Wednesday

BUSINESS COUNSELING: The coastal chapter of SCORE Counselors offers free, confidential business counseling for entrepreneurs and small business owners. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston. No appointment necessary. For more information, call 727-4778.

Friday

CUSTOMS UPDATE: The local chapter of Women in Defense meets. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport, 7401 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Joanne Fogg, assistant port director for tactical and pas- senger operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. $20 for members; $25 for others. RSVP to secretary@widpalmettochapter.org by April 22.

May 1

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 and open to the public.

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 Blvd., 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 CONFAB: 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. Contact Catherine McCullough at info@cclfuture.org or 725-2066 for more information.

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. Go to samechs industry2013.eventbrite.com to register.

May 16

TAX SEMINAR: The Society of Financial Service Professionals holds a seminar, “A New Tax Code for a New Generation.” 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Harbour Club, 35 Prioleau St. Charleston. For details and registration information, contact Paul Brustowicz at charlestonscfsp@gmailcom or 873-4814.

May 17

BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP: The Internal Revenue Service and other sponsors hold a 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. Free. Call 740-6160 to register or for more information.

HOUSING SUMMIT: Lowcountry Housing Trust holds a summit, “Housing Matters.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Trident Technical College’s Complex for Industrial & Economic Development, Building 920, 7000 Rivers Ave. North Charleston. Free but space is limited. Advance registration required at housingmatters-summit-LHT.eventbrite.com. Contact Debra Crawford at 973-7285 or debra@lowcountryhousingtrust.org for more details.

May 20

TEACHER APPRECIATION: The Greater Summerville/Dor- chester County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Teacher Appreciation luncheon. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethany United Methodist Church, 118 W. 3rd. South St., Summerville. Contact Abby Hartmann at 873-2931.

May 21

BUSINESS EXPO: The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce holds its Business Expo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. Go to charlestonchamber.net/business-expo for more information. Free but attendees are asked to bring a business card.