever greater scrutiny from authorities and the public, it is essential to understand your duties as treasurer. This session provides an introduction to your responsibilities and suggestions about how to fulfill them successfully. Concise, enjoyable, and practical training provided by Jurassic Parliament includes a box lunch if you register by Jan. 20.

Name of event: WPC’s Center for Education Kick Off Event

Date and time: Jan. 22, noon-1:30 p.m. (registration begins at 11:30 a.m.)

Place: Harbor Club, Seattle

Cost: $35 ($30 for WPC supporters) includes lunch and event materials

Web site: http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/events/education_2009.html

Event phone: 206-937-9691

Description: Washington Policy Center will be hosting a luncheon to officially kick off its Center for Education. The event will feature school management expert and UCLA professor Bill Ouchi who will discuss his ideas on improving our education system.

Name of event: Our Family Tree Unveiled! The Visual History of the Puget Sound Technology Industry — January Urban Leadership Series

Date and time: Jan. 22

Place: World Trade Center, 4th Floor, Suite 410, 2200 Alaskan Way, Seattle

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0901URBAN

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: Be the first to hear the story directly from the early pioneers of the tech industry. The WTIA will release the results of a yearlong project to document the history of the Puget Sound technology industry. Working with researchers from Virginia Tech and Seattle University we’ve created the first picture of the foundational companies of our industry — and the companies that were created by their employees

Name of event: Agile Program Management with Scrum Training, with SolutionsIQ

Date and time: Jan. 27-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: SolutionsIQ headquarters, Redmond

Cost: $1,500

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/services/upcoming-courses.php

Event phone: 1-800-234-4091, ext. 2434

Description: The Agile Program Management course is designed to increase your ability to scale Agile practices to deliver large-scale enterprise initiatives with maximum value to customers, product owners and stakeholders. You will learn how to build effective Agile programs that leverage your successful Agile practices, enabling you to take on even more complex development challenges. The course will also teach you how to better plan and manage to ensure multiple teams working on various initiatives are coordinating to meet overall enterprise objectives.

Name of event: Take Control of Your Career!

Date and time: Jan. 28, 6-8:30 p.m.

Place: Zango, 3600 136th Place S.E., Bellevue

Web site: www.pmcnw.org

Description: Join PMC for an intense, but fun, workshop on taking your career to the next level. Whether you’re looking to move up or to transition into Product Management from another field, you’ll leave with a clear sense of next steps.

Name of event: Financing Your Business Workshop

Date and time: Jan. 28, 8 a.m.-noon.

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

Cost: $45

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Wondering where and how to get the financing you need? Do you have sufficient financial resources to satisfy lender requirements? This workshop gives you the analytical tools that every banker will require before making a loan commitment.

Name of event: Road Map to Success: Create Your Business & Marketing Plan, One Day, One Page

Date and time: Jan. 30

Place: 701 5th Ave., Seattle

Cost: $997

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

Event phone: 360-271-8418

Description: Walk in with your laptop and leave with a completed solid draft of your plan.

Name of event: Lake City Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

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

Place: Seattle Goodwill, 14500 15th Avenue N.E., Shoreline

Event phone: 206-363-3287

Description: Come to visit and network with Lake City Chamber members at the new Goodwill in Shoreline. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Name of event: Coaching: Creating Conscious Choice and Change

Date and time: Feb. 5, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Place: Cedarbrook Conference Center, 18525 36th Ave. South, Seattle

Cost: $257 — $296

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

Event phone: 206-920-8072

Description The conference is hosted by the Puget Sound Coaches Association and sponsored by inviteChange. Join other visionary coaches who are wanting to make a difference in the world, with their clients and for themselves. This event will provide you with answers to questions like: What’s new for the next wave of professional coaching? What new client groups will I work with next, and how can I provide value to them? How can I effectively market myself and my coaching business?

Name of event: Protecting You from Your Business: Using business structure and other legal tools to protect you.

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

Place: The Bellettini, Bellevue

Cost: $35-$47

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

Event phone: 360-271-8418 or 425-440-9659

Description: The session will be presented by small-business attorney Michelle Bomberger.

