Thursday, April 5
Leadership: Focus on Developing Talent, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Learn why leaders need to create active awareness of how they can better understand and address employees' needs, achievements and developmental gaps; doing so translates into more productive and satisfied employees, and generates a pipeline of leadership talent and accelerated results for one's company. Speaker: Deirdre Sartorelli, president of Rogue Wave Advisors. $10/person. www.enterprisectr.org.
Monday, April 9
North of Boston Business Plan Competition Finale, 3 to 6 p.m., Recital Hall, Bertolon School of Business, Salem State University, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. See the best emerging companies of the region. The competition concludes when the three finalists present their business plans before the expert panel of judges, investors and guests. Meet the competitors, judges and investors, and network with other companies. Public welcome to presentations and reception that follows. Free. www.enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, April 11
Business of the Arts: Successful Entrepreneurship for Artists, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Workshop will offer advice on how to get started in business and some important factors to consider; discussion will cover strategies for maintaining a successful venture for the long haul and effective low-budget methods of marketing and branding. Get insights, tips and tools specifically for artist entrepreneurs. Speaker: Andy Bablo, founder and consultant at Consultants Business Academy. Free. www.enterprisectr.org.
Happy Clam Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Happy Clam Seafood Cafe, 407 Cabot St., Beverly. Free for Beverly Chamber of Commerce members, $20 nonmembers. Reserve a spot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., GraVoc Associates, 81 Main St., Peabody. Free to Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce members, $10 nonmembers. Networking event with light refreshments and raffles. Register at www.peabodychamber.com. 978-531-0384.
North Shore Technology Council Networking Event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pizzeria Uno, 970 Paradise Road, Swampscott. Networking event for executives, business professionals, owners and development people interested in expanding their network and making new business connections. Light fare and cash bar. Free for members, $25 nonmembers. Register at www.nstc.org. Online registration closes on April 9.
Thursday, April 12
Negotiating Skills for Success, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Introduction to the core factors in all kinds of negotiation will address how to prepare, understand what's really being negotiated and develop the confidence to negotiate. Speaker: Steve Cohen, president of The Negotiation Skills Company. Free. www.enterprisectr.org.
2012 Taste of Success, 6 to 9 p.m., Willowdale Estate, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield. North Shore Women in Business presents annual fundraiser, featuring networking, socializing, food tastings from North Shore's restaurants, wine tasting led by experts from The Wine Cellar in Danvers, raffle baskets and silent auctions. Proceeds support The Sue DeVries Cancer Foundation of North Shore and the Lesley Fox Denney Memorial Scholarship Fund, dedicated to the longtime member who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. $49/person. Register at Info@NSWIB.org.
Success Panel Program, 6:45 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Homebased Businesswomen's Network annual program features four North Shore businesswomen who will share stories and offer insights into what has helped them overcome challenges and succeed. Speakers: Maureen Campaiola, LaQue Duran, Sivan Silverman Sergott and Roberta Shaw. Members and guests invited. Free for HBN members, $10 for guests at the door. www.h-b-n.org.
Friday, April 13
Develop Negotiation Skills, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Attorney Thomas Taranto will speak at the North Shore Business Forum on how to develop negotiation skills. $10 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Gloucester Crossing Ribbon-Cutting, 10 a.m., 9 Mill St., Beverly. Beverly's Gloucester Crossing community will celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Holcroft Park Homes development and the beginning of the second and final phase with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking. email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 18
Beverly Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Bright Horizons, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 145G, Beverly. Includes networking and viewing of the recently remodeled preschool center. Free for Beverly Chamber members, $20 for nonmembers. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 20
You Charge How Much?, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Ruth Sheets of Ducks in a Row will speak at the North Shore Business Forum on how to price products and services. $10 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Tuesday, April 24
Retirement Plan Secrets for Small Business Owners, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Explore retirement options available to a small-business owner and learn the pros and cons of each. Greg Stevens, certified financial planner and chartered retirement plan specialist at Cabot Money Management. Free. www.enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, April 25
Centennial Celebration and Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Chamber's centennial celebration of its inception and honoring the chamber's centennial companies and organizations. Event includes Celebrate Salem Awards Ceremony, dinner, award presentation and Champagne toast. Black tie optional. $125 per person. Reserve a spot and purchase tickets at http://salem-chamber.org/awards-dinner-46.html.
Thursday, April 26
Pricing Your Products and Services, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Learn about pricing concepts; the role of pricing in a company's strategy; and an easy four-step process to determine pricing for services or products on the basis of costs, customer goals, trends and competition. Speaker: Jane Johnson, certified business exit consultant, partner B2B CFO Inc. Free. www.enterprisectr.org.
All County Select: Property Management Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, 4:30 to 6 p.m., 100 Cummings Center, Suite 434JJ, Beverly. Food and refreshments available. Free for Beverly Chamber of Commerce members, $20 nonmembers. Register at email@example.com.
Friday, April 27
128 Venture North: How much Money is Too Much, or Too Little? 7:30 to 10 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Investors will talk about how to figure out the appropriate amount to ask for from investors, how to make the "ask," what kinds of materials to present, and the upsides and downsides of asking for too much... or too little. Admission $25 to $35 depending on business position. www.enterprisecenter.org, 978-542-7528.
Bring a New Product to Market, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Marc Cooper of Imagination Products will speak at the North Shore Business Forum on inventing, developing, manufacturing and selling a new product. $10 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Tuesday, May 1
Online Surveys: Easy, Cheap and Incredibly Useful, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Online surveys and other data-gathering tools can help businesses understand their customers. Speaker: Anne Danehy, president of Strategic Opinion Research. Free. enterprisecenter.org.