*Friday, May 3, BizTimes Media will present the annual M&A Forum to explore trends in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Howard Lanser, