Business communication: Richard G. Rosen, a marketing and communications expert, will be the featured speaker at the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Benson Hotel, 309 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Admission, $20-$35, includes lunch. * Register: http://or.iabc.com/.
Business planning course for farmers: Washington State University Vancouver Clark County Extension will offer a 10-week course, "Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning," 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 16 through March 20, at the school. Local farmers looking to expand or start their business will benefit from the program. Registration is $75 per farm or family and class size is limited to the first 30 participants. Registration deadline is Jan. 14. * Call Eric Lambert, small acreage program coordinator, 360-397-6060.
Free tax workshop: The Vancouver office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small-business owners, 9 a.m. to noon at 8008 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite 340, Vancouver. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. All receive a workbook and a reference guide to Department of Revenue rules. Visit the website for a complete schedule of workshops statewide and short video version of the workshop in English and Spanish. * Register http://www.dor.wa.gov or 360-256-2060.
East Vancouver Business Association: NetBreakfast, 8-9 a.m., Applewood's Restaurant, 2005 S.E. 192nd Ave. Topic: "Find Me on Facebook." Fee: $5 members, $10 others.* Kathy Mensinger, 360-980-2624.
Financial workshop: Vicki Fitzsimmons of Edward Jones Investments presents a free seminar, "Annuities and your Retirement," from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 9901 N.E. Seventh Ave., Suite A102. * Register by Jan. 17: Debbie, 360-573-6604.
Introduction to QuickBooks: Vancouver SCORE will present a workshop showing the mechanics of recording basic transactions with real-world examples, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Score office, 4001 Main St. Cost, $75. * http://www.scorevancouver.org, 360-699-1079.
Time to get affairs in order: Attorney Margaret Madison Phelan will present a seminar on what you need to know about getting your affairs in order, 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 22. Free. * Location, necessary reservations: 360-696-2069.
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