Friday, Jan. 4
North Shore Business Forum: Kickoff Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. $20 admission. Reservations must be made prior to Dec. 28 at 978-777-6127. www.nsbforum.org.
Saturday, Jan. 5
“Fact or Fiction: Estate Planning Demystified,” 10 a.m. to noon, Beverly Chamber of Commerce, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 107K. Learn how advance planning can help protect assets for the future. Attorney Julie Low will explain estate-planning documents, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, living trusts, health care proxies, and durable power of attorney. Space is limited; registration required at www.lawofficeofjulielow.com or 978-922-8800.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Starting a Business: What You Need to Know, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Attendees can assess their entrepreneurship potential while getting an overview of the marketing, financial and operations issues involved in starting a business. Speaker: Paul Shaughnessy, owner of Lincoln Consulting Group. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center. Free. Registration at http://enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Executive Breakfast Forum, 7:15 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. North Shore Chamber of Commerce presents “Update on the Affordable Care Act and What Lies Ahead for North Shore Medical Center and Lahey Clinic.” Attendees will learn how their businesses and health care plans will be affected by the Affordable Care Act and its current and new tax provisions. Speakers: Robert Norton, president and CEO, North Shore Medical Center, and Dr. Howard Grant, president and CEO, Lahey Clinic. 978-774-8565 or www.northshorechamber.org.
Networking B4 Nine, 7:30 to 8 a.m., Burtons Grill, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Leads referral group within the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce provides an informal group atmosphere for attendees to share who makes a good referral for them. Bring two business cards. Also, a one-on-one meeting with another attendee will be arranged, and members will receive a copy of the participant list to help follow up and build network of referrals. Registration and continental breakfast, 7:30 a.m.; formal networking and presentation, 8 a.m. Free/PACC members, $10/nonmembers. Register at https://secure2.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/dlg/Public_AddReg.jsp?ccid=340&eventid=1489.