Name of event: Executive Briefing: "How Unified Communications Can Add Value to Your Business" Date and time: May 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Place Place: Columbia Tower...

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Name of event: Executive Briefing: “How Unified Communications Can Add Value to Your Business”

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

Place: Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave.

Cost: Free

Web site: www.xeta.com

Event phone: 918-588-4779

Description: The event, hosted by XETA Technologies, a national provider of converged voice and data communications solutions for the enterprise marketplace, will feature a presentation by industry expert Dennis Miller, with the Nortel/Microsoft Innovative Communications Alliance. Miller will examine the unified communications marketplace, its competitive landscape and the ICA’s industry vision. His presentation will be followed by a live OCS/UM demo. Registration for the executive briefing will begin at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a continental breakfast. Boxed lunches also will be provided. Event attire is business casual. Attendees must RSVP by May 1 by calling 918-588-4779 or e-mailing stephanie.foster@xeta.com.

Name of event: Tracking Customers and Growing Revenue with CRM

Date and time: May 8, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Place: The Chyrsalis in Bellingham

Cost: Free, but registration required

Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/click/dynamicscrmlaunch/default.html

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: Attend this launch event to discover why Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the right choice for your business. .

Name of event: Quikbooks Payroll

Date and time: May 8, noon-5 p.m.

Place: Shoreline Community College, Lake Forest Park Extension, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Suite A-220, Room #4, Lake Forest Park

Cost: $119

Web site: www.shoreline.edu/ce

Event phone: 206-533-6700

Description: Learn how to set up and process payroll using QuickBooks. Topics include setting up and configuring payroll, state and federal taxes, fringe benefits, sick leave and vacation accruals, timekeeping, printing checks, doing customizing reports, and W-2/W-3 forms. We will also cover a variety of payroll additions and deductions including bonuses, overtime, reimbursements, loans and advances. Students should have basic knowledge of payroll rules and experience using QuickBooks. Learning materials presented in class. Instructor Mark Guidry has been a small-business owner and has over 20 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience in small and medium-size businesses.

Name of event: Now You Tell Me — Good Sales Advice I Wish I Had Earlier in My Career

Date and time: May 8

Cost: Free

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

Description: This online sales seminar, presented by Jerry Hocutt, focuses on cold calling for cowards. It’s part of a series of prerecorded sales training webinars for salespeople, managers, executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners presented every Tuesday and Thursday.

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

Date and time: May 8, 6:30 p.m.

Place: Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. North, Room 6.

Cost: Free

Web site: www.speakingmatters.net

Description: Anna Bernstein, founder of Speaking Matters, presents an interactive hour that will answer your questions about voice and speaking improvement and include tips about taking your voice to its most professional level. This includes learning how to project your voice with warmth and power, how to sound like a leader and expert, influencing clients and prospects with your voice and learning how to make the brain-voice connection. Space is limited, so please RSVP to anna@speakingmatters.net.

Name of event: Early Stage Investment Forum 2008

Date and time: May 9, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Washington State Convention & Trade Center.

Cost: $280 for members, $380 for nonmembers

Web site: www.nwen.org

Event phone: 425-564-5701

Description: Each year the Northwest Entrepreneur Network puts on the largest investment forum in the Northwest. This year’s is the 8th annual Early Stage Investment Forum. Screeners and coaches will select and vet 20+ early-stage companies to pitch to investors.

Name of event: Technology Alliance/State of Technology luncheon

Date and time: May 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: The Westin Seattle

Cost: $85 with advanced registration; table packages also available

Web site: www.technology-alliance.com

Event phone: 206-389-7261

Description: The luncheon features a keynote conversation with Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google.

Name of event: BusinessRICH: Two-day Foundation Workshop

Date and time: May 9-10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Place: ActionCOACH Seattle Office, 9057 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: Regular $1,295; early bird $995

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

Description: This workshop focuses on building the foundation of a new business or reinforcing your existing business, teaching you how to structure your business for success

Name of event: Chameleon Technologies Spring Networking Event

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

Place: Wild Rover, 111 Central Way, Kirkland.

