Day planner

THIS WEEK

- Tuesday: Starting Your Own Business; 6 p.m., University of Georgia Small Business Devel-opment Center Office, Enter-prise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; learn how to start a successful business; $69 per person; register online at www.georgia sbdc.org or call (706) 721-4545.

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

- Wednesday: Small Business Lending Update; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Augusta Small Business Development Center Office, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; will present an overview of major changes in the Small Business Administration lending programs and explore the local lending climate; $20 per person, includes a BLT box lunch and soft drink; registration and prepayment required; RSVP to (706) 721-4545 or register online at www.georgiasbdc. org/ce/augusta.

UPCOMING

- May 14: Post-Legislative Breakfast; 7 a.m. continental breakfast, 7:30 a.m. program, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; local delegation will speak on legislative session; speaker Ben Harbin; free to members, $20 first-time visitors; call Tammy Shepherd at (706) 651-0018.

- May 14: North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Teachers Appreciation Banquet for Area 2 Schools; 6-9 p.m., North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brook-side Drive; free to teachers; sponsor a teacher for $15, sponsorship levels are available; RSVP to Judy Whaley at judy@ northaugustachamber.org.

- May 18: Augusta Metro Chamber First Bank Golf Classic; noon, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, 537 Range Road, Fort Gordon; sponsorship opportunities available; (706) 821-1300.

- May 18: SuCCess Columbia County Style; 4:30-6:30 p.m., Gerald Jones Volkswagen, 4020 Washington Road; a free members-only networking event; Tammy Shepherd (706) 651-0018.

- May 19: Augusta Metro Chamber Women in Business Luncheon; 11:30 a.m., Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.; speaker Kelly Taylor, of Zentage, discussing how to focus on strengths and determine a good job for yourself; $20 members, $25 others; (706) 821-1300.

- May 28: Government Partners Workshop; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., University of South Caro-lina Aiken, Business and Educa-tion Building, Room 140, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; learn about government services and products that can help a business increase cash flow and productivity; $50; registration required; (803) 641-3646 or SBDC@usca.edu.

- June 2-23: 2009 Entrepre-neur Success Series; 6 p.m., University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Office, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; Starting a Business, June 2; Small Business Legal Issues, June 4; Setting Up Business Records, June 9; Marketing Your Small Business, June 11, Financing Your Small Business, June 16; Tax Tips for the Small Business, June 18; Writing an Effective Business Plan, June 23; $349 for entire series, $69 individual class; seating is limited; registration and prepayment required; RSVP to (706) 721-4545 or register online at www.georgiasbdc.org/ce/augusta.

ONGOING

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

- Free small business consulting is offered by the Small Business Development Center, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Suite 3500; free services include assistance in developing or updating business plans, developing financial projections, identifying sources of capital, establishing record-keeping systems and analyzing financial records, accessing market data, creating marketing strategies, strategic planning, identifying new suppliers, export opportunities and more; appointment required; (706) 721-4545.

- President's Club & 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.

- Networking on the MIC; 5:30-7:30 p.m. second Thursdays; Club Night Life, 2849 Deans Bridge Road; hostess, Helen Blocker-Adams; for tickets call (706) 267-0579.

- Third Thursdays networking and social hour; UGA Alumni Association, Augusta chapter; 6 p.m., Vallarta's, 2808 Washington Road; free; www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/RegAug.html.

- Instructor-led online courses; Augusta State University's Education to Go program; call (706) 736-1636 for schedule or go to www.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.

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

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

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

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