, Salem, MA

September 25, 2013

Business calendar

The Salem News

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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

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 or 978-232-9559. Visit 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.

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 or call 781-223-3235 for more information.

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 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’ options, including how to take advantage of potential tax breaks. Speaker: Jeffrey A. Ursprung, senior vice president, William Gallagher Associates. Free.

Multichamber 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 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.

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.

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 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 or 978-232-9559. Visit for details.