Cost: Free

Web site: www.chameleontechinc.com

Event phone: 425-827-1173

Description: Currently employed but always on the lookout for new IT opportunities? Join Chameleon Technologies for its Spring Networking event. Industry experts from Microsoft, Getty Images and drugstore.com will be on hand. RSVP to Keri@chameleontechinc.com.

Name of event: Cold Calling for Cowards Webinar — Part I — Making Contact, Building Relationships

Date and time: May 13

Place: Webinar

Cost: Free

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

Description: This online sales seminar, presented by Jerry Hocutt, is part of a series of prerecorded sales training webinars for salespeople, managers, executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners presented every Tuesday and Thursday.

Name of event: Washington Policy Center 2008 Health Care Conference

Date and time: May 13, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel

Cost: $65

Web site: www.washingtonpolicy.org

Event phone: 206-937-9691

Description: The annual Washington Policy Center Health Care Conference’s lunchtime keynote speaker will be Grace Marie Turner of the Galen Institute. As a member of the National Advisory Council of Healthcare Research and Quality and a recent member of the President’s Medicaid Commission, Turner will address the presidential candidates’ health care plans, the latest trends in consumer-driven health care, and other issues relating to medical innovations, including what to expect in 2009. In addition, David Hom, chairman of Value-Based Health Innovations, will discuss Value-Based Health Benefit Design. For more information or online registration, go to www.washingtonpolicy.org or contact Anna Carroll at 206-937-9691.

Name of event: Merriman Berkman Next presents: Live it Up Without Outliving Your Money

Date and time: May 14, 6-8:30 p.m.

Place: Federal Way Community Center

Cost: Free

Web site: www.merrimanberkmannext.com

Event phone: 206-285-8877

Description: Our new workshop was created to show you how to build a portfolio that has the potential to increase your retirement wealth and keep risk in check. You’ll leave with the knowledge you need to build a well-balanced retirement portfolio that can provide the kind of retirement you’ve always wanted.

Name of event: New Chapter Meeting, DSWA/South King County Chapter

Date and time: May 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Round Table Pizza, 13036 Kent Kangley Road, Kent

Cost: members $10, guests $15

Web site: www.mydswa.org

Event phone: 206-724-3433

Description: Guest speaker Andrea Waltz will talk about “Go for No! the Ultimate Strategy for Failing Your Way to Success” at this meeting of the Direct Selling Woman’s Alliance, an international organization dedicated to the needs of the independent direct seller. The DSWA Chapter meetings provide a networking environment for home-based party plan consultants and direct sellers. Members can showcase their business as a means of advertising, selling and booking shows. There is a strict no-cross-recruiting policy.

Name of event: Orientation for Business Development Training

Date and time: May 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Place: Washington CASH

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Attend an orientation to learn more about business training through Washington CASH.

Name of event: Licensing Executives Society-Seattle Chapter Speaker Series

Date and time: May 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Avanade, 2211 Elliott Ave., Seattle

Cost: Registration before noon May 12: $15 students, $20 Licensing Executives Society members, $30 nonmembers. ($5 more after noon May 12)

Web site: http://www.usa-canada.les.org/chapters/seattle/upcoming.asp

Description: Speaker Jeanette Nyden of J. Nyden & Co, will discuss “Advanced Negotiation Techniques: Planning Effective Offer and Counter-Offer Strategies in IP Negotiations.”

Name of event: PathGuide Technologies’ 7th Annual Latitude Users Conference

Date and time: May 14-15

Place: The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle

Cost: $289-$375

Web site: www.pathguide.com/latitude/usermeeting.asp

Event phone: 888-627-9797 ext. 709

Description: The event is open to individuals interested in using their warehouse to maximize sales and profit and will feature a keynote by supply chain expert Jim Tompkins on “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Distribution Operations.”

