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:...

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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: Seattle Startups Social Sharing Series (sFive)

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

Place: Fusion Lounge, 722 N.E. 45th Ave., University District

Cost: Free

Web site: www.sFive.org

Event phone: 206-686-7740, extension 41

Description: This is a speed-pitching, networking event for startups by startups. sFive focuses on sharing, learning and building a stronger more fundable startup business. Startup companies will have the opportunity to give their elevator pitch to an expert panel and receive instant feedback. One of the featured presenters will be adUup, giving a sneak peak of its Alpha Web site, FleeQ.com.

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: Live it Up Without Outliving Your Money

Date and time: May 22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Place: Edmonds Library

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: Is There a Franchise in Your Future?

Date and time: May 22, noon.

Place: Central Branch, Seattle Public Library

Cost: Free

Web site: www.TheEsource.com/JPullen

Event phone: 206-324-1185

Description: Get an overview of the different business models available in franchising. Learn what’s involved in identifying and evaluating a franchise as a path to self-sufficiency. Space is limited.

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: AIPMM CPM/CPMM Certification Review & Exam

Date and time: May 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Eastside Office Park Conference Center, 15355 S.E. 30th Place, Bellevue

Cost: $395-$895

Web site: www.pivotalpm.com

Description: This credential is increasingly sought after by employers looking for proven experience in product management candidates. The CPM/CPMM certification 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 exam. It provides four hours’ review of key concepts covered in the exam to provide a “level-set” on terms and methodologies. For more information on CPM/CPMM certification, see www.aipmm.com. For more information or to register, go to https://pivotalpm.learn.com/learncenter.asp?page=26

Name of event: May Think Tank: Getting Your First Sales

Date and time: May 27, 7 p.m.

Place: Seattle University, Schaffer Auditorium

Cost: Free

Web site: www.nwen.org

Event phone: 425-564-5701

Description: Our panel will share personal insights from their experiences in building sales channels and making sales for their companies. Panel members are: Rip Warendorf, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales at Zango; Steve Brodie, chief product and marketing officer for Skytap; and Sally J. Vilardi, co-founder and president of Do My Reminders.

Name of event: NW Biodiesel Network, monthly meeting

Date and time: May 27, 7-9 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Web site: www.nwbiodiesel.org

Description: What crops are being grown in the Northwest for biodiesel? Jeff Canaan, bioenergy coordinator for the Washington State Department of Agriculture will be on hand to give an overview. What about used cooking oil and trap grease? Hear from Yale Wong, CEO of General Biodiesel, an up and coming biodiesel producer in Seattle.

Name of event: Investment Opportunity in Costa Rica

Date and time: May 28, 5:30 p.m.

Place: Azteca Mexican Restaurant: 150 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Cost: Free

Web site: www.CostaBellaVita.com

Event phone: 425-392-1241

Description: Learn how investing in Costa Rica can offer you a strategic hedge against most U.S. investments.

Name of event: China and the Global Economy — The New Reality

Date and time: May 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: The Columbia Tower Club

Web site: www.worldtradeclub.net

Event phone: 206-686-3736

Description: Speaker Jack Perkowski — chairman and CEO of Asimco Technologies, and author of “Managing the Dragon: How I’m Building a Billion Dollar Business in China” — will provide insights into the ways in which China’s cost perspective is affecting its cost structure, the development of its markets and technological innovation, and how these factors will have a profound impact on the way all industries operate around the globe.

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: Dinner — Investment Opportunity in Costa Rica

Date and time: May 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 150 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Cost: Free

Web site: www.CostaBellaVita.com

Event phone: 425-392-1241

Description: Learn how investing in Costa Rica can offer you a strategic hedge against most U.S. investments. Seating limited to 35 people. RSVP to Lynn@CostaBellaVita.com

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: Tools and Job Showcase and Networking Evening

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

Place: Community Center at Mercer View, S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island

Cost: $25-$35

Web site: pmcnw.org/events.php

Description: See several new tools and resources from Ryma Technologies, Daptive, STEM and other providers that help you effectively manage products and projects. You’ll hear about a number of new job opportunities from local recruiters. And we’ll have a brief panel discussion about tools for more effective product management.

