The University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy holds a conference on Venezuela. Speakers are to address Venezuela's economic and energy forecasts, political and business scenarios and the country's foreign policy. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables. $100. Details: (305) 284-3707 or www.miami.edu/chp.
BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS
The Technological and Development Authority and University of Miami's Launch Pad host a workshop on preparing proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs. More than $2 billion in federal grants are dispersed every year through the programs. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. University of Miami Toppel Career Center Library, 1306 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. $49. Cost includes lunch. Details: (321) 872-1050 ext. 107 or email@example.com or www.trda.org.
Greater Miami's business leaders convene for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Goals Conference. Participate in targeted workshops and play a role in the area business community's goals and causes, all while making valuable connections. Ends June 5. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. Details: (305) 350-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamichamber.com.
Part of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Goals Conference, the South Florida Good to Great Awards luncheon celebrates successful local companies and their winning strategies. Keynote presentation by John Kanas, chairman, president and CEO of BankUnited. 11:30 a.m. registration. Noon-1:30 p.m. luncheon and awards. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. $95-$1,000. Details: (305) 577-5432 or email@example.com or www.miamichamber.com.
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2010 golf classic. Noon. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $250-$1,000. Details: (305) 446-1657 or www.gableschamber.org.
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents its 16th annual installation luncheon with keynote speaker Carlos Alvarez, mayor of Miami-Dade County, and Marta Linares de Martinelli, Panama's first lady. Noon-2 p.m. Miami Airport Marriott, 1201 NW LeJeune Road, ballroom, Miami. $65-$1,500. Details: (305) 534-1903 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sflhcc.com.
SUPPORTING THE ARTS
The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce meets for cocktails and a performance of "undershorts" as part of the chamber's Support Our Cultural Arts Members initiative. 9 p.m. cocktails. 10 p.m. performance. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Carnival Studio Theater, Miami. Discounted tickets for the show $37 with PRIDESHORTS promotional code. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.gogaymiami.com.
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce hosts a small-business seminar on "Storm Proofing Your Business," featuring Sandra McQuinn, vice president of the hospitality division at HBA Insurance Group, and Ilan Sredni, owner and president of Palindrome Consulting. 11:30 a.m. Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer, 2525 Ponce De Leon Blvd., fifth floor, Coral Gables. $20-$30. Details: (305) 446-1657 or www.gableschamber.org.
SPEEDY MEET UP
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce's Emerging Leadership Council presents networking on the double for young professionals. During the "Quickie Networker," participants will be paired up and have one minute to talk about their business before they rotate. In just one hour, you will have the opportunity to meet 30 area professionals. Get your pitches ready! 6-7:30 p.m. Bar 721, 721 Lincoln Lane North, Miami Beach. $5. RSVP and advance payment required. Details: (305) 695-6834 or email@example.com or www.miamibeachchamber.com.
Local Brazil, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Ecuador chambers of commerce partner for a 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Happy Hour for young professionals. Network, sip discounted cocktails, snack on complimentary appetizers and enjoy some (hopefully) friendly rivalry. More than 300 attendees are expected. 6-9 p.m. Waxy O'Connor's Miami River, 690 SW First Court, Miami. Free. RSVP requested. Details: www.brazilchamber.org.
INTERACT OVER ITALIAN
Chamber South holds its monthly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.chambersouth.com.
WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY
Kick back after work and make new business connections at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's Wind Down Wednesday event. Stay after the event for dinner at a special $27 price. 5:30-7 p.m. Angelique Euro Café, 117 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $20-$30. Details: (305) 446-1657 or www.coralgableschamber.org.
The Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association holds its monthly networking program. 11:30 a.m. Miami Chop House, 30 S Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $35 members. $45 nonmembers. Details: (305) 673-4440 or www.gogaymiami.com.
A PROPER WELCOME
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida hosts a welcome breakfast for new members. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Consulate General of Brazil, 80 SW Eighth St., suite 2600, Miami. Free for members and first-time participants. $15 repeat nonmembers. Details: www.brazilchamber.org.
The Miami Beach Chamber hosts a pre-show cocktail hour/networker at the performing arts center, with the optional discount tickets to see "Summer Shorts" for chamber members. 6-8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Carnival Studio Theater, Miami. Free. Discounted tickets for the show $37. Details: (305) 695-6817 or email@example.com or www.miamibeachchamber.com.