Name of event: Building Brand & Value Through Sustainable Business Practices

Date and time: May 14-15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: UW Bank of America Executive Education Center

Cost: $1,650

Web site: http://bschool.washington.edu/execed/sustainability.shtml

Event phone: 206-543-8560

Description: This intensive two-day seminar is co-sponsored by the Retail Management Program of the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. It explores why and how many of the nation’s most successful businesses are integrating sustainability into their operations and branding strategies. You will come away with a clear understanding of the key principles of sustainability as well as specific tools to begin developing a plan for your organization. If you already have sustainability policies, you can learn next steps and how to better measure their effectiveness on your business, community and the natural world.

Name of event: Edmonds Community College career fair

Date and time: May 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Web site: www.edcc.edu/careerfair

Event phone: 425-640-1256

Description: Find career opportunities with 40 employers.

Name of event: 2008 Washington State Biomedical Device Summit

Date and time: May 15

Place: University of Washington, Bothell

Cost: $65 single, $300 group of five

Web site: http://www.enterpriseseattle.org/component/option,com_eventlist/Itemid,/func,details/did,9/

Event phone: Margo Shiroyama 425-785-4015

Description: The 2008 Washington State Biomedical Device Summit will feature the presentation of the regional Biomedical Device Study. The event also will feature a panel discussion by executives from the region’s biomedical device industry and will be the official launch of the Biomedical Device Innovation Partnership Zone. A networking reception will follow.

Name of event: Better Business Writing

Date and time: May 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Yarrow Bay Office Park, Kirkland

Cost: $395

Web site: http://syntaxtraining.com/PDF/BBW_051508.pdf

Event phone: 206-782-8410

Description: Better Business Writing is a hands-on workshop in planning, writing and editing business documents. Offered by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston of Syntax Training, the course provides strategies, tools and practice to enhance your skills as a business communicator. In class you will write, edit, and develop skills and techniques to apply successfully to any business message. Take-away tools include a 90-page manual, templates, booklets and other job aids.

Name of event: Food for Thought

Date and time: May 15

Place: Women’s University Club

Cost: $35

Web site: www.womenanddemocracy.org

Description: A panel of women developers around the Seattle area will discuss the topic of the month: “Women Developers Doing Good.” A few of the projects include the SAM sculpture park and affordable housing projects in Capitol Hill.

Name of event: Eastside Business Awards

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

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

Cost: $60 members, $85 nonmembers; corporate tables available

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: This award program recognizes outstanding companies and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Eastside businesses.

Name of event: Book Publishers Northwest: Marketing

Date and time: May 15, 4-6 p.m.

Place: Good Shepherd Center, 649 Sunnyside N., Room 221

Cost: Free for members, $5 suggested donation for others

Web site: www.bpnw.org

Event phone: 206-941-6514

Description: Susan Burnash of Purple Duck Marketing will discuss “Increasing Book Sales Through Effective Author Marketing And Public Relations Strategies.”

Name of event: Eastside Business Awards

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

Place: Meydenbauer Center

Cost: $95 members, $125 nonmembers

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: This awards program recognizes outstanding companies and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Eastside businesses.

Name of event: May Venture Breakfast: 7 Ninja Filing Techniques for Entrepreneurs — The Sum Total of My Entrepreneurial Knowledge in 50 Minutes

Date and time: May 16, 7-9 a.m.

Place: Harbor Club, Seattle 801 Second Ave., Seattle

Cost: $25 for preregistered members, $40 for preregistered nonmembers

Web site: www.nwen.org

Event phone: 425-564-5701

Description: Even in a coffee town like Seattle, an $11,000 coffee maker raises eyebrows. Zander Nosler and Coffee Equipment Company (CEC) designed just that: the Clover, a brewed coffee maker for retail shops. Starbucks acquired the company in April. CEC dove into in an industry segment that hadn’t seen innovation in a century. How did CEC get the ear of The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, shop owners, and thousands of Internet fans… and then Starbucks? Come hear co-founder Zander Nosler spill the beans about what worked and what didn’t.

