Classes & workshops
■ The Bluegrass Small Business Development Center presents the following development opportunities: FAQ's of Starting a Small Business, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 31, Commerce Lexington, 330 East Main Street, $20. Building and Utilizing Facebook and Twitter for your Small Business, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. June 3, Sullivan University, 2355 Harrodsburg Road, $40. Employee Handbooks — Business Owners Best Friend!, 2-4 p.m. June 6, Commerce Lexington, $20. The New Paradigm of Retirement Thinking: How to Get Through Retirement Without Running Out of Money, 8-10 a.m. June 7, Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, 800 Rose Street. Payroll 101 for the Small Business, 1-3 p.m. June 9, Scott County Public Library, Georgetown, $20. Profit Mastery Preview, 6-7 p.m. June 16, Commerce Lexington. Info: (859) 257-7666.
■ Central Kentucky Computer Society presents the following workshops at 160 Moore Dr., Suite 107. Workshops are for members, but the public is invited: Photo Coffee Talk, 9 a.m. June 2. Dr. Fix-It, 2 p.m. June 4. Information: (859) 373-1000 or visit Ckcs.org.
■ The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Minority Business Enterprise Program offers the following free classes in the basement of the LFUCG Government Center, 200 East Main Street: WBENC Women's Business Enterprise Certification, 9-11 a.m. June 3; Which Certification is Right for You?, 4-6 p.m. June 6; Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification, 9-11 a.m June 10; How To Do Business with LFUCG, 4-6 p.m. June 13. For a complete schedule of classes, go to Lexingtonky.gov/purchasing or call (859) 258-3320.
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■ The Lexington School will offer the following training events: The Ooey Gooey Lady Lisa Murphy, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9, $120, includes lunch. 7.5 state accredited training hours. Storytellin' with Mary Jo Huff, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10, $120, includes lunch. Register/info: Jaci Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Your Center of Learning offers the following one-day training courses on Microsoft Office programs at The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South U.S. 27 Somerset. The courses are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Each course is $149. PowerPoint Advanced 2007, June 7; Excel 2007 Advanced, June 14. Info: (606) 677-6000.
■ Blue Grass Energy's annual meeting is 6:30 p.m. June 2 at Keeneland Entertainment Center, 4201 Versailles Road. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Food and exhibits, prizes, dog show and a magic show. Info: bgenergy.com.
The Central Kentucky Inventors Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at Bluegrass Area Development Center, 699 Perimeter Drive. Speaker: Mark Reyland, United Inventors Association of America. Info: (859) 201-1311 or ckic.org.
Greater Lexington Real Estate Investor's Association will meet at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1951 Pleasant Ridge. Info: email@example.com.
■ How to Leverage Business Using Free Online Marketing Techniques and Strategies, 7 p.m. May 30 and June 6 at Lexington Central Kentucky Career Center, 1055 Industry Road. Free. (859) 433-6784.
■ Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers will present "Collaboration: Teamwork for Better Healthcare Construction" from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3 at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus in the Founders Union Building. $75; includes lunch. Register: 1-800-493-1117 or go to kshe.org.
■ Weichert Realtors — Bluegrass Living will present a series of free real estate seminars for new and seasoned Realtors each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 2962 Richmond Road, Suite 220. Register: (859) 543-8253.
■ The 2011 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program is seeking nominations from across southern and Eastern Kentucky for the region's top business leaders and entrepreneurs. Nominations will be accepted through June 1. The top three finalists in each of the four categories recognized and award recipients will be announced Sept. 12 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. For more info or to download a copy of the nomination form, go to www.centertech.com and click on the Excellence in Entrepreneurship link or call (606) 677-6000.
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