PROBATE WORKSHOP: Charleston County holds a free workshop about routine estate administration and the probate process. 10 a.m.-noon. Charleston County Historic Courthouse, second floor, 84 Broad St. Scheduled speaker is Probate Judge Irvin G. Condon. Advanced registration requested at 958-5030.

BRANDING: The coastal chapter of SCORE holds a roundtable discussion on branding a business. 9-10 a.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. Free. Register at

BASTIAT SOCIETY: The Bastiat Society of Charleston meets for its annual South Carolina Freedom Report event. 6-8 p.m. Harbour Club, 35 Prioleau St., Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Ashley Landess, president of the South Carolina Policy Council. Email

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

HOMEOWNERSHIP: Charleston County Public Library holds a free workshop for prospective first-time homebuyers. 10:30 a.m. John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St., Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Michael Fenwrick.

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 others. Go to to register.

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

STARTUP BASICS: The 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 speaker is Dan Anderson, account manager at The Life Cycle Institute. Topic: maintenance planning and scheduling, and maintenance, repair, and operation materials management. $20; $10 for students. Register by Jan. 12 at Go to for details.

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