Seminars for Entrepreneurs: The first class in...

Seminars for Entrepreneurs: The first class in a four-class series will meet from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica. "In Search of Equity Financing" will feature a panel of experts discussing how to raise money. Other topics: financial statements, Nov. 14; protecting your technology, Jan. 16, and due diligence, Feb. 20. Registration fees are $35 for one seminar or $125 for all four. To register, call Janis Wong at the Economic Development Corp. of Los Angeles County, (213) 236-4832.

Business and the Internet: "How to Make Money on the Internet" is the topic of a Nov. 10 seminar sponsored by the Professionals Network Group. Ivan Rosenberg, founder of Business Information Solutions, and a panel of experts will discuss how the Internet can benefit business owners. The breakfast seminar will meet from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles. The fee is $35 for PNG members and $45 for others. Information: (818) 382-6496.

Keeping Customers: A round-table discussion on customer retention will take place Oct. 27. The USC School of Business Administration's Center for Operations Management Education and Research is the host. Executives from Xerox Production Systems, Trader Joe's, Vons Corp. and California Lutheran Homes will speak at the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $200, or $150 a person for groups of three or more from the same company. Information: (213) 740-0177.

U.S. Chamber Business Courses: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a program of easy-to-complete and inexpensive classes designed to help small-business owners. People who complete the Small Business Institute courses receive certificates and continuing education units. Information: (202) 778-2401.

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