TRADE TALK: Charleston Women in International Trade meets. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Courtyard Charleston Historic District, 125 Calhoun St. Scheduled speaker is Mary E. Ryckman, senior policy adviser to President Barack Obama for trade policy affairs. $25 for members; $30 for others. Register:

MBA SESSION: College of Charleston School of Business free information session on its MBA program. 5 p.m. Tate Center, 5 Liberty St., Room 207. Register at or call Penny McKeever at 953-8112.

THERMAL ENERGY TALK: The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers meets. 5:30 p.m. Harbor Breeze Restaurant, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Scheduled speaker is Mark Johnson. Topic: Thermal energy storage. $25. Email

STARTUP BASICS: Coastal chapter of SCORE holds a workshop, "Are You Ready To Start a Business?" 6-8 p.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. Free. Register at

Maintenance Planning: The Charleston chapter of APICS, the Association for Operations Management, meets. 5:30-7:30 p.m. IFA-Rotorion, 9770 Patriot Blvd., North Charleston. Scheduled: Dan Anderson, account manager at The Life Cycle Institute, on maintenance planning and scheduling, and maintenance, repair, and operation materials management. $20; $10 for students. Register by Jan. 12 at Go to apics

MT. PLEASANT BUSINESS: The Mount Pleasant Business Association meets. Noon-1:30 p.m. Holiday Inn-Mount Pleasant, 250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Scheduled speaker is Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page. Go to

BERKELEY CHAMBER FORECAST: Berkeley Chamber of Commerce annual economic forecast. 8 a.m. College Center at the Complex for Economic Development at Trident Technical College, Building 920, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Scheduled speakers: Clemson University economist Bruce Yandle and Frank A. Rainwater, executive director of the S.C. Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. $40 for members; $50 others. Register at Call 577-9549 or 761-8238 or email

Affordable Care Act: The Palmetto Project holds workshop on health care coverage and options under Affordable Care Act. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. John's Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway. Free. Call 888-998-4646 for an appointment.

CHAMBER FORECAST: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce's 2015 economic forecast and annual membership meeting. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethany United Methodist Church, 118 West 3rd St. South, Summerville. Scheduled speaker is economist Stephen Slifer of Daniel Island-based NumberNomics. $45 for members; $70 for others. Call 873-2931.

INVENTORS FORUM: The coastal chapter of SCORE holds a discussion and workshop about protecting and monetizing unique ideas and inventions, 9-10:30 a.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. Free. Register at

ALLIANCE UPDATE: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce monthly Power Hour. 8-9 am. SCRA Applied Technologies Center, 315 Sigma Drive, Summerville. Scheduled speaker is David Ginn, CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, who will give an update about the group. Free for members; $25 others. Go to for details.