Thursday, Jan. 17
How to Get a Business Loan, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Banking and loan officials discuss what a bank loan entails; how much to ask for; what banks are looking for; required documentation; the difference between a bank loan and an SBA loan; and other sources of non-bank financing. Also, experts will describe to whom they lend money and how. Speakers: Charles Smith, vice president, Small Business Administration specialist, Eastern Bank; and Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, senior loan officer, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. Free. Co-sponsored by the MA Small Business Development Center and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development. Registration and details at http://enterprisectr.org/.
6-Minute Speed Networking, 5 to 7 p.m., Finz Seafood & Grill, 76 Wharf St., Salem. North Shore Chamber of Commerce presents its 6-Minute Speed Networking program. Each attendee will network and meet a participant, one-on-one, for six minutes, then move on to another mini-meeting; participants will meet up to 30 people. Participants can explain their business, professional needs, exchange business cards, and gain referrals. $25/chamber members, $50/nonmembers. All attendees must pre-register online at www.northshorechamber.org or at 978-774-8565. Attendance limited to first 40 registrations due to limited space.
Friday, Jan. 18
Advertising Locally, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. North Shore Business Forum features Huntley Rainville and Bobbie Gates of Danvers Patch speaking about local advertising for small businesses. $10 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
The Business of Restaurants, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Executives from four restaurants share their experience, where they are going, and what advice they have for someone who wants to start a restaurant. Speakers: Rafael Barbosa, marketing manager, FIRE+ICE Restaurants; George Carey, founder, Finz Seafood Restaurant, Salem; Matt O’Neil, chef/owner, The Blue Ox, Lynn; and Jamie Strobino, senior vice president, New Concepts, Uno Restaurants LLC. Free. Co-sponsored by the MA Small Business Development Center. Registration and details at http://enterprisectr.org/.