The South Florida Interactive Marketing Association and the Fort Lauderdale Art Club present an interactive forum for professionals, business owners and educators. Robert Acquaotta, director of advertiser relations for the Interactive Advertising Bureau, speaks on "Maximizing Brand Effectiveness Through Cross Media Optimization." Mr. Acquaotta is the primary force behind cross-media optimization research being conducted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. 6-8:30 p.m. at Tower Club, One Financial Plaza, 28th Floor, 100 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Cost is $39 for non-members, $25 for Ad Club members, free for South Florida Interactive Marketing Association members, $15 for undergraduate students and $25 for graduate students. Details: (305) 444-2181 or www.sfima.com.
STRATEGIC ECONOMICS LECTURE
Louis E. V. Nevaer, author of "NAFTA's Second Decade" and "The Rise of the Hispanic Market in the United States," conducts the seminar "Miami and the FTAA: Successful Strategies for Emerging Opportunities Throughout Latin America." Mr. Nevaer, an authority on the integration of the Mexican economy into the former US-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the emerging continental Hispanic consumer market, will discuss how Miami and the South Florida business communities can best pursue strategies as hemispheric integration unfolds. 6 p.m. at Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. $25. Details: www.hispaniceconomics.com or (917) 880-8587.
TRADE IN AFGHANISTAN
Kevin Stephens will discuss how to establish links to commercial opportunities, internships, humanitarian assistance programs and investments in the developing Afghani state. Trade and foreign business ties will play a vital role in Afghanistan's efforts to rebuild itself . 4-6 p.m. at Radisson Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. RSVP recommended. Details: email@example.com.
HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Ninth annual Bankers Luncheon at noon. Keynote speaker will be Raul Martinez, mayor of Hialeah. Adrienne Arsht, chariman of TotalBank, and Joseph Guerra, president of Unibank, will be honored. Bongo's Cuban CafÈ, 601 Biscayne Blvd. $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Reservations available. Details: (305) 534-1903.
INCUBATOR NETWORKING BREAKFAST
The Entertainment Industry Incubator Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the growth of small businesses through technical assistance. 8:15-10 a.m. at Tides Hotel, 1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. RSVP recommended. Details: (305) 604-5048 or www.thetideshotel.com.
MONEY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS
Each Wednesday Miami Dade College Wolfson campus offers free classes that will focuses on a different topic. Advice and information regarding personal finance matters will be given to attendees. Focuses on addressing budgeting and money management skills that everyone should know. 12:15-1:15 p.m. every Wednesday through April 7 at 300 NE 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami. Details: Yleinia Galeano (305) 237-3848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Florida Chaper of the Association of Legal Administrators hosts seminar with Rob Herget, The Herget Company, on "Rising Health Insurance Costs." Noon-1:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Cost $25. Reservations required. Details: Lisa Dasher (305) 448-3939.
SMALL AND MINORITY-BUSINESS WORKSHOP
The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority first procurement workshop for small and minority businesses. Miami-Dade Expressway Authority is an independent agency of the state that is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving five of the most heavily traveled expressways in the county. Attendants will network with Miami-Dade Expressway representatives and learn about available contracts for small businesses. Refreshments served. 10 a.m.-noon at Miami-Dade Expressway headquarters, 3790 NW 21st St., Miami. Details: (305) 637-3277.
NICARAGUAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Carlos Guillermo Sequeira, special commercial ambassador and chief negotiator for Nicaragua in the Central American Free Trade Agreement, will speak at the Board of Directors Installation Dinner. The topic of discussion is "Central American Free Trade Agreement's Impact on Investment Opportunities in Central America." 7 p.m. at Hotel Sofitel Miami, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami. Tickets $75. RSVP by Monday. Details: (305) 599-2737 or email@example.com.