The Week Ahead is a listing of calendar items and networking events published each Monday in GSA Morning Blend. Submit an item here for inclusion in the weekly listing. Include description, date, time, location, address, cost, website and contact information.
The Value of Lean — Beyond Operations into Shareholder Return
The Greenville Chamber hosts this roundtable event for manufacturers. It will feature Cliff Ransom, president of Ransom Research Inc. Monday, noon to 2 p.m. The Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville. Tickets cost $15 to $50. Register.
Spartanburg Healthcare Network meeting
The Spartanburg Healthcare Network hosts a presentation, Minds Games, A Mental Fitness Program for the Aging, to learn ways to keep your brain active and healthy. Denise Parson of Carise Healthcare will speak. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Spartanburg Chamber, 105 N. Pine St., Spartanburg. It is open to the public. Free. Register.
Speakers from around the world and a variety of industries will speak at this conference. Focus areas include innovative design and manufacturing, connectivity and mobile services, sustainable systems and clean tech, and electric vehicles and infrastructure. Around 600 attendees are expected this year. Wednesday and Thursday, all day. Check the schedule. Costs $299 per person. Register.
The Power of Storytelling nonprofit seminar
DNA Creative Communications hosts this half-day, interactive workshop designed for nonprofits to learn how to amplify their public relations pitch through storytelling. Robyn Zimmerman of Greenville Hospital System and Sean Muserallo of WYFF-TV will speak. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville. Register.
Business certification workshop
The Greenville Chamber, the S.C. Women’s Business Center and Piedmont SCORE have partnered to host Should My Business Be Certified? The workshop helps existing businesses determine if being certified as a woman-owned, minority-owned, disadvantaged small business or other designation would be beneficial. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Greenville Chamber, 24 Cleveland St., Greenville. Costs $50 per person. Register.
The Spartanburg Chamber hosts two marketing workshops on Wednesday. Attendees will learn how to build lasting relationships with existing customers and future ones. The Power of Engagement Marketing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The Supercharging Your Facebook Marketing will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There will be a networking break in between the sessions. Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m. Mary Black Health System Conference Center, 1650 Skylyn Drive, Spartanburg. Free for chamber members and $25 for non-members. Register.
Dale Carnegie presents Dynamic Presentations
Dale Carnegie hosts Jim Geffert, who will focus on maximizing brand engagement using new communication platforms. Wednesday, 2:30 to 5 p.m. Greenville Chamber, 24 Cleveland St., Greenville. Free. Register.
Upstate Transportation Summit
The Upstate Chamber Coalition will host GSP International Airport President and CEO Dave Edwards, S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome and S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms, the S.C. Senate Transportation Committee chairman, to speak about transportation changes coming to the Upstate, including the inland port. Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. BMW Zentrum, 1400 Highway 101 South, Greer. Free. Register.
Greenville Planning Commission
Meets Thursday, 4 p.m. City Hall, 206 S. Main St., Greenville.