BackTalk Toastmasters Club meeting, 7 to 9 p.m., Brooksby Village, MacIntosh Building, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. Learn how to speak and communicate with confidence by practicing in a supportive environment. 978-587-3874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
Monday, April 1
Agganis Forum, 6 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. Sidney Hutter will kick off the 2013 series with a presentation on understanding the business of art and the interconnecting roles of artists, galleries and collectors. Hutter is a world-renowned glass sculptor with works on display in both well-known museums and private collections. Free admission. Seating is limited; reservations required at 978-542-2426 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 3
North Shore Chamber of Commerce Executive Breakfast Forum, 7:15 a.m., The Essex Room at Woodman’s, 125 Main St., Essex. Features a panel discussion, “The Creative Economy of the North Shore,” with moderator Dr. Stephen Immerman of Montserrat College of Art and panelists Tom Dusenberry, Dusenberry Entertainment; Paul VanNess, VanNess Creative; and Helena Fruscio, Creative Economy industry director. The Creative Economy is a comprehensive analysis of the new economy, based on creative people, creative industries and creative cities. It starts with each person’s individual creativity and explores self-identity, art, business, society and global development. Networking begins at 7:15 a.m. 978-774-8565 or https://www.northshorechamber.org/secure/new_register_breakfast.html.
Thursday, April 4
“Your Business Plan Soup to Nuts,” 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Learn an easy approach to developing a business plan to manage all aspects of business, including marketing, finance, operations, personnel and overall strategy. Existing business owners and pre-ventures will learn to test the feasibility of a new company or a new direction and discover how to use their plan to raise capital. Participants will receive a copy of the SBDC Business Planning Guide. Speaker: Paul Shaugnessy of Lincoln Consulting Group. Free. Register at http://enterprisectr.org.