Name of event: 2008 Washington Policy Center's annual dinner Date and time: Oct. 1, 6 p.m. Place: Seattle Sheridan Hotel Cost: tickets from...

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Name of event: 2008 Washington Policy Center’s annual dinner

Date and time: Oct. 1, 6 p.m.

Place: Seattle Sheridan Hotel

Cost: tickets from $300; tables of 10 from $3,000

Web site: www.wpcannualdinner.org

Event phone: 206-937-9691

Description: Speakers will include Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic; Phil Smart Sr., 2008 Columbia Award recipient; Fred Barnes, 2008 Stanley O. McNaughton Champion of Freedom Award recipient; and Susan Hutchison, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, FOX news commentator and master of ceremonies.

Name of event: 21st Century Business Planning: The New Way to Sell

Date and time: Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m.

Place: Edmonds Community College-Lynnwood

Cost: $59 ($400 for eight-week series)

Web site: http://www.the-btc.com/”>www.the-btc.com

Event phone: 425-640-1840

Description: Web site development, selling, customer relationship management, social media, search engine optimization. Learn how to shape your sales messages and then spread the word using low and no-cost tools with Robbin Block, of BlockBeta Marketing.

Name of event: Washington Policy Center Annual Dinner 2008

Date and time: Oct. 1, 6 p.m.

Place: Seattle Sheraton Hotel

Cost: $300 for an individual ticket. Tables are available.

Web site: www.washingtonpolicy.org

Event phone: 206-937-9691

Description: Washington Policy Center 2008 Annual Dinner with 2008 Columbia Award recipient Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic And 2008 Stanley O. McNaughton Champion of Freedom Award recipient Phil Smart, Sr. And featuring the executive editor of The Weekly Standard and FOX News commentator Fred Barnes commenting on the 2008 election.

Name of event: Business Development Training Orientation

Date and time: Oct 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Washington CASH

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Washington CASH, a nonprofit microenterprise organization, offers business training, micro lending and business coaching to entrepreneurs.

Name of event: Business Development Training

Date and time: Oct. 1, 6:30-8 p.m.

Place: 2100 24th Ave. S.

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Attend an orientation session to learn more about Washington CASH, microfinance, and how to start your own business

Name of event: Building Blocks For Success: Negotiating/Managing Conflict

Date and time: Oct. 2, 7:30-9 a.m.

Place: Lake City Chamber of Commerce, 12345 30th Ave. N.E., Suite F&G

Cost: $25 chamber members; $35 nonmembers

Event phone: 206-364-7515

Description: Final workshop in a four-part series to give new business owners what they need to get the right start

Name of event: Run for the White House, Auction and Buffet

Date and time: Oct. 4, 6 p.m.

Place: St. Demetrios Hall

Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at the door

Event phone: 206-363-3287

Description: This event supports community programs provided by the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the proceeds benefits North Helpline/Lake City Food Bank.

Name of event: Almost Free Biz School

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

Place: Renton Technical College

Cost: $18, includes a light lunch

Web site: http://www.rentonbizschool.com Event phone:

Description: Get help and mingle with other startups, would-be startups and small business owners as you explore topics such as starting a successful small business, creative financing for small businesses, accounting and bookkeeping for small businesses, marketing your small business Web site using blogs, online networking and other social media presentation skills to close the sale.

Name of event: How to Get Wild About Work

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

Place: Community Center at Mercer View

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.passioncatalyst.com/speaking/intro.htm

Event phone: 206-282-8064

Description: Finding passion in your career is one of the best investments you can make. It energizes you and fuels your success. Author, speaker and coach Curt Rosengren offers a nuts-and-bolts, easy-to-implement approach to building a career you love. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot, e-mail curt@passioncatalyst.com.

Name of event: WTIA October Security SIG — The Attorney General’s Office: Defensive Computing, Consumer Protection in a High Tech World

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

Place: Seattle U. Engineering Building, Room 304

Cost: WTIA members free, nonmembers $20

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent_tab.asp?EventID=756&eventTabID=724

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: The rapid development of technology has created an environment in which criminal and malicious acts can flourish. Assistant Attorney General Paula Selis will discuss the many things that can be done to protect online consumers.

Name of event: NW Biodiesel Network Eastside Chapter Monthly Meeting

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

Place: North Bend Railroad Depot, 205 McClellan St, North Bend

Cost: Free

Web site: www.nwbiodiesel.org/

Description: Chapter Kick-Off and Biodiesel Basics. The Kickoff will include an introductory presentation on biodiesel and the network, and experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Name of event: Fear, Shame & Guilt in Voluntary Organizations

Date and time: Oct. 7, noon

Place: Plaza 600 Building, Seattle

Cost: $69

Web site: www.regonline.com/JPFearShameGuiltOct2008

Event phone: 206-542-8422

Description: Leaders need to be able to recognize and react to negative emotions in themselves and others if they are to achieve their goals. This session offers insight and guidance on how to do this in an appropriate and professional way. Part of a series arranged by Jurassic Parliament, offering down-to-earth, insightful and enjoyable training to help leaders of public and nonprofit boards run great meetings and great organizations.

