SCHMOOZE WITH THE STATE
State Attorney for Miami-Dade County Katherine Fernandez Rundle will speak at the Doral Chamber of Commerce's monthly networking luncheon. 11:30 a.m. Location to be announced. $40 for members. $50 for guests. Details: (305) 447-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.doralchamberofcommerce.com.
BEST OF THE BEACH
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual "Diamond Palm Excellence in Business Awards" luncheon. The event recognizes businesses that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the community. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $60 members, $70 guests. RSVP required. Details: (305) 695-6834 or Danielle@miamibeachchamber.com.
A panel discussion and breakfast hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce centers on the future of transportation — how cars, the roads we drive on and public transportation can be improved. "Moving the Masses on Intelligent Transportation" includes panelists Bill Anido, assistant city manager for the City of Miami; Alfred Lurigados, director of engineering for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority; and Mohammed Hadi, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Florida International University. 8 a.m. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. $30. Details: (305) 350-7700 or www.miamichamber.com.
A one-day course specially designed for CPAs and other professional firms teaches attendees how to use social media marketing to attract clientele and grow their business. Topics include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs. Course fees include two hours of consulting at the attendee's firm to analyze their existing Web site and help develop social media marketing and search engine optimization strategies. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Hyatt Place Miami Airport-West/Doral, 3655 NW 82 Ave., Doral. $297. $197 without consulting. Details: (305) 477-7600 or www.doralchamberofcommerce.org.
Meet with governmental purchasing professionals from local municipalities and Miami-Dade County, learn about contracting opportunities and more at North Miami Beach's "The Mayor's Business Development Expo." 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. North Miami Beach City Hall, 17011 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach. Registration required. Details: www.nigpmiami.org.
SAVING YOU MONEY
Learn about the money-saving benefits afforded to businesses located within an Enterprise Zone from Economic Development Consultants, Inc., a consulting firm that assists businesses in obtaining incentives and tax benefits. Businesses relocating or expanding in designated areas throughout the county can reap fiscal incentives like sales tax refunds on equipment and tax credits for employees who live within enterprise zones. Breakfast is free for members and non-member prospects. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce boardroom, 1920 Meridian Ave., 3rd floor, Miami Beach. RSVP required. Details: (305)695-6829 or email@example.com or www.miamibeachchamber.com
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce presents a "Discourse to Outsource" panel discussion on developing effective outsourcing strategies in a challenging economy. Panelists include Christine Barney, CEO of rbb Public Relations, Mike Moore, principal at Art View Associates LLC, and more. 11:30 a.m. The InterContinental West Miami, 2505 NW 87 Ave., Doral. $35-$50. Details: (305) 577-5348 or www.miamichamber.com.
WEB PAGE 101
The Doral Chamber of Commerce hosts a "Design Your Own Website Using FrontPage" workshop for beginners. Topics covered include using HTML, creating a Web site from scratch and publishing the project. 6-8 p.m. Doral Chamber of Commerce Atrium Training Center, 3900 NW 79th Ave., Suite 108, Doral. $47. Details: (305) 477-7600 or www.doralchamberofcommerce.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARING FOR CHILDREN
The West Kendall Business Association holds a networking luncheon featuring speaker Yvonne Bare, development director for CHARLEE Homes for Children of Dade County. Ms. Bare will discuss "What everyone should know about our children." Registration and networking 11:15 a.m. Speaker and luncheon 12 p.m. Signature Gardens, 12725 SW 122 Ave., Kendall. $25-$40. Details: (305) 238-9966 or www.westkendallbusiness.com
Tracey Gallentine, marketing director of Ameresco energy services, shares the results of the City of Miami Beach's energy audit — expected to save the city $1.1 million — and offers simple, cost-free steps that can make for major savings in operating costs. 11:20 a.m.-1 p.m. Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce boardroom, 1920 Meridian Ave., 3rd floor, Miami Beach. $8. Details: (305)695-6829 or email@example.com or www.miamibeachchamber.com
BAGELS WITH THE BOSS
Barry Johnson, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, talks about what chamber membership has to offer over breakfast. 8-10 a.m. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. Details: (305) 577-5486 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamichamber.com
Internationally driven businesses connect and find advice at the Americas Linkage Conference 2009. Seminar topics include selling to multilateral development organizations and financing programs for international businesses. Educational sessions will be followed by a lunch reception and opportunities to meet with liaisons to World Bank, United Nations and others. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $100-$120. Details: (305) 577-5445 or www.miamichamber.com
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce holds its International Business Leadership Awards. Special recognition will go to J. Antonio "Tony" Villamil, dean of the School of Business at St. Thomas University and chief economic advisor at The Washington Economics Group. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Held in conjunction with linkage event listed above. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $65-$85. Details: (305) 577-5445 or www.miamichamber.com