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THIS WEEK

- Tuesday: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce fifth annual meeting; 4:30 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; $55 members, $75 nonmembers; RSVP to Lauren M. Smith at (706) 651-0018, Lauren@columbiacountychamber.com.

- Tuesday: Dale Carnegie Course begins, 5:30 p.m., Family Y, 3570 Wheeler Road; conquer your fear of public speaking, improve your people skills, learn to remember names and more; RSVP to Keith Edmondson at (706) 664-8726.

- Friday: A Heartful Affair: Nicole Miller Fashion Show, 7 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; features heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music from The Dr. Rock Band, raffle prizes and an auction; proceeds benefit University Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute; $125 per person, $225 per couple; (706) 667-0030.

UPCOMING

- Feb. 9: Wine Tasting for Charity; drop-in 5-7 p.m., The Snug Steak and Grill, 240 Davis Road, Martinez; hosted by The Bottle Shop; wine presentations and heavy hors d'oeuvres; benefits Golden Harvest Food Bank; $10 per person at door or $5 per person via The Snug Paypal; Kay Bentley at (706) 863-1118, kaybentley@knology.net.

- Feb. 9: Writing an Effective Business Plan; 6 p.m., Augusta SBDC Office, 1450 Greene St.; will explain the sections of a business plan and how to assemble financial projections; $69; C. Boisclair, (706) 721-4545, cboisclair@georgiasbdc.org.

- Feb. 16: North Augusta Chamber of Commerce annual meeting; 6 p.m., North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave., North Augusta; speaker U.S. Rep. J. Gresham Barrett; $40 individual, $375 table; sponsorships available; RSVP to Judy Whaley at (803) 279-2323 or judy@northaugustachamber.org.

- Feb. 19: Introduction to Quickbooks; 9 a.m., Building 600, Room 653, Augusta Technical College, 3116 Deans Bridge Road; hands-on computer lab series shows how QuickBooks can help manage your business more efficiently and effectively; upon completion of the series an SBDC Business Consultant will help you implement QuickBooks into your small business; C. Boisclair, (706) 721-4545, cboisclair@georgiasbdc.org.

- March 2: Starting Your Own Business; 6 p.m., Augusta SBDC Office, 1450 Greene St.; includes a detailed business start-up guide; $69; C. Boisclair, (706) 721-4545, cboisclair@georgiasbdc.org.

ONGOING

- Third Thursdays networking and social hour; UGA Alumni Association, Augusta chapter; 6 p.m., Indigo Joe's, 3730 Wheeler Road; free; www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/RegAug.html.

- Kiwanis Club of Uptown Augusta; 1 p.m. Tuesdays, The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way; seeking members interested in fellowship and community; Bill Bates, (706) 306-6328 or billbates@dhbailieagency.com.

- Free small-business consulting; Small Business Development Center, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; help in developing or updating business plans and financial projections, identifying sources of capital, establishing record-keeping, accessing market data, creating marketing strategies, strategic planning and suppliers; appointment required; (706) 721-4545.

- Eliminate Your Mortgage and Consumer Debt workshop; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Hawthorn Suites, 4049 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; free; call for seating; RSVP to (706) 564-5885.

- Long Term Care Insurance 101 Workshop; 9-10:30 a.m.; second and fourth Tuesdays; Elmcroft of Martinez, 515 The Pass; refreshments; RSVP to (706) 364-8862.

- President's Club and Foundations Classes; ongoing reinforcement of Sandler Training for business owners, managers and sales representatives; 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Sandler Sales Institute, 936 Broad St., Suite 2003; (706) 432-0040.

- The Best Referrals Network of Life's Opportunities; Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. with free referrals, Sunrise Grill, 3830 Washington Road; Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m., Sunrise Grill, 404 E. Martintown Road; call (706) 736-5020.

- Instructor-led online courses; Augusta State University's Education to Go program; (706) 736-1636 or go to ced.aug.edu and click on "courses."

- Free counseling for small-business owners and entrepreneurs; SCORE Associates, a nonprofit volunteer organization; call (706) 793-9998 in Augusta, (803) 641-1111 in Aiken and (803) 279-2323 in North Augusta.

- Homebuyer workshops; Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America; Saturdays, free; sign up at www.naca.com or call (706) 855-7464 or (888) 302-NACA.

- Financial pitfalls for seniors; AARP Georgia seminar on protecting assets from fraud and marketplace abuses; CSRA Area Agency on Aging, (706) 210-2000.

- The NoonTime Networkers chapter of Business Network International meets Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; Amy Kilpatrick, (706) 364-9872.

