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Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., has received a $10.8 million gift from the Lewis Charitable Foundation for the establishment of an institute to support teaching, research, and outreach in social entrepreneurship. The new Lewis Institute at Babson College intends to develop leaders, create knowledge and grow new enterprises to solve compelling global problems. The gift will help provide venture seed funding; a competition to support ventures dedicated to environmentally sensitive undertakings; and to create an annual conference for entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profits and others to focus on emerging social entrepreneurship issues.

The National Business Incubator Association is looking for speakers for its 23rd International Conference on Business Incubation to be held Apr. 19 - 22, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. It's looking to receive more proposals in the following areas: incubator funding, client funding, international issues, university, technology/biotechnology and rural. The proposal submission requirements are available online.

The Etiquette School of Virginia is expanding its network of services to include Ladies and Gentleman's Academies. It's looking for professionals with knowledge of skin care, image consulting, tailoring, wine tasting, music and fine arts appreciation, cigars and spirits, ballroom dance and business etiquette in China to offer instruction.

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Oct. 14-16 Microsoft is hosting a small business summit - a free, virtual gathering of more than 35 business experts and small business owners.

By Sharon McLoone |  October 13, 2008; 7:13 AM ET Tools and Tips
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