“Business Insurance: What Kind and How Much Do I Need,” 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Learn how to protect a business and personal assets, and how to select the right plan to manage potential risks and contract needs. Workshop will cover property, liability, workers’ compensation, vehicle and other commercial insurance products. Speaker: Marc Slafsky, vice president and insurance broker, Salem Five New England Heritage Insurance. Free. http://businessinsurance121312.eventbrite.com/#.
Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m., Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce office, 24 Main St., Peabody. To set an agenda for 2013 and identify areas of focus/concern that are important to membership and the business community. Free admission. Meeting is open to Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce members. Register at https://secure2.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/dlg/Public_AddReg.jsp?ccid=340&eventid=1406.
Holiday Networking Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Acapulcos, 900 Cummings Center, 101T, Beverly. Hosted by North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Network with business leaders and enjoy appetizers, drinks and music. Bring a nonperishable food item for chamber’s Holiday Food Drive to be donated to the Salvation Army. Free, but registration is required at 978-774-8565 or www.northshorechamber.org/secure/register_free_receptions_12.html.
BackTalk Toastmasters Club, 7 to 9 p.m., Brooksby Village, MacIntosh Building, music room on second floor, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. In a supportive environment, learn how to become a desired speaker and leader and how to communicate with confidence. 978-587-3874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Friday, Dec. 14
North Shore Business Forum: Tax Review, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Certified public accountants David Bateman of Marblehead, Julia Tiernan of Peabody, Lark Bolduc of Danvers and Herb Harris of Peabody’s Padgett Business Services in a expert accounting panel to answer questions regarding taxes. $10 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Lunch & Leads, noon to 1:30 p.m., Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, Route 1 north, Peabody. Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce’s event features lunch at a member restaurant and networking with fellow chamber members. Attendees should be prepared to share a 60-second elevator pitch and information about their business; bring business cards. Each registered attendee receives the participant list with contact names and addresses. Door prizes. $17/PACC members, $30/nonmembers. www.peabodychamber.com.