Friday--Executive Breakfast Briefing: E-Business. Nicholas Allen, a vice president at research firm GartnerGroup, will discuss opportunities for selling electronic commerce systems to government agencies.

7:45 to 10 a.m., Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike. Sponsor: Washington Technology. Cost: $30. Contact: Sonja Barbour, 703-848-2800, Ext. 124, Event Web site:

Tuesday--"What's New in WordPerfect 2000." Computer consultant Susan Kousek will discuss differences between the new WordPerfect 9 and previous editions of the word-processing software. A brief question-and-answer session will follow.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Washington Gas Light Co., Large Auditorium, 6801 Industrial Road,Springfield. Sponsors: Capital PC User Group and WordPerfect Special Interest Group. No charge. Contact: John Sherman, 703-569-4247, Event Web site:

Tuesday--"Online Political Advertising." Ron Faucheux, editor and publisher of Campaigns & Elections, will discuss the role of the Internet in political campaigns and elections.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Sponsor: New Media Society of DC. Members, free; nonmembers, $10. Contact: Carolyn Myles, 703-995-0689, Event Web site:

Wednesday--"Fast Growth Financing Solutions, Mergers & Acquisitions." Roger London, founder of TrustOne Capital, will lead two classes for companies that are looking to finance growth or merge with other companies.

4:30 to 6 p.m., corporate financing seminar; 6:30 to 8 p.m., mergers and acquisitions seminar. Women's Business Center Inc., 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 312. Sponsor: Women's Business Center Inc. One class, $35; both classes, $50. Contact: Rosemary Barton, 202-785-4922, info@womensbusinesscenter.

org. Event Web site: www.womensbusinesscenter.