Name of event: King County Landlords Meetup

Date and time: Feb. 13, 8:30-10 a.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: Come network and discuss relevant issues and best practices of the rental housing industry with other rental property owners.

Name of event: Time Management for the Real Estate Professional Seminar

Date and time: Feb. 18, 8-10 a.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: $30

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: Are you working harder and longer than ever before trying to keep up with an increasingly demanding workload? Most professionals are! Learn how to do the important things first. Don’t let the urgent items take over.

Name of event: Seattle University Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session

Date and time: Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Place: Seattle University.

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

Event phone: 206-296-6143

Description: This is an informal event that allows prospective applicants an opportunity to meet staff, faculty, current students and alumni from the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program.

Name of event: How to Serve Notices and Evictions Seminar

Date and time: Feb. 19, 3-6 p.m.

Place: Rental Housing Association, 529 Warren Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: $45

Web site: www.rha-ps.com

Event phone: 206-905-0605

Description: Even when you’ve done everything right, eventually you may need to serve notices to your tenants. When the worst case scenario happens, learn how to use notices and the eviction process properly to save you time, money and heartache. Class instructor Verna Cameron in 1982 founded L/T Services, an eviction service in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. industry.

Name of event: Certified ScrumMaster Training, with SolutionsIQ

Date and time: Feb. 19-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: SolutionsIQ headquarters, Redmond

Cost: $1,200

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/services/upcoming-courses.php

Event phone: 1.800-235-4091, ext. 2434

Description: Certified ScrumMaster Training give you all the tools and information you need to get started with Scrum and Agile. Delivered by SolutionsIQ’s certified ScrumMaster trainers, this course shares time-tested practices for managing product backlogs, planning your releases and iterations (Sprints), and tracking and reporting progress.

Name of event: Certified Scrum Product Owner Training, with SolutionsIQ

Date and time: Feb. 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: SolutionsIQ headquarters, Redmond

Cost: $1,200

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/services/upcoming-courses.php

Event phone: 1-800-235-4091, ext. 2434

Description: Scrum increases the emphasis on assessing and driving business value through close collaboration with the delivery team. The Scrum Product Owner establishes the interaction between the business and the delivery team that is so essential to increasing productivity within an Agile organization. Product owners who assume this crucial role have the ability to guide the team and the process to gain the full benefit of Agile delivery.

Name of event: 2009 industry achievement awards — 25 Years of Technology at Play

Date and time: March 25, 5:30- 9:30 p.m.

Place: The Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=IAA09

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: The annual Industry Achievement Awards are a time of celebration for the technology industry. They recognize the accomplishments of the best and brightest individuals and companies during the past year. This year there will be even more to celebrate, as we mark the WTIA’s 25th anniversary.

Name of event: April security SIG: Old Dog, New Tricks — The Latest Data Protection Laws

Date and time: April 6, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Seattle University, Engineering Building, Room 304

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0904SIGSEC

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: Crime is up, identity theft is rising and new breach incidents are reported almost daily. Although data security laws have been around a while now, it’s no surprise that new and stronger laws and rules aimed at preventing identity theft and security breaches continue to be on the rise. Hear about the latest data protection laws that may impact your business, as well as the potential fines, criminal penalties, costs and other business and legal risks your business could face if you don’t comply.

Name of event: Washington’s Innovation Summit 2009

Date and time: April 9, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Place: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. 6th St.

Cost: $150-$230

Web site: www.watechcenter.org

Event phone: 206.685.1920

Description: Washington’s Innovation Summit 2009 will bring together more than 400 innovators and thought leaders in sustainability and technology who are driving industry development in sustainable energy, innovative materials and manufacturing, urban sustainability and healthy ecosystems. The summit will focus on how we are developing innovative and sustainable approaches to realize our opportunities and overcome challenges. You’ll discover the companies, researchers and opportunities at the forefront of Washington’s emerging economic sectors. Keynote speakers will include Gifford Pinchot III, co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Thomas E. Plimpton, vice chairman of Paccar.