Tuesday -- October housing starts
Wednesday -- October leading indicators, weekly jobless claims
Franchise seminar -- presented by Howard County Economic Development Authority, 8:30 a.m., Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. Cost is $59. To register, call Tasha Taylor at 410-313-6550 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Small business successes and failures -- lecture by John L. Herman, presented by Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk, 11:15 a.m., in the student lounge, L-Building, 7200 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk. Free. For information, call 410-285-9850.
Thanksgiving -- financial markets closed.
Small business procurement fair -- for those seeking to do business with state and federal agencies. Presented by the MatchMakers Alliance, 10 a.m., Baltimore Convention Center, Pratt and Howard streets, Baltimore. Admission is $160. For information, call 800-421-8476.
Boomers and New Media -- A Greater Baltimore Committee business and professional development session, 7:30 a.m., Suite 1700, 111 S. Calvert St., Baltimore. Speakers are Matt Doud and Steven Kostant of advertising agency Planit, which recently started a new division focused on communicating with adults 55 and older online. Nonmember cost is $60. For reservations, call 410-727-2820.
American Marketing Association -- Microsoft Office new tricks breakfast seminar, 7:45 a.m., Morton's Steakhouse, Sheraton Inner Harbor, 300 S. Charles St., Baltimore. Nonmember cost is $40. Reservations must be made by Nov. 26. Call Courtney Butler at 410-298-0390.
Sales and Marketing Executives International -- local chapter meeting, 5:30 p.m., Phillips Seafood, 1215 E. Fort Ave., Locust Point. Speaker will be Mark Burdett, senior director of ventures and development for the Baltimore Ravens. Nonmember cost is $75. Registration is required online: www.smeibaltimore.org
New Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce -- annual meeting, 11 a.m., Hyatt Regency, 300 Light St. Speaker will be Edwin F. Hale, chairman and chief executive officer of 1st Mariner Bank. Cost is $100. For reservations, call 410-837-7101 or go online at: www.baltimorecitychamber.org
Downtown Partnership -- leadership luncheon and panel discussion, noon, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. Keynote speaker will be Roger Staubach. Cost is $30. Reservations required by Nov. 27. Call Kristi Halford at 410-244-1030, ext. 716, or go online at: www.GoDowntownBaltimore.com.