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THIS WEEK

- Today: Substance Abuse Counselor Certification Training; 6 p.m., Small Business Incubator, 3140 Augusta Tech Drive; receive educational hours toward certification; $1,000 fee; 15-week course; Owens Healthcare at (706) 772-4842.

- Tuesday: Columbia County Chamber Not Just Coffee; 7:15 a.m. continental breakfast, 7:45 a.m. program, Columbia County Board of Education, 4781 Hereford Farm Road, Evans; meet newly elected delegation; free to members, $10 first-time visitors; R.S.V.P. to Tammy Shepherd at (706) 651-0018 or tammy@columbiacounty chamber.com.

- Tuesday-Oct. 23: Entrepreneur Development Certificate Program; 6 p.m., Augusta Small Business Development Center, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; Legal Issues of Small Business on Tuesday, Marketing Your Small Business on Thursday, Finding Money for Your Small Business on Oct. 21, Expertise from Entrepreneurs on Oct. 23; $49 individual class; $210 series; advance registration ; D. McKenzie at (706) 721-4545.

- Wednesday: Understanding the General Services Administration Schedule Process; 9 a.m., Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; overview of GSA's mission; presenter will discuss issues businesses should consider before taking the schedules plunge; free; R.S.V.P. to Todd Hurd (706) 721-4529 or register at www.gtpac.org.

- Thursday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Augusta-Richmond County Fairgrounds, Hale St.; meet potential clients in a social atmosphere; free chamber members, $10 nonmembers; reservations; R.S.V.P. to (706) 821-1300.

UPCOMING

- Oct. 21: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon; 11:30 a.m. registration, noon lunch and program, Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 10th St.; topic is How to Give Back in Economic Hard Times; $20 members; $25 nonmembers; register at (706) 821-1300 or visit www.augustagausa.com.

- Oct. 21: Young Professionals of Augusta; social 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way; nonprofit organization open to all young professionals ages 21 to 40 who live, work or have an interest in the Augusta area; organization offers social networking, philanthropic outreach, professional development and cultural awareness; free to attend; $35 to become member; visit www.ypaugusta.net

- Oct. 23: New Member Orientation; 8-9 a.m., North Augusta Chamber office, 406 West Ave.; free; R.S.V.P. to Judy Whaley at (803) 279-2323 or judy@northaugustachamber.org.

- Oct. 24: Planning and Scheduling Professional Certification workshop; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; offered by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International; $295; R.S.V.P. to aaceicsra.org@gmail.com.

- Oct. 29: North Augusta Chamber of Commerce A.M. Connection; 8 a.m., North Augusta Chamber office, 406 West Ave.; speaker is Charles Munns, the president and chief executive officer of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; $10 members, $12 others; registration required; Judy Whaley at (803) 279-2323 or judy@north augustachamber.org.

- Oct. 29: 10 Ways Small Business Owners Can Avoid Lawsuits seminar; 6-7:30 p.m., Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad St.; $25; R.S.V.P. by Oct. 22 to Katie Jones at (404) 876-8516 or katie.jones@nfib.org or www.nfib.com/object/IO_381 58.html.

- Oct. 30: Columbia County Chamber Professional Development Luncheon; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; speaker Denise Ryan; topic is Leadership Lessons from the Kings of Chocolate; $20 members, $25 first-time visitors; R.S.V.P. with and credit card information to (706) 651-0018.

- Nov. 5: Columbia County Chamber Speed Networking; 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 671 N. Belair Road, Evans; members only networking event; give a one minute commercial about your business; free for members; Tammy Shepherd at (706) 651-0018 or tammy@columbiacountychamber.com.

- Nov. 6: Starting Your Own Business seminar; 6 p.m., Augusta Small Business Development Center, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; $49; advance registration preferred; (706) 721-4545.

- Nov. 7: QuickBooks 2008 seminar; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Augusta Technical College, Building 600, Room 653, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive; seminar includes basic accounting and company setup; upon completion of the series a Small Business Development Center business consultant will help you with implementing QuickBooks into your small business; $149; advance registration preferred; D. McKenzie at (706) 721-4545.

- Nov. 7: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Economic Club Workshop and Luncheon; workshop 9 a.m., luncheon 11:30 a.m., Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 10th St.; workshop on customer service and communication skills by Eileen Shenker of Success Seminars; luncheon recognizing 2008 Small Business of the Year; $30 workshop, $45 luncheon, $60 workshop and luncheon; R.S.V.P. required at www.augustagausa.com.

- Nov. 10: SuCCess Columbia County Style; 4-7 p.m., Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; business fair and networking event; free members, $10 nonmembers; Tammy Shepherd at (706) 651-0018 or tammy@columbiacountychamber.com.

- Nov. 13: Writing A Business Plan seminar; 6 p.m., Augusta Small Business Development Center Office, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; $49; advance registration preferred; D. McKenzie at (706) 721-4545.

- Nov. 14: Covering Your Assets; 8 a.m., Augusta Tech McDuffie Campus, 388 Tech Drive N.W., Thomson; practical guides to avoid employment litigation and motivate employees; $50; Carolyn Gilbert at (706) 597-1000.

- Nov. 18: Columbia County Chamber Pre-Legislative Breakfast; 7:15-9 a.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; pre-legislative breakfast with keynote speaker State Sen. Eric Johnson; free members, $20 first time visitors; Tammy Shepherd at (706) 651-0018 or tammy@columbiacounty chamber.com.

- Nov. 21: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Signature Event; 6:30 p.m. registration and cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner and program; Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 10th St.; topic is The Power of Influence and Advocacy; guest speaker Hala Moddelmog, the CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; $50 members, $60 others; corporate tables and sponsorships available; call (706) 821-1300 or visit www.augustagausa.com.


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