Friday, Feb. 7, "Small Business Loans and the SBA." Seminar on obtaining loans from the Small Business Administration.

7:30 to 8:45 a.m., Silver Diner, 11951 Killingsworth Ave., Reston. Sponsor: Dulles Business Connection. No charge. Contact: 703-863-9640, rggva@yahoo.com.

Friday, Feb. 7, "Preparing a Winning Proposal." Workshop topics include bidding, analyzing, solicitation and preparing a response.

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.

Friday, Feb. 7, "How to Structure Intellectual Property Agreements for Biotech." Seminar and discussion on structuring domestic and international intellectual-property agreements.

Noon to 2:30 p.m., 700 13th St. NW, Suite 700. Sponsor: Bryan Cave LLP. No charge, but registration is required. Contact: Jeanne Brown, 202-508-6087, pjbrown@bryancave.com.

Saturday, Feb. 8, "Smart Start." Seminar about the initial start-up process for new businesses.

10 a.m. to noon, Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Dr., Suite 200, Fairfax. Sponsor: Fairfax Small Business Development Center. Cost: $25. Contact: 703-277-7700, dslaugh1@gmu.edu. Event Web site: http://www.sbdc.org.

Monday, Feb. 10, "Digital TV, High-Density TV Implementation." Seminar on what you need to know when considering HDTV or a home theater system.

7 to 9 p.m., Washington Gas, large auditorium, 6801 Industrial Rd., Springfield. Sponsor: Capital Personal Computer User Group. No charge. Contact: Dennis Courtney, 301-762-9372, president@cpcug.org. Event Web site: http://www.cpcug.org/user/comm/gen-meet.html.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, "Getting Paid by the Government: Performance-Based Payments for Government Contractors."

7 to 9 a.m., Doubletree Hotel Falls Church/Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike. Sponsor: Potomac Area Chapter, Institute of Management Accountants. Cost: $20. Contact: 202-462-6227. Event Web site: http://www.imapotomac.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, "Roadmap for Leveraging Technology in Your Enterprise." Seminar on using technology in the health care industry.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., SAIC Conference Center, 1710 Saic Dr., Tysons Corner. . 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=FEB11-EBUS.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, "Marketing to the Federal Government."

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., 17th floor, Tysons Corner. Sponsor: Government Marketing Forum. Cost: $35. Contact: 301-924-0058. Event Web site: http://www.federaldirect.net/marketingforum_2003.html.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, "Information Privacy and Data Security." Seminar on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and discussion of what organizations are doing to become compliant.

7:30 to 10 a.m. Johns Hopkins University, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Academic Research Building, Rockville. Sponsor: Technology Council of Maryland. Cost: $15 members and guests; $30 nonmembers. Contact: 240-453-6239. Event Web site: http://www.mdhitech.org/Calendar.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, "Business Management Software Face-Off." Seminar on the advantages and benefits of three leading business management and accounting software packages.

8:30 a.m. to noon, Source Office Suites, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700, Arlington. Sponsor: SSi Consulting. No charge, but registration is required. Contact: Jennifer Daniszewski, 410-944-3369, Ext. 4618, jdaniszewski@ssiconsulting.com. Event Web site: http://www.ssiconsulting.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, How to Get Your Business Online.

9 a.m. to noon, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, ninth floor. Sponsor: Service Corps of Retired Executives. Cost: $36. Contact: 202-606-4000, Ext. 287. Event Web site: http://www.scoredc.org.

Thursday, Feb. 13, "Books for Breakfast." Networking event and discussion with Washington Post technology columnist Shannon Henry.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Maggiano's Little Italy, 2001 International Dr., Tysons Corner. Cost: $45, including autographed copy of Henry's book, "The Dinner Club." Sponsor: Harvard Business School Club of Washington. Contact: 202-244-0360, hbsclub@erols.com.

Thursday, Feb. 13, "Buying and Selling Government-Contracting Businesses." Seminar on business valuation in mergers and acquisitions, geared toward the world of government contracting, including the 10 most common mistakes made when buying and selling a company.

8 to 11:30 a.m., Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., 17th floor, Tysons Corner. Sponsor: McLean Group LLC. Cost: $80. Registration is required. Contact: Eva, 703-827-0200, Ext. 111, ecatlin@mcleanllc.com.

Thursday, Feb. 13, "Seven Steps to Powerful Presentations."

9:30 a.m. to noon, Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Dr., Suite 200, Fairfax. Sponsor: Fairfax Small Business Development Center. Cost: $99. Contact: 703-277-7700, dslaugh1@gmu.edu. Event Web site: http://www.sbdc.org.

Thursday, Feb. 13, "Get on the General Services Administration Schedule and Increase Your Company Sales." Seminar to help business owners learn how to sell to the federal government.

9 a.m. to noon, 7475 Wisconsin Ave., Suite C8, Bethesda. Sponsor: EZGSA. Cost: $65. Contact: Ronniece Pearcy, 301-652-1800, Ext. 309. Event Web site: http://www.ezgsa.com/seminars.htm.

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