HEAR THE CANDIDATES: The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee holds “Pork and Politics in the Park,” featuring remarks from 1st Congressional District candidates Elizabeth Colbert Busch and former Gov. Mark Sanford. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St., Charleston. $75. Go to charlestonchamber.net or email gramsey@charlestonchamber.org for more information.


DORCHESTER 2 SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce’s North Summerville Area Business Council meets. 8-9 a.m. Holiday Inn Express, 120 Holiday Drive, Summerville. Topic: update on construction plans and the referendum for Dorchester School District 2. Scheduled speakers are Pat Raynor and Allyson Duke, public information officer and chief financial officer, respectively, for the school district. Call 873-2931 for more information.

DEFICIT TALK: The Bastiat Society of Charleston meets. 6-8 p.m. Barbara Jean’s Restaurant, 99 S. Market St., Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Peter T. Calcagno, associate professor of economics and director of the Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process at the College of Charleston. Topic: “Deficit, Debt and Democracy: An Institutional Approach.” Free.


BUSINESS FINANCES: Charleston County’s Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise holds “Financial Matters,” a free workshop for minority and small-business owners. Topics include credit, funding and financial planning. 6-7:30 p.m. Lonnie Hamilton, III, Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, Room B-339, North Charleston. Scheduled speakers are Doretha Bernique of Increasing Hope Financial Center; Darrell Fyall of MetLife; and David Gebhardt of Regions Bank. Register by email at mjefferson@charlestoncounty.org or by phone at 958-4750.

May 7

DOING BUSINESS OVERSEAS: The Overseas Private Investment Corporation holds a workshop about government programs available to support overseas investment: “Expanding Horizons.” Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston. &:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $50. Go to www.opicevents.com to register online or to get more details.

May 8-9

CONSERVATION LEAGUE: The Coastal Conservation League holds a conference as part of its 25th anniversary: “Prosperous Lowcountry, Flourishing Planet.” Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St., Charleston. $100-$160. Catherine McCullough at info@cclfuture.org or 725-2066.

May 9

MILITARY ENGINEERS: The Charleston post of the Society of American Military Engineers holds its annual industry day, with a focus on opportunities for small firms that want to do business with local government agencies. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. Theme: “Lean and Green in 2013.” $25-$180. Register at same chsindustry2013.eventbrite.com.

PRODUCTIVITY TALK: The chapter of APICS (Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success) meets. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hampton Inn & Suites, 2688 Fernwood Dri ve, North Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Tim Sinclair, regional vice president of the S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Topic: lean product development. $20; $10 for students. Register by May 6 to elise.keser@ifa-rotorion.com or 486-5185.