The following is information about business events in and around the Augusta area:
Thursday: Greater Augusta Advertising Club's monthly luncheon; noon; Partridge Inn; speaker, Helen Blocker-Adams, author of Enthusiasm - It's Contagious - Catch It!; please RSVP to Sandy McCoy at 826-5844 by 5 p.m. Tuesday; guests $15, students $5.
Friday through Oct. 20: Fundamentals of Engineering refresher course for persons planning to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination; the course will be held on Monday and Wednesday nights beginning today through Oct. 20 in Atlanta; fee: $425; for more information call Distance Learning, Continuing Education and Outreach, Georgia Institute of Technology at (404) 894-2547.
Friday: Installation ceremony for the Augusta branch, Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce; 7 p.m.; Private "I" Sports/Entertainment Complex, 2507 Thomas Lane, Augusta; speaker, state chapter president Lou Walker; for details, call the Augusta office at 771-1395 or division headquarters at (770) 322-8980.
Saturday: Humorous Speech Contest, sponsored by the 10 Georgia Toastmasters Clubs in the Augusta area; 8:30 a.m. to noon; Educational Classrooms at University Hospital; free workshops will also be offered; for details, contact Toastmaster Ethel Jones at (706) 793-8605.
Sept. 8-29: Course for small business owners on expanding and improving their business operations, sponsored by University of Georgia Business Outreach Services/Small Business Development Center and NationsBank; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8 through Sept. 29, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; $100, advance registration required; call 737-1790 for details.
Sept. 8: United Way's Annual Campaign Kickoff; noon to 1:15 p.m.; Lake Olmstead Stadium; fee: $6 includes a traditional ballpark lunch; advance registration required; call 724-5544 for details.
Sept. 9: Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce Coffee Call sponsored by Rural/Metro Ambulance; 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Rural/Metro Ambulance, 1220 West Wheeler Parkway, Suite K; call 821-1300 for details.
Sept. 9: Business After Hours hosted by The National Association of Purchasing Management; 5:30-8 p.m.; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center; call the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce at 821-1300 for details.
Sept. 9-10: Exposition and Trade Show sponsored by the National Association of Purchasing Management Augusta area chapter; 4 to 8 p.m.; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center; call Steve Clayborn at (803) 952-6139 or Staff 2000 at 651-0636.
Sept. 10: Georgia Tech will offer a one-day seminar on new product development; Georgia Tech campus, Atlanta; fee: $198; for more information contact Georgia Tech at (404) 894-2547.
Sept. 10: "Improve Profits and Reduce Cycle Time with Manufacturing Cells and Simulation"; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; cost $95 ($395 for five-course series); Continuing Education department of Augusta State University; call Carolyn Ingraham at (706) 731-7964.
Sept. 11-12: Georgia Tech's Economic Development Institute's "Manufacturing Excellence: Best Practices for the 21st Century," series of presentations and 16 different workshops exploring critical business practices involved in the "Top 10 Things CEOs Are Doing to Prepare for the 21st Century," Atlanta; call (404) 894-2400 to register.
Sept. 18-Oct. 23: The Office of Continuing Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken presents the four-part Business Series: "Business Writing" (Sept. 18), "Managing Diversity in the Workplace" (Sept. 24), "Communicating for Results" (Oct. 17) and "The Only Thing Permanent is Change" (Oct. 23); costs vary from $92 to $98; call (803) 648-6851 for details.
Sept. 22-26: Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Business Appreciation Week will include the following events: monthly breakfast meeting, Sept. 24, 7:30 a.m.; Business Fair, Sept. 25, 4-8 p.m.; Business After Hours, Sept. 25, 5:30-8 p.m.; North Augusta Small Businessperson of the Year will be announced during the Business After Hours, nomination forms can be picked up at the chamber office, 235 Georgia Ave.; all events open to the public; call 279-2323 for details.
Through today: Aiken County Shriners; 150 delegates; Radisson Riverfront.
Sept. 12-17: Georgia Professional Photographers Annual Convention; 200 delegates; Radisson Riverfront.
Sept. 17-19: Georgia Economic Developers Association Annual Conference; 400 delegates; Radisson Riverfront.
Sept. 23-26: National Emergency Centers; 200 delegates; Radisson Riverfront.
Sept. 30-Oct. 3: Georgia Cooperative Health Education Program Inc. 1997 Annual AIDS Conference; 600 delegates; Radisson Riverfront.
The information for conventions was provided by the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Biz Calendar column is a public-service listing of The Augusta Chronicle. We should receive typewritten information about business events for this column no later than noon Tuesday. Please send items to The Augusta Chronicle, Biz Calendar, Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903; bring them by the News Building at 725 Broad St., or send a fax to (706) 722-7403. Include a contact name and phone number.