Name of event: Bellevue Chamber March Business Lunch Date and time: March 20, noon-1:30 p.m. Place: Embassy Suites Hotel Cost: $35 members...

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Name of event: Bellevue Chamber March Business Lunch

Date and time: March 20, noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: Embassy Suites Hotel

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

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Sandy Melzer, senior vice president for strategic planning and business development at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, will discuss Children’s expansion initiatives in Seattle and Bellevue.

Name of event: Book Publishers NW: Powerful E-mails

Date and time: March 20, 4-6 p.m.

Place: Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N., Room 221, Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.bpnw.org

Description: Marketing through e-mail can be an effective and cheap tool in a publisher’s marketing bag of tricks. But how can you get the most bang for your buck and avoid having your message lost in your customer’s in-box?

Name of event: MIT Enterprise Forum: Let’s Make a Deal

Date and time: March 20, 5 p.m.

Place: Hyatt Regency, Bellevue

Cost: $48-$60, dinner included

Web site: http://www.culturemob.com/events/111530-mit-enterprise-forum-lets-make-a-deal-wa-bellevue-eastside-98004-hyatt-regency

Description: What makes some companies acquisition targets while others never draw any interest? Join us for dinner as the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest hosts a panel of seasoned executives who will provide insight and lessons learned from both buying and selling companies.

Name of event: How ‘Following Your Passion’ Can Lead to Mistakes in Starting a Business

Date and time: March 20, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Central Branch, Seattle Public Library, 9th floor conference room

Cost: Free

Web site: www.TheEsource.com/jpullen

Event phone: 206-324-1185

Learn what to do to avoid mistakes in starting a business Space is limited call to reserve a place

Name of event: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Luncheon

Date and time: March 20, 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Place: Maggiano’s Little Italy

Cost: Members, $39.95; nonmembers $50; after March 18, $65

Web site: www.ewomennetwork.com

Event phone: 435-444-5063

Description: Speaker Carol Carini, founder and owner of Billabong Studios and Billabong-TV.com, will discuss how using video on the Internet to spread the word about your business can be a powerful tool when used correctly.

Name of event: Meet Microsoft Dynamics AX

Date and time: March 21, 8:30 a.m.

Place: Microsoft Bellevue Civica Office

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=124978

Description: Designed for growing and midsize companies, Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Microsoft Axapta) is a multilanguage, multicurrency enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. With core strengths in manufacturing and e-business, there is an additional strong functionality for the wholesale and services industries. Come learn about AX and see the new 2009 version.

Name of event: Live it Up Without Outliving Your Money

Date and time: March 22, 9 a.m.-noon.

Place: Bellevue Hyatt Regency

Cost: Free

Web site: www.merrimanberkmannext.com

Description: This workshop will show you how to build a well-balanced portfolio that has the potential to increase your retirement wealth and keep risk in check.

Name of event: Lunch & Learn: Action Selling

Date and time: March 24, noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: ActionCOACH Seattle Office

Cost: $199

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

Description: In this boiled-down workshop, you will be guided through the simple Action Selling process, including the five critical selling skills and tips for cultivating professional relationships. Lunch & Learn is a monthly hands-on workshop for local business owners, presented by Isabella McPeak of coaching firm ActionCOACH.

Name of event: Sell Your Service Using the Web: A 5-Tiered Plan

Date and time: March 25, 6:30-9 p.m.

Place: Rainier Square Conference Center, 1215 Fourth Ave., Seattle

Cost: $18; online registration required in advance

Web site: https://biznik.com/events/2008/3/25/sell-your-service-using-the-web-a-5tiered-plan

Description: Learn how to build your business using the Web. Includes tips and tools to get you noticed, build your reputation and drive traffic to your site.

Name of event: Tribal Sovereignty Workshop

Date and time: March 25, 9 a.m.-noon

Place: Washington State Historical Society, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Cost: Free

Web site: http://www.goia.wa.gov/

Event phone: 360-570-6048

Description: Indian treaties signed in the 1850s continue to affect how businesses interact with the 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington. This workshop sponsored by the state and the Association of Washington Business will explain the laws governing dealing with Indian tribes in the 21st century.

Name of event: NW Biodiesel Network Monthly Meeting

Date and time: March 25, 7-9 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Web site: http://nwbiodiesel.org/

Description: Learn the latest about biodiesel compatible vehicles, what’s coming and when. Find out the latest about car manufacturers’ acceptance of biodiesel. After years of waiting, new diesel cars and trucks are beginning to enter the market. Learn what it means to you and your business.

