Tuesday

Tips & Tricks to Improve Network Performance. This workshop focuses on the techniques used to identify performance and security issues on the network. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Courtyard Ft. Meade, 2700 Hercules Rd., Annapolis Junction, Md. Sponsor: Riverbed Technology. Cost: free. Web site: riverbed.com/us.

The Understanding of Meaning. Learn about speaking skills and tools that help create smooth-flowing channels of communication. Manassas Battlefield Overlook II, 10432 Balls Ford Rd., Suite 300, Manassas, Va. Sponsor: Taras Techniques. Cost: $99. Contact: info@tarastechniques.com. Web site: tarastechniques.com.

Recordkeeping and Accounting. Learn about accounting principles, financial statements, general business records, taxes and management accounting. 9 a.m. to noon, American Bar Association Building, 740 15th Street NW, 3rd floor. Sponsor: SCORE. Cost: $30. Contact: 202-272-0390. Web site: washingtondc.score.org.

Wednesday

Finding IT Opportunities in the Government Sector. How to enter a market, steps to successful contract awards and ways to differentiate from competitors. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 15901 Excalibur Rd., Room 243, Bowie, Md. Sponsors: Maryland PTAP, SBDC. Cost: $99.

Web site: bitly.com/iteventbrite.

Thursday

How to Start a Business. This workshop covers legal forms of business organizations, marketing on a small budget, business taxes and accounting, small business insurance, and types of financing.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Bar Association Building, 740 15th Street NW, 3rd floor.

Sponsor: SCORE. Cost: $50.

Contact: 202-272-0390.

Web site: washingtondc.score.org.

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