- Lead at Lunch chapter of Business Network International, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Stonecrest Southern Steak House, 601 N. Belair Road, Evans; Amy Kilpatrick, (706) 364-9872.

- Business Network International AikeNetWorks! chapter; 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Woodside Plantation Clubhouse, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive, Aiken; Amy Kilpatrick, (706) 364-9872.

- Business Network International Augusta Lunch Leaders chapter; meets Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., Sixth at Watkins Restaurant, 559 Watkins St.; Amy Kilpatrick, (706) 364-9872.

- Business Network International Business at Breakfast chapter; meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at The Garlic Clove, 4461 Washington Road, Evans; John Raborn, (706) 394-2605.

- Business Network International First Things First chapter, 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, Forest Hills Country Club, 1500 Comfort Road; Amy Kilpatrick, (706) 364-9872.

- President's Club; reinforcement of sales training systems; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., 699 Broad St., Suite 1001; call (706) 432-0040.

- Real Estate Career Information: Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate, contact Tom Horner (706) 312-5800 or thorner@blanchardandcalhoun.com.

- Decide whether a career in the insurance industry fits you. Complete Harrison Assessment; Sarah D. Johnston at sarah.d.johnston@nmfn.com.

- Georgia-Carolina Investment Club is looking for members. If you are interested in real estate investing, call Bert Ellis, (803) 645-7883.

- Income Opportunities in real estate, mortgages and investment services; Thursdays, 7 p.m., Clarion Suites, 3038 Washington Road; free; call to reserve seats, (706) 564-5885.

- Georgia Real Estate Investors Association; 7 p.m., second Thursday each month; Columbia County Library Performing Arts Center; $5 members; $10 nonmembers; call (706) 364-6612.

- Software training for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and other applications; day and evening classes available Monday through Saturday; Computer Link, 596 Bobby Jones Expressway; call (706) 860-8313.

- Prometric Testing Center: MCSA, MCSE, MCP and Comp-TIA exams, Microsoft Office Specialist exams; at Savannah River College; contact Amy Barnett at (706) 738-5046.

- Microsoft Small Business Server; install-it-yourself workshop for small-business owners by Network Consultants; $99; augustasoftwaretraining.com.

- Homeownership Accelerator Workshop; learn how to pay off your home faster without any changes in payments; 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Clarion Suites, 3038 Washington Road; free; call for seats, (706) 564-5885.

- Trading Connections seeks members interested in learning how to profit from short-term trading on stocks or options; contact Jay Brooks at (706) 830-2752 or jsb4079@knology.net.

- Free and low-cost classes and seminars for entrepreneurs and small-business owners; University of Georgia Augusta Small Business Development Center, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; call (706) 721-4545.

- Work From Home; one-hour seminar; The Guest House Inn; Tuesdays; call (877) 821-5542.

- Foreign and Southern accent reduction; classes to improve business and professional skills; Snyder Speech Therapy Services; (706) 860-9385.

- Construction management; learn the risks before hiring a contractor for commercial project; PCM Construction Consultants; pcmgtgroup@comcast.net or (706) 373-0585.

- Global Career Development Facilitator Training class leading to National Career Development Association certification; The Pritchard Group Inc.; classes will be in Augusta; registration required; space is limited; call Constance Pritchard at (706) 627-3540 or e-mail cdftraining@pritchardgroup.com.

- Keller Williams Realty; personalized sessions for anyone considering a real estate career; The Atrium, 3633 Wheeler Road; call (706) 868-3772.

- Introduction to e-mail; free course, Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.; Goodwill Industries' South Augusta One Stop Career Center; call (706) 790-8500.

- Job Searching on the Web; free computer course, Wednesdays and Thursdays: Goodwill Industries' South Augusta One Stop Career Center; call (706) 790-8500.

- Keyboarding; free computer course; 8-9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Goodwill Industries' South Augusta One Stop Career Center; call (706) 790-8500.

- Free educational programs on money management and protection against ID theft for public/private schools, community/civic groups, employers, organizations, etc. Consumer Credit Counseling Services CSRA, a nonprofit organization; (706) 736-2090, ext. 204, or ctesch@cccsaugusta.org.

- Marketable Skills Training Center; hands-on software training for Microsoft Office and other applications; 2321 Peach Orchard Road, Suite E; weekday daytime and evening classes available; Gwen Watts, watts32@comcast.net or (706) 729-0941 or (706) 790-4253.

- Free seminar for people who have considered being their own boss; call Gail Amstutz at (706) 790-8771 for times and appointments.

- Help Others and Work from Home; free one-hour information and question session; Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., call Arlene at (706) 364-2373.


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