TUESDAY

Top Marketing Trends for Today's Emerging Businesses. Panel discussion on low-cost marketing trends, media buzz, common mistakes and improving visibility in the marketplace. 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Booz Allen Hamilton, Hamilton Room, 8283 Greensboro Dr., McLean. Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council. Cost: Free for members; $70 for nonmembers. Event Web site: http://www.nvtc.org/events/geteventinfo.php?evnt=EBE-2.

Establishing a Successful E-Commerce Business. What Internet sales and marketing methods are appropriate and affective for small business. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Rockville Regional Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Sponsor: Rockville Economic Development. Free. Contact: Rayna Glucksman, 301-315-8096, Glucksman@RockvilleREDI.org.

Marketing to Grow Your Small Business. Workshop on low-cost/no-cost marketing techniques. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Bar Association Building, 740 15th St. NW, Third floor. Sponsor: Score. Cost: $30. Contact: 202-272-0390. Event Web site: http://www.scoredc.org.

WEDNESDAY

Selling to NIH. National Institute of Health officers discuss funding, how it is categorized, what the future prospects are and how to become part of the procurement process with NIH. 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda. Sponsor: Tech Council of Maryland. Cost: $60. Contact: Wendy Dudrow, wdudrow@techcouncilmd.com. Event Web site: http://https://techcouncilmd.com/events/detail.php?list=Events&laction=detail.php&evt_id=3.

Web Marketing: To Blog or Not to Blog? Seminar geared to small business entrepreneurs on high-tech issues, including business blogs and podcasts, searches, RSS, the many-to-many blog, ebooks and "push" technologies. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd. NW, Leesburg. Sponsor: Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Free. Registration is required. Contact: 703-430-7222, sbdc@loudoundsbdc.org.

THURSDAY

How to Start a Business. Workshop topics include forms of organization, marketing, record keeping, business taxes, insurance, and types of loans. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Bar Association Building, 740 15th St. NW, third floor. Sponsor: Score. Cost: $50. Contact: 202-272-0390. Event Web site: http://www.scoredc.org.

Start Your Business. Seminar will give marketing tips and discuss the types of insurance needed for small businesses. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market St., Leesburg. Sponsor: Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Free. Registration is required. Contact: 703-430-7222, sbdc@loudoundsbdc.org.

FRIDAY

Businessperson's Search for Meaning. Workshop on keeping your sanity, sense of humor and soul in the workplace. 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., NRECA Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Sponsor: HR Leadership Forum. Cost: Free for members; $75 for non-members. Contact: admin@hrleadershipforum.org. Event Web site: http://www.hrleadershipforum.org.