• Health Care Options for Very Small Businesses, 2-3:30 p.m., Anchorage Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave. Joshua Weinstein and Tiffany Stock, employee benefits consultants with Northrim Benefits Group, will present on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it will affect small-business owners. This class is for businesses with only a few employees. We will briefly look back at the elements of the law that have already taken effect, discuss the current changes impacting the insurance, tax, employer and health care landscapes and review the upcoming regulations. $20. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
• Starting a Business, 10-11:30 a.m., Anchorage SBDC, 430 W. Seventh Ave. Are you thinking about starting your own business? Covered will be the basic issues faced when starting a small business such as business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required at aksbdc.org. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
• Major Alaskan Energy Projects luncheon, hosted by Commonwealth North, is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dena'ina Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. An independent panel of experts will discuss the status of several major energy projects in Alaska that have received significant state funding. The panel will address the current status of these projects and the key decision points and hurdles these projects face on the way to completion. $20-$35. For more information visit www.commonwealthnorth.org. Commonwealth members $20, non-members $35. (566-2396, commonwealthnorth.org)
• Registration is now available for Resource Development Council's 34th annual Alaska Resources Conference, set for 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20-21 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the conference, including decision-makers from across all resource industries, support sectors, Native corporations, federal, state and local government officials, as well as educators and students. See the full agenda and register online at akrdc.org. (276-0700)
• The World Trade Center Alaska will host the Trade is Transportation Conference on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel. The purpose of the conference is to recognize the importance of the transportation and logistics businesses, as well as to highlight the interdependence that exists between Alaska's export industries, the companies that provide transportation and logistics services, and the government agencies that operate the state's major transportation facilities such as ports, airports, roads and rails. Conference attendees will get the latest news from the people working to make things happen in our state's transportation and logistics sector. This year's presenters include Era Aviation, FedEx, Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, Port MacKenzie, Port of Seward and Swissport USA. $200-$250. Register at wtcak.org.