Name of event: Training: Promoting Your Business with Effective Web Content Date and time: Jan. 16, 6:30 — 9 p.m. Place: Bellevue Community College...

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Name of event: Training: Promoting Your Business with Effective Web Content

Date and time: Jan. 16, 6:30 — 9 p.m.

Place: Bellevue Community College, Building B, Room 101

Cost: $175 online registration or $225 at the door.

Web site: www.ayoswebdesign.com

Event phone: 425-770-5533

Description: The objective of this class is to help you develop the type of Web content that will generate more business from your Web site. Various types of content such as blogs, video and audio will be discussed with special attention paid to helping you understand why the right content is so valuable to both you and your customers. Small-business owners, entrepreneurs and those responsible for Web site content are invited. This class is hosted by Ayo’s Website Design and Ten Cent Solutions.

Name of event: Building a Business Plan

Date and time: Jan 16, 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: How to Grow Your Portfolio Despite a Declining U.S. Dollar

Date and time: Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Place: Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.mcalvany.com

Event phone: 800-525-9556 ext. 118

Description: This financial seminar will provide investors with political, geopolitical and financial information that cannot be found on Wall Street. Economic experts and metals analysts Don McAlvany and David McAlvany will present a solid strategy of wealth preservation for your financial and retirement assets while living in an unstable economy.

Name of event: WWU Masters in Teaching degree

Date and time: Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

Place: North Seattle Community College

Cost: Free

Web site: www.wwu.edu/seattle

Event phone: 206-527-3718

Description: Masters in Teaching (MIT) offered in Seattle. Ready for a career change? Working professionals who want the rewards of teaching in secondary schools are invited to learn about Western Washington University’s Masters in Teaching degree (MIT).

Name of event: How to Write Marketing Materials That Get Clients

Date and time: Jan. 17, noon — 1 p.m.

Place: Everett Community College

Web site: www.success-stream.com

Event phone: 425-388-9279

Description: A presentation by Stacy Karacostas, a marketing consultant, copywriter, and the author of more than 100 articles on marketing and copywriting and the e-workbook: “Putting Your Business on the Road to Success.” Karacostas will share tips to create marketing materials that speak directly to customers in a way that is likable, interesting and enticing and make your company stand out from the crowd.

Name of event: Microsoft Response Point Phone System for Small Businesses

Date and time: Jan. 17, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.

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

Web site: www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=123230

Event phone: 425-460-0172

Description: You are invited to join Congruent for a Microsoft Response Point demonstration and test drive. Lunch provided.

Name of event: Is 2008 the Year to Start Your Business?

Date and time: Jan. 17, noon.

Place: Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, ninth floor conference room.

Cost: Free

Web site: www.TheEsource.com/JPullen

Event phone: 206-324-1185

Description: Learn about making the change from employee to entrepreneur and how franchises make it easier.

Name of event: WSA January Networking

Date and time: Jan. 17, 5-8 p.m.

Place: Valhalla Bar and Grill, Kirkland

Cost: $20-$30

Web site: www.wsa.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0801NETWK

Event phone: 206-448-3033, ext. 111

Description: Join the WSA for the first Networking Event of 2008 and connect with Washington’s technology leaders and professionals.

Name of event: Architecture in an Agile Organization: Incorporating Architecture in Agile Software Development

Date and time: Jan. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Place: The Seattle Public Library, Wright & Ketcham Room, 4th Floor, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle

Cost: Free

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

Description: Agile software development methods are too often tagged as architecturally weak or disconnected from the realities of delivering large systems. However, many leading software architects are pushing through the noise to rapidly evolve the Agile architecture discipline. This two-hour seminar will focus on the experiences of two experts and the approaches they have taken to better align businesses with architecture goals. To reserve a seat, email events@solutionsiq.com

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

Date and time: Jan. 17, 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: Bellevue Chamber January Business Lunch

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

Place: Hilton Bellevue, 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

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

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: Hear from Redmond’s new mayor, John Marchione, and also the next mayor of Bellevue on the commonalities and bright future of the two cities.

Name of event: How to Grow Your Portfolio Despite a Declining U.S. Dollar

Date and time: Jan. 17th, 7 p.m.

