Saturday, April 19, "Staying Out of Trouble With IRS: Tips on Preventing IRS Problems for Yourself and Your Business, and Tips on Resolving IRS Problems When They Occur." Seminar led by a former Internal Revenue Service agent on taxpayer rights during IRS investigations and audits.

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, April 21, "Start Your Business." Seminar on how to start your own business. Topics include taxes, licensing, zoning, accounting and recordkeeping, business plan development, sources of financing, marketing, and insurance.

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Sponsor: Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. No charge, but registration is required. Contact: 703-430-7222,

Tuesday, April 22, "Surviving and Thriving in Tough Times." Seminar on coping strategies for business owners, methods of cost cutting and cash-flow management, and the positive side of seizing new opportunities and marketing strategies in turbulent times.

Noon to 1 p.m., Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, 801 N. Fairfax St., Suite 402. Sponsors: Alexandria Small Business Development Center, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. No charge. Contact: Ruth Cope, 703-778-1292, Ext. 206,

Tuesday, April 22, Women in Technology Lunch Bunch: Intellectual Property. Networking event and discussion of the different forms of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets), how to maximize their value and how to protect them.

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Days Hotel and Conference Center, 2200 Centreville Rd., Herndon. Sponsor: Women in Technology. Cost: $20 members; $40 nonmembers. Contact: 703-683-4003. Event Web site:

Wednesday, April 23, NVTC's Emerging Business Network: "Primes and Subs Partnering With One Another -- The Government Contracting Mating Dance." Networking event and seminar for local technology executives interested in government contracting.

8 to 9:30 a.m., Acquient, 2070 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna. Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council. Cost: $35 nonmembers. Contact: Stacey Williams,, 703-904-7878, E208. Event Web site:

Wednesday, April 23, "What's It Really Worth? The Sell-Side Approach to Business Valuation and Mergers and Acquisitions." Seminar on the process of mergers and acquisitions, preparing and valuing a business for sale, finding buyers, negotiation strategies, and tax issues.

8 to 11:30 a.m., Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Tysons Corner. Sponsor: McLean Group LLC. Cost: $80; registration is required. Contact: Eva, 703-827-0200, Ext. 111,

Wednesday, April 23, "Leading Diverse Teams for Competitive Advantage." Seminar on ways to manage your team members and foster inclusively.

6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Bethesda. Sponsor: Society for Technical Communication, Washington, DC Chapter. Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers. Registration is requested. Event Web site:

Wednesday, April 23, "How to Work a Crowd -- Secrets of Successful Networking." Seminar for Washington area entrepreneurs on how to develop networking skills.

7 to 9 p.m. Johns Hopkins University Center, 1625 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Sponsor: Yes Circle. Cost: $15 members, $30 nonmembers. Registration is required. Event Web site:

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