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THIS WEEK

- Wednesday: A.M. Connection, Augusta Advertising Federation presents a discussion on next year's changeover to digital television with Marilyn Brock, acting general manager, WAGT-TV (Channel 26); noon to 1:30 p.m.; Washington Hall (T-Bonz); corporate members, free admission; associate members and students, $15; guests, $20; (706) 651-8712.

- Friday: Earned Value Professional certification workshop by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Augusta State University; $295; application deadline May 5; (803) 952-6790

UPCOMING

- May 12: North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Teachers Banquet; 6-9 p.m., North Augusta Community Center; theme "Red, White & Blue and Education, Too!"; sponsorships available; R.S.V.P. to Judy Whaley at (803) 279-2323.

- May 12: SuCCess Columbia County Style; chamber networking event and nine-hole golf tournament; 3:30 p.m., Bartram Trail Golf Course; $40, after April 25, $50; call Karen at (706) 651-0018.

- May 12: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual Golf Classic; 11:30 a.m. registration; 12:30 p.m. shotgun start; Gordon Lakes Golf Course; chamber members $125 per player/$450 team of 4; nonmembers $150 per player/$550 team of 4; register online at www.augustagausa.com or call Terra Carroll at (706) 821-1318.

- May 13: Legislative Wrap-Up; 2 p.m.; Trinity Hospital's Sister Mary Louise Conference Room; consumers invited to listen to local and state representatives talk about their legislative session; free; call (706) 210-2000 ext. 111.

- May 14: Workshop for Presidents, CEOs and Business Owners; 8:30 a.m.; Sandler Training, 699 Broad Street, Suite 1001; come to find out about Sandler System and Sandler Training; call (706) 432-0040.

- May 21: Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors holds a kick-off luncheon to launch the Employee Financial Wellness Program; noon; The Pinnacle Club, Augusta; R.S.V.P. to Rich Virgilio, (706) 860-2490.

- May 22: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Post-Legislative Breakfast; keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, 7 a.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion; $10 members, $20 prospective members; call Karen at (706) 651-0018.

- May 23: Planning and Scheduling Professional certification workshop by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Augusta State University; $295; application deadline May 19; (803) 208-0054.

- May 30: North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center presents River Days; silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres; 7:30-10 p.m.; North Augusta Community Center; single, $40; couple, $75; R.S.V.P. to C.J. Bigger, (803) 278-1805 or jbigger33@comcast.net.

ONGOING

- 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 for an appointment.

- Free and low-cost classes and seminars for entrepreneurs and small business owners; University of Georgia Augusta Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; call (706) 737-1790

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

- Home Buyer Workshops; Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America; Saturdays, free; sign up at www.naca.com or call (706) 855-7464 or (888) 302-NACA.

- How to Find Grant Funding for Your Nonprofit; Learn how to research and identify grants using the Georgia Center for Nonprofits' Foundation Online Directory tool; Tuesdays 10-11 a.m., 630 Ellis St., free, register by calling Delores Hughes at (706) 826-1493 or online at www.gcn.org.

- United Way Helpline; dial 211 to speak with a specialist who can help you with information and referrals to day care providers, free back-to-school supplies, senior citizen programs, rent and utility assistance programs, food pantries, housing, prescription assistance and more; 24-hours a day, seven days a week; out of area residents can call toll free (877) 292-5211; some mobile phone callers may need to call (706) 826-1495.

- Born Learning educational materials are provided free to parents, caregivers & health care agencies to ensure early learning and development of children ages birth to 5 years; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; dial 2-1-1 or (706) 826-1495

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

- Personal financial pitfalls for seniors; AARP Georgia seminar demonstrating how consumers can protect their assets from financial fraud and marketplace abuses; call the CSRA Area Agency on Aging at (706) 210-2000 or (888) 922-4464.

- Networking forum; Today's Working Network; Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; 209 Musical Lounge on the River Walk; visit www.todays-working-network.com for more information.

