2013 North of Boston Business Plan Competition Info Session, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Led by Enterprise Center’s Christine Sullivan and Laura Swanson, session will review guidelines and criteria, offer resources and tips on writing the plan, and answer questions. Free. Applications and full details at enterprisectr.org.
Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Land Computer, 21 Caller St., Peabody. Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce presents event for members and prospective members to meet. Refreshments, door prizes and networking. Free/PACC members, $10/nonmembers. 978-531-0384 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
The Business of Restaurants, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Hear 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 Massachusetts Small Business Development Center. Register at http://enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Mayor’s State of the City Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Holiday Inn-Peabody, 1 Newbury St., Route 1 north. Join more than 150 business owners and leaders for Mayor Ted Bettencourt’s midterm address, when he reflects on his first year in office and his vision and plans for the city. Attendees will gain an understanding of the current business environment and the challenges of managing fiscal responsibility during difficult economic circumstances. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Full breakfast served. $25/chamber members, $35/nonmembers. Advance reservations required at https://secure2.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/dlg/Public_AddReg.jsp?ccid=340&eventid=1524.
Thursday, Jan. 31
What’s Involved in Selling Internationally, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Workshop will discuss how to think through the process of expanding a business into international markets and how to access specific help that’s available. Speakers: Kenneth R. Brown, executive director, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, and Paula Murphy, director, Massachusetts Export Center. The presenters represent two of the commonwealth’s major international trade agencies. Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development. Free. Register at http://enterprisectr.org.