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.