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September 11, 2013

North Shore Business Calendar


The Salem News

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Executive Breakfast Forum, 7:15 to 9 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The North Shore Chamber of Commerce forum will feature a “State of the Region Address” by North Shore municipal leaders who will discuss opportunities and challenges facing their communities. 7:15 a.m., networking; 8 to 9 a.m., program. $35/chamber members, $55/nonmembers. Register at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.

Networking Before Nine, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Burton’s Grill, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Leads referral group. Informal, group atmosphere, Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce staff will facilitate introductions. Bring two business cards. One-on-one meeting with another attendee will be arranged before you leave, and members receive copy of participant list for follow-up. $10, free for PACC members, call 978-531-0384 or visit www.peabodychamber.com.

North Shore Technology Council Mix & Mingle Event, 6 to 8 p.m., Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby St., Salem. An evening of making new connections with other business professionals. Free for members, $25 nonmembers. Details and registration at http://nstc.org/programs/upcoming-events/.

Caesars Resort at Suffolk Downs North Shore Vendor Forum, 7 to 9 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W., Salem. Suffolk Downs and Caesars Entertainment have partnered in hopes of building a $1 billion resort casino in Greater Boston. The resort is expected to spend approximately $150 million annually on goods and services from local and regional businesses. Vendor forum for North Shore businesses will provide information on becoming part of the casino’s local business program. Representatives on hand from Caesars’ sourcing and purchasing staff and partners from Caesars properties in other locations. www.friendsofsuffolkdowns.com/events.

Thursday, Sept. 12

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 bjmait@aol.com or call 781-223-3235 for more information. www.northshorenetworking.com.

Marketing Today, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. The marketing landscape has changed with all of the new media channels now available. Hear the updates on branding, communications, public relations, content marketing and social media, and learn how to measure the success. Speakers: Cam Brown, president, King Fish Media; Gordon Plutsky, chief marketing officer, King Fish Media. Free. enterprisectr.org.

After Hours Networking at the Naumkeag Ordinary, 5 to 7 p.m., Naumkeag Ordinary, 118 Washington St., Salem. Join the Salem Chamber of Commerce and Naumkeag Ordinary for After Hours Networking. Free for chamber members, $20 nonmembers. Details and reservations at 978-744-0004 or info@salem-chamber.org.

Friday, Sept. 13

North Shore Business Forum: Volunteerism Helps Business, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Stephen Shea of New York Life will speak about volunteerism and business. $11 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.

North Shore Business Leads Group, 8 to 9:30 a.m., North Shore Chamber of Commerce offices, 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 100, Danvers. Group with many types of businesses focused on marketing for each other, and providing a networking environment where one can build relationships with other professionals. $25 for members. To register, visit www.northshorechamber.org or call 978-774-8565.

Affordable Care Act Information Forum for Local Businesses, 9 to 11 a.m., Holiday Inn, 1 Newbury St., Peabody. The Commonwealth Health Connector and Associated Industries of Massachusetts will host an information forum for businesses in Massachusetts to learn about implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Topics include new premium tax credits, cost sharing subsidies, Medicaid expansion, health insurance taxes, rating factor changes, affordability standards, employer shared responsibility assessments (delayed to 2015) and a federal individual mandate. Event includes presentations from key regulatory agencies. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how the ACA impacts their businesses. www.mahealthconnector.org.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Why People Still Matter in an Online World, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. It’s easier than ever for consumers to be highly educated about a company’s products and services, but with new opportunities and new risks, there’s a need for new rules in sales. Speaker: Stuart Paap, sales and marketing professional. Free. enterprisectr.org.

Lunch & Leads, noon to 1:30 p.m., Burton’s Grill, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors this 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. $17 PACC members, $30 nonmembers. Advance reservations required at www.peabodychamber.com.

2013 Annual Fall Gala Fundraiser, 5 to 8 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Beverly Chamber of Commerce fundraiser features a chance to win $10,000, and dinner, music, cash bar, prizes, live auction and more. Only 199 game tickets will be sold for $125 each. Dinner tickets cost $50. Open to the public. A portion of the proceeds benefit North Shore Elder Services and Harborlight Community Partners. www.beverlychamber.com or 978-232-9559.

Friday, Sept. 20

128 Venture North Breakfast: Making Your Company Investment-Ready, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Getting a company ready for outside funding requires a strong business plan, management team, strategic plan and investor presentation. Hear about Groupize Chief Executive Officer Charles De Gaspe Beaubien’s journey to make his company investment ready. Speakers: Gail Hoffman, Golden Seeds Angel Investment First; Glenn Champagne, DataPoint Ventures; and Charles De Gaspe Beaubien, president and chief executive officer of Groupize.com. Event includes breakfast, informal networking, introduction by attendees, presentation, and question-and-answer session. A printed roster of the meeting’s attendees will be available at the close of the meeting. Ticket range $25 to $35. https://128venturenorthinvestmentready092013.eventbrite.com.

North Shore Business Forum: Time Banks and Your Business, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Nancy Goodman of Cape Ann Time Bank will speak about time banks. $11 admission includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Coffee Connection, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Café, 281 Essex St., Salem. Join the Salem Chamber of Commerce at Life Alive for morning networking. Bring business cards and elevator pitch; attendees will have an opportunity to address the crowd. Free for chamber members, $20 nonmembers. Details and reservations at 978-744-0004 or info@salem-chamber.org.

How to Hire - And Keep - The Right People, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. The process of attracting the right talent, training and then retaining them can be daunting and time-consuming. The workshop answers basic questions: When is the right time to hire? What can you offer? Where do you look, and how much help do you need? It will also address how to introduce new staff members to the culture of one’s company and how to “train to retain” exceptional new talent. Speaker: Ezra Holland, owner, The Holland Group. Free. enterprisectr.org.

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.

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 & 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 bjmait@aol.com or call 781-223-3235 for more information. www.northshorenetworking.com.

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 www.northshorechamber.org 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. enterprisectr.org.

Multi-Chamber 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 www.peabodychamber.com 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. www.nsbforum.org.