Wednesday, Jan. 12

Note: The Enterprise Center at Salem State has canceled its Wednesday workshop because of the snowstorm.

North Shore Technology Council, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Boston North and CoCo Key Water Resort, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Professional networking event geared toward executives, business professionals, business owners and business development people. Light refreshments. Free for NSTC and Beverly Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. Register at www.nstc.org. events@nstc.org.

Thursday, Jan. 13

The High Performance Business Owner, 10 a.m. to noon, Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Interactive workshop will suggest practical and easy-to-implement steps to help participants achieve goals within a realistic time frame. Speaker: Gerry Sherman, author of "50 Failed Small Business CEOs ... and what you can learn from them." Co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center. Free. www.enterprisectr.org or 978-542-7528. (If Salem State is closed due to snow, the workshop will be canceled.)

Homebased Businesswomen's Network, 11:30 a.m., Village Green Restaurant, 225 Newbury St., Danvers. Annual kickoff luncheon with members and guests. Members can share their business goals for the new year, display products and company literature, and enjoy lunch with other entrepreneurs. Speaker: Ellen St. George Godfrey, on "How to Use the CEO Mindset for Small Business Success." Reservations required. $21/HBN members, $25/guests. www.h-b-n.org or www.h-b-n.org/images/1-pdf/hbn%20january%20luncheon%20reservation.pdf.

Back Talk Toastmaster club meeting, 6 p.m., Village Green, 225 Newbury St., Danvers. Holiday dinner meeting to practice public speaking. Participants will practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or impromptu one to serving as a timer, evaluator or humorist. Reservations required. 978-531-6071, toastdave@comcast.net or http://backtalk.freetoasthost.us/.

Friday, Jan. 14

North Shore Business Forum: Converting Leads into Sales, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speaker: Nick Richards of Sandler Sales. All business owners welcome; future, past, experienced or beginner. $10 admission fee includes continental breakfast. www.nsbforum.org.

North Shore Chamber of Commerce: Business Leads Group, 8 to 9:30 a.m., North Shore Chamber office, 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 100, Danvers. Group composed of many types of businesses that are intently focused on being a marketing force for each other. During meetings, attendees will become familiar with fellow businesses and learn how to refer businesses to their own circle of contacts. $25/members. Register at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.

Thursday, Jan. 20

North Shore Women in Business, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speaker Ruth Sheets will present "Branding — Who Did You Say You Are?" Learn how small businesses can use branding to step out of the shadows. $26/members, $31/nonmembers. To register or for more information, visit www.nswib.org, call 781-484-6368 or e-mail info@nswib.org.

North Shore Chamber of Commerce: 6-Minute Networking, 5 to 7 p.m., Finz Seafood & Grill, Salem. Network and meet with other firms' professionals. Hors d'oeuvres, drinks and music. $25/members, $50/nonmembers. Register at www.northshorechamber.org or 978-774-8565.

After Hours Networking, 5 to 7 p.m., Adriatic Restaurant & Bar, 155 Washington St., Salem. Free for Salem Chamber members, $20/nonmembers. Register at info@salem-chamber.org or 978-744-0004.

Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Phil Richard Associates & Insurance, Hathorne Office Park, 491 Maple St., Suite 102, Danvers. Informal networking, opportunity to meet potential customers and build relationships that lead to referrals. Free for Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce members, $10/guests. Register at www.peabodychamber.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

How to Become a Referral Magnet, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Learn how to ask clients for referrals, develop a personal "referral ask," learn when it's appropriate to ask and how to cultivate powerful client relationships that keep customers. Speaker: Dorie Clark, CEO of Clark Strategic Communications. Co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center. Free. www.enterprisectr.org or 978-542-7528.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Economies at the Crossroads: A Shaking of the Foundations, 7 to 9 a.m., Boston Marriott Peabody, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody. Learn what to expect in the investment and financial markets for 2011 at the North Shore Technology Council January breakfast. Speaker Robert Gough will discuss the need for innovative and internationally integrated solutions. 7 a.m., networking and continental breakfast; 7:45 a.m., program begins. $25/NSTC members, $45/nonmembers. Register at www.nstc.org. events@nstc.org.

Mayor Bonfanti's State of the City Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Boston Marriott Peabody, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody. Join more than 125 business leaders for a firsthand look at the progress of 2010 and challeges of 2011. Full breakfast served. $25 for Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce members, $30 nonmembers. Pre-registration required at www.peabodychamber.com. Sponsored by North Shore Bank. pcc@peabodychamber.com.

"Get-Acquainted-With-Rotaract" Mixer, 5:30 p.m., Salem State University, Marsh Hall, Trustees Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Young businesspeople and college students are invited to explore membership in the North Shore Rotaract Club. Rotaract is the Rotary International program established for 18- to 30-year-olds who are interested in philanthropic service locally and internationally, as well as leadership and business development. Free; food, beverages, social networking. 781-910-0202 or www.rotary.org.

Thursday, Jan. 27

Retirement Planning for Business Owners and Employees, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Session will help attendees sort out choices and prioritize the process needed to line up retirement with goals. Presented by Dave Caruso. Co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center. Free. www.enterprisectr.org or 978-542-7528.

Lunch and Leads, noon to 1:30 p.m., Su Chang's Restaurant, 373 Lowell St., Peabody. A chance to sample the menu specialties of a chamber member while meeting fellow chamber members. Speaker: James Burke from Antico Barrett & Kornitsky. $15/ for Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce members, $25/nonmembers. Register online at www.peabodychamber.com.

Back Talk Toastmaster club meeting, 7 to 9 p.m., Renaissance Gardens, Brooksby Village, 400 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. Meeting to practice public speaking. For two hours, participants will practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or impromptu one, serving as a timer, evaluator or humorist. 978-531-6071, toastdave@comcast.net or http://backtalk.freetoasthost.us/.

Friday, Jan. 28

Tourism Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Boston Marriott Peabody, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody. Hosted by the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. The conference is the region's largest travel and hospitality industry event, designed to educate and encourage tourism to Essex County. Free; open to the public. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Visit www.northofbostoncvb.org/conference to sign up or learn more.

North of Boston Business Plan Competition, 5 p.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Competition designed to find and support early state, startup and existing growth businesses. Applications due no later than Thursday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m., at the Enterprise Center. Actual plans are due by Friday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m. For detailed information about the competition, including details on how to enter, visit www.enterprisectr.org/bpc, or call 978-542-7528.

Monday, Jan. 31

Resolutions for Retail 2011, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Get an overview of basic brand identity, interior and exterior store design, low-cost marketing, and best practices in customer service with retail consultant and instructor Christine Moynihan. Do a comprehensive self-assessment, establish priorities and implement do-it-yourself solutions. Co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center. Free. www.enterprisectr.org or 978-542-7528.

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