Name of event: ASWA Seattle dinner meeting

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

Place: The Rainier Golf & Country Club, Seattle

Cost: $5-$29

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

Event phone: 206-467-8645

Description: Peg Marckworth of Marckworth Associates will speak about developing a personal brand, whether you are promoting a new business, contemplating a career change, or managing your career in the most effective way.

Name of event: Cash Flow Game Night

Date and time: May 29, 6-8:30 p.m.

Place: Bellevue Red Lion Hotel

Cost: Free

Web site: www.maryhometeam.com

Event phone: 206-919-1519

Description: Come and join us for a game of Cashflow. Created by Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” the game is an educational tool designed to help players better understand their personal finances and learn how to “Get out of the Rat Race”. Seating is limited.

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 head count 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: Office Nomads Open House

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

Place: 1617 Boylston Ave., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: officenomads.com

Event phone: 206-323-6500

Description: The Friday night open house offers an opportunity to explore Office Nomads’ Capitol Hill space and meet people who work there.

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: Money Matters for Kids

Date and time: May 31,11 a.m.

Place: Bothell Regional Library

Cost: Free

Web site: www.wholefamilyfinancial.com

Event phone: 425-424-2222

Description: This fun one-hour class for kids five- to eight-years old will help children learn important money concepts and financial skills that will last a lifetime. All children will receive a free Moonjar bank (Winner of a 2004 Global Learning Initiative Award). Class size is limited; register under events at www.wholefamilyfinancial.com or contact Debbie Gianelli, CFP, at 425-424-2222.

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: Taking Action Towards Your Retirement Goals

Date and time: June 3, 7-8:30 p.m.

Place: Marriott Redmond Town Center, 7401 164th Ave. N.E.

Cost: Free

Web site: www.ubs.com/financialservicesinc

Event phone: 800-831-8511

Description: UBS Financial Services invites you to attend this interactive workshop that discusses ideas on how you can prepare and manage for the various challenges on the road to, and during retirement. Please call to RSVP as space is limited.

Name of event: Alliance of Angels 10-Minute Pitch Clinic

Date and time: June 3

Place: Rainier Tower Building, Suite 2500, 1301 Fifth Ave., Seattle

Cost: $95

Web site: www.allianceofangels.com

Description: Workshop on how to pitch a startup business plan to angel investors, including developing a pitch, what elements resonate with angels, and how to provide essential information in a limited time.

Name of event: FHA Lender Update

Date and time: June 3-5, all-day event

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 this three-day course providing an in-depth discussion of the what’s and how’s of FHA mortgage products in helping 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: Voice and Communication Classes

Date and time: June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6:15- 7:45 p.m.

Place: Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 3, Seattle

Cost: $200 for 4 sessions

Web site: www.brain-voice.com

Event phone: 206-216-4650

Description: Anna Bernstein of The Brain-Voice Connection (formerly Speaking Matters) offers these voice and communication skills improvement classes, aimed at helping you project your voice with warmth and power, sound like a leader and expert, and influence clients and prospects with your voice. Class is limited to 12 people. Money-back guarantee.

Name of event: IMC PacNW June Roundtable Breakfast

Date and time: June 4, 7-9 a.m.

Place: The Bellevue Club, 11200 S.E. 6th St., Bellevue

Cost: $30/$35 members; $45 nonmembers

Web site: www.imcpacnw.org/”>http://www.imcpacnw.org

Event phone: 206-367-8997

Description: Speaker Chris Falco, a partner with Falco-Sult & Co., will discuss “Pricing Strategy II: Hourly Fees Strike Back. A value-based fee strategy has been touted as the end-all of pricing strategies for services firms. Hear Chris Falco tell how he built a hugely successful, seven figure financial and computer services firm based on an hourly billing strategy and why value-based pricing isn’t for everyone. Online reservations only: www.imcpacnw.org.