Name of event: Seattle chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers: New Organizer Training

Date and time: March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: California Closets in Bellevue

Web site: www.itssimplyplaced.com

Description: Strengthen the foundation of your organizing business. Listen to and ask questions of a panel of three seasoned professional organizers who share their wisdom on the first stages of a professional organizing business. This training is ideal for new organizers and those thinking of becoming organizers.

Name of event: Moving Beyond the Sales Portal Capturing Mindshare in a Web 2.0 World

Date and time: March 25, 10 a.m.

Place: Call in Webinar

Cost: Free

Web site: www.savogroup.com

Description: Join Jeff Summers, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of SAVO, for a discussion of the latest sales enablement trends, sales force best practices, Web 2.0 technologies and businesspractices that are driving significant improvements in sales productivity. Register here: https://savoevents.webex.com/savoevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=664757276

Name of event: Women Embracing Change: “Act Don’t React” seminar

Event Date and time: March 25, 6-9:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $65

Web site: www.womenembracingchangeseminars.com

Event phone: 206-384-1890

Description: With a portion of the proceeds benefiting Washington Women’s Employment and Education (WWEE), this event is planned as an evening of interactive learning and friendly mingling. The four presentations are: “Osteoporosis the Villain of Every Woman Over 35,” by Bellevue naturopathic physician Jean Lawler; “Managing the Risk of an Income Shortfall in Retirement,” by guest speaker and Merrill Lynch financial adviser Elaine Chan; “How to Tell When You’re Successful,” by Kirkland-based career expert Karen Burns; and “What You Notice Matters!” by Seattle author and inspirational speaker Melissa Wadsworth.

Name of event: Women in Business Forum

Date and time: March 26, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: Meydenbauer Center

Cost: $95 member; $125 nonmember

Web site: www.bellevuechamber.org

Event phone: 425-213-1205

Description: This half-day forum features keynote speakers Mona Locke, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound; and Bea Fields, president of the Bea Fields Co. This networking opportunity includes breakfast, lunch, exhibitor tables and breakout sessions.

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: Seattle Graphic Artists Guild, March 2008 Workshop

Date and time: March 26,11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Place: Rock Salt Steaks and Seafood on Lake Union

Cost: Prepaid nonmembers: $35. Must RSVP using PayPal on the Guild Web site by Friday before the workshop for reserved price.

Web site: http://seattleguild.org/events.html

Description: Erik Fadiman will present an inside look at Web design and demonstrate how to make the most of your Web presence without learning all that technical stuff. Fadiman is a freelance graphic designer working in Seattle. His business services include branding, corporate identity, marketing collateral, Web standards, interactive media, packaging and advertising.

Name of event: ASWA Seattle dinner meeting

Date and time: March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Rainier Golf & Country Club, 11133 Des Moines Memorial Drive S., Seattle.

Cost: $29-$34.

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

Event phone: 206-467-8645

Description: Linda Criddle of Lookbothways Online Safety Consulting will give a presentation on “Internet Safety: How Online Risks Occur and How to Minimize Them.” Register at 206-467-8645 or visit http://aswaseattle.org/calendar.cfm by March 20, 5 p.m.

Name of event: Defining Products That Customers Love: Lessons from Game Designers

Date and time: March 26, 6-8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $55; $10 discount when registering online by March 24

Web site: www.pmcnw.org

Description: Effective product managers know how to develop product requirements that solve a key problem for their target customers. But how do you design, market and sell a product that customers actually want to use in their free time? Join us for this session, when we’ll look to the games industry for practices that we can apply to defining market-dominating technology and life sciences products. You’ll meet a panel of expert speakers who will share their tips on: finding out what the customer really wants from a game; translating those wants into documented requirements that the product development team can use; and validating that the game will succeed in the market. .

Name of event: Women Business Owners Power Lunch

Date and time: March 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Cost: Members $31 or $41 after March 25; nonmembers $46/$56

Web site: www.womenbusinessowners.org

Event phone: 206-575-3232

Description: Speaker Patti Dobrowolski, of Alchemy The Art of Transforming Business, discusses “The Magic of Change.”

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: Actionable Steps for Achieving Career Success

Date and time: March 29, 10 a.m.