Name of event: Engaging Your Board in Creating Sustainable Funding & Best Practices for Managing Your Resources

Date and time: Oct. 7, 1-4 p.m.

Place: Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila

Cost: Free

Web site: http://sforce.benevon.com/intros/Tukwila100708/RegisterTukwila100708.htm

Event phone: 206-428-2158

Description: This seminar — featuring John Morrison, financial adviser at Merrill Lynch of Tacoma — will focus on how to create sustainable funding for your nonprofit.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber Morning Buzz Networking Breakfast

Date and time: Oct. 7, 7-9 a.m.

Place: The Harbor Club Bellevue

Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: A structured and effective networking event.

Name of event: Building a Business Plan Workshop

Date and time: Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Cost: $85

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: Use your marketing and financial data to build a fact-based business plan. Successful businesses are built on well-researched plans developed by the owner. Learn proven techniques to generate sales and a positive cash flow. A strong plan is a great tool for involving investors and lenders.

Name of event: Women’s Business Exchange Breakfast

Date and time: Oct. 9

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Web site: www.wbex.org

Description: Join us for breakfast and a presentation, “Getting to the Heart of the Matter.” How do you have compassion for someone when it seems as if they are making your life worse? How do you see someone’s humanity when their actions are triggering anger or resentment? How can you communicate in a way that leaves you feeling empowered and free? With speaker Janice Eng, we will go beyond the oft-taught conflict resolution elements of collaboration and compromise and step into the power of compassion.

Name of event: Technology Convergence: The Integrated Lifestyle

Date and time: Oct. 9, 4-7:30 p.m.

Place: Silverdale Beach Hotel, Silverdale

Web site: http://www.westsoundtechnology.org/summit2008.asp

Event phone: 206-338-6554

Description: Technology convergence involves the synergistic combination of voice (and telephony features), data (and productivity applications) and video onto a single network. Once previously separate, these technologies are now able to share resources and interact with each other creating new efficiencies. Join us at our 7th annual summit as we explore the integration of multimedia, IP, telework and medical technologies — and their impact on both the home and business markets. Registration, information, and sponsorship opportunities at provided URL.

Name of event: Merriman Berkman Next presents “Are You Ready to Retire?”

Date and time: Oct. 11

Place: Bellevue Courtyard Marriott

Cost: Free

Web site: www.merrimanberkmannext.com

Event phone: 206-285-8877

Description: This workshop will provide you with critical information on Social Security, long-term care and the best ways to create income in retirement. It will also show you how to create a retirement portfolio, what you should do with your pension and what documents you need to keep handy. You’ll also discover how to deal with the emotions of leaving the workplace and get advice on what you should look for in a financial adviser.

Name of event: Women’s Business Exchange Fall Workshop

Date and time: Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Place: Community Center at Mercer View

Web site: www.wbex.org

Description: The first class in the Fall workshop series, “Understanding & Using Emotional Intelligence,” will focus on the challenges of the organizations and relationships in your life. The workshop includes responding to an emotional quotient assessment.

Name of event: The SoL Academy: A Week of Workshops on Organizational Learning, Leadership Development, Systems Thinking and Profound Change

Date and time: Oct. 13-17, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Place: Renton Technical College Campus, 3000 N.E. 4th St., Renton

Cost: $500-$700

Web site: http://www.solonline.org/SoLAcademy2008

Event phone: 617-300-9535

Description: The Society for Organizational Learning is sponsoring these workshops with Boeing. SoL Academy is an excellent opportunity to develop new skills, learn and apply the latest tools and methodologies and build your professional networks. There are over 20 sessions on topics such as: Introduction to Organizational Learning; Creating New Growth from Within/Enabling Disruptive Innovation to Succeed; Vital Differences: an Approach for Exploring and Using Individual Differences; Systemic Change During Times of Uncertainty; Leading with Integrity. Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes Flight Operations, Test & Validation Organization will lead a session Oct. 14 on insights they gained from using a systems approach to create an agile network while meeting unprecedented challenges.

Name of event: WTIA October Urban Leadership Series: Will Your Vote Count? An Update on E-Voting

Date and time: Oct. 14, 7:30-9 a.m.

