Thursday, March 29
Coffee Connection, 7:30 to 9 a.m., The Picklepot, 75 Wharf St., Salem. A morning of networking. Free for Salem Chamber members, $20 nonmembers. Register at 978-744-0004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New 401(k) Legislation, 7:45 to 9:30 a.m., North Shore Chamber of Commerce, 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 100, Danvers. Human Resource Professionals Roundtable will discuss the new set of obligations in 401(k) compliance, which take effect for plan years beginning April 1. Cliff Watkin of Ipswich Bay Advisors will provide a review of the law and compliance requirements for employers. Register at 978-774-8565.
Pitfalls, Perils and Triumphs of Being a Young Entrepreneur, 5 to 7 p.m., Enterprise Center, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Three young entrepreneurs will share their stories of failure and success. Wine and beer provided. Free. Register at www.enterprisecenter.org or 978-542-7528.
Tuesday, April 3
The Business of Consulting, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Listen to seasoned practitioners talk about the pros and cons of a consulting business, and what it takes to get started and to succeed. Get a better idea of whether consulting is a possibility. Speakers: Ruth Gerath, founder and consultant, Consultants Business Academy; Richard Langevin, president and consultant, Langevin Management Advisors; and Jeff Bard, owner, Bard Direct Marketing. Free. www.enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, April 4
North Shore Chamber of Commerce: Executive Breakfast Forum, 7:15 to 9 a.m., CoCo Key Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Breakfast will feature Regional Energy Forum moderated by William Penney, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, and includes a talk by Marci Reed, National Grid; Tom Kiley, Northeast Gas Association; Rep. John Keenan; and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. Networking, 7:15 a.m.; program, 8 to 9 a.m. $35/North Shore Chamber of Commerce members, $55/nonmembers. Register at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.
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. 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.
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 or 978-531-0384.
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.
Wednesday, April 18
Beverly Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Bright Horizons, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 145G, Beverly. After Hours event includes networking and viewing of the recently remodeled preschool center. Free for Beverly Chamber members, $20 for nonmembers. Register at email@example.com.
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.
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 or 978-542-7528.
Bringing 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.
Thursday, April 28
North Shore Chamber of Commerce: Human Resource Professionals Meeting, 7:45 to 9 a.m., North Shore Chamber office, 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 100, Danvers. H. Cliff Watkin, partner at Ipswich Bay Advisors, speaks on the new 401(k) legislation taking effect Aug. 31. Register at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.