Tuesday--"Navigating and Negotiating Small Business Contracts." This evening seminar aims to help business owners understand and develop standard business agreements and sales contracts and negotiate lease and employee agreements.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m., George Mason University Enterprise Center, 4031 University Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax. Sponsors: GMU Enterprise Center and the Small Business Development Center. Cost: $35. Contact: Dana Slaughter, 703-277-7700, dslaugh1@gmu.edu.

Wednesday--Tech Author Series. Andrew Shapiro, director of the Aspen Institute Internet Policy Project, will discuss his new book, "The Control Revolution: How the Internet Is Putting Individuals in Charge and Changing the World We Know."

Reception 6 p.m.; program 7 p.m. Freedom Forum Rooftop Conference Center, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Sponsor: Freedom Forum. No charge. Contact: Virginia Wright, 703-284-3512, vwright@ freedomforum.org. Event Web site: www.freedomforum.org/ technology/upcoming.asp.

Next Thursday--"Growth and Quality: CynterCorp's Balancing Act." Robert Grimes--founder of technology services company CynterCorp and winner of both the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1994) and the High Technology Council of Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year awards--will share insights on how to keep your company's core competencies focused, while expanding your client base.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Pooks Hill Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda. Sponsor: Baltimore-Washington Venture Group. Cost: $25 members, $50 nonmembers. Contact: Brian Bartholomay, 301-403-4290, bbarthol@rhsmith.umd.edu. Event Web site: www.rhsmith. umd.edu/dingman/docs/ calendar/ 990715.htm.

Next Thursday--"Venture Capital and Employee Ownership." Gene Riechers, managing director of FBR Technology Venture Partners, will talk about how to make your company attractive for venture-capital financing. The discussion will focus on planning for future ownership needs at various stages of financing.

7:30 to 9:15 a.m., Science Applications International Corp., 1710 Goodridge Dr., McLean. Sponsor: Foundation for Enterprise Development. Cost: advance online registration, $35; $45 at the door. Contact: Rafaella Chuahy, 202-530-8920, rchuahy@fed.org. Event Web site: www.fed.org/events.html.


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