Industry Appreciation: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual industry appreciation luncheon. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethany United Methodist Church, 118 W. 3rd South St., Summerville. Scheduled speaker is S.C. Commerce Secretary Robert M. “Bobby” Hitt, III. $45 for members; $70 for others. Contact Alana Burke at events@greatersummerville.org.

W. ASHLEY/JAMES ISLAND: The West Ashley-James Island Business Association meets. 7:30 a.m. Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing. Scheduled speaker is S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell. $10 for members; $15 for others.

BUSINESS EXPO: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual business expo. 4-7:30 p.m. The Ponds, 324 Hundred Oaks Parkway, Summerville. Vendor-to-vendor networking for exhibitors only is from 4-5:30 p.m. Business after-hours event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25 for nonmembers. Contact Alana Burke at events@greatersummerville.org for details.

DESIGN FORUM: Fashion Group International of Charleston holds “Design 2012 & Beyond.” 6-9:30 p.m. William Aiken House, 48 Elizabeth St., Charleston. Scheduled speakers include Clodagh, Brian Orter, Victor Ermoli and Michael Adams. $55 for members; $75 for others. Go to: http://design2012 andbeyond.brownpapertickets.com.

LEGISLATIVE FORUM: The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce holds a legislative forum. 8 a.m. Redbank Club, 2316 Redbank Rd., Goose Creek. Topic: “Legislative Issues Essential to Businesses,” $10 for members; $25 for others. Call 761-8238 or 577-9549 or register online at www.berkeleysc.org.

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS: The Lowcountry Open Land Trust and the S.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants hold a continuing education seminar on conservation easements for attorneys, accountants, financial planners, investment managers, landowners and others. 9 a.m-5 p.m. Embassy Suites, Colonial Ballroom, 337 Meeting St., Charleston. $200-$300. Contact Barbara Holmes at bholmes@lolt.org or call 577-6510, ext. 227. Register online at www.lolt.org. CPAs must register at www.scacpa.org\conservation.

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NONPROFIT ROUNDTABLE: The Lowcountry chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals holds a roundtable discussion for development professionals, and leaders and board members of nonprofits. 8:30-10:30 a.m. North Charleston City Hall, 3rd Floor. Free. Space is limited. RSVP to afplowcountrychapter@yahoo.com

DEFENSE GROUP: The Women In Defense’s local chapter meets. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Carrabba’s, 2150 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel and the author of “In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel.” $20 for members; $25 for others. RSVP by Sept. 24 to secretary@wid palmettochapter.org.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: the Charleston Foreign Affair Forum meets. 5:15 p.m. The Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood St., Charleston. Scheduled speaker is former U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Michael W. Cotter. Free for members. For more information, go to charlestonfaf.org or call 849-0173.