"How women business owners can be educated on important issues, take action and impact public policy." Presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Speakers: Miami-Dade commissioners Sally Heyman and Katy Sorenson. $40; $30 for members in advance. 6-8:30 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 950 Lejeune Road, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 444-4437.
Ribbon cutting for new chamber building & Miami Beach Visitor Center. 5-7 p.m. 1920 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach. Details: Manuel Pila, (305) 674-1300, ext. 318.
"Everything You Ever Needed to Know About How to Improve the Quality of Life in Miami-Dade County." Workforce development for persons with special needs is among topics at what Alliance for Human Services plans to become an annual event. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Renaissance Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Details: (305) 646-7138.
"Never Have Another Financing Fall Through." Speaker: Joe Castro, Flagstar Bank. Presented by the Women's Council of Realtors Miami-Dade South Chapter. RSVP. $15, $10 for members. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Renaissance at the Gables, 2340 SW 32nd Ave. Details: Ana Maria Roque, (305) 279-8814.
"Food, Drink & Merriment." Panel on the hospitality industry. Joseph West, dean, FIU hospitality management; Alert Mertz, resident manager, Mandarin Oriental Miami; Scott Jacobs, general manager, Hard Rock Cafe, and Rip Ortega, general manager, Dave & Busters. Presented by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Industry Committee. $35; $20 for members with reservations. 8 a.m. FIU School of Hospitality Management, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. Details: Betsey Greene Freeman, (305) 577-5442.
MEETING & RECEPTION
8th annual. Presented by the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association. 4 p.m. Renaissance Miami Biscayne Bay, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Details: Cherry, (305) 531-3553.
"How to Prepare an RFP/RFQ Proposal." Presented by the Miami-Dade Department of Procurement Management. RSVP. 10 a.m.-noon. Vendor Information Center, Room 18-2. Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St. Details: (305) 375-5773.
Presented by the UM Alumni Club of Greater Miami. RSVP. $5; free to members. 6:30 p.m. Sunset Tavern, 7230 59th Ave., South Miami. Details: Jamie Kaminetsky, (305) 284-2872.
"Latest developments and business opportunities in China." Presented by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. RSVP. 11:45 a.m. JW Marriott Hotel, 1111 Brickell Ave. Details: (305) 577-0414.
Speaker: Johnny Winton, City of Miami commissioner and president, WynCo Realty Partners Inc. 8:15 a.m. Don Shula's Hotel, 3842 Main St., Miami Lakes. Presented by NAIOP. $60; $20 for members. Details: (954) 938-213.
"Film & video production is alive & well in South Florida." $40; $30 in advance. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of Greater Ft. Lauderdale. 7 p.m. Westin Hotel, 400 Corporate Drive, Ft. Lauderdale. Details: (954) 418-9555.
"International Trade: Threats, opportunities & ways to advance in the industry." Panelists include Jeanne Moreno, vice president & CIO, Citrix Systems Inc., and Shelia C. Reinken, vice president of finance, Burger King Corp. Presented by Women in International Trade Miami. RSVP by 0/10. $40; $35 for members. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Coral Gables. Details: (954) 888-8045 or by e-mail, daisy.pagan@ey.
Presented by the North Dade Regional Chamber. RSVP. 5:30 p.m. Parkway Regional Medical Center, 160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach. Details: (305) 690-9123.
"War Stores: Survival." Panelists: Michael Carricarte Sr., CEO, Amedex USA Medical; Bertin Perez, Pharmed Group, and John Zumwalt, president & CEO, PBS&J. Presented by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Small Business Group Cutting Edge Committee. $40; $25 for members with reservations. 8 a.m. 7th floor, Union Planters Bank, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Details: Betsey Greene Freeman, (305) 577-5442.