MIAMI RIVER SYMPOSIUM
The Miami River Commission will hold the first Miami River Marine Industry Symposium to discuss the major river industries and the future of its economic growth. Industry experts will speak about the prospects of employment, investments on the river and government projects. The symposium aims to reintroduce the maritime industrial sector of the waterway and create awareness of the business opportunities on the Miami River. 6-8 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second St. $75. RSVP by 9/18. Details: Brett Bibeau, (305) 361-4850.
BAR ASSOCATION LUNCHEON
The National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will sponsor a luncheon honoring Marcia Cooke and install its new officers. Judge Cooke will be the first African-American to become a federal judge in South Florida. Noon at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP required. Members $30; others $35. Details: Erica Scott, (305) 372-1800.
The Florida Association of British Business will hold a networking and business card exchange for persons interested in making British contacts. 6-8:30 p.m. at SAX Music Club, 1756 North Bayshore Dr., Miami. Members $5; others $10. Details: (305) 371-9340 or Fwww.britishflorida.com.
The South Florida Commuter Services will host the transportation leadership awards luncheon to recognize individuals in both regional public and private sector organizations for their dedication to the transportation industry. Capt. Winston Scott, former astronaut and executive director of the Florida Space Authority, will speak. Noon-2 p.m. at Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, 1825 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP required. $25. Details: 1(800) 234-7433.
The Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association will host a seminar and reception on becoming a judge. Discussion will focus on the dreams, myths and realities of this position. 3-8 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $40. Details: (305) 416-1888.
The Business Referral Group will host an open house and business card exchange for potential new members. 6-8 p.m. at Havana Harry's, 4612 LeJeune Rd., Coral Gables. RSVP required. Details: Eli Ristine, (305) 443-1364.
CHINA MARKET SEMINAR
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council will host a seminar on how to conduct business successfully with China. Attorney Phillip Gou will speak on the issue and how Hong Kong trade can be a future business investment. 3:30-6 p.m. at Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Ave. RSVP required. Free. Details: Gabriel Pedre, (305) 577-0414 or email@example.com.
HISPANIC CHAMBER RECEPTION
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a reception to honor its trustees and corporate partners. 5:30 p.m. at Chispa restaurant, 225 Altara Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP required. Members free; others $10. Details: (305) 534-1903 or www.floridahispanicchamber.com.
CHAMBER AFTER HOURS
The Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a business after hours with hors d'oeuvres, wine and networking. 5:30-7 p.m. at Golden Glades Inn and Conference Center, 16500 NW Second Ave., North Miami. RSVP required. Members free; others $10. Details: (305) 944-8500.
The Commonwealth Institute will host a leadership luncheon for South Florida businesswomen focusing on helping women entrepreneurs and executives strengthen their companies. Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former president of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. RSVP required. $55. Details: Jodi Cross, (305) 799-6547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beacon Council will host its annual meeting for community and business leaders. Robert B. Willumstad, president and COO of Citigroup, will be the keynote speaker. 8 a.m. Oct. 6 at Parrot Jungle Island, 111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. RSVP required. Members $50; others $60. Details: www.beaconcouncil.com.
The Brickell Area Association will host the luncheon series Of Important to Brickell to discuss the importance of Miami's growing economy and the value of the Miami River. Noon-2 p.m. at the Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami. Members $35; others $40. Details: (305) 375-0080.