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HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host a special speaker series luncheon event from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Haverhill Country Club. State. Rep. Brian Dempsey, chairman of Way and Means, and Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, will give an overview of gaming in Massachusetts, including the commission’s work on gaming to date, the future of gaming in Massachusetts, and its fiscal impact. A question and answer session will follow the lunch and presentation. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILMINGTON — WIND North Employment Networking will host a program from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Route 62. Bruce Katcher, Ph.D. will present “Employee, Contractor or Consultant: Which Is Right For You?” Cost is $10 for WIND members, $20 for all others. For more information, call Fred Nothnagel at 978-501-4854.
NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a congressional debate at 7 p.m. in the North Andover High School auditorium, 430 Osgood St. With Daniel Fishman, Cong. John Tierney and Richard Tisei. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Write down questions and drop them in a basket. Two questions will be randomly drawn. Open to the public. For more information, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.
HAVERHILL — The Greater Salem N.H. and Greater Haverhill Chambers of Commerce will present the third annual “2012 Cross Border Expo” from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Northern Essex Community College gymnasium, 100 Elliot St. This year’s Cross Border Expo will feature restaurant showcase food exhibitors with free samples, celebrity appearances, free raffles every hour, live radio broadcast, free parking, coupons and discount offers from exhibitors and more. The event is free for the public to attend. To sign up as an exhibitor, register online at crossborderexpo2012.eventbrite.com, call Greater Haverhill at 978-373-5663 or Greater Salem at 603-893-3177.
HAVERHILL — Career Resources will be hosting its Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St., to benefit their nonprofit organization that works with developmentally disabled adults. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Award recipients are Tom Mortimer, Haverhill Bank, Community Supporter of the Year Award; John Ratka, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Community Partner of the Year; Peter Carbone, E-Z Way Cleaners, Longevity Award – Special Recognition for supporting people with disabilities; and Dan Bossie, Joe’s Crab Shack, The Employer of the Year Award. For more information, call 978-374-9122, ext. 228 or email bmichaleas@CRC-mass.org.
ANDOVER — LeTip Merrimack Valley Executives, a business networking group, meets on Wednesdays, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Atria at Marland Place, 15 Steven St. Bring business cards to hand out. Free admission for guests. For more information, call Paul Lambert at 978-609-6420 or email PDLLAW@comcast.net.
LAWRENCE — Valleyworks Career Center, located at 439 South Union St., Suite 106, hosts a Networking for Professionals Group every Monday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This group is open to those who have a professional attitude about their career, are interested in networking and are focused on moving their career forward. Attendees must register for each weekly event. Membership is required, but at no cost. For more information or to register, call 978-722-7000 or visit valleyworks.cc.
ANDOVER — The Networking Group meets one Tuesday each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, in Andover. Past speakers have included professional recruiters, career counselors, human resource professionals, marketing leaders, business owners and many others. New sponsorships are always welcome to help defray costs. For more information, contact Brotherhood President Mitchell Schneir at 978-470-1356. Visit templeemanuel.net for a complete schedule.
LAWRENCE — The Service Corps of Retired Executives provides free and confidential assistance to those seeking to start or expand their business. Counseling appointments are available each Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Building, 264 Essex St. Public parking is available behind the building. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 978-686-0900.
METHUEN — The Loop Chapter of BNI in Methuen meets every Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Days Hotel and Conference Center, 159 Pelham St. For information about BNI, contact Chapter President Michael Wendt at 978-239-0281 or email Info@RoleModelInstitute.com.
GEORGETOWN — The Town and Country Chapter of Business Networking International meets every Thursday at noon at the Georgetown VFW, Route 133. Offers an opportunity for businesses to meet and exchange business referrals through word-of-mouth advertising. Free for visitors, members pay a membership fee. For more information, call Gary Cohen at 978-374-6600.