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

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 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

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

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 or call 577-6510, ext. 227. Register online at CPAs must register at\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

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

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 or call 849-0173.