THURSDAY: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Member Economic Luncheon, awarding the Entrepreneur of the Year, speaker is Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; 11:30 a.m.; Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 10th St., Augusta; $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers; (706) 821-1318
FRIDAY: Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce First Friday Means Business; 7:30 a.m.; Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; (803) 649-1200
MONDAY: Commerce Department releases new home sales for October, 10 a.m.
TUESDAY: Standard & Poor’s releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for September and the third quarter, 9 a.m.
WEDNESDAY: Labor Department releases third-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for October, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.; House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on drug shortages.
THURSDAY: Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for November, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for October, 10 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.
FRIDAY: Labor Department releases employment data for November, 8:30 a.m.