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8 Eileen Fisher, who built a $250 million global clothing empire, will speak at a Women's Center event at noon at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va. The fee is $100.

13-15 The National Business Incubation Association is hosting a training institute on topics related to incubation and economic development. The event will be be held at the Chateau Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. More information is available online or by e-mailing

14 Yes Circle in concert with law firm Nath and Associates is hosting a forum on protecting intellectual property. The seminar costs between $20 and $40 and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 112 S. West St. in Alexandria, Va.

17 The American Small Business Coalition hosts a "business over breakfast" every Wednesday at the Tower Club in Vienna, Va., for those interested or involved in federal government contracting. A similar group also meets in Columbia, Md., the third Friday of each month at Le Madeleine in Columbia Crossing Shopping Center. For more information, click here.

24 The Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia is hosting the Women Entrepreneurs' Expo from 8:30 to 5 p.m. in Springfield, Va., at the Waterford conference center at 6715 Commerce St. For more information: e-mail or call 703-778-9922.

29 Access National Bank in Reston, Va., is hosting a seminar for CEOs and other senior-level executives titled "Surviving Growth: How winning companies respond when everything gets out of whack" to discuss how to adapt successfully when a company begins to outgrow a start-up phase. Networking and breakfast runs from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and the seminar will be held 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost ranges from $95 to $125 and seating is limited to 30 people. Register online or call 703-584-5508.


5 How social networking works and why you should care about it is the theme of the first in a series of seminars on the topic hosted by marketing expert Mayra Ruiz-McPherson. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Herndon, Va., at the So Addictive Internet Lounge. For the full agenda or to register, click here.

7-9 The International Franchise Association is hosting the West Coast Franchise Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It is open to the public and designed to allow potential future owners to meet with company representatives and attend seminars. Veterans will be admitted without charge and are invited to attend the free seminar "Franchising 101 for Veterans."

17-23 Join activities as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week -- a week of activities planned in 56 countries to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people. On Nov. 19 in the Washington, D.C., area, people ages 13 and up are invited to test their skills from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in on-the-spot innovation by participating in a mini-challenge by creating something of value from ordinary objects such as paper clips or Post-It notes. The event is being held at the Marian Koshland Science Museum.

20 Learn about doing business with Russia at an event hosted by the Eurasia Center and other groups. The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. event will be held at the Russian Trade Mission and George Washington University. The cost is $150 if you register before Oct. 15 and $200 after. More information is available at the Eurasia Center Web site.

By Sharon McLoone |  October 3, 2008; 11:59 AM ET Calendar Events
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