April 9

LOWELL — Legal Clinic with the Economic Justice Project from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, second floor, 88 Middle St. This clinic is a 30-minute, face-to-face consultation with a business law attorney to discuss legal issues. Free, but space is limited. Email kwallace@comteam.org or call 978-322-8400 if planning to attend. For more information, call 978-322-8401 or visit merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com.

April 10

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. at the new Archie's Little River Ale House, 27 Lafayette Square. The event will feature free food, a cash bar, raffle prizes, and networking with fellow Chamber members. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact Jen Cantwell as 978-373-5663 or at jen@haverhillchamber.com.

April 11

LOWELL — "Networking Made Easy To Grow Your Business" from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, second floor, 88 Middle St. This free workshop is taught by Kevin Willet, founder of Friends of Kevin, a networking group that brings together business, nonprofit, and artist communities. For more information about Friends of Kevin, visit friendsofkevin.com. Email kwallace@comteam.org or call 978-322-8400 if planning to attend. For more information, call 978-322-8401 or visit merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com.

LAWRENCE — The Valleyworks Career Center and Northern Essex Community College invite local employers to attend a Workforce Training Fund (WTF) Informational Session from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Northern Essex Community College, at the Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St. The free session will be presented by Michael Corcoran, supervisor of operations at the State Department of Workforce Development. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call Kelly Osmer at 978-659-1212 or email kosmer@necc.mass.edu.

April 12

LOWELL — The workshop, "Start A Home-Based Business," will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, second floor, 88 Middle St. Learn about how to turn interests and hobbies into a money making endeavor. Terry Williams, assistant director of the center, will lead the workshop. Email kwallace@comteam.org or call 978-322-8400 if planning to attend. For more information, call 978-322-8401 or visit merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com.

DANVERS — Homebased Businesswomen's Network, Inc. (HBN) will have its annual Success Panel program at 6:45 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St. Speakers include Maureen Campaiola, a certified money coach, author and speaker, LaQue Duran, an actress, motivational speaker and image consultant, Sivan Silverman Sergott, owner of the retail store Treasures Over Time, and Roberta Shaw, owner of the bookkeeping/payroll services firm ADDlantic Associates. Members and guests are welcome. For more information, visit h-b-n.org.

April 12 & 14

NORTH ANDOVER — Moore-Tuttle & Co. Realtors, located at 134 Main St., in North Andover, will hold seminars from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday to inform active and retired military personnel with the process of the VA housing purchase process. Open to veterans and/or their families. Guest speakers will be Tom Cannon of Mortgage Network, VA loan specialist, Attorney Paul Russell, veteran, real estate attorney and home inspector. Realtors Debbie Moore, Mark Puorro and Rebecca Clough will be available to discuss the housing market. To register or for more information, call 978-688-1571 or email Rebecca@besthomes.cc.

April 13

DANVERS — The North Shore Business Forum will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, Route 62 East. Attorney Thomas Taranto will give a presentation on how to develop negotiation skills. Includes a continental breakfast. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, visit nsbforum.org.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host a "Special Speaker Series Event: Breakfast with Banker & Tradesman," from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at the Phoenician Restaurant, 12 Alpha St. The presenter, Mary Suter, data solutions manager from The Warren Group, will share statistics and information on the current real estate market and the state of the current economy and how it affects the Greater Haverhill region. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers. Breakfast is included with the ticket price. To register or for more information, visit haverhillchamber.com or contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or email jen@haverhillchamber.com.

April 16

LOWELL — "The Living Business Plan" will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, second floor, 88 Middle St. In this two-hour interactive workshop, participants will draw from their own business to develop a written version of their living business plan. Ellen St. George Godfrey, an entrepreneurial coach in the Merrimack Valley, will lead the workshop. Cost is $10. Email kwallace@comteam.org or call 978-322-8400 if planning to attend. For more information, call 978-322-8401 or visit merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com.

April 18

GEORGETOWN — "Springtime Networking on the Patio" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Keon's Grille at The Black Swan Country Club, 258 Andover St. Hosted by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, the event offers 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.

April 19

NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce's Human Resource Association will present "The New Normal and Why Financial Literacy is More Important Now Than Ever Before" from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Joe Fish Restaurant, lower-level function room, Route 125. Includes a complete hot luncheon. Cost is $22 for MVHRA members, $25 for MV Chamber members, $50 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.

April 20

DANVERS — The North Shore Business Forum will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, Route 62 East. Ruth Sheets of Ducks In A Row will discuss how to price products and services. Includes a continental breakfast. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, visit nsbforum.org.

April 23

LOWELL — The workshop, "Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Teamwork Inc. classroom, third floor, 155 Merrimack St. Designed for businesses interested in learning how to do business with the state. Free. Email kwallace@comteam.org or call 978-322-8400 if planning to attend. For more information, call 978-322-8401 or visit merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com.

April 24

ANDOVER — Northwestern Mutual Finance Network, 10 New England Business Center, Suite 105, will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Includes a continental breakfast, networking, 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.

April 27

DANVERS — The North Shore Business Forum will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, Route 62 East. Marc Cooper of Imagination Products will speak on inventing, developing, manufacturing and selling a new product. Includes a continental breakfast. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, visit nsbforum.org.

METHUEN — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will present the program "transportation 2012" from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Jackson's Restaurant, 478 Lowell St. Richard Davey, secretary and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, will be the guest speaker. Includes a full hot breakfast buffet. Cost is $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.

April 30

LOWELL — The workshop, "Driving Sales Growth with Follow-up Systems," will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, second floor, 88 Middle St. Taught by Paul Hutchinson, who has been a consultant to business owners, new entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and professional associations and individuals for more than 20 years. Cost is $10. Email kwallace@comteam.org or call 978-322-8400 if planning to attend. For more information, call 978-322-8401 or visit merrimackvalleysmallbusiness.com.

May 8

WARD HILL/HAVERHILL — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails at DiBurro's Function Hall. Tickets are $95. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.

Ongoing

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.

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