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Business meetings, events, seminars (12/31/12)

Wednesday

Business Planning 101 by YWCA's Women's Economic Empowerment Center, 5-9 p.m., 324 E. Fifth Ave. Effective business planning is the key to a successful business. This course takes students through the entire process of developing and planning a start-up business. Four-week course provides the necessary framework for writing a detailed business plan. Topics include business basics, market analysis, marketing strategy, basic numbers, cash and taxes. Your final business plan will be utilized for future business operations, budgeting and obtaining funding from lenders and investors. $350. (644-9611, ywcaak.org)

Thursday

Loan Briefing, 1 p.m., Small Business Administration, 420 L St. Interested in finding out about SBA's guaranty loan programs available to finance your business? Presentation by SBA's loan specialist Nelida Irvine. You can attend in person or watch this event on your computer via a live webinar. Free. RSVP. (Yolanda Lassiter, 271-4022)

Alaska Economic Forecast with Neal Fried, 6-8 p.m., Westmark Anchorage Hotel, 720 W. Fifth Ave. Fried will speak at the monthly dinner meeting of the National Association of Purchasing Management Alaska. $28 includes dinner. RSVP required by emailing or calling before 5 p.m. Monday. (N.Weems@alaskausa.org or 646-6308; napmalaska.org)