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Business meetings, seminars, events

Monday

2013 Alaska Rural Energy Conference, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. Sixth Ave. The Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. $300 for a general registration. (474-1143, akruralenergy.org)

Wednesday

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Lunch Forum, noon to 1 p.m., Eagle River Ale House, 11901 Old Glenn Highway. The guest speaker will be Jon Bittner, vice president for the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. He'll discuss "Crowdfunding: What Is It and Can We Do It?" $3-$16. (694-4702, cer.org)

Starting a Business, 1:30-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Are you thinking about starting your own business? 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 will be covered. Free. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Thursday

The Resource Development Council will hear Sophie Minich, president and CEO of Cook Inlet Region Inc., speak on "CIRI: Harnessing Potential, Powering Growth." The breakfast meeting is set for 7:30 a.m. in the Dena'ina Convention Center. Cost is $22-$27. Register by Tuesday. Call 276-0700, ext. 6.

Profit Mastery with Steve LeFever, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Invest in yourself, your business and your clients. You'll leave this seminar with powerful financial management tools that will allow you to make profitable decisions for your business. Part I: Live, presented by Profit Mastery's Steve LeFever; Part II: online streaming video. The $350 fee covers the full day, live presentation, continental breakfast and lunch, Profit Mastery workbook, one year unlimited access to the Profit Mastery University online video series, and road map poster. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Friday

Alaska World Affairs Council presents "The Betrayal of American Prosperity," 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m., Hilton Anchorage Hotel, 500 W. Third Ave. Clyde Prestowitz, founder and president of the Economic Strategy Institute, will focus on free market delusions, America's decline, and how we must compete in the post-dollar era. Online registration available at a discount. At the door, $26-$30, $15 for coffee and dessert. Students and UAA staff receive lunch for free. (276-8038, alaskaworldaffairs.org)