Place: Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.mcalvany.com

Event phone: 800-525-9556, extension 118

Description: This financial seminar will provide investors with political, geopolitical and financial information that cannot be found on Wall Street. Economic experts and metals analysts Don McAlvany and David McAlvany will present a solid strategy of wealth preservation for your financial and retirement assets while living in an unstable economy.

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

Date and time: Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Place: Avikai Spa, Issaquah

Cost: $297

Web site: www.publici-tea.com

Event phone: 425-641-5214

Description: Small-business owners can learn PR fundamentals and get personal attention from work-in-the-trenches publicist and newspaper columnist Nancy S. Juetten. Receive print, audio and electronic materials to support greater publicity success with more ease.

Name of event: Inspired Action Workshop

Date and time: Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Place: Seattle Convention Center

Cost: $99

Web site: www.matthewferry.com

Event phone: 425-641-5214

Description: Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft executive Scott Oki is first on the agenda, speaking about passion and vision. Guests will learn lessons to inspire life-changing results.

Name of event: Effective Agile Planning with SolutionsIQ

Date and time: Jan. 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Place: The Harbor Club Seattle

Cost: $1,200 per person

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

Event phone: 800-235-4091

Description: This workshop will prepare customers, advocates for the customer, and product development teams for effective iterative and incremental planning with specific tools and techniques proven through real world projects. SolutionsIQ Agile Coaches will share practical examples from their experience in using multiple Agile and non-Agile planning techniques.

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

Date and time: Jan. 22, 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 an 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: NW Biodiesel Network monthly meeting

Date and time: Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Web site: http://nwbiodiesel.org/

Description: Peter Moulton provides an update on what is happening in the upcoming Washington state legislative session related to biodiesel. Come learn how legislative action will impact the biodiesel industry in our state.

Name of event: Business owners seminar series

Date and time: Jan. 23, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Place: Museum of Flight

Cost: $49, includes breakfast

Web site: www.TAB-WesternWa.com

Event phone: 206-322-9925

Description: The seminar will address effectively terminating employees, the results driven sales process, and business succession planning.

Name of event: ASWA dinner meeting, with Tax Update

Date and time: Jan. 23, 6-8:30 p.m.

Place: The College Club, 505 Madison St., Seattle

Cost: $27 with meal, $3 without

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

Event phone: 206-467-8645

Description: At this meeting of the American Society of Women Accountants Seattle Chapter, CPAs Heather Mills and Rich Barry of Ernst & Young will present an Annual Tax Update, featuring discussion of updates and changes in individual and business taxation. Register by phone or online by Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.

Name of event: Training Course: Psychology of an Internet Customer

Date and time: Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m.

Place: Bellevue Community College, Building B, Room 101

Cost: $125 online registration or $175 at the door

Web site: www.regonline.com/awdjan23a

Event phone: 425-770-5533

Description: This course, presented by Ayo’s Website Design, will outline how to convert more Web site users into customers by understanding how Internet users’ brains process information differently from when they read a printed publication.

Name of event: Financial statements

Date and time: Jan 23, 8-11:30 a.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: Learn how to read and understand financial statements. Understand how they apply to your business situation.

Name of event: Women business owners power lunch

Date and time: Jan 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Cost: $31-$56.

Web site: www.womenbusinessowners.org

Event phone: 206-575-3232

Description: This month’s speaker is couture designer Luly Yang, the

2007 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year recipient.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber January Business After Hours

Date and time: Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Lucky Strike Lanes, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 250 (inside Lincoln Square), Bellevue.

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: Buying and Selling Residential Real Estate in a Slowing Market

Date and time: Jan. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

Place: Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center

Cost: Free

Web site: www.lawofficeofcraigblackmon.com

Event phone: 206-357-4224

Description: Attorney Marc Holmes will discuss the process of buying and selling residential real estate, working with a real estate agent, working without an agent, and the challenges and opportunities in a changing marketplace. Buyers and sellers will be able to learn more about the mechanics of offering to buy and sell real estate as they apply to FSBO (For Sale By Owner) and MLS transactions. Foreclosure and short sales will not be on the agenda. No registration required — just stop by.

