• Week of the Arctic: The Institute of the North and the University of Alaska Fairbanks have organized a series of sessions and workshops to help Alaskans understand the critical challenges and issues at stake in the Arctic. "Federal Research Priorities and Processes, Fact and Fiction Behind Ecosystem-Based Management and National Ocean Policy" is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Anchorage Museum. Tuesday's events include "Arctic Council Strategic Planning Workshop," 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Hotel Captain Cook Ballroom. Observers welcome. "The Arctic Council: Arctic Cooperation and Collaboration," 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Captain Cook Ballroom. $35; lunch provided. "Northern Energy Science and Technology Fair," 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Dena'ina Center Ballroom. $45 for lunch; $15 for students or to attend the fair only. "Bering Strait Management Authority" is 1-5 p.m. Thursday at Dena'ina Center. Observers welcome. The Robert O. Anderson Sustainable Arctic Award Dinner to honor the Red Dog Mine is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Captain Cook. $125 or $1,500 for a table. Get a lot more details and register at institutenorth.org.
• Starting a Business, 1:30-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Learn about basic issues faced when starting a small business, including business licensing, legal forms of business, record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. Free. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
• Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber luncheon forum, noon-1 p.m., Bear Mountain Grill, 12300 Old Glenn Highway. The featured speaker is Mayor Dan Sullivan. $3-$16. (694-4702, www.cer.org)
• Record Keeping for Successful Tax Preparation, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Learn how to properly maintain your books in order to file your taxes accurately. $60. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
• 40 Years of Lessons in Principled Leadership, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Forty years of lessons learned in principled leadership will be shared by a local businessman who has experienced the challenges of running a small business in Alaska. Pre-pay $30. Pre-register by phone or online. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
• Ethics Training Course, 8:15 a.m.-noon, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 109 W. International Airport Road. The ethics course developed by the National Association of Health Underwriters helps identify key issues facing business in general and the insurance field in particular. Breakfast provided. K. Michael Ward, SPHR, GPHR, of The Wilson Agency in Anchorage, will be the facilitator. Member, $25; non-member, $35. (644-1466, alaskaahu.org)
• Mat-Su Business Alliance lunch forum in Wasilla, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Evangelo's Restaurant, 2530 E. Parks Highway. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads off MSBA's lunch forum with "Support for Small Business and Effects of Federal Overreach." Candidates for political office will be seated at tables throughout the room; the audience will have the opportunity to switch tables after Murkowski's presentation and every 15 minutes thereafter until 1:30. This is your opportunity to ask the candidates your questions. $20. (373-6622, matsubusinessalliance.com)
• Mayor Dan Sullivan will deliver his State of the City address to the "Make it Monday" forum audience, giving an overview of the city's finances and what his administration has accomplished over the past year. He'll also discuss the upcoming budget challenges for 2013. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20, Dena'ina Convention Center. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Friday. (anchoragechamber.org)