February Leadership Calendar

Awards, workshops, speakers, tastings, and more are part of the seventh annual Local Food Conference on February 10. (Photo courtesy of UNCW)

Looking to sharpen your skills? Make connections? Each month, WILMA highlights upcoming business-related events in the area to help you find ways to get involved as part of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative.

Find out what's going on in WILMA's Women to Watch Leadership Initiative and upcoming program announcements by clicking here.

February 2: Businesses that were affected by Hurricane Matthew in October can get information about tax deductions they might be eligible for at a free seminar 8:30-10 a.m. at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. The seminar, free for chamber members and presented by H&R Block, covers TAX QUESTIONS FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW. Click for more.

February 2: A panel talk on THE BUSINESS OF ARTISTRY takes place at Ironclad Brewery, starting at 6 p.m. with networking and 6:30 p.m. for the talk. Organizers say the discussion is about how artists can turn their passion into profit by learning best-practices for marketing and protecting their work legally. Click for more.

February 7: The Hampstead Women’s Club, the Women Connect groups, Pender Tourism, and Cape Fear Community College’s Small Business Center come together to host a workshop and networking luncheon. The workshop topic is on GETTING CUSTOMERS TO FIND YOU. It takes place at the Hampstead Women’s Club, 14435 US Hwy. 17. The lunch and program, noon-1:30 p.m., is $13. Seating is limited. Click for more.

February 7: UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship holds a workshop on ENTREPRENEURIAL STORYTELLING for early-stage startups. The workshop, 1-5 p.m., with a lunch starting at noon, covers topics such as pitch presentations and company funding options. The event is free for CIE members and $25 for nonmembers. Click for more.

February 8: The annual Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence's BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Wilmington Convention Center. Click for more.

February 9: The WILMINGTON AREA HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION holds its general membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. at CFCC Union Station. Speakers from CFCC’s hospitality management program, culinary arts program, and career services speak to the group. Cost for the lunch and meeting is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Click for more.

February 9: UNCW’s CIE hosts a “Ask the Expert Series with SCORE: FINANCING YOUR STARTUP OR BUSINESS” 4-8 p.m. with several speakers, who will give a brief presentation and then meet one-on-one or in small groups with participants to field questions. Click for more.

February 10: The seventh annual LOCAL FOOD CONFERENCE, presented by Feast Down East, takes place 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at UNCW’s Burney Center. The conference brings together those who work in or support growing the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina such as farmers, fishermen, food retailers, advocates, and more. Educational workshops are planned as are lunch, awards and keynote speaker Nancy Creamer from North Carolina State University. Click for more.

February 16: The North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program holds a free workshop on WORKING WITH VOLUNTEERS, with the focus on sharing volunteer management experiences in natural resource protection. The workshop is 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Complex. Click for more.

February 16: Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington’s monthly meeting is at Ironclad Brewery with “THE STATE OF THE STARTUP SCENE” as the topic. The free meeting starts at 4 p.m. Click for more.

February 21: Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center holds a seminar on “NETWORKING 101” 4-6 p.m. at the school’s main campus in Bolivia. Participants in the free workshop learn how to converse professionally with prospective clients, strategic partners, or potential employers and contacts. Click for more.

February 22: This month’s networking event for the PORT CITY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bill’s Front Porch, 4238 Market Street. Click for more.