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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and 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 email@example.com or call 781-223-3235 for more information. www.northshorenetworking.com.