Business meetings, seminars this week

October 7, 2012 


Brass Tacks Business Basics, 5-8 p.m., YWCA's Women's Economic Empowerment Center, 324 E. Fifth Ave. An introductory class for prospective entrepreneurs, this three-hour class is offered twice monthly and serves as an orientation to the process of starting a small business. Students are introduced to the fundamentals including planning and managing a business. Free. (644-9611,

How to Write a Business Plan, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. This workshop will cover the basics of writing a business plan and how it can help you focus your business, obtain financing and keep your business on track. It is relevant for everybody in business, from the person just planning to start to the seasoned entrepreneur. Preregister at or by calling 274-7232. Prepayment required, $50. (274-7232,


Alaska Association of Health Underwriters members meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, 109 W. International Airport Road. Ginny Grupp with AlaskaFit is the guest speaker. The public is welcome. $25.00. (644-1466,

Business Planning 101, 5 p.m., YWCA's Women's Economic Empowerment Center, 324 E. Fifth Ave. Effective business planning is the key to a successful business. This course takes students through the entire process of conceiving and planning a business start-up. The four-week course will provide the framework for writing a detailed business plan. $350. (644-9611,

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Lunch Forum, noon-1 p.m., Bear Mountain Grill, 12300 Old Glenn Highway. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will present an update from Washington, D.C. $3-$16. (694-4702,

Open For Business: Cut 18 Months Off Your Sales Cycle, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Millennium Hotel, 4800 Spenard Road. Be introduced to WBENC, a national network of over 10,000 women business owners who are looking for qualified suppliers. Meet with Fortune 500 company representatives, federal government representatives and prime contractors who are looking for women-owned businesses for their supply chain. $50 includes continental breakfast, conference materials, lunch and afternoon matchmaking via speed dating. (971-204-0220 Ext. 6)

Project Management Institute Alaska Chapter, 6-8 p.m., Petroleum Club of Anchorage, 3301 C St. Neal Whitten, author and project management expert, will speak. $35, dinner included. Contact for reservations.

Expanding Your Business, noon-1:30 p.m., YWCA's Women's Economic Empowerment Center, 324 E. Fifth Ave. This is a weekly brown bag luncheon series featuring various presenters and topics. This week: Sue Shroy, business woman and owner of MetrOasis Advanced Training Center and Aesthetics School; MetrOasis Travel; and Alligator Wharf Cafe. $10. (644-9611,;


The Federal Solicitation Debrief Process, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m., PTAC Webinar, 430 W. Seventh Ave. Bidders have the right to request a "debrief" to find out how their bid did in the evaluation process. The debrief process can provide valuable information in learning about proposal strengths and weak points. This information can be used to improve the quality of future proposals. USACE contracting officer Michelle Mandel will discuss the debrief process, how to request a debrief and what information the contracting officer can share with the contractor/vendor. Free. (274-7232,

Starting a Business, 2:30-4 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Covered will be the basic issues faced when starting a small business such as licensing, legal forms, record-keeping, hiring employees, planning and access to financing. Free. (274-7232,

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