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Business meetings, events and seminars (Sept. 30, 2013)

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 Matt Thomas, UAA head hockey coach. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $3-$16. (694-4702, www.cer.org)

Hiring for Success, 3-4 p.m., Anchorage Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave. Hiring is one of the most important tasks for a small business, yet often it's an afterthought. The hiring process has many legal implications due to anti-discrimination laws. Learn why a structured hiring and interview process is important; how to write job postings, handle applicants and design interviews to ensure hiring the best; and how to avoid some legal pitfalls. Learn the importance of checking references and how a brief phone call can save you time, money and effort. $10. (274-7232)

THURSDAY

At the next breakfast meeting of the Resource Development Council, Karen Hagedorn, Alaska productions manager for ExxonMobil, will present an update on Point Thomson. To guarantee your seat, you must register by Tuesday. Doors open at 6:30 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. RSVP online at akrdc.org or by calling 276-0700, ext. 6.

Legal Aspects: LLCs, 1:30-3 p.m., Anchorage Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave. Presented by attorney Andrew Mitton. Forming an LLC is probably the least expensive insurance you can buy to protect your assets. Learn how LLCs work, the factors to look at in deciding whether you need an LLC, and how to maintain and manage your LLC. Vellum LLC is an Alaska law firm providing services to small businesses and their owners. Prepayment of $20 required. (Preregister at www.aksbdc.org or by calling 274-7232)

COMING UP

The Alaska Small Business Development Center and Wells Fargo are hosting a free educational forum for Alaskan entrepreneurs Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel. The Alaska Business Growth Summit aims to fuel entrepreneurial spirit in Alaska. The half-day summit features a luncheon panel of successful Alaska business owners sharing their experience starting and growing their business, pitfalls to avoid and resources that helped them realize their dreams. The interactive luncheon panel discussion features Advanced Blasting Services, High Mark Distillery and Polar Wire-Renewable Energy Systems. SBDC will introduce its first Alaska Small Business Economic Impact Report to kick off the event.

Workshop presentations will focus on the latest digital tools and strategies to streamline business operations, and accessing capital to fuel business start-up or expansion efforts. Lunch is set for 11:45-12:45 p.m. with workshops running from 1-4 p.m. (RSVP at aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=5811)