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Business meetings, events and seminars (2/18/13)

"Outbursts: Handling Verbal Confrontation and the Workplace Bully," 9 a.m. to noon, Coastal Villages Building, 711 H St. Presented by Lynne Curry, Ph.D., you'll learn how to effectively handle toxic energy; handle yourself "under fire; turn confrontations into positive win/win negotiations; deal with workplace bullies; strategies that work and traps to avoid; manage anger and frustration in yourself or others; ground yourself so you can handle intense situations without defensiveness or a reactive edge. $129. (276-4769,

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber lunch forum, noon to 1 p.m., Eagle River Ale House, 11901 Old Glenn Highway. Guest speaker John Sims of Enstar leads a discussion on the natural gas energy supplies in Southcentral Alaska. $3-$16. (694-4702,


The Resource Development Council Alaska will hear a "Projects and Issues Update" by Lt. Col. Bobby Stone, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District. Program begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. Register by Tuesday to guarantee your seat. $22-$27. (276-0700 ext. 6,

Getting Started With Social Media, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Eastside Carpet Co., 7240 Lake Otis Parkway. Confused about how Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook can enhance your business? Learn how to use social networking and blogging in an automated, time-saving system to drive traffic to your site, foster customer loyalty, dominate in search engines and more. Ideal for nonprofits. Registration required. Bring business cards for networking. Laptop optional. $35. (250-7425)

What's New in Taxes for 2013? Noon-1:30 p.m., BP Energy Center 1014 Energy Court. Don Rulien of the Institute of Management Accountants will discuss changes in federal taxes for 2013. $22 for members and guests; $11 for students. Light lunch provided. RSVP by Monday. (


Graphic designer Tim Belonax, 7 p.m., Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. The San Francisco-based designer, writer and advocate whose work for nonprofits and corporations has been recognized internationally, will speak to the local chapter of AIGA. He strives for social impact through design. He is currently a designer at Facebook. $10-$20 at the door.

Pursuing Government Contracting, 1:30-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Join Jody King, Technical Procurement Assistance Center contract specialist, to discover how PTAC can assist you in preparing your business to enter the arena of government sales. This workshop will review the preliminary steps of preparing a strategy for government contracting. RSVP. (, 274-7232)


Debate on oil taxes: Andrew Halcro, president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and Alaska Sen. Bill Wielechowski have agreed to publicly debate oil tax reform at the Feb. 25 Make It Monday forum, noon-1 p.m. at the Dena'ina Center. Although hosting an issues debate is uncommon for the nonprofit organization, Halcro said, educating Anchorage Chamber members on this particular issue is imperative for Alaska's economic future. The oil tax debate is again taking main stage during this year's Legislative session with Anchorage Chamber board members traveling to Juneau to address lawmakers next week. Steve Johnson, associate professor and director of debate at UAA, will moderate. Seats can be purchased at before Friday. Seats will also be made available at the Dena'ina Center by 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Cost is $23 in advance for Anchorage Chamber members, $31 for nonmembers.

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. recently promoted Will Kyzer to business and economic development director and hired Archana Mishra as communications coordinator. Kyzer's expanded duties include creating new strategies to help grow and diversify the local economy while building relationships with businesses and other organizations. Kyzer joined AEDC in 2012 as the assistant director of business and economic development. Mishra will be responsible for supporting AEDC's public relations, advertising and marketing efforts. Mishra brings more than 12 years of experience working in advocacy, external relations, communication and policy to the team. She will have a special focus on the Live. Work. Play. initiative.