The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2011 Business Empowerment series featuring "Mission Possible: Cracking the Code: Business Technology." Strategies on maximizing technology tools to streamline business operations are discussed. Panelists include Jaret Davis, co-managing shareholder at Greenberg Traurig; Kevin Michaels, co-founder and managing partner of Invizio; and Mico Yuk, director of sales and business development at Benchmarkers Business Intelligence. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop ballroom, Watson Island. $10 members. $15 others. Details: (305) 751-8648 or www.m-dcc.org.
The German American Business Chamber of Florida presents the "Award of Excellence 2011" to Hans C. Graber in recognition of his achievements in the German American community. Dr. Graber is associate dean for infrastructure at the University of Miami, executive director at the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advance Remote Sensing and professor in applied marine physics. Reception includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Business attire required. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Northern Trust Bank of Florida, 700 Brickell Ave., ninth floor, Miami. $50 members. $55 others. RSVP required. Details: (305) 371-4282 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gabc.us.
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly "Business Builders Luncheon" networking program. 11:30 a.m. registration. Noon-1 p.m. luncheon. Soyka, 5556 NE Fourth Ct., Miami. $30 members. $40 potential members, plus additional $10 for new membership. Details: (305) 673-4440 or email@example.com or www.gogaymiami.com.
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts a general membership luncheon. Noon-2 p.m. Casa Juancho, 2436 SW Eighth St., Miami. $45 members. $60 others. $450 table of ten. Details: (305) 534-1903 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sflhcc.com.
The Emerging Leadership Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts its fifth annual "Champions of Business" luncheon featuring a variety of panel discussions. Panelists include Jerry Powers, CEO of Plum Magazine; Sheila Duffy-Lehrman, Tropic Survival; Dan Odess, president of East Coast Public Adjusters; and Bob Drinon, president of Premier Beverage. 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Trio on the Bay, 1601 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village. $30-$35 members. $45 others. Details: www.miamibeachchamber.com.
The Florida Foreign Trade Association hosts a general network luncheon "Trade-USA Incoming Trade Mission: Costa Rica" featuring keynote speaker Lorena Sanchez-Urpi, consul general of Costa Rica in Miami. 11:30 a.m. registration. Noon-1:30 p.m. luncheon. 12:30 p.m. welcoming remarks by Rafael Puga, Florida Foreign Trade Association president. Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Ave., Doral. $30 members. $35 others. $300 table of ten. Details: (305) 471-0737 or email@example.com or www.ffta.com.
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts "Spotlight Mixer," a networking evening for members and guests. Event includes free hors d'oeuvres and Grey Goose vodka mixed drinks along with drawings for cash prizes. 7-9 p.m. Gansevoort Miami Beach, 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Members free. $10 others. Details: (305) 673-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gogaymiami.com.
The Accountant/Attorney Networking Group of Florida hosts a networking event featuring speaker and accounting attorney Patrick Casey. 8-10 a.m. Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. Members Free. $40 others. Details: (954) 806-7777 or email@example.com or www.aangfl.com.