Friday, Sept. 7
North Shore Business Forum: Five Critical Business Exposures, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Craig Childs of MacDonald & Pangione will speak on how businesses can address potential legal issues. $10 admission includes a continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Sunday, Sept. 9
Peabody Restaurant Weeks 2012, from Sept. 9 through 13 and Sept. 16 through 20, special deals and discounts at participating restaurants. www.peabodyinternationalfestival.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
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 a business, including marketing, finance, operations, personnel and overall strategy. Learn to test feasibility of a new company or a new direction and discover how to use the plan to raise capital. Receive a copy of the SBDC Business Planning Guide. Speaker: Bruce Share, principal, Bruce J. Share & Associates. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
North Shore Technology Council’s 10th anniversary celebration, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Council will celebrate 10 years of supporting and growing North of Boston’s technology business community. Includes networking, musical entertainment, silent auction to support the new student STEM scholarship initiative and keynote speaker Bernard Gordon. $65/NSTC members and guests. Register at www.nstc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women Meeting, 6 p.m., Toscana’s Restaurant, 3 Bourbon St., Peabody. Dinner meeting; business meeting will follow. Lisa Rancourt will speak on the benefits of belonging to the association. The nonprofit association is affiliated with the National Association of Insurance Professionals. Anyone in an insurance-related occupation is invited to join or attend a meeting. 781-258-7370 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Sept. 13
Focus on Nonprofits: How to Run Better,More Productive Meetings, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Effective facilitation skills help plan and conduct more successful meetings where people communicate well, address the issues and make decisions. Learn techniques that can be used to plan meetings, manage group processes and use problem-solving tools more effectively. Speaker: Jay Carty, consultant, Executive Service Corps. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., North Shore Bank, 32 Main St., Peabody. Opportunity to learn more about North Shore Bank and to expand networking contacts. Bring business cards and elevator speech. Light refreshments served. Free/PACC members, $10/nonmembers. Register at www.peabodychamber.com.
Friday, Sept. 14
North Shore Business Forum: Navigating a Path to Business Success, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Beth Goldstein of Marketing Edge Consulting will speak on how to market a small business. $10 admission includes a continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
North Shore Business Leads Group, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., North Shore Chamber of Commerce office, 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 100, Danvers. Networking group to build relationships with other professionals. Members become familiar with other member businesses and learn how to refer each other. $25/chamber members. Register at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Kick Up Your Customer Service, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Learn the basics of superior customer service from the author of a gold medal-winning “how to” book on sales and selling. Speaker: John Chapin, author of “Sales Encyclopedia.” Free. enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., North Shore Bank, 32 Main St., Peabody. The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and the bank will host. 978-531-0384.
Thursday, Sept. 20
How to apply for “free” money, 8 to 10 a.m., North Shore Community College’s Institute for Corporate Training and Technology, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 121E, Beverly. Free seminar on the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund. Includes continental breakfast. Registration at 978-236-1242.
How to Close the Sale in the New Economy, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Learn how to separate oneself from the competition and close sales more quickly. Speaker: Marc Wayshak of Mark Wayshak Communications, author of “Game Plan Selling” and “Breaking All Barriers.” Co-sponsored by the Mass. Small Business Development Center. $10/person. enterprisectr.org.
Fall Networking Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Prince Pizzeria, 517 Broadway St., Saugus. North Shore Chamber of Commerce presents. Pizza, appetizers, drinks and one-hour comedy show included. $15/chamber members, $50/nonmembers. www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.
After Hours Event, 5 to 7 p.m., Black Lobster at Stromberg’s Cove, 2 Bridge St., Salem. Join the Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge Street Neck Task Force for the Bridge Street Neck Beautification Award ceremony. Event features networking, appetizers, cash bar and celebration of Bridge Street. Free. Reserve a spot at 978-744-0004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Sept. 21
North Shore Business Forum: Business Etiquette, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Patty Barry of Matters Communications will speak. $10 admission includes a continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.
Annual Fall Fundraiser, 6 to 10 p.m., Backstage Bistro, North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. The Beverly Chamber of Commerce will host, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting North Shore Community College’s children’s program. This year’s theme will be a takeoff on the play “9 to 5” but will be called “6 to 10.” Event includes buffet dinner catered by Not Your Average Joe’s, cash bar, live and silent auctions, and prizes, including a raffle to win an iPad. $50/person. 978-232-9559.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
From Employee to Self-Employed, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Learn what tools are needed to re-create oneself and follow one’s passion to self-employment. Speaker: Sallie Felton, president, Sallie Felton LLC. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
MDA Lock-Up, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tavern in the Square, 189 Washington St., Salem. The Muscular Dystrophy Association presents business and community networking event. Reserve a seat at www.mdalockup.org/salem2012lu. 978-720-2800 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Sept. 27
Create Your Own Business Opportunities, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Hear insights and practical advice on how to “get lucky” in business. Speaker: Beth Goldstein, founder and chief executive officer, Marketing Edge Consulting Group. Free. enterprisectr.org.
Lunch & Leads, noon to 1:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, Route 1 north, Peabody. Join the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce; sample menu specialties, meet and greet fellow chamber members, and share 60-second “elevator pitch” and information on business. Registered attendees receive emailed participant list with contact names and addresses. Speaker: Mike Sobus of Next Level Business Development. $17/PACC members, $30/nonmembers. www.peabodychamber.com.
RUN Program Information Session, 4 to 6 p.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Ramp Up Now (RUN) is a program for businesses with under $1 million in revenue and currently experiencing expansion. The program helps business owners understand the stages and approaches to managing growth. Program includes seminars, mentoring, CEO group of others experiencing similar issues. Register at http://enterprisectr.org/run-353.html.
ECAP Information Session, 4 to 6 p.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Learn more about the Enterprise Center Accelerator Program. ECAP offers companies with more than $1 million in revenue with base line knowledge to manage growth; seminars, mentoring, CEO group with other CEOs facing similar issues, and personalized Growth Action Plan executed throughout the year. Reserve a spot at http://enterprisectr.org/ecap-352.html. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-542-7039.
Friday, Sept. 28
128 Venture North Breakfast: How to Negotiate a Term Sheet, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Hear from experts who have looked at hundreds of term sheets to learn the do’s and don’ts. Presented in partnership with the 128 Innovation Capital Group and sponsored by the North Shore Technology Council. Breakfast buffet, informal networking, presentation, and question-and-answer session. $25/entrepreneurs and management candidates; $35/investors and service providers. Speakers: Paul Pedevillano of VE Advisors, Bill Stone of Outside GC LLC and Kent Bennett of Bessemer Venture Partners. enterprisectr.org.
North Shore Business Forum: Turn Your Expertise Into an E-Book, 7:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Bonnie Hurd Smith of Hurd Smith Communications will speak. $10 admission includes a continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.