- Third Thursdays networking and social hour; UGA Alumni Association Augusta Chapter; 6 p.m., Vallarta's, Washington Road, Augusta; free; got to www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/RegAug.html for more information.

- The NoonTime Networkers, area chapter of Business Network International; meets every Thursday at 11:30 a.m., T-Bonz Banquet Hall, 2858 Washington Road; contact Angela Brock at angi@csrabni.com or (706) 288-2800.

- The Leads at Lunch chapter of Business Network International meets every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Golden Corral, Bobby Jones Expressway; contact John Raborn at john@csrabni.com or (706) 394-2605.

- Business Network International AikeNet Works! chapter; lunch on Thursdays; contact Dena Thomas at dena@csrabni.com or (803) 867-9190.

- The Referrals at Breakfast meeting of Business Network International, Thursdays at 7 a.m. at Athens Restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway; call Chuck Ellison at (706) 294-5502.

- Business Network International Referrals & More chapter; Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Just Fresh on Furys Ferry Road; contact Sean Kelly at sean@csrabni.com or (706) 556-1933.

- Business Network International Pro-Active Professionals chapter; meets Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Cleveland & Anderson CPAs on Davis Road; call Angela Brock at (706) 868-5916 for details.

- Business Network International First Things First chapter; meets for breakfast Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at Athens Restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway; contact John Raborn at john@csrabni.com or (706) 394-2605.

- Business Network International BNI2 chapter; lunch Thursday at The Clubhouse; contact Dennis Lam at dennis@csrabni.com or (706) 726-1446.

- North Augusta Networkers; Business Network International group; Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., North Augusta Community Center; contact Karen Claeys at karen@csrabni.com or (706) 731-8415.

- Business Network International Referrals at Work chapter; meets Wednesdays for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Baird & Co.; contact John Raborn at john@csrabni.com or (706) 394-2605.

- Business Network International Business & Breakfast chapter; Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Athens Restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway; contact Dennis Lam at dennis@csrabni.com or (706) 722-0000, extension 232.

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

- Word of Mouth Network, group seeks 200 entrepreneurs and businesspeople for a referral network; call Richard Banks at (706) 736-5020 for an e-mail providing a concise overview.

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

- President's Club & Foundations Classes; ongoing reinforcement of Sandler Training for business owners, managers, and serious sales representatives; 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Sandler Sales Institute, Wachovia Building, 699 Broad St.; (706) 432-0040

- 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; education on the topic of real estate investing for newcomers and the experienced; 7 p.m., second Thursday each month; Columbia County Library Performing Arts Center; $5 members; $10 nonmembers; call Debbie at (706) 364-6612.

- Hands-On Computer Training: programs on Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and more; morning, afternoon and evening classes; Marketable Skills Training Center, 2321 Peach Orchard Road, Suite E; $120 per six weeks, per class; call Gwen Watts at (706) 729-0941.

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

- Prometric Testing Center: MCSA, MCSE, MCP, and CompTIA exams as well as Microsoft Office Specialist exams; Located 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; visit augustasoftwaretraining.com for details.

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

- Foreign Accent and Southern Accent Reduction; classes for improving business and professional skills; Snyder Speech Therapy Services; to register, call (706) 860-9385.

- Construction management; learn the process and potential risks before hiring a contractor for commercial construction 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 held in Augusta; pre-registration required as space is limited; call Dr. Constance J. Pritchard at (706) 627-3540 or email cdftraining@pritchardgroup.com.

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

- How to get started in real estate; Sherman and Hemstreet GMAC; call Tom Horner at (706) 738-6641.

- 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; contact Gwen Watts at gwatts32@comcast.net or (706) 729-0941 or 790-4253.

- Business Opportunity: free seminar for people who have considered being their own boss; Thursdays at Ryan's Steakhouse; call Gail Amstutz at (706) 790-8771 for times and individual appointments.

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

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

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

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