Business meetings, seminars and events


Business Planning 101, 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays through June 5, YWCA Alaska, 324 E. Fifth Ave The key to starting a successful business or running a successful business is writing a business plan. The YWCA offers a six-week extensive course where you will write a complete plan you can take to a funder or investor. It will be a guideline to running your business. $350 for six weeks of class, books and business counseling. (Register, 644-9611 or email


World Trade Center Alaska and the Institute of the North will conduct a conference, "Arctic Ambitions: Commercial Development of the Arctic," focusing on the development of, and markets for, key Arctic resources. This conference aims to highlight the connections between international trade, Arctic policy issues and resource development. The conference will concentrate on the theme of international trade and business opportunities that flow from development of resources in the Arctic. Working from a context of who stands to benefit most -- which regions, countries, industries and companies -- panel discussions will address issues such as supply chains, innovation, markets, commerce and maritime and air transport. A reception is planned afterward. The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. (Register at


The Resource Development Council meets at 7 a.m. at the Dena'ina Convention Center. John Wolfe, chief executive officer with the Port of Tacoma will discuss "Shipping Advantages for Alaska's Resource Development Projects." To guarantee a seat, register by 5 p.m. Tuesday. (, 276-0700 ext. 6)

"Understanding Twitter for Business and Nonprofits," 1-3 p.m., Pacific Office Center, 310 K St. Discover the power of Twitter to effectively generate revenue and donations, generate and connect with prospects, gain credibility, build your brand, create awareness, enhance customer service and more. Learn the difference between Twitter and other social networks, plus how to set up your account correctly for business and build a targeted following, and more. $20. (250-7425)


The Alaska World Affairs Council presents "Alaska and the U.N.," 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Anchorage Downtown Hilton, 500 W. Third Ave. Kathy Calvin, chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation, will speak on "Alaska and the U.N.: More Connected Than You Know." (RSVP to or 276-8038. More information at $15 to $30. ((907) 276-8038,

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