Upcoming business events: Week of April 8

N. Gregory Mankiw
N. Gregory Mankiw Photo courtesy Eastern Kentucky University

Classes & workshops

The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning's Gourmet Learning Series presents "The Micro Entrepreneur" from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 12. Learn options and strategies for self-employment. The session emphasizes learning and meeting professional standards for financial management, marketing and customer service. 251 West Second Street. (859) 254-4175. $45 includes lunch.

The Central Kentucky Inventors Council will hold its Inventors Workshop at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Bluegrass Area Development Center, 699 Perimeter Drive. Host: Don West. Membership: $40. Info: or (859) 201-1311.

Central Kentucky Computer Society will offer the following workshops and classes at 160 Moore Drive, No. 107. Info: (859) 373-1000 or visit

■ Tech Night, 7 p.m. April 8.

■ Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista, 7 p.m. April 9.

■ Photo Coffee Clicks, 9 a.m. April 11.

■ Macintosh and iPad, 7 p.m. April 11.

■ MS Access, 7 p.m. April 18.

■ Make a DVD to play on your TV, 10 a.m.-noon April 10, $25.

Kentucky-Bluegrass Small Business Development Center will offer the following classes. Call (859) 257-7666 or visit to register.

■ Legal Business Form Selection, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 17, Commerce Lexington, 330 East Main Street. $25.

■ QuickBooks for Beginners, 9 a.m.-noon, April 26, Sullivan University, 2355 Harrodsburg Road, Room 139, April 26. $25.


The sixth annual Idea State U student business plan competition will be held April 12-13 at Lexington Center. Nineteen teams from seven public universities across the state will compete for $100,000 in prizes. The funds awarded in the contest, which is sponsored by the state Cabinet for Economic Development, are intended to help the students create fast-growing, innovative companies in Kentucky.

The teams' exhibits will be on display at 4 p.m. April 12, and an elevator pitch contest will be at 5:30 p.m. April 12. At 8 a.m. April 13, the teams will make oral presentations. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. April 13. Learn more at

N. Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard professor and former chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in O'Donnell Hall at Eastern Kentucky University's Student Success Building. Mankiw's talk, which is free, will address "The Challenges Facing Monetary and Fiscal Policy."


The Job Club will meet 9-10:15 a.m. April 9 at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place. Topic: Getting "LinkedIn." Info: (859) 257-8905 or visit

The Lexington chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will hold its annual Winners' Circle Awards Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. April 11 at the Marriott Griffin Gate. This year's honoree is Patsy Todd, former first lady of the University of Kentucky and founding co-chair of UK's Women & Philanthropy Network. Cost is $65 per person. Info:

The Frankfort/Bluegrass chapter of records management association ARMA International will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 at Brontë Bistro in Joseph-Beth Booksellers at The Mall at Lexington Green.

Bill Thomas of VeBridge will discuss "The Obama Administration's Records Management Directive." Lunch is provided. Cost is $17 for members, $20 for non-members and $15 for first-time attendees. Reservations required. Info: Call Roger Hamperian at (859) 425-2071 or

The Blue Grass chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will hold a complimentary networking and educational event for local office support personnel and their employers from 6-7:30 p.m. April 23 at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott at 863 South Broadway.

The theme is "Using Intuition to Advance Your Career." Certification credits will be available for attendees. Info: Contact Mary Beth Shera at or visit

COMPILED BY Dorothea Wingo and Scott Sloan