Place: The University of Washington Womens Center; University of Washington Seattle Campus, Cunningham Hall

Web site: http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/index.shtml

Event phone: 206-685-1090

Description: Lisa Quast, author and founder of Career Woman, and the UW Women’s Resource Center have paired up to offer this four-hour brown bag seminar. It will teach attendees how to apply the business principle of strategic planning to themselves to create a personal strategic plan for achieving career success. Lisa Quast will engage the audience in an interactive presentation based on her book “Your Career, Your Way.”

Name of event: Business Development Training Orientation

Date and time: April 1 and 3, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Washington CASH, 2100 24th Aves S., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: www.washingtoncash.org

Event phone: 206-352-1945

Description: Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self-Help) offers a 10-week Business Development Training workshop to teach the skills needed to start a small business. Subjects covered include money management, business concepts, cash flow, pricing, marketing and financial statements.

Name of event: Issues Effecting the Changing Washington Housing, Real Estate & Contracting Industries

Date and time: April 2, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: Unigard Insurance, 15805 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue

Cost: $60 for CPCU, $75 non-CPCU

Web site: http://pacificnorthwest.cpcusociety.org/

Event phone: Carla Pittman 206-628-7276

Description: This seminar is hosted by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Casualty & Property Insurance Underwriters. It will present an examination of condominium risk management, contractor liability, and new laws and regulations facing those who buy, remodel and flip houses in the Washington market

Name of event: NSA Northwest chapter meeting

Date and time: April 5, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: Mezza Cafe, Starbucks Headquarters Building, 3rd Floor, Seattle

Web site: www.nsanorthwest.org

Event phone: 425-458-5771

Description: Patricia Fripp, the first woman president of the National Speakers Association, will speak on “Good to Great: How to Go from Simple to Scintillatingly Superb”

Name of event: Biodiesel Homebrewing

Date and time: April 5, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $65 public; $60 PNA members

Web site: http://phinneycenter.org/programs/wh_classes.shtml

Event phone: 206-783-2244

Description: An introduction to biodiesel with hands-on experience for those interested in making biodiesel from waste restaurant oil. Learn the chemistry and tricks of making quality biodiesel by making small batches and experimenting with different vegetable oils, catalysts and pH indicators. Various reactor designs are presented, including the “Appleseed” and also BioPro automated processors, followed by a visit to a nearby home reactor. Instructor (www.biolyle.com) makes his own fuel.

Name of event: Driving Product Success: Full-Day Workshop

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

Place: 15355 S.E. 30th Place, Bellevue

Cost: $595; $100 discount when registering by March 24.

Web site: www.pivotalpm.com

Description: This workshop is a hands-on, practical look at strategies that market-dominating technology companies use to drive profit margins, product leadership and higher company valuations. Silicon Valley-based Chasm Institute joins forces with NW firm Pivotal Product Management, delivering a combination of product strategies from “Geoffrey Moores Crossing the Chasm” book series and proven product management methods. Participants will leave with new insights on leading their companies to master current market challengesFor more info or to register: email info@pivotalpm.com.

Name of event: Global Business Research class

Date and time: April 8-June 17 (Tuesdays), 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Place: Edmonds Community College

Cost: $3,100, plus tuition

Web site: http://mgmt.edcc.edu

Event phone: 425-640-1637

Description: A nine-day trip to England and Ireland as part of a Global Business Research class (Management 255) at Edmonds Community College. Learn about international trade, its impact on U.S. markets and the importance of diversity in global business strategy. Research and analyze global business opportunities, enterprises and environments. The class may be take as an elective as part of a two-year business degree. Email globalbusiness@edcc.edu

Name of event: Women’s Business Exchange Networking Breakfast

Date and time: April 10

Place: Washington Athletic Club

Cost: See Web site

Web site: www.wbex.org

Description: The speaker is Assunta Ng, publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post, and founder of two nonprofit organizations: Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation and Women of Color Empowered. Her topic is: “Insights of a Newspaper Publisher on Passion, Leadership and Networking”

Name of event: The Keys to Error-Free Writing

Date and time: April 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Place: UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Cost: $295

Web site: http://syntaxtraining.com/PDF/Keys_041108.pdf

Event phone: 206-782-8410

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

Name of event: 2008 Public Safety Job Fair

Date and time: April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: 3101 111th St. SW, Bay P, Everett

Cost: Free

Web site: www.nationalrecruitingnetwork.com

Event phone: 425-423-9922

Description: This Public Safety Job Fair is for police, fire, emergency communications and corrections workers. More than 30 Puget Sound area departments will be attending looking for qualified applicants.

