Name of event: Build a Compelling Business Case Date and time: Jan. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Place: Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th...

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Name of event: Build a Compelling Business Case

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

Place: Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island

Web site: www.pmcnw.org

Event phone: 425-691-7109

Description: Are you preparing to present a business case for your product in 2008? The Product Management Consortium presents a panel of experts who will show you how to develop the foundations of a business case your executive team won’t be able to refuse.

Name of event: Financing Your Business

Date and time: Jan. 30, 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: This workshop gives you the analytical tools that every banker will require before making a loan commitment.

Name of event: Disaster Preparedness: Map Your Neighborhood Facilitator Training

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

Place: Renton Technical College, Building C, Rm. 101 (Blencoe Auditorium)

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.emd.wa.gov/myn/myn_intro.shtml

Event phone: 425-430-7027

Description: The Map Your Neighborhood program is coming to Renton, with special speaker and program-creator LuAn Johnson from Washington State Emergency Management. This training will prepare you to lead a two-hour discussion with your neighbors.

Name of event: Lake City Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon

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

Place: GenCare at Remington Place

Cost: $10

Event phone: 206-363-3297

Description: Join us for lunch and roundtable networking Chamber and non-Chamber members are welcome. Bring a door prize to have your company name mentioned during the meeting.

Name of event: Better Business Writing Workshop

Date and time: Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Yarrow Bay Office Park, Kirkland

Cost: $395

Web site: http://syntaxtraining.com/PDF/BBW_020108_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 will provide strategies, tools and practice to enhance your skills as a business communicator.

Name of event: Bookkeeping, Taxes & Smart Business Practices

Date and time: Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Downtown Seattle

Cost: $55

Web site: http://www.discoveru.net/classes/detail.cfm?CID=541

Event phone: 206-365-0400

Description: Do you know how to handle the federal tax bookkeeping requirements for your business? Are you aware of the different types of small businesses that you can set up, including sole proprietor, partnerships, limited liability corporations and S corporations? Learn when and which taxes to pay, how to set up your books and how to reap the benefits of the many tax deductions available to you as a small-business owner that are not available to others.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber February business lunch

Date and time: Feb. 5 noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers; corporate tables available

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: The lunch will feature Washington Sate Attorney General Rob McKenna.

Name of event: Building a Business Plan

Date and time: Feb. 6, 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: Business Growth and Marketing Workshop

Date and time: Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m.

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

Cost: First time guests are free

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

Event phone: 425-458-1011

Description: Learn how to improve your income potential and build your customer list using proven marketing principles. Also network with other business-minded professionals. RSVP online.

Name of event: Website Hotseat

Date and time: Feb. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Triad Urban Center

Cost: $379

Web site: www.success-stream.com

Event phone: 206-200-7594

Description: Eight entrepreneurs are invited into the hot seat for a Web site overhaul with Seattle-based marketing and copywriting expert Stacy Karacostas.

Name of event: IMC Pac NW February breakfast

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

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

Cost: $30-$45

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

Event phone: 206-367-8997

Description: This Institute of Management Consultants/PacNW event will feature speaker Cal Harrison, president of Beyond Referrals, who will discuss “Solving The Cycle Problem: Keeping Your Pipeline Full When You Are Swamped.” Every consultant encounters the cycle problem: getting a lot of work all at once and then being too busy to market for new business. Harrison has been speaking and consulting on this topic exclusively for five years, and can give you the tips you need to eliminate down time from your practice.

Name of event: Selling Consulting When You Are Too Busy Consulting

Date and time: Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: One Accord offices, 188 106th Ave. N.E., Suite 650, Bellevue

Phone: 425-646-2800

Web site: http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S,M3,6288fbd0-7722-424a-a23e-693d083301d1

Description: This session is a professional development event of the PacNW chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants, facilitated by Cal Harrison, president of Beyond Referrals. It will help you determine the best business development mix for your practice when you are already busy. By the end of the day you will understand the relationship between you, your potential clients, and the methods you can use to make them new clients.

Name of event: Thailand: Gateway to Success in Asia

Date and time: Feb. 7, 8-10 a.m.

Place: Crowne Plaza Seattle, 1113 6th Ave., Seattle

Cost: Free; registration required

Event phone: 703-770-8058

Description: The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) will provide an update on the current investment climate in Thailand. Register by emailing thailand@odellsimms.com or calling 703-770-8058.

Name of event: The Sales Conversation Process

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

Place: 1700 7th Ave., Suite 2100, Seattle

Cost: $499

Web site: www.performabusdev.com

Event phone: 425-577-3503

Description: How to engage prospects and customers to win or walk (and not lose), learn the fundamentals needed to succeed in today’s world where buyers are in control. For small-business owners, CEOs and independent sales reps. Must preregister, space limited to 12 participants.

Name of event: Fourth Annual State of Downtown Economic Forum

Date and time: Feb. 7, 7-10 a.m.

Place: Westin Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Downtown Seattle

Cost: $75 DSA members; $90 nonmembers

Web site: www.downtownseattle.como

Event phone: 206-623-0340

Description: The 2008 State of Downtown features the latest data and information about tourism, retail, office and housing trends in Downtown Seattle. It focuses on the current state of Downtown Seattle, reviewing the progress of the past year and takes a look at planned developments of the near future. The program features an expert panel and exhibits of development projects.

Name of event: WSA 2008 Industry Achievement Awards

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

Place: The Westin Hotel Seattle

Cost: See Web site for details (early bird prices through Jan. 17)

Web site: http://www.wsa.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=IAA08

Description: The keynote speaker at this 13th annual event is Suzie Reider, chief marketing officer, YouTube.com.