Name of event: Turn Your Web site Into Your #1 Salesperson

Date and time: May 16, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Place: Shoreline Fire Station #61

Cost: $25 in advance, $35 at door

Web site: http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=ccdwbc&op=cal&month=5&year=2008

Event phone: 206-324-4330 ext. 100

Description: This event is put on by Community Capital Development. Stacy Karacostas of Success-Stream.com will show you what it really takes to turn your Web site into a moneymaking machine: the three key things your site has to do to make prospects buy from you instead of the other guy; two simple Web site success secrets you never hear; what customers truly want to know about you, your business and your products on the Web; and what a Web site needs to be selling successfully 24/7. Register at 206-324-4330 ext. 100

Name of event: Publici-Tea Half-Day Workshop

Date and time: May 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Cost: $297, including lunch and the Media-Savvy-to-Go Publicity Toolkit.

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 among buzz-seeking business owners. Gain great ideas, resources and access to media contacts to make publicity success flow with ease.

Name of event: Organize to Optimize

Date and time: May 16, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Place: The Lodge at Beaver Lake, Sammamish

Cost: $40

Web site: www.itssimplyplaced.com

Description: Learn the basics to bring balance and control into your home, work and life. Learn how to organize your space and schedule, as well as how to maintain the organization. For more information or to sign up for this class, contact Debbie Rosemont at Simply Placed, 206-579-5743 or debbie@itssimplyplaced.com.

Name of event: Lunch & Learn: Customer Service That Rocks

Date and time: May 19, noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: ActionCOACH Seattle Office

Cost: $199

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

Description: If you’re interested in learning how to enhance your company’s level of customer service, bring your team to this month’s Lunch & Learn workshop. Lunch & Learn is a monthly hands-on workshop for local business owners, presented by Isabella McPeak of coaching firm ActionCOACH.

Name of event: The Strategy String: Connecting Your Marketing to Real Results

Date and time: May 20, 8-9:30 a.m.

Place: My Day Office, 2820 Elliott Ave.

Cost: $55 in advance, $65 at door

Web site: www.tsuluwerks.com

Event phone: 206-782-4040

Description: In this workshop, marketing and creative strategist Tracy Corley will discuss what strategy means and how it drives your organization, how to approach defining your strategy in real terms that your team can understand, how your marketing fits with your strategy, and using strategy to measure the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. Attendees can register online at https://www.regonline.com/strategystring_q208.

Name of event: Tracking Customers and Growing Revenue with CRM

Date and time: May 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Web site: http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=125427

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the right choice for your business. Attend this launch event to discover why Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the right choice for your business.

Name of event: Seattle PROS Networking

Date and time: May 20

Place: Galliano’s Cucina, SeaTac

Cost: $25, includes lunch

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

Event phone: 206-241-5300

Description: Guests are welcome at this business networking event. Registration mandatory.

Name of event: Sweet Evening of Chocolate & Wine

Date and time: May 21, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Theo Chocolates, 3400 Phinney Ave. N.

Cost: $40

Web site: www.seattleawc.org

Event phone: 206-654-2929

Description: Tour the Theo Chocolate Factory — first roaster of Fair Trade Certified cocoa beans and the only U.S. roaster of organic cocoa beans — and enjoy a chocolate-and-wine tasting. Make reservations by May 19 at awcseattle@verizon.net or 206-654-2929.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber May Business After Hours

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

Place: RAG mens style, 10500 N.E. 8th, #115

Cost: $12 members, $20 nonmembers

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Description: This is an after-work, networking focused event.

Name of event: Lake City Chamber of Commerce Community Chat

Date and time: May 21, 7 a.m.

Place: Claire’s in Lake City

Event phone: 206-363-3287

Description: The guest speaker is Seattle City Council member Sally J. Clark, who chairs the Planning, Land Use & Neighborhoods Committee, serves as vice chair of the Transportation Committee, and is a member of the Finance and Budget Committee. Clark is also a member of the Council’s Labor Policy Committee and she serves on the King County Board of Health, the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Board, Enterprise Seattle, and the Regional Transit Committee.

