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Business meetings, seminars and events (8/5/13)

TueSDAY

Get Your Head in the Cloud: Software to Run Your Business, 10 a.m. to noon, Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Learn the value resource planning software can provide for your business. Topics include an explanation of the "cloud," ERP software and the benefits for small-business owners plus a case study and software demo. $20. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Pursuing Government Contracting, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Contracting with the government can be profitable, but it is not always the best decision for small-business owners. Jody King helps you discover how the Procurement Technical Assistance Center can prepare your business to enter government sales. Free. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Wednesday

Brilliant Marketing, 10 a.m.-noon, Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Brilliant Marketing is a comprehensive, organized way for any business to approach marketing based on the psychology of rapport, research and statistics. It is simple and straightforward and breaks down the barriers that typically prevent successful marketing: lack of knowledge, money and time. $15. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

THURSDAY

The Alaska Chapter of the American Marketing Association is inviting the public to the final brown bag luncheon of its 2013 Professional Development Summer Series. Kevin Ingham of Strategies 360 will speak on how to use research to direct your marketing strategy. The lecture will be held at the Carr Gottstein Building at Alaska Pacific University. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for networking and registration, and the 45-minute presentation will begin at noon. The lecture is free for AMA chapter members and $10 for non-members. Participants can bring their lunch or pre-order a lunch when registering online at www.amaalaska.org.