Tonight--"China: Policy, Investment and Telecommunications." A panel of experts from the U.S.-China Business Council, the Telecommunications Industry Association, Lucent Technologies Inc. and GTE Corp. will discuss the political, economic and commercial factors that affect the telecommunications sector in China.

Reception, 6 p.m.; seminar, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Third floor, Greely Hall, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW. Sponsors: Global Telecommunications Society and Women's Foreign Policy Group. Cost: $10, members, $15; nonmembers. Contact: Cecily Cohen, 202-887-5210, Event Web site:


Tomorrow--"An Inside Look: Silicon Boys and Their Valley of Dreams." Author and Newsweek journalist David Kaplan will discuss how Silicon Valley become what is today, and how those lessons can be applied to develop the local digital economy.

7:45 to 9:15 a.m., Johnson Center, George Mason University, Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. Sponsor: Century Club of GMU Inc. Cost: $20, members; $25, nonmembers. Contact: Judy Pearson, 703-761-3141.

Monday--TechNite '99. The 10th anniversary of TechNite will spotlight 10 up-and-coming Baltimore area technology companies and celebrate the Greater Baltimore Technology Council's new status as an independent organization.

5:30 to 9 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Sponsor: Greater Baltimore Technology Council. Cost: $95, GBTC members; $105, nonmembers. Contact: Melanie DeSmedt, 410-727-2820, Ext. 30, Event Web site:

Monday--Ed-Mentor Symposium. A comprehensive look at Internet mentoring and an examination of some of the more successful programs to date.

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Georgetown University Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Sponsor: Federal Focus Inc. No charge, but advance registration required. Contact: Jim Black, 202-797-6368,

Wednesday--"The Killer Business Plan: How to Write a Plan to Attract Capital." The guest speaker, Edward Spiva, will discuss the characteristics of a "killer" business plan from the vantage point of a successful venture capitalist who evaluates hundreds of plans each year.

8 to 11 a.m., Pooks Hill Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda. Sponsors: Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Deloitte & Touche. Cost: $75, members; $95, nonmembers. Contact: Brian Bartholomay, 301-403-4290, Event Web site: www.rhsmith.

Wednesday--"Leading With Vision." Washington Capitals owner and America Online Inc. mogul Ted Leonsis will share his insights on hockey and the Internet at this kick-off event for the Fairfax County Chamber's Fame Series.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd. Sponsor: Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $48, members; $63, nonmembers. Contact: Grace Cular Yee, 703-749-0400, Event Web site: