Lunch & Leads, noon to 1:30 p.m., Maki Sushi Bar, 43 Main St., Peabody. Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce 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. Lauren Bodenski of JuicePlus+ will discuss how to ‘lighten up.’ $17/PACC members, $30/ nonmembers. Advance reservations required at www.peabodychamber.com.
Backtalk Toastmasters Club, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. MacIntosh Building, music room, second floor. Public speaking with a friendly and supportive group. For information, email email@example.com.
Thursday, May 29
The Power of Positivity, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. New research shows that work environments filled with positive elements like optimism and gratitude aren’t simply “nicer” places to work, they produce higher levels of success with customers, suppliers, partners, employees and even higher profitability. Workshop will look at demonstrated, research-based techniques for harnessing the power of positivity to help people and their co-workers be more successful. Speaker: Karen Barth, managing director, Positive Pathways Consulting. Free. Register at www.enterprisectr.org.
Tuesday, June 3
Planning for Successful Business Ownership Transitions, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Transitions may include selling a company to management or employees, bringing in an outside investor or selling to a third party. With good planning, they help the owner increase wealth, preserve their life’s work, minimize taxes and manage family business issues. Speaker: Jane Johnson, Richardson-Mauro & Johnson, Inc. Free. Register at www.enterprisectr.org.
Friday, June 6
Raising Money from Friends and Family: How to Do it Right, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. When young companies start out, they often turn to friends and family for seed money. But this access to critically needed cash can become complicated and cripple a company’s efforts to raise money later on. Learn about early sources of funding, from both traditional and nontraditional sources, how to do it right, and the crucial pitfalls to avoid. Speaker: Mary Beth Kerrigan, partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. $25 entrepreneurs and management candidates; $35 service providers and investors. Register at www.enterprisectr.org.