MISHAWAKA — The Mishawaka Business Association will host its annual fundraising dinner with doors opening at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m., Feb. 21 at Riverside Terrace, 426 Lincolnway E. This event is open to Mishawaka Business Association Members and the general public. Cost is $50. Free valet parking is available. There will be live music, a silent auction and cash bar. Bob Nagle will emcee with former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan and former Mayor of Mishawaka Bob Beutter as guest speakers. The MBA will honor IP Solutions as the Business of the Year and Dr. Steve Cramer of Bethel College as Business Person of the Year. For information on sponsorships, to donate silent auction items or purchase tickets, email the Mishawka Business Association at Director@mishawakabusiness.org.
MISHAWAKA — “Building an Iconic Local Brand” will be the subject of the Michiana Chapter of the American Marketing Association’s marketing luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Windsor Park Conference Center. The event will feature a panel of local women including Karen Barnett, Julie Eckert Clancy, Kathy Reddy White and Betsy Tavernier, who have successfully built a loyal and engaged following of their brand. Panelists will share what they have done from a marketing standpoint that has made them successful, and what specific strategies and tactics they have employed. Gwen O’Brien, Director of Media Relations at Saint Mary’s College, will moderate the panel. Networking and registration begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon and the panel presentation ending at 1 p.m. Cost is $25 for AMA members, $35 nonmembers and $17 for students. Seating is limited. RSVP by visiting www.amamichiana.com, emailing email@example.com or calling Norma Sheldon at 344-5567.
MISHAWAKA — Consultants Roundtable will continue its 2013 programs with Income Tax-Filing Tips for Consultants, presented by Don Vander Hey, E.A., a member of the group and owner of GBS Michiana LLC. The meeting is at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Honker’s Restaurant on Day Road.
MISHAWAKA — The Insurance Professionals of Northern Indiana will have its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Riverside Terrace on Lincolnway East. The luncheon speaker will be Kevin Grunawald of Grunawald Baer, who will giving an update on the new tax laws regarding financial planning. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members. For more information, contact Cindy at CindyM@FirstResponseDRS.com.
SOUTH BEND — Creating a workplace environment that is more than just accessible to those with special needs is the topic of an upcoming Business Leadership Network Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Humbreys Multimedia Room of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St. The educational hour will feature Sara Brodzinski, Manager of Training and Employee Services at Martin’s Super Markets and Sandra Bens, Director of Disability Support Services at Ivy Tech. The event is free to attend. To RSVP, contact Maria Stancati at 472-7316 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests are asked to bring their own lunch. A beverage and dessert will be provided by Martin’s Super Markets. This event is sponsored by the North Central Indiana Business Leadership Network.
SOUTH BEND — The Small Business Development Center is offering the following seminars:
Developing Your Marketing Strategy Feb. 19
Launching Your Own Business Feb. 26
Preparing Your Business Plan March 11
The seminars are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SBDC, 401 E. Colfax Ave., Suite 120. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 282-4350 or visit www.southbendbcg.com.
SOUTH BEND — The Small Business Development Center is offering a Taking the Fear Out of Technology seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21. The cost is $10. For more information or to register, call 282-4350 or visit www.southbendbcg.com.
SOUTH BEND — A Small Business Symposium from 1 to 4 p.m. is slated for March 6 at the St. Joseph County Public Library Main Branch, 304 S. Main St. Common management questions regarding access to capital, growth strategies, staffing and other topics will be answered. Public and nonprofit organizations will sponsor the event, so there will be no charge to attend. Participants are asked to save the date by registering online at http://conta.cc/XAYwHF. For more information on the event or how to register, call Drew Brown at WorkOne at 237-9675. More information will be available before the event.