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ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a Congressional Breakfast Forum from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road. Congressman John Tierney and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will present “The Challenges Facing the United States in 2013 -- How is Your Business Impacted?” For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.
ATKINSON — Helping Young Professionals Excel (HYPE) and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Big Speaker Event at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers and cocktails, followed by the speaker program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $30. Tickets are available at hypebigspeakereventeventbrite.com.
NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will host “Grand Opening Mardi Gras,” a business networking mixer, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, 498 Chickering Road, Route 125. Includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a raffle for door prizes. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.
NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a networking breakfast from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Burtons Grill, 145 Turnpike St. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.
ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resource Association will present “Holding Staff Accountable” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Chateau, 131 River Road. Includes a complete hot luncheon. Cost is $22 for MVHRA members, $25 for MV Chamber members, $45 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.
HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hampton Inn, 106 Bank Road. The event will feature complimentary drinks and food, as well as networking, raffles and tours of the Inn. Cost is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or email email@example.com.
MANCHESTER — The McLane Law Firm, located at 900 Elm St., 10th floor, will present “How Businesses Can Minimize the Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act“ from 8 to 9 a.m. The event begins with registration, breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. Although the health care reform individual and employer mandates do not take effect until 2014, employers need to begin preparations this year. Attendees will learn how to plan for 2014 as well as review the requirements taking effect in 2013. Free, but seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 603-625-6464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATKINSON — Career Resources, a local nonprofit agency working with people who have disabilities and other barriers in the Merrimack Valley, will host its annual Spring Fling Silent and Live Auction at the Atkinson Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive. Tickets are $30 each. For more information, to make a donation or to purchase tickets, contact Bonnie Michaleas at 978-374-9122, ext. 228. Pay through Pay Pal at crc-mass.org.
HAVERHILL — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Spring Business Expo Trade Show Job and Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha St. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.
SALISBURY — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 17th annual Winning Opportunities for Women (WOW) Conference at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury. Includes breakfast, lunch, speakers, interactive sessions, gifts and more. Cost is $69 by March 1. After March 1 the cost is $89 for members and $99 for nonmembers. Sponsorship packages are available, and vendor inquiries are welcome. To register or for more information, contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663, email email@example.com or visit haverhillchamber.com.
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.