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: Retail ’08: 20th Annual Washington Retail Seminar

Date and time: June 5, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Place: Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Cost: $79

Web site: bpinkers@opuslawgroup.com

Event phone: 206.438.5240

Description: Highlights of the seminar: “Columbia Sportswear: Leading Wholesaler and Emerging Retailer,” presented by Tim Boyle, president and CEO, and Kerry Barnes, vice president, retail; “Online Spotlight: Evolving Concepts in E-commerce,” Sally McKenzie leads discussions with Kevin Saliba, Imagekind; Mike Smith, Bag Borrow & Steal; and Lisa Conquergood; “Sustainability at Nordstrom: Why Organic Cotton?” presented by Joan Mudget, vice president, supply chain, Nordstrom Product Group; “What’s the Buzz: The Impact of Franchising on Retail Economy in the U.S. and World,” by Douglas Smith; “The Retail Industry as an Indicator of State Economic Health, A New Analysis” by Alan Ralston and Kriss Sjoblom of The Washington Research Council; “The Next Generation of Retail Leaders (Leadership and Succession): Recruit, Retail, Lead, Succeed” by Judy Neuman & Kim Villeneuve of CenterStone Executive Search; “The Eight Steps to Building a Strong Retail Brand” by Mark Forehand, UW Foster School of Business; and “Recognizing Retail Excellence” by Thomas S. James, Jr.

Name of event: Women’s Empowerment Summit: Inspiring Women in Business, Leadership

Date and time: June 6-8, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: Shilshoe Bay Beach Club, 6413 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle

Cost: $150-$297, tables $250-$500

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

Event phone: 206-349-4297

Description: Day 1: Breaking Through Your Own Glass Ceiling and special events for CEOs and senior level managers. Day 2: Turning Your Dreams into Reality. Day 3: Unlocking Your Full Potential. Sessions include topics every woman can relate to in leadership, business and life: The Glass Ceiling is a Myth; Overcoming Adversity: Rising to Success: Women’s Voices: Women’s Choices; Balance Health and Lifestyle; Social Marketing Makes a Difference; Power Partnering and Branding; Enhancing Your Career; Dress to Impress; Starting Your Own Small Business; ABCs of Public Relations; Writing, Publishing and Speaking to Persuade; Wise Women and Wealth; From Victim to Victorious.

Name of event: Pick the Low-Hanging Media Fruit to Earn Publicity for Your Business

Date and time: June 6, 7-9 a.m.

Place: North Star Dining Room, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way North, Seattle

Cost: $20 for preregistration; $25 at the door.

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

Event phone: 206-527-3705

Description: Walk away from this breakfast session with specific names and contact information to the Puget Sound media decision makers who can bring your business story into the media spotlight. The speaker is publicist, newspaper columnist, speaker, and author Nancy Juetten.

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: GO System Seminar

Date and time: June 10, 9 a.m.-noon.

Place: The Lodge at Beaver Lake, Sammamish

Cost: $179

Web site: www.itssimplyplaced.com

Description: Learn simple to implement techniques to help people in business increase focus, organization and productivity. This high-impact seminar will help you get more done in less time, get and stay organized at work, and stay focused on high priority activities that will help you increase revenue.

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: Women’s Business Exchange Breakfast

Date and time: June 12, 7 a.m.

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Web site: www.wbex.org

Description: Molly Gordon — a Master Certified Coach, author, instructor, marketing consultant and online business community builder — shows us how to overcome our entrepreneurial apprehensions, identify where personal fear and bias limits our ability to apply good business practices, and promote our work without lying or losing sight of our values. Learn more about Molly Gordon at www.authenticpromotion.com.

Name of event: Design Build Contracts & Risk Management

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

Place: Groff Murphy Lawyers, 300 East Pine St.

