Small Business Events

Here are some programs and calendar events of interest to the small business community:

Nominations Open for High School Entrepreneurs

The National Federation of Independent Business has opened nominations for its 2008 Young Entrepreneur Awards.

It's the sixth annual scholarship program for high school seniors designed "to promote and encourage entrepreneurship endeavors among teenagers in America."

Award recipients attend the university, college, community college or career institute of their choice with $1,000 in tuition assistance from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Five students will be named finalist winners and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. One of five finalists will be named the 2008 Young Entrepreneur of the Year and will be awarded an additional $5,000 for a total scholarship award of $10,000.

For more information about the awards, see For the online application process, students will need the "access key" NFIB. The deadline is Feb. 11.

Overview Seminar on Angel Investing

The Harvard Business School Club of Washington is offering a seminar featuring local experts in high growth ventures and early stage investing opportunities. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. at the Pillsbury Winthrop Center, 2300 N St., NW in Washington, D.C. It's $120 for members and guests, $170 for non-members. Register online.

University Offers One-day Business Course

The University of Maryland is offering "Strategies for Managing Innovation," a one-day course designed for business leaders. It will cover, among other things, spotting emerging trends, gaining insight into customer desires and developing product ideas.

The Dec. 7 class is part of the Certificate in Innovation Management Program sponsored by the university's engineering and business schools. Registration information is available at

Protecting Intellectual Property

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Enterprise Forum is holding a workshop on intellectual property and how to protect it. The Dec. 5 event starts with a buffet and networking at 6:15 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. It's open to the public, free for forum members and $25 for non-members. The event will be held at CIT, 2214 Rock Hill Rd., Herndon, Va. RSVP to

Want to Know More About Franchises?

The International Franchise Association is hosting its Expo South Jan. 11-13 in Miami Beach, Fla. It will feature more than 100 franchise companies. The association also plans to hold its annual meeting Feb. 9-12 in Orlando, Fla.

By Sharon McLoone |  November 28, 2007; 12:10 PM ET Calendar Events
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