Friday, Jan. 24, "Beginner Internet Search." Seminar for beginners on how to use the Internet to find information.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 815 Monroe St. NE. Sponsor: Byte Back Inc. Cost: $5. Contact: Jami, 202-529-3395, jbroom@byteback.org. Event Web site: http://www.byteback.org.

Saturday, Jan. 25, "Patent Application Process." Seminar for inventors to review the patent application process.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Rd. North, Columbia. Sponsor: Howard County Economic Development Authority. Cost: $25. Registration is required. Contact: Nancy Gebhart, 410-480-7362, ngebhart@hceda.org. Event Web site: http://www.hceda.org/thecenter/events.html.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, "Government Contracting Issues: Teaming Agreements, Subcontracts and Joint Ventures." Seminar for companies on the importance of teaming and partnering.

7:30 to 9 a.m., 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., 14th floor, Tysons Corner. Sponsor: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. No charge. Contact: Angela Olson Halsted, 703-720-7986, tysons.seminars@ssd.com. Event Web site: http://www.ssd.com/new/upcomingevents.asp#id294.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, "Compensation Issues and Strategies for Emerging Businesses."

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Acquient, 2070 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna. Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council. Cost: $35 nonmembers. No charge for members. Contact: Stacey Williams, 703-904-7878, Ext. 208, swilliams@nvtc.org. Event Web site: http://online.nvtc.org/calendar/geteventinfo.cfm?event=JAN28-EMB.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, "Meet the Press." Seminar for technology professionals on how to most effectively communicate with the media.

8 to 9:30 a.m., Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Sponsors: PRSourceCode and O'Keeffe & Co. No charge. Contact: Megan Obrist, 703-883-9000, Ext. 124, mobrist@okeeffeco.com. Event Web site: http://www.prsourcecode.com/meetthepress.asp.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, Titans of Technology Breakfast. Networking event and seminar for local technology professionals.

7 to 9:15 a.m., Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr. Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council. Cost: $40 members; $80 nonmembers. Contact: Shannon Burke,703-904-7878, Ext. 202, sburke@nvtc.org. Event Web site: http://online.nvtc.org/calendar/geteventinfo.cfm?event=JAN29-TITA.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, "How to Obtain, Administer and Market Your General Services Administration Schedule." Seminar and discussion on opportunities for commercial firms with emerging security technologies.

8 to 10 a.m., Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Tysons Corner. Sponsor: Aronson & Co. Cost: $35. Contact: 301-231-6298. Event Web site: http://www.aronsoncompany.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, "Effective Forecasting & Reporting for Government Contractors." Seminar on developing a forecasting and reporting system for government contractors and other project-based businesses.

9 a.m. to noon, Microsoft Inc., 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Sponsor: Adonix Inc. No charge, but registration is required. Contact: Bill Bodziak, 703-860-6945, Ext. 202, bbodziak@adonix-inc.com. Event Web site: http://www.adonix-inc.com/excel.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, "Blast Your Elevator Speech Through the Roof." Workshop on how to sell yourself and your company.

9:30 a.m. to noon, Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Dr., Suite 200, Fairfax. Sponsor: Fairfax Small Business Development Center. Cost: $140. Contact: 703-277-7700, dslaugh1@gmu.edu. Event Web site: http://www.sbdc.org.

Thursday, Jan. 30, "Strategic Growth Options." Workshop on methods for attaining corporate growth goals.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Tysons Corner. Sponsor: Acclaro Growth Partners Inc. Cost: $35. Contact: Christopher "Kit" Lisle, 703-669-2530, kit@acclaropartners.com. Event Web site: http://www.acclaropartners.com.

Thursday, Jan. 30, "A New Way to Get From Here to There: How Technology Will Improve Your Air Travel Experience and Provide New Business Opportunities." Seminar for local aerospace and technology professionals.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Microsoft Innovation & Technology Center, Two Discovery Square, Reston. Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council. Cost: $35 members; $70 nonmembers. Contact: Tarin Heilman, 703-904-7878, Ext. 230, theilman@nvtc.org. Event Web site: http://online.nvtc.org/calendar/geteventinfo.cfm?event=JAN30-AERO.

Thursday, Jan. 30, "How to Write a Winning Business Plan."

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, ninth floor. Sponsor: Service Corps of Retired Executives. Cost: $46. Contact: 202-606-4000, Ext. 287. Event Web site: http://www.scoredc.org.

Thursday, Jan. 30, "What Investment Bankers and Venture Capitalists Want You to Have Done Before You Ask Them for Money." Seminar topics include executive summaries, financial data and management biographies.

6 to 7 p.m., Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Tysons Corner. Sponsor: ICap. No charge, but registration is required. Contact: Andrew Forbes, aforbes@cedomaiori.com, 703-201-4269. Event Web site: http://www.cedomaiori.com.

Thursday, Jan. 30, "Contracts for Computer Consulting." Networking event and discussion for computer consultants.

6:30 to 9 p.m., Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 W. Maple Ave., Vienna. Sponsor: Independent Computer Consultants Association, Greater Washington Area Chapter. Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers. Contact: 703-503-6031. Event Web site: http://www.icca-gw.org/calendar.html.

Thursday, Jan. 30, "Hiring the Right Person the First Time."

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Dr., Fairfax. Sponsor: Fairfax Small Business Development Center. Cost: $45. Contact: 703-277-7700, dslaugh1@gmu.edu. Event Web site: http://www.sbdc.org.

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