Name of event: Puget Sound IT Talent Crisis

Date and time: May 21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Place: Museum of Flight

Cost: AWC members $55, nonmembers $70, students $30

Web site: http://www.awcps.org/meetings/may2008.php

Description: The goal of this event, organized by the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association for Women in Computing (AWCPS), is to bring together multiple layers of concerned professionals to share and learn about what we are really facing in the coming years with regard to IT talent and jobs, and how we can mitigate the risks. The group will explore the rumors versus the facts surrounding numbers of future IT workers, number of future IT jobs, and the impact on IT from retiring baby boomers, incoming Gen Y, the move toward outsourcing, off-shoring and the swelling trend of the nontraditional and virtual workforce. We want to understand what Puget Sound companies, governmental organizations and the academic sectors are doing to prepare for future IT workforce needs

Name of event: Achieving Great Results in Small Business

Date and time: May 21, 6-8:45 p.m.

Place: Shoreline Community College, Lake Forest Park Extension, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Suite A- 220, Room #3, Lake Forest Park

Cost: $139

Web site: www.shoreline.edu/ce

Event phone: 206-533-6700

Description: Learn techniques to develop your core business, attract customers you serve best, and see yourself and your customers through new eyes. You’ll also learn methods to expand your business without getting bigger and measure how well your business is thriving. Case studies will be presented and discussed to demonstrate real-world applications.

Name of event: TechLeaders: Power and Influence

Date and time: May 21-22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Amazon.com, 1200 12th Ave. S., Seattle

Cost: $550

Web site: http://anitaborg.org/initiatives/techleaders/may-power-and-influence/

Description: This two-day workshop for entry and midlevel technical women is led by leadership expert Jo Miller, CEO of Womens Leadership Coaching. It will focus on extending your power and influence as a technical woman through increased organizational awareness, negotiation techniques, strategies to raise your visibility, and influence techniques to increase buy-in for your ideas. The workshop will also include presentations by senior technical leaders who will share their experiences on developing and using organization savvy to advance in their careers, how they increased their level of influence regardless of their levels of authority and negotiation tactics they used in key situations.

Name of event: TechLeaders: Power and Influence

Date and time: May 21-22

Place: Amazon.com

Cost: $550; register online

Web site: http://anitaborg.org/initiatives/techleaders/may-power-and-influence/

Event phone: 650-236-4756

Description: This two-day workshop is for entry to mid-level technical women. It features Jo Miller, CEO of Womens Leadership Coaching, who will focus on extending your power and influence through increased organizational awareness, negotiation techniques, strategies to increase your visibility, and influence techniques to increase buy-in for your ideas. The workshop is a program of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

Name of event: Power of E-mail Marketing

Date and time: May 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Place: Beacon Hill Branch Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.

Cost: Free

Web site: http://seattle.constantcontact.com/

Description: This session covers the basics of how e-mail marketing helps position your business for success. You will learn best practices and winning strategies for getting and keeping quality subscribers; methods to increase open rates by writing good headlines and content; and getting readers to respond to your call to action.

Name of event: Seattle Graphic Artists Guild/May 2008 Workshop Meeting: Your Voice

Date and time: May 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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

206-284-1047

Cost: $30-40

Web site: www.seattleguild.org

Description: Anna Bernstein, founder of The Brain-Voice Connection, presents an interactive workshop that demonstrates the power of your voice and how to access that power in a way you never have before; how to project your voice with warmth and authority; how to sound like a leader and expert; how to influence clients and prospects with your voice; how to use The Three Ones and how to make The Brain-Voice Connection. RSVP using PayPal on the Guild Web site by May 23. Become a member of the Guild and the workshop is free.

Name of event: End the Paper Pain: File, Don’t Pile

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

Place: The Lodge at Beaver Lake, Sammamish

Cost: $150 (includes FreedomFiler kit)

Web site: www.itssimplyplaced.com

Description: End the paper pain in this workshop where you will learn how to create a new, virtually maintenance-free filing system for your home or home-based business. For more information or to sign up for this class, contact Debbie Rosemont at Simply Placed, 206-579-5743 or debbie@itssimplyplaced.com

Name of event: Orientation for Business Development Training

Date and time: May 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Place: Washington CASH

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Attend an orientation to learn more about business training through Washington CASH

Name of event: Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Spring Half-Day Seminar — Employment Law Update

Date and time: May 29, 8-noon.

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Cost: Free

Web site: www.williamskastner.com

Event phone: 206-233-2940

Description: Five topics will be discussed in this seminar: De-Icing Quick Tips, simple basic measures you can implement to protect your business and assets from government ICE raids and prosecutions; Leave Update, proposed amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations, expansion of FMLA to cover two types of military leave, new Washington laws on leave for military spouses and for domestic violence victims and state developments on pregnancy leave; Reduction in Workforce, legal issues surrounding the reduction of headcount in the workforce; 2008 Update on Wage and Hour Laws, significant decisions by both state and federal courts during the past year which employers should be aware of and which may require revisions to employer policies in such areas as employee commuting time, breaks, and overtime; Privacy at “Jeopardy” in the Workplace, recent court decisions impacting employee privacy rights. Registeronline or email: seminars@williamskastner.com.

Name of event: Eastside Leadership Conference

Date and time: May 30, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Place: Microsoft Campus

Cost: $85 individual, $800 corporate table

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: Join business, civic and elected leaders to advance a vibrant economy. Conference highlights include cutting edge ideas, trends and perspectives to build and leverage future Eastside opportunities.

Name of event: Six Hour Startup Conference

Date and time: May 31, 10 a.m.

Place: Columbia City Theater

Cost: $99, includes lunch and materials

Web site: http://sixhourstartup.com/conference

Description: This is a hands-on crash course in getting a business started, covering all the essential things that you need to do to take a product and turn it into a company. It will cover incorporation, writing a business plan, networking, marketing and protecting your IP rights. There are a limited number of free seats available for current full-time college students; send an email to conference@sixhourstartup.com to get details on how to qualify.

Name of event: FHA Lender Update

Date and time: June 3-5

Place: Holiday Inn SeaTac

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=wa&record=8392&scheduleID=8155&calendarID=52

Event phone: 360-943-9205

Description: Join FHA’s Homeownership Center for an indepth discussion of the what’s and how’s of FHA mortgage products in helping help homebuyers buy their first home and current homeowners to hold onto their homes.

Name of event: 4th Annual Executive Diversity Education Session

Date and time: June 3, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Place: 2/22 Theater, Boeing

Cost: $395 before May 2; $495 after May 2

Web site: www.diversitycentral.com

Event phone: 206-362-0336

Description: Diversity trends are evolving — are your executives in the know? What are the implications for your business? Workshop format with experiential exercises; authentic, fierce conversations; and the opportunity to ask tough questions and receive frank answers. Presenters Patricia Digh and David Robinson challenge traditional approaches to diversity and inclusion, providing tools to push executives past the numbers toward visible action.

Name of event: Orientation for Business Development Training

Date and time: June 4, 6-7:30 p.m.

Place: Washington CASH

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Attend an orientation to learn more about business training through Washington CASH

Name of event: Agile Program Management with Scrum

Date and time: June 4-5, 2008; 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Place: Seattle Harbor Club

Cost: $1,500 per attendee

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/scrum/training_events.html

Event phone: 800-235-4091, ext. 2253

Description: Are you looking for techniques to grow your successful Agile projects into an Agile program? Do you know what your next steps are on the Agile Maturity Scale? In this two-day course you will learn practices to help you grow your Agile teams into successful Agile programs; enabling you to take on more complex challenges while staying true to the Agile values and practices that you used in the Agile projects.

Name of event: Everett Chapter of eWomenNetwork meeting

Date and time: June 6, 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Place: Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine Street

Cost: $38-$55

Web site: www.ewomennetwork.com

Event phone: 425-968-8375

Description: Learn five time-tested and proven tips to spin you and your business faster along the road to success. Olympic Hot Tub co-owner Alice Cunningham will share lessons learned over 31 years of business ownership.

