The Greater Washington Board of Trade is hosting a half-day conference on “Green Trends and Innovations in Today’s Economy” Friday.

The event is to feature the region’s thought-leaders on sustainability issues, who will discuss green trends and innovations.

Panelists include John B. Spirtos, chief executive, GridPoint; Richard W. Greninger, chairman, Building Owners and Managers Association International; Philip Mihlmester, executive vice president, ICF International; Melissa Adams, division head for sustainability and business development, WGL Holdings; John Huffman, president and chief executive, Pepco Energy Services; Dimitrios Parikos, vice president for U.S. renewable energy practice, Marsh USA; Roger Platt, senior vice president, U.S. Green Building Council; Bill Brockenborough, general manager, Bloom Electrons; and Michael J. Taylor, group director for recycling operations, Waste Management.

The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $125 for members, $195 for everyone else.

Other events of note
Tuesday, Dec. 11

The Howard Technology Council is holding a panel discussion on “Mobile Marketing: Beyond the Hype.” Panelists include Ryan Smith of Planit, C. Peter Clough of DotMobi, Sterling McKinley of McKinley Media Group and Paul Capriolo of Social Growth Technologies. The moderator is to be Toby Bray of Clarity Markets. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the council’s offices at 9250 Bendix Rd., Columbia.

The Rockville Women’s Business Center is offering a workshop on the “ABCs of Starting a Business.” The event begins at 10 a.m. at the center’s offices at 95 Monroe St., Rockville. $10.

The Loudoun Small Business Development Center is holding a workshop on “Bookkeeping & Taxation for Small Businesses.” The event starts at 6 p.m. at Exploration Hall, Room 101, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. $30.

The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce’s holiday mixer begins at 6 p.m. at Intelligent Office 2331 Mill Rd., Alexandria. Free for members, $20 for everyone else.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

The Northern Virginia Technology Council is hosting a panel discussion on “Election Impacts on B2G and How to Position Your Company in the Future.” Capital Business reporter Marjorie Censer is the moderator. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Northrop Grumman, 7575 Colshire Dr., McLean. $45 for members, $75 for everyone else.

Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward is to give the keynote at the D.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Chairman’s Inaugural Luncheon. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. $75 for members, $125 for everyone else.

Thursday, Dec. 13

The Rockville Chamber of Commerce is holding a CEO roundtable, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Apatoff Peters Ebersohl, 1700 Research, Blvd., Rockville. Free.

— Shawn Selby