Friday, Nov. 12, Funding Biotechnology Companies. Seminar on public and private financing for biotechnology enterprises.

7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., University of Maryland Shady Grove Center, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. Sponsor: Biotech Management Institute. Cost: BMI members $125; non-members $175; students $50. Registration is required. Contact: Carl Duncan, 301-263-0500, cnd.bmi@verizon.net. Event Web site: www.b-m-i.net.

Saturday, Nov. 13, Nanotechnology & Wellness -- The Next Trillion Dollar Industries. Seminar on the emergence of nanotechnology and its impact on the wellness industry.

9:30 a.m., Sheraton, Pentagon South, 4641 Kenmore Ave., Alexandria. Sponsor: Vital Age International. No charge. Registration is required. Contact James E. Walls, 703-971-8172, flexmar@cox.net. Event Web site: www.vitalage.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, Information Technology for Small Businesses. Seminar on using technology and information systems to meet your business-development needs.

1 to 3 p.m., 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE. Sponsor: DC Small Business Development Center. No charge. Registration is required. Contact: 202-889-5090.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, RFID Seminar. A discussion about radio frequency identification systems, a wireless technology that uses electronic tags to identify things. Meet one-on-one with RFID experts.

3 to 5 p.m., ASSYST World HQ Auditorium, 7915 Jones Branch Dr., Room 1107, McLean. Sponsor: Advanced Software Systems. No charge. Registration is required. Contact: Florence Seah, 703-852-8415, RFID@assyst.net. Event Web site: www.assyst.net.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, Start Your Business. Learn the essential steps for starting a small business.

6 to 8:30 p.m., Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Sponsor: Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. No charge. Registration is required. Contact: 703-430-7222, sbdc@loudounsbdc.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, Champagne Marketing on a Beer Budget. Discover practical, penny-pinching ways to promote your business or organization.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax. Sponsor: Fairfax SBDC. Cost: $45. Contact: 703-277-7700, dslaugh1@gmu.edu. Event Web site: www.sbdc.org.

Thursday, Nov. 18, Canadian Business Network of Washington. Networking event for Canadian business and technology professionals in the Washington area.

8 to 9:30 a.m., Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Office, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450, Vienna. Sponsor: Laurentian Consulting Group. No charge. Registration is required. Contact: Gerry Preville, gpreville@erols.com. Event Web site: www.canadianbusinessnetwork.com.

Thursday, Nov. 18, The Critical Sales Issues Facing Business Owners Today. Workshop on why conventional sales techniques are not effective in today's technology arena. Learn new strategies to increase sales.

8 to 10:30 a.m., Sandler Sales Institute, 5 Choke Cherry Rd., #380, Rockville. Sponsor: Sandler Sales Institute. Cost: $59; $49 for registration by tomorrow. Registration is required. Contact: Ken Smith, 301-251-5852. Event Web site: www.successinselling.com.

Thursday, Nov. 18, Writing a Winning Business Plan. Workshop on preparing a business plan with the goal of securing a loan.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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, Nov. 18, Microsoft Business Solutions Executive Mini-Camp. Learn how to map information technology investments to leading Microsoft systems.

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover. Sponsor: ePartners. No charge. Registration is required. Contact: 1-888-883-9797, register@epartnersolutions.com. Event Web site: www.executiveminicamp.com.

Thursday, Nov. 18, Telecom Fights Back: Round Three. XO Communications' chief executive Carl Grivner will speak about the company, which recently acquired Allegiance Telecom.

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., 17th floor, Tysons Corner. Sponsors: TelecomHub and Tekelec. Cost: $35 members; $55 non-members online in advance; $10 extra at door. Contact: TelecomHub@yahoo.com. Event Web site: www.telecomhub.org/pages/event_info.jsp?eventID=114.

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