BUSINESS PLANS: The coastal chapter of SCORE begins the second part of a seminar: ”Writing a Business Plan,” 6-9 p.m. Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., North Charleston. $30. Go to www.score285.org.


S.C. AUTO SUMMIT: The S.C. Automotive Council holds its second annual automotive summit. The Hyatt in downtown Greenville. Topics include growing investments in the Southeast, workforce development and the outlook for the auto industry’s economic outlook. Speakers include executives of Robert Bosch, Bridgestone, Daimler AG and General Dynamics. Keynote speaker is Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire of the Americas. $325 for SCMA members; $375 for others. Go to scautomotivecouncil.com for more information or to register.


BasTiat SOCIETY: The Bastiat Society of Charleston meets. 6 p.m. Barbara Jean’s, 99 S. Market St., Charleston. Speaker is Edward Lopez, economics professor at Western Carolina University and president of the Public Choice Society. Topic: “The Economic Engine of Political Change.” Email charleston@bastiatsociety.com.


CRUISE SHIP SYMPOSIUM: The World Monuments Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Society of Charleston hold a symposium on the impacts of cruise tourism in historic port communities. Francis Marion Hotel. Charleston. $300 for members of the three sponsor groups and for students; $350 for others. Go to preservationsociety.org.


CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Trident United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council holds its quarterly meeting and business speaker series. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 6296 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Speaker is Lisa Mitchell, president of Hagemeyer USA. Topic: The value and importance of corporate civic engagement. Go to surveymonkey.com/s/CVC_Feb2013_RSVP to register.

Feb. 12

1ST DISTRICT CANDIDATES: The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce holds its quarterly membership meeting, featuring candidates for the 1st Congressional District race. 7:30-9 a.m. Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston. $25 before noon Feb 11; $30 afterward. Go to charlestonchamber.net or contact Parker Lee at 805-3035.

Feb. 13

NEW BUSINESS COUNCIL: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce launches its Entrepreneur Council. 8-9:30 a.m. 402 North Main St., Summerville. The new group will meet , 8-9 a.m on the second Wednesday of the month; locations may vary. RSVP to tburke-koskela@greatersummerville.org or 873-2931.

Feb. 22

BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP: The Internal Revenue Service and other sponsors hold a free tax workshop for small business owners covering federal and state tax requirements and employment security obligations. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Small Business Development Center, 2430 Mall Drive, Suite 155, North Charleston. Call 740-6160.

Feb. 25

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS: The International Association of Administrative Professionals’ Charleston chapter meets. 6: p.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. Contact Vicky at 958-4141.

Feb. 27

Web TACTICS FOR EXPORTERS: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service holds a seminar: “Webmarketing Your Export Business.” 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. College of Charleston’s Beatty Center, Room 220, 5 Liberty St. $65. Contact Phil Minard at 843-746-3404 or Phil.Minard@trade.gov.