• Five C's of Credit, 2-4 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. This workshop will cover what a lender will be evaluating on a credit application and what each term means in general. Know how to assess your own credit risk and how to approach a lender. If you are already in business, you should bring an income and balance sheet to work with. Preregistration and prepayment required. $20. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
• Contractor Outreach, 2:30-4 p.m., Petroleum Club of Anchorage, 3301 C St. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is hosting a contractor outreach event to make contractors aware of the Riley Creek Bridge Replacement project at Mile Post 237 on the Parks Highway. The project will be developed using an alternative procurement method called Construction Manager/General Contractor. (451-5359, dot.alaska.gov/nreg/rileycreek)
• 2012 Alaska Quality Conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court. This is Alaska's premiere business conference on quality management practices. The keynote speaker is Joseph A. DeFeo, MBA, president and CEO of Juran Institute Inc., one of the world's leading authorities on transformational change systems and breakthrough strategies. Also speaking is Tom Case, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and Chancellor of University of Alaska Anchorage. $250. (250-1954, asq-ak.org)
• Business Bookkeeping, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Designed to teach attendees how to create and maintain a basic financial bookkeeping system for a small business. Topics include an introduction to accounting and bookkeeping, terminology and budgets. $110. (274-7232)
• QuickBooks 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alaska SBDC, 201 N. Lucille St. Those wanting to register for this workshop should already have business bookkeeping knowledge or attend the Basic Business Bookkeeping workshop. This hands-on (computers provided) workshop will provide information on using QuickBooks software for the beginner using the program for his/her business bookkeeping. Preregistration at www.aksbdc.org or 373-7232. Prepayment required. $150. (373-7232, aksbdc.org)
• American Indian Science and Engineering Society's National Conference, 9 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. One-of-a-kind, three-day event convening high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, work-force professionals and corporate partners. Features the largest career fair in Indian Country, cultural activities and showcases STEM research. Adaptability is the theme as they tackle the essential topics of climate change, water rights, food security, resource management, geological resourcing impacts and other environmental issues. $130-$450. (505-765-1052, aises.org/nationalconference.
• Pursuing Government Contracting, 1:30- 3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Join Jody King, contract specialist, to discover how the Technical Procurement Assistance Center can assist you in preparing your business to enter the arena of government sales. This workshop will review the preliminary steps for preparing a strategy for government contracting. To RSVP, visit aksbdc.org or call 274-7232.
• Starting a Business, 10-11:30 a.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Covered are the basic issues faced when starting a small business including business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. Free. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)