Cost: $475 members of the Design Build Institute of America; $775 nonmembers

Web site: www.dbia.org

Event phone: 206-491-1148

Description: This course focuses on applying effective contracting language as well as insurance, bonding, and surety products, and strategies to successful design-build project delivery. Key issues relevant to public and private sector owners and design-build entity teams are addressed. Emphasis will be placed on providing relevant legal, contracting, insurance, and risk management knowledge with strategies for applying this knowledge to the evaluation of your existing risk mitigation measures. The key topics include: design-build process variations, teaming agreements, insurance basics and considerations, and risk allocations.

Name of event: NSA Northwest Chapter Meeting

Date and time: June 14, 8 a.m.-noon

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

Cost: $25-$70

Web site: www.nsanorthwest.org

Event phone: 425-458-5771

Description: Sam Silverstein, incoming national president of the National Speakers Association, will make a presentation on “Your Speaking Business … Keep It Real!”

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: Celebrating Winners

Date and time: June 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin St.

Cost: $45 AWC members, $55 nonmembers, $20 students

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

Event phone: 206-654-2929

Description: Join the Association for Women in Communications as we celebrate winners, from an inspiring guest speaker to the recipients of our AWC annual founders award and college scholarships in communications. Please make reservations by June 16, at awcseattle@verizon.net or 206-654-2929.

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: Making Money in the Next Big U.S. Stock Market

Date and time: June 24, noon-1 p.m.

Place: One Union Square Building, Union Square Boardroom (behind the escalator), 600 University St., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.smeadcap.com

Event phone: 877-701-2883

Description: This complimentary lunch event will offer investment advice from William W. Smead, CEO of Smead Capital Management.

Name of event: Certified Scrum Product Owner Course

Date and time: June 25-26, 2008

Place: Seattle Harbor Club

Cost: $1,200 per attendee

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

Event phone: 800-235-4091

Description: The role of the Scrum Product Owner is critical to achieving improved productivity within an Agile organization. Scrum increases the emphasis on driving business value through close collaboration with the delivery team, and the Scrum Product Owner is critical to the success of the team. This two-day course trains Product Owners and their supporting stakeholders in using practical tools and techniques that will maximize return on investment and customer satisfaction.

Name of event: Essentials of Bootstrapping Workshop

Date and time: June 26, 7:30 a.m.-noon

Place: Perkins Coie offices, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 4800, Seattle

Cost: $65 for Northwest Entrepreneur Network members, $115 for nonmembers

Web site: www.nwen.org

Event phone: 425-564-5701

Description: Nearly every startup company goes through a period when cash is extremely tight and the demands of fueling the company’s growth are monumental. Bootstrapping — the corporate version of Europe on $10 a day — is a critical and immensely useful skill that enables startups to stay alive until they can get traction. This workshop will provide you with the techniques you need to maximize early cash inflow and control cash outflow. In addition to marketing, finance and legal experts, you will hear successful entrepreneurs talk about their real-life stories of bootstrapping their companies to success.

Name of event: Voice and Communication Classes

Date and time: July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Place: Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 3, Seattle

Cost: $200 for 4 sessions

Web site: www.brain-voice.com

Event phone: 206-216-4650

Description: Anna Bernstein of The Brain-Voice Connection (formerly Speaking Matters) offers these voice and communication skills improvement classes, aimed at helping you project your voice with warmth and power, sound like a leader and expert, and influence clients and prospects with your voice. Class is limited to 12 people. Money-back guarantee.

Name of event: Hong Kong and Zhuhai: Your Partners for Success in China

Date and time: July 15, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Place: Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Cost: Free with online registration before June 30

Web site: http://www.nushkba.org/Events/Seattle15Jul08.htm

Event phone: 213-622-3194 ext. 218

Description: A half-day seminar, networking lunch and business matching workshop on doing business with Hong Kong and China The program includes presentations on Hong Kong’s advantages, an experience-sharing discussion session with local executives who are already doing business with Hong Kong and China, and an update on the latest business environment in the Pearl River Delta region in China.

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.