Thursday, Sept. 19
Why People Still Matter in an Online World, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. It’s easier than ever for consumers to be highly educated about a business’s products and services, but with new opportunities and new risks, there’s a need for new rules in sales. Speaker: Stuart Paap, sales and marketing professional. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Lunch & Leads, noon to 1:30 p.m., Burton’s Grill, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event for attendees to sample the menu of a member restaurant and meet with other chamber members. Come prepared to share a 60-second elevator pitch. $17 PACC members, $30 nonmembers. Advance reservations required at www.peabodychamber.com.
2013 Annual Fall Gala Fundraiser, 5 to 8 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Beverly Chamber of Commerce fundraiser features a chance to win $10,000, and dinner, music, cash bar, prizes, live auction and more. Only 199 game tickets will be sold for $125 each. Dinner tickets cost $50. Open to the public. A portion of the proceeds benefit North Shore Elder Services and Harborlight Community Partners. www.beverlychamber.com or 978-232-9559.
Friday, Sept. 20
128 Venture North Breakfast: Making Your Company Investment-Ready, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Getting a company ready for outside funding requires a strong business plan, management team, strategic plan and investor presentation. Hear about Groupize Chief Executive Officer Charles De Gaspe Beaubien’s journey to make his company investment ready. Speakers: Gail Hoffman, Golden Seeds Angel Investment First; Glenn Champagne, DataPoint Ventures; and Charles De Gaspe Beaubien, president and chief executive officer of Groupize.com. Event includes breakfast, informal networking, introduction by attendees, presentation, and question-and-answer session. A printed roster of the meeting’s attendees will be available at the close of the meeting. Ticket range $25 to $35. https://128venturenorthinvestmentready092013.eventbrite.com.
North Shore Business Forum: Time Banks and Your Business, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Nancy Goodman of Cape Ann Time Bank will speak about time banks. $11 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Coffee Connection, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Café, 281 Essex St., Salem. Join the Salem Chamber of Commerce at Life Alive for morning networking. Bring business cards and elevator pitch; attendees will have an opportunity to address the crowd. Free for chamber members, $20 nonmembers. Details and reservations at 978-744-0004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Hire - nd Keep - The Right People, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. The process of attracting the right talent, training and then retaining them can be daunting and time-consuming. The workshop answers basic questions: When is the right time to hire? What can you offer? Where do you look, and how much help do you need? It will also address how to introduce new staff members to the culture of one’s company and how to “train to retain” exceptional new talent. Speaker: Ezra Holland, owner, The Holland Group. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
North Shore Technology Council: STEM Garden Institute, 7 to 9 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Learn about the STEM Garden Institute, a nonprofit program that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills through hydroponic gardening. Speakers: STEM Garden Institute co-founders Janet and Gerry Lorden; Dr. Michael Barnett, Lynch School of Education at Boston College. 7 a.m., networking and continental breakfast; 8:15 a.m. program begins. $25 NSTC members, $50 nonmembers. Register at www.nstc.org.
Ribbon cutting: Wicked Art Bar, 4:30 to 6 p.m., 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. Mayor Scanlon and the Beverly Chamber of Commerce will welcome Renee Gagnon and her new business, Wicked Art Bar, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food, drinks and art. Event includes networking and a door prize. Reserve a spot at email@example.com or 978-232-9559. Visit www.beverlychamber.com for details.
Business After Hours at North Shore Bank, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., North Shore Bank, 32 Main St., Peabody. Join the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and North Shore Bank for a Business After Hours event, which includes networking, snacks and drinks, door prizes and more. Free to PACC members, $10 nonmembers. 978-531-0384.
Crowdfunding: A New Way to Finance Your Business, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Learn more about crowdfunding and why it is popular. Find out if there are hidden pitfalls and if it works for everyone, then hear a firsthand report on the “CinemaSalem Miracle,” a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $68,000 to enable the local theater to convert to a new digital cinema system. Hear about the positives, the negatives and the lessons learned. Speakers: Michael Durwin, interactive creator director & digital media strategist; Paul Van Ness, owner, Cinema Salem. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Thursday, Sept. 26
North Shore Networking Association meeting, 8 a.m., Beverly Cooperative Bank, Community Room, 73 Lafayette St., Salem. The association’s Salem chapter invites local business people interested in growing their businesses to join a business networking group that meets once a week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-223-3235 for more information. www.northshorenetworking.com.
Affordable Care Act seminar, 8 to 9:30 a.m., North Shore Chamber of Commerce, 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers. North Shore Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar, featuring Michael Ward and Darren Ambler from Insight Performance, on the Affordable Care Act for businesses. $25 chamber members, $50 nonmembers. Register at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.
What Small Businesses Need to Know About the New Health Care Law, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and a small business’s options, including how to take advantage of potential tax breaks. Speaker: Jeffrey A. Ursprung, senior vice president, William Gallagher Associates. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Multi-Chamber Business Expo and Job Fair, 4 to 8 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Holiday Inn Boston-Peabody, 1 Newbury St., Peabody. Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce and the Commerce Network will host the annual Business Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. New this year is a job fair, sponsored by North Shore Career Center, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the adjacent Centennial Ballroom. The expo, job fair and cocktail hour provide exhibitors and attendees an opportunity to build relationships while sharing and networking face to face. For details or to participate, visit www.peabodychamber.com or call 978-531-0384.
Friday, Sept. 27
North Shore Business Forum: Make Procrastination Work For You, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Amy Falk of Syndala Coaching will discuss the benefits of procrastination. $11 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
How to Improve Your People Skills for Greater Success, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. All businesses are based on relationships in one way or another, whether interacting with customers, employees, suppliers or lenders. Interactive workshop offers strategies to improve people skills and be a more effective communicator and leader. Speaker: Carrie Stack, founder, Say Yes Institute, author of “The Dream Boss: Powerful, Positive, Professional.” Free. enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Executive Breakfast Forum, 7:15 to 9 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. The North Shore Chamber of Commerce forum will feature a talk by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump. Networking begins at 7:15 a.m., followed by the program from 8 to 9 a.m. $35 chamber members, $55 nonmembers. Details and registration at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.
After hours at Brightview, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Brightview of Danvers, 50 Endicott St., Danvers. Join the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Brightview for a networking event with food, door prizes and beer and wine. Reserve a spot at email@example.com or 978-232-9559. Visit www.beverlychamber.com for details.