Place: World Trade Center, 4th Floor, Suite 410

Cost: Online registration (deadline 5 p.m. Oct. 13): WTIA member$25, nonmember $45

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent_tab.asp?EventID=758&eventTabID=731

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: Presented by Jim Adler, president & CTO at Identity.net and former CEO of VoteHere.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber October Business Lunch

Date and time: Oct. 15, 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: Come hear UW Alumni rowers Mary Whipple and Anna Mickelson Cummins talk about the determination, perseverance and vision that led them to take the gold in the U.S. Women’s Rowing Eight in Beijing, the first women’s gold in this event since 1984.

Name of event: Choosing and Evaluating Franchise Options

Date and time: Oct. 15, noon-4 p.m.

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

Cost: $45

Web site: www.seattlescore.org

Event phone: 206-553-7320

Description: What kind of franchise fits your needs, goals and expectations? Learn how to analyze and assess a franchise opportunity, evaluate startup costs and other important criteria before you sign on the dotted line.

Name of event: Business Development Training Orientation

Date and time: Oct 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Washington CASH

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Washington CASH a nonprofit microenterprise organization offers business training, micro lending and business coaching to entrepreneurs. Attend an orientation on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Name of event: 21st Century Business Planning: Manage Your Numbers

Date and time: Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m.

Place: Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood

Cost: $59

Web site: http://www.the-btc.com

Event phone: 425-640-1840

Description: Business financial management for profitability. Review basic financial reports and learn what they say about your business and begin to develop cash flow with Travis Snider of BETS Consulting.

Name of event: The Grant Writing Coach

Date and time: Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: St. Luke’s Church, 515 S. 312th St., Federal Way

Cost: $185

Web site: www.thegrantwritingcoach.com

Description: Last year private foundations gave away more than $30 billion to organizations and individuals who simply knew how to ask. This workshop provides a practical, hands-on, how-to experience in grant writing.

Name of event: Shop Local Seattle

Date and time: Oct. 18, noon-3 p.m.

Place: Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.shoplocalseattle.wordpress.com

Event phone: 206-235-9887

Description: Come meet some Seattle business owners at the second annual Shop Local Seattle. Vendors will be selling their products and promoting their services.

Name of event: Money Wi$e Women Conference

Date and time: Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Place: South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

Cost: $39

Web site: http://moneywisewomen.net

Event phone: 360-204-0982

Description: Attend the Money Wi$e Women Conference — A Safe Place to Learn About Money. The all-day financial education and empowerment conference for women features three keynote speakers and 12 breakout sessions taught by professional experts.

Name of event: The Keys to Error-Free Writing

Date and time: Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Place: UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Cost: $299

Web site: http://syntaxtraining.com/PDF/KEYS_10_20_2008.pdf

Event phone: 206-782-8410

Description: A workshop for employees, managers, and business owners who want to produce error-free documents. Discover tools and techniques to eliminate errors in reports, presentations and e-mail. Get clear explanations, take-away tools and illustrations of the latest rules of punctuation and usage. Enjoy activities that reinforce your learning. Offered by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston of Syntax Training.

Name of event: 21st Century Business Planning: Business Proposal

Date and time: Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m.

Place: Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood

Cost: $59

Web site: http://www.the-btc.com

Event phone: 425-640-1840

Description: Learn how to package your business model in a powerful presentation. Discuss business proposals, asking for financing, SBA financing and what potential investors are looking for when they evaluate your business proposal. With Christine Heckert of First Heritage Bank.

Name of event: World Trade Club annual dinner

Date and time: Oct. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: The Harbor Club, Columbia Room, 17th Floor, Seattle

Web site: www.worldtradeclub.net

Description: Keynote speaker Ted Miguel will discuss how a culture of corruption threatens economic development around the world and why it’s so hard to root out. In his new book “Economic Gangsters,” co-written with Ray Fisman, Miguel sheds light on the tangled nexus of business-government relationships, uses new economics tools to uncover the value of political ties, and explores possible ways forward for both policymakers and the private sector. See the WTC registration page for event costs.

Name of event: WTIA: October Legal Matters

Date and time: Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-noon.

Place: WTIA conference rooms

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?EventID=763

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: The Washington Technology Industry Association presents”Legal Matters” with startup and venture financing attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine. The session is available to WTIA members only and is on a first come-first serve basis.

Name of event: Money Wi$e Business Women Conference

Date and time: Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $79 or Register with a Friend Special — $138.00.

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

Event phone: 360-204-0982

Description: Be prepared to learn about new tools, tips and resources to take your financial life and business to the next level and make connections with talented local business women who can help you achieve your goals.

Name of event: Washington State Public Service Career Fair

Date and time: Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms

Cost: Free

Description: This fair will draw attention to career opportunities in the public sector and connect prospective employees with employers. Agencies can register online at www.seattlefeb.us. Registration closes Sept. 30 or earlier if capacity is reached.

