Kinko's Founder to Speak: Paul Orfalea, founder and chairman of Kinko's, will speak at the Nov. 14 meeting of the L.A. Venture Assn. The first Kinko's was so small, the copy machine had to be wheeled out onto the sidewalk. Today, the company has 800 locations in the United States, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and includes breakfast. The fee is $25 for association members and $40 for non-members. To register, send a check to LAVA, 626 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 129, Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Small-Business Meeting Set: Learning Annex is sponsoring a Small Business Success Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Hyatt Hotel, 8401 Sunset Blvd. Topics include how to set up a corporation, how to raise money and tax planning. The fee is $39 for Learning Annex members, $59 for non-members and $69 at the door. Information: (310) 478-6677.

SBA Contest: Ever dream of being named "Small Business Person of the Year" and going to the White House to collect your award? Here's your chance to enter the Small Business Administration's national competition. The SBA also presents local, state and national awards for advocates representing women in business, minorities, veterans, accountants, financial services and the media. Applications are due Dec. 15. Information: (818) 552-3203.

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