Name of event: The Seven Deadliest Marketing Sins and How to Avoid Them

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

Place: Edmonds Conference Center

Web site: http://www.success-stream.com/events.htm

Event phone: 425-640-1808

Description: Marketing consultant Stacy Karacostas will make this presentation at the WNET Networking Breakfast. Karacostas is the author of more than 100 articles on marketing and copywriting and the e-workbook “Putting Your Business on the Road to Success.”

Name of event: The ABC and Ds of Investing

Date and time: Feb. 8, 7:30-9 a.m.

Place: Bellevue Harbor Club, 777 108th Avenue N.E., Suite 2500

Cost: $25

Web site: www.womenembracingchangeseminars.com

Event phone: 425-462-8114

Description: At this breakfast talk hosted by Women Embracing Change, Merrill Lynch financial adviser Elaine Chan will explain the different fund types and how to balance risk with diversification. The talk includes breakfast, informal networking and free parking. Reservation required.

Name of event: PNAA Aerospace Conference

Date and time: Feb. 11-12, 7:30 a.m.

Place: Lynnwood Convention Center

Web site: www.pnaa.net

Event phone: 425-885-0290

Description: PNAA’s conference is the only major aerospace conference held annually in the Pacific Northwest. Meet and network with some of the major companies in the aerospace industry, while at the same time keeping abreast of timely issues that affect you. This year’s theme, “Supply Chain 21st Century,” is supported by a lineup of aerospace experts that includes analyst Richard Aboulafia as well as representatives from Boeing, Airbus and Dassault.

Name of event: Accent Reduction: Making Yourself Understood in Business

Date and time: Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Mezza Conference Room, 2401 Utah Ave. S., 3rd floor

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 your questions about accent reduction and will include tips about how you can make yourself more easily understood in business situations. This session is designed for professionals for whom English is a second language. You will learn how to create an accent-less voice, how to speak more clearly and succinctly and how to make the brain-voice connection.

Name of event: Empower YOUniversity

Date and time: Feb. 12, 7:30-9 a.m.

Place: United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave., Suite 200

Cost: $15 for Everett Chamber members; $45 for guests

Web site: www.everettchamber.com

Event phone: 425-257-3222, extension 0

Description: The keynote speaker is Alice Cunningham, co-owner of Olympic Hot Tub. Learn why making your products easy to buy, own and refer is a winning business strategy. Event guests will learn proven tips to help their own customers become strong advocates for their products and services; spend less on advertising and reinvest the funds back into their companies; ensure that customers continue to do business with them and recommend them to others.

Name of event: Process Orientation for Data Management Professionals

Date and time: Feb. 12, 6 p.m.

Place: Best Western Executive Inn

Cost: $40 public; $25 members

Web site: http://damaps.org/meetings.asp?utm_source=seattletimes&utm_medium=calendar&utm_content=meeting&utm_campaign=meeting

Event phone: 425-562-2636

Description: This dinner meeting with Alec Sharp introduces techniques for working on process-oriented projects, and is packed with practical frameworks and tips to get you off to a successful start. It touches on all phases of a project, including introducing business process concepts, discovering processes, scoping and assessing the target process, modeling the as-is process, and designing the to-be process. Throughout, well illustrate the interaction between process and data perspectives.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber Morning Buzz networking breakfast

Date and time: Feb. 13, 7-9 a.m.

Place: The Bellevue Club Hotel

Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: The Morning Buzz is a structured networking event.

Name of event: Increasing Your Business Efficiency with Microsoft Dynamics

Date and time: Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

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

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: Join Congruent for a free 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. The seminar will cover an overview of Microsoft Dynamics, reporting and analysis, integrations and customizations, and accessing Microsoft Dynamics through the Web. Lunch will be provided.

Name of event: Workflow Process Modeling Workshop

Date and time: Feb. 13-14, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Place: Best Western Executive Inn

Cost: $795 public / $695 member

Web site: http://dama-ps.org/meetings.asp Event phone: 425-562-2636

Description: This workshop, presented by Alec Sharp, will define exactly what a business process is, the key factors to consider when dealing with them, and the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them. On this foundation, the course moves on to specifying the scope and goals of a business process, modeling the current workflow, assessing it and applying three critical process redesign techniques.

Name of event: Starting a New Business

Date and time: Feb. 13, 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: Test Drive Microsoft Dynamics Accounting Software

Date and time: Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

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

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: Join Congruent for a Microsoft Dynamics hands-on seminar. Take this opportunity to see Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions at your own pace 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: 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: Licensing Executive Society-Seattle Chapter speaker series

Date and time: Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Cost: $15 — $35

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

Description: The speaker at the luncheon meeting is Bob Gomulkiewicz, a professor at the University of Washington Law School, who will discuss “GPL Version 3.0 — A First Look: The New Versions of the General Public License.” One CLE credit is pending approval for this program, sponsored by the Washington Law School Foundation, University of Washington School of Law.

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: Speaker 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: 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.

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: 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: 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

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

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: You are invited to join Congruent for a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Test Drive. We will provide 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: 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 unique 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, day-long session will be led by Marilyn Salenger, a strategic communications experts.

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: 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: 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 rractitioner Maurice Brooks of the Brooks Institute of Hypnosis as he teaches a simple hypnotic technique to reduce workplace stress.

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

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

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: Join Congruent for a 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: 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. Sponsors include McKinstry Co., Bank & Office Interiors, Tandus and BetterBricks.

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: 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: 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: 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.