The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Office Depot, kicks off the Green Office Makeover contest at a luncheon featuring Ed Costa, vice president of construction for Office Depot, speaking about green building. The winning company that works to green its office, to be announced in May, will receive a Green Office Makeover worth $4,350. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $25-$50. Details: (305) 577-5466 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamichamber.com.
Improve your public speaking skills with Toastmasters in Coral Gables during your lunch hour. 12:15-1:15 p.m. Courtyard Miami Coral Gables, 2051 S LeJeune Road, Coral Gables. $16. Details: (305) 577-0016 or email@example.com.
The Florida Foreign Trade Association offers management training for today's global economy, touching on topics like managing across borders, international marketing and sales and the globalization of technology. Graduates of the four-day courses will receive certificates in international management from the association. 1-6 p.m. Ends March 11. Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Ave., Doral. $1,000.
Details: (305) 471-0737 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ffta.com.
The Mortgage Bankers Association of South Florida, a new chapter of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida, holds its inaugural meeting. Senior account liaison for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Miami field office Anthony Britto is to speak on mortgage industry trends and news for the department. 11:30 a.m. registration and networking. Noon meeting and lunch. Riviera Country Club, 1155 Blue Road, Coral Gables. $30. Details: (305) 777-1111 or email@example.com.
BRING IN THE BRITS
The British American Business Council holds its monthly boardroom breakfast, featuring City of Miami Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff speaking about local job creation, bringing Lloyds of London to Miami and building a downtown convention center. 8-9:30 a.m. Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove. $10 members. $20 nonmembers. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.baccmiami.com.
VISION OF THE FUTURE
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosts a symposium on "The Making of a Modern City: How to Take Miami to the Next Level" featuring speakers from across the country discussing how they successfully transformed their downtowns and how Miami can follow suit. Speakers include Joseph P. Riley, mayor of Charleston, SC, Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh and an Urban Land Institute senior fellow, and Eugenie Birch, professor of urban research and education at the University of Pennsylvania. 7:45 a.m. registration. 8:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. program. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Downtown Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. $45-$60. Details: www.miamichamber.com.
Swap business cards over Italian at Chamber South's networking luncheon. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Carrabba's Italian Grill, 5829 SW 73rd St., South Miami. $20 members. $30 nonmembers. Details: (305) 661-1621 or email@example.com or www.chambersouth.com.