Friday, July 23, Accounting Comes Alive for Small Business. A hands-on course for 10 small-business owners on how accounting works and how to articulate a business's financial story.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Session Law Firm, 1150 Connecticut Ave. NW. Sponsor: Accounting Comes Alive. Cost: $200. Registration is required. Contact: 202-361-0136. Event Web site: www.comesalive.com.

Wednesday, July 28, From This Day Forward: A Seminar for Staying Faithful to Your Brand Promise. Advice on how to develop a brand promise and set up the internal operations to keep that promise.

Noon to 2 p.m., Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Suite 1700, Tysons Corner. Sponsors: Hinge and Gemini Effect. Cost: $30. Registration is required. Contact: Candace, 703-790-5305, cbf@geminieffect.com.

Wednesday, July 28, Innovative Technology Solutions for the Association and Nonprofit Community. Explore how new budgeting, forecasting and CRM technologies can assist associations or nonprofit groups in decision-making, performance and profitable member/donor relationships.

9 to 11:30 a.m., American Society of Association Executives, 1575 I St. NW. Sponsor: SSI Consulting. No charge. Registration is required. Contact: 410-944-3369, Ext. 4618. Event Web site: www.ssiconsulting.com/newsevents.html.

Thursday, July 29, Writing a Winning Business Plan. Workshop on the purpose, format and contents of a professional business plan.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., ScoreDC, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW. Sponsor: Service Corps of Retired Executives. Cost: $50. Contact: 202-606-4000, Ext. 287. Event Web site: www.scoredc.org.

Thursday, July 29, Learn Networking Skills to Grow Your Business. Discuss marketing and networking secrets.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Old Dominion University, 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling. Sponsor: Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $14 for members; $17 for nonmembers. Contact: 703-777-2176. Event Web site: www.loudounchamber.org.

Thursday, July 29, Innovative Technologies. Seminar on technologies given by the chief executive of Nanoink and the president of 4Wave.

4 p.m., Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, 1737 King St., Suite 500, Alexandria. Sponsor: Atlantic Nano Forum. No charge. Contact: nano@burnsdoane.com, webmaster@atlanticnanoforum.org. Event Web site: www.atlanticnanoforum.org.

Thursday, July 29, How to Investigate and Buy a Franchise. Seminar on advantages and disadvantages of a franchise, success rates and first steps.

6 to 8:30 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Sponsor: Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. No charge. Registration is required. Contact: 703-430-7222, sbdc@loudounsbdc.org. Event Web site: www.loudounsbdc.org/eventcalendar.cfm.

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