Name of event: 4th Annual Staffing Conference

Date and time: June 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Cost: $249 for members of the Society for Human Resource Management, $299 nonmembers

Web site: www.emaseattle.org

Event phone: 425-466-6454

Description: Learn the latest and greatest recruitment tips, best practices and strategies from national recruitment industry experts.

Name of event: Lunch & Learn: TeamRICH — Creating Your Dream Team

Date and time: June 16, noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: ActionCOACH Seattle Office

Cost: $199

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

Description: Learn how to build, retain, and motivate your business team. Lunch & Learn is a monthly hands-on workshop for local business owners, presented by Isabella McPeak of coaching firm ActionCOACH. Lunch will be served

Name of event: Orientation for Business Development Training

Date and time: June 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

Place: Washington CASH

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Attend an orientation to learn more about business training through Washington CASH

Name of event: Certified ScrumMaster Training Course

Date and time: June 18-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Seattle Harbor Club

Cost: $1,200

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/scrum/training_events.html

Event phone: 800-235-4091, ext. 2253

Description: Learn the essentials of working as a ScrumMaster or Scrum team member in this two-day course, which provides everything you need to get started with Scrum and Agile. Delivered by SolutionsIQ Agile thought leaders, this course shares time-tested practices for managing product backlogs, planning your releases and iterations (Sprints) and tracking and reporting progress.

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

Date and time: June 19, 6:30 p.m.

Place: Phinney Neighborhood Association

Cost: Free

Web site: www.speakingmatters.net

Description: Anna Bernstein, founder of Speaking Matters, presents an interactive hour that will answer your questions about voice and speaking improvement, and include tips about taking your voice to its most professional level. This includes learning how to project your voice with warmth and power, how to sound like a leader and expert, influencing clients and prospects with your voice and learning how to make the brain-voice connection. Space is limited, so please RSVP to anna@speakingmatters.net.

Name of event: Certified ScrumMaster Training Course

Date and time: July 16-17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Seattle Harbor Club

Cost: $1,200

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/scrum/training_events.html

Event phone: 800-235-4091, ext. 2253

Description: Learn the essentials of working as a ScrumMaster or Scrum team member in this two-day course, which provides everything you need to get started with Scrum and Agile. Delivered by SolutionsIQ Agile thought leaders, this course shares time-tested practices for managing product backlogs, planning your releases and iterations (Sprints) and tracking and reporting progress.

Name of event: Lunch & Learn: How to Get More Customers Now

Date and time: July 28, noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: ActionCOACH Seattle Office

Cost: $199

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

Description: This workshop will focus on a 10-step process to help you get more customers, including marketing and advertising, number crunching, and profiling your ideal target customer. Lunch & Learn is a monthly hands-on workshop for local business owners, presented by Isabella McPeak of coaching firm ActionCOACH. Lunch will be served.

Name of event: Certified ScrumMaster Training Course

Date and time: Aug. 20-21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Seattle Harbor Club

Cost: $1,200

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/scrum/training_events.html

Event phone: 800-235-4091, ext. 2253

Description: Learn the essentials of working as a ScrumMaster or Scrum team member in this two-day course, which provides everything you need to get started with Scrum and Agile. Delivered by SolutionsIQ Agile thought leaders, this course shares time-tested practices for managing product backlogs, planning your releases and iterations (Sprints) and tracking and reporting progress.

Name of event: Agile Program Management with Scrum

Date and time: Sept. 10-11, 2008; 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Place: Seattle Harbor Club

Cost: $1,500

Web site: http://www.solutionsiq.com/scrum/training_events.html

Event phone: 800-235-4091, ext. 2253

Description: Are you looking for techniques to grow your successful Agile projects into an Agile program? Do you know what your next steps are on the Agile Maturity Scale? In this two-day course you will learn practices to help you grow your Agile teams into successful Agile programs, enabling you to take on more complex challenges while staying true to the Agile values and practices that you used in the Agile projects.