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.

Name of event: Open House Business Expo

Date and time: April 15, 1-2:30 p.m.

Place: Galliano’s, 16435 Military Road S., Seattle

Cost: $25 includes lunch and display area

Web site: http://smallbiz.meetup.com/556/

Event phone: 206-241-5300

Description: The Open House Business Expo, sponsored by Seattle Professional Referral Organization (Seattle PROS), is intended for small independent business owners and professionals. Business strategist Maria Marsala will speak on “7 Ways to Recession Proof Your Business.” Expo price includes lunch and display area for marketing collateral. Each guest receives a 12 inch by 12 inch area and members a 3 foot x 3 foot display area for marketing collateral. To guarantee a display area, preregister and set up your display area between 12:30 and 12:50 p.m. Registration mandatory: Call Sharon at 206-241-5300

Name of event: Social Networking, Business Benefits

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

Place: Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle

Cost: $60 general, $50 AWC members, $40 students

Web site: www.seattleawc.org

Event phone: 206-654-2929

Description: Learn how to strengthen contacts, foster relationships and boost your business success using networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn. Registration includes light breakfast. Register by April 7 at awcseattle@verizon.net or 206-654-2929.

Name of event: State of the Labor Market, Seattle SHRM

Date and time: April 17, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Place: Washington Athletic Club, 1325 6th Ave., Seattle

Cost: Seattle SHRM member $30; nonmember $40; student $15

Web site: www.shrm-seattle.com

Description: Richard J. Holden, regional commissioner, Pacific region, for the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, will speak on “State of the Labor Market: Now and the Future” at the April meeting of the Seattle Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Name of event: Introducing the Power of TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic)

Date and time: April 18, 9-4 p.m.

Place: Shilshole Bay Club

Cost: $150

Web site: www.powerofted.com

Event phone: 206-780-0994

Description: Join author David Emerald for this one-day seminar on TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic), a recipe for change that will help you take control of your life personally and professionally. TED* provides a framework that helps individuals, families, groups, and organizations move away from the drama dynamic and into The Empowerment Dynamic.

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

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

Place: Nancy Juetten’s Bellevue office, 5101 Somerset Drive S.E.

Cost: $297

Web site: www.publici-tea.com

Event phone: 425-641-5214

Description: Nancy S. Juetten, a publicist, Puget Sound Business Journal columnist, and author of the Media-Savvy-to-Go Publicity Toolkit will share nitty-gritty advice about do-it-yourself public relations in the Puget Sound region and beyond.

Name of event: LinuxFest Northwest

Date and time: April 26-27

Place: Bellingham Technical College

Cost: Free

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

Description: LinuxFest Northwest provides a range of educational and networking opportunities for techies, business users, and novices — anyone who wants to know more about the advantages of open source software and its applications.

Name of event: Lunch & Learn: ActionCOACH Hiring System

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

Place: ActionCOACH Seattle Office

Cost: $199

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

Description: This is a once-a-year opportunity to learn how to hire for success. Lunch & Learn is a monthly hands-on workshop for local business owners, presented by your Isabella McPeak of coaching firm ActionCOACH. Lunch will be served

Name of event: Major Gifts Seminar & Benevon Alumni Panel

Date and time: May 2, 9-noon.

Place: University Heights Center, 5031 University Way N.E., Seattle

Cost: Free

Web site: http://sforce.benevon.com/intros/western.htm

Event phone: 206-709-9400

Description: Join us for this special major gifts seminar and panel representing Seattle-area organizations that have successfully implemented the Benevon Model to embark on the path to financial sustainability. This program is designed to empower all nonprofits to get off the treadmill of annual fundraising.

Name of event: Technology Alliance/State of Technology luncheon

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

Place: The Westin Seattle

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

Web site: www.technology-alliance.com

Event phone: 206-389-7261

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

Name of event: BusinessRICH: Two-day Foundation Workshop

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

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

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

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

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

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

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

Place: UW Bank of America Executive Education Center

Cost: $1,650

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

Event phone: 206-543-8560

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

Name of event: Better Business Writing

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

Place: Yarrow Bay Office Park, Kirkland

Cost: $395

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

Event phone: 206-782-8410

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

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

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

Place: ActionCOACH Seattle Office

Cost: $199

Web site: www.actioncoachseattle.com

Event phone: 206-352-0600

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

Name of event: 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: 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.