Name of event: Cold Calling for Cowards — Sales Seminar

Date and time: Oct. 28, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Place: Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Cost: $129; registration required

Web site: www.footinthedoor.com

Event phone: 800-378-5941

Description: This seminar will provide you with sales skills and techniques used by magicians, athletes, psychologists, attorneys, and sales professionals from across America.

Name of event: Bellevue Chamber October Business After Hours

Date and time: Oct. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Maggiano’s Little Italy

Cost: $12 members, $20 nonmembers

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Description: Make lasting business connections at this after-work, networking focused event.

Name of event: Washington Hospitals Alternative Delivery & Financing Conference

Date and time: Oct. 29, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: Central Washington University

Cost: $135 before Oct 1; $175 after

Web site: www.dbianwc.org

Event phone: 425-640-3443

Phone: 425-640-3443

Description: The Northwest Region of the Design Build Institute of America is holding this conference in conjunction with the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts and the Washington State Hospital Association. The program will include the exploration of two case studies on alternative methods for delivering new building projects (GC/CM and Design Build), a brief presentation on the new Washington state law for public works projects, and a panel presentation on financing alternatives for health care projects.

Name of event: Crypto Basics — WTIA November Security SIG

Date and time: Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Seattle U., Engineering Building, Room 304

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0811SIGSEC

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: Everyone who goes online is involved with computer security at some level, especially if placing an order via the Internet. There is an assumption that your communications are secure, but what is going on under the covers? This session, presented by Mark Espe, senior security developer at NetMotion Wireless, will give you a high-level understanding of how cryptography works with resolving security problems.

Name of event: The Monthly New Power Lunch for Women

Date and time: Nov. 5, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

Place: Columbia Tower Club

Cost: $50 CTC members, $55 nonmembers

Web site: http://www.workingwithpower.com/newpowerlunch.html

Description: This months topic is “Not Enough Time.” If your to-do list is longer than your arm and your energy and enthusiasm can barely keep up with all your commitments, this seminar will provide much-needed inspiration and training.

Name of event: True Lies

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

Place: World Trade Center, Seattle

Cost: $249 early sign up

Web site: http://trueliesfullday.tsuluwerks.com

Event phone: 206-782-4040, extension 8

Description: Bust the myths in selling to midmarket and large accounts. This event includes workshops, panel discussions and keynote addresses by marketing, sales, negotiation and purchasing experts.

Name of event: Predictions for 2009 — WTIA November Technology in Focus Series

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

Place: Westin Hotel, Seattle, Cascade Ballroom

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0811NOVTIF

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: Making predictions is risky, especially in the technology industry but each year the WTIA invites noted experts to help guide us into the next year and beyond. Join WTIA’s panel of futurists as they predict what technology innovations are expected in the near term and how business leaders can embrace change. Panel: John Cook, moderator; Matt McIlwain, managing director, Madrona Venture Group; Kelly Smith, founding partner, Curious Office.

Name of event: Women’s Business Exchange Fall Workshop

Date and time: Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Place: Community Center at Mercer View

Web site: www.wbex.org

Description: WBE is pleased to present the 2008 Fall workshop series. “Leading from the Heart,” The second workshop (with a follow-up webinar) will focus on leadership skills, the differences between leading and managing, and how to create a high-involvement culture.

Name of event: WTIA November Urban Leadership Series

Date and time: Nov. 18, 7:30-9 a.m.

Place: World Trade Center, 4th Floor, Suite 410

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0811URBAN

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: This series was created as a forum for the technology community, business owners, corporate and government officials to connect over hot topics and common issues that are happening in the Puget Sound region. It will feature some of today’s most dynamic technology and business leaders, as well as government officials who will share their insights on the present and the future of technology, economic, policy, and environmental trends and issues that we need to be aware of to prosper in this technological and global economy that we live in today.

Name of event: Cyber Attack of the Critical Infrastructure — WTIA Dec. Security SIG

Date and time: Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Seattle U., Engineering Building, Room 304

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0812SIGSEC

Description: Presented by Jason Larsen, IOActive.

Name of event: WTIA December Urban Leadership Series

Date and time: Dec. 16, 7:30-9 a.m.

Place: World Trade Center, 4th Floor, Suite 410

Web site: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?id=0812URBAN

Event phone: 206-448-3033

Description: This series was created as a forum for the technology community, business owners, corporate and government officials to connect over hot topics and common issues that are happening in the Puget Sound region. It will feature some of today’s most dynamic technology and business leaders, as well as government officials who will share their insights on the present and the future of technology, economic, policy, and environmental trends and issues that we need to be aware of to prosper in this technological and global economy that we live in today.