Name of event: Internet business

Date and time: Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m.

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

Cost: $25, $20 for each additional attendee

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Whether you’re an Internet newbie or want to use your Web site to promote, operate and grow your business, these sessions are for you.

Name of event: Internet Basics & the 3-Part Story of Search Engines

Date and time: Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m.

Place: Seattle SCORE

Cost: $25

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Before you can use the Web for your business, you’ll need to understand domain names, hosts, code and content. Then we’ll explain Search Engine Registration, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and SEM (Search Engine Marketing). This workshop also includes an introduction to Google Business Solutions’ free tools designed for small business.

Name of event: 2nd Annual Steppin Up Womens Leadership Conference

Date and time: Jan. 25-27

Place: Best Western Wesley Inn of Gig Harbor

Cost: $299 per person with a 2-night stay hotel booking, $349 without (Includes Friday night kickoff party, all sessions and meals. Ask about special corporate rates for this event.)

Web site: http://www.wesleyinn.com/story.htm

Description: Kathy Ireland, CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, is keynote speaker at the conference, which is focusing this year on Life Changing Lessons. Speakers will share life lessons they have learned through experiences that have molded them into who they are today. The goal of this conference is to inspire, enlighten and motivate women to lead in their personal and professional life. Also speaking will be Elisa Jaffe, co-host of Northwest Afternoon, KOMO TV. For more information, e-mail Ginger Braaten at Gigner@wesleyinn.com or call 888-462-0002.

Name of event: Patent, Trademark and Business Law

Date and time: Jan. 26, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Place: University of Washington campus

Cost: $25

Web site: www.ruttlerlaw.com

Description: Attorneys Jim Ruttler and Michelle Bomberger will discuss the fundamentals of patent, trademark and business law. No prior experience with these topics is necessary and time will be allotted for specific questions.

Name of event: Creativity in Business workshop

Date and time: Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: Center for Spiritual Living Fellowship Hall, 5801 Sandpoint Way N.E., Seattle

Cost: $100

Web site: www.cslseattle.org/bizSpirit.htm

Event phone: 206-527-8801, ext. 205

Description: Stimulate your innate business creativity with Nicole Mertes and Matt Mostad. Use spiritual and practical tips for accessing inner genius. Enjoy business camaraderie and a catered lunch. Register by Jan 23.

Name of event: The 2008 Women’s Wellness Resolution

Date and time: Jan. 26, 2-5 p.m.

Place: Avikai Spa, Issaquah

Cost: $20

Web site: www.thewomansresource.com

Event phone: 206-579-0249

Description: Three local women business owners — Angela Pifer, The Nourished Body; Jennifer Malocha, Wuhoo! Fitness; and Debbie Whitlock, Sound Financial Partners — will give women practical information that will help keep them on track. Register online. All proceeds will benefit Washington CASH.

Name of event: Northwest Development Officers Association Winter Conference 2008

Date and time: Jan. 28, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Place: Washington State Convention Center

Cost: $175

Web site: www.ndoa.org

Description: Get smart about fundraising for nonprofits. This all-day training conference will feature keynote speaker Penelope Burk, author, researcher and fundraising futurist. Network with 400+ fundraising professionals. Shop 20+ vendor marketplace.

Name of event: 10th Annual Decision Makers Breakfast

Date and time: Jan. 29, 7:30-10 a.m.

Place: Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton Harborside

Cost: $50 per person; $450 for a table of 10

Web site: www.kitsapeda.org

Event phone: 360-377-9499

Description: Keynote speaker John Mitchell, former Western region economist for U.S. Bank, will discuss the economic outlook for the Puget Sound region and Kitsap County. In addition, we will be looking at workforce issues on both regional and local levels. The 2008 Decision Makers Breakfast is sponsored by American Marine Bank.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: NAPM-WW dinner meeting

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

Place: Bell Harbor Conference Center

Cost: Member $30, nonmember $35

Web site: www.napmww.org

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

Name of event: Women’s Business Exchange Breakfast

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

Place: Washington Athletic Club

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

Web site: www.wbex.org

Description: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.