Friday, March 14, Maryland Technology Transfer Fund Program. Seminar for technology professionals on how to use the Maryland Technology Development Corp.'s capital programs to take technology developed in Maryland universities and federal laboratories to market.

2 to 3:30 p.m., 5575 Sterrett Pl., Suite 240, Columbia. Sponsor: Maryland Technology Development Corp. No charge. Contact: Linda Saffer, 410-715-4175, Event Web site:

Saturday, March 15, Tech Comm Career Day. Workshop and discussion about careers in technical communication.

10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cisco Systems, Millennium Conference Center, 13615 Dulles Technology Dr., Herndon. Sponsor: Society for Technical Communication, D.C. chapter. Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers. Registration is requested. Event Web site:

Saturday, March 15, "How to Start and Grow a Business Without Venture Funding: The World of a Multimedia and Internet Development Company." Seminar on starting a company on a shoestring and expanding it into a recognized force in the industry.

1 to 3:15 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, second floor. Sponsor: Capital Personal Computer User Group Entrepreneurs and Consultants Special Interest Group. No charge, but registration is required. Contact: Barbara Conn, 202-452-7428, Event Web site:

Monday, March 17, "Open Source in Government." Three-day conference on the use of free computer source code. Topics include security, corporate perspectives, the e-health initiative and federal enterprise architecture.

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cafritz Conference Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. Sponsors: Center of Open Source & Government and George Washington University. No charge, but registration is required. Contact: Tony Stanco, 202-994-5513, Event Web site:

Tuesday, March 18, Government Contractors Series. Workshop and discussion with Mark Forman, associate director of information technology and e-government for the Office of Management and Budget, on how to leverage IT for homeland security.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr. Sponsor: Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $55 members; $85 nonmembers; add $5 at the door. Contact: Lisa Gibb, 703-749-0409, Event Web site:

Tuesday, March 18, YesCircle Anniversary Gala. Networking event for Washington area entrepreneurs.

7 to 9:30 p.m., Sports Club/L.A.., 1170 22nd St. NW. Sponsor: YesCircle. Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Contact: Event Web site:

Wednesday, March 19, "Breakfast With Experts -- Planning Today for a Well Run Technology Company Tomorrow." Seminar on what executives of small technology companies need to know about corporate governance.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., 2214 Rock Hill Rd., Herndon. Sponsor: Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology. No charge, but registration is required. Event Web site:

Wednesday, March 19, "The Government as Angel and Venture Capitalist." Workshop on finding and securing federal funding to support technology businesses. The event will feature a panel of high-tech executives who have successfully leveraged such funding to meet business goals.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, 1900 K St. NW. Sponsor: Washington DC Technology Council. Cost: $15 members; $40 nonmembers. Contact: Lara L. Vande Walle, 202-637-9333, Ext. 101,

Wednesday, March 19, "Wireless World." Seminar and panel discussion with representatives from three wireless providers to highlight their market niches and strategies.

6:30 to 8 p.m., Booz Allen Hamilton, 8283 Greensboro Dr., Tysons Corner. Sponsor: Capitol Telecommunications Professionals. Cost: $10 members; $25 nonmembers. Contact: Brian Lem, 703-433-8001, Event Web site:

Wednesday, March 19, "Internet Entrepreneurs Toastmasters -- Speak Better to Help Your Business Grow." Meeting of group focused on entrepreneurs' interests and needs provides practice for speech and leadership skills through features such as the one-minute elevator pitch.

7 to 8:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Sponsor: Internet Entrepreneurs Toastmasters. No charge. Contact: David Hollender, 703-904-9681, Event Web site:

Thursday, March 20, Intranet and Portals Solutions Seminar. Discussion on the sharing and processing of information and data across an enterprise in an efficient manner.

9 to 11 a.m., 8401 Colesville Rd., Suite 700, Silver Spring. Sponsor: Information Resource Associates Inc. No charge. Contact: Kim, 301-585-0158, Ext.133, Event Web site:

Thursday, March 20, "Tech Talk." Seminar on various software programs for small-business owners will cover word processing, accounting, virus protection and security programs.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Old Dominion University, 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling. Sponsor: Technology Committee of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers. Registration is requested. Contact: Jennifer Hoffman, 703-421-2688. Event Web site:

Thursday, March 20, "From Discovery to Commercial Success: Bringing Biotechnology Solutions to Market." Seminar and discussion on how technological and economic trends affect the bioinformatics sector and women's health care choices. Topics include the links connecting academic research, venture capital decisions and commercialization issues.

6 to 8:30 p.m., Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike. Sponsor: Women in Technology. Cost: $35 members; $45 nonmembers. Contact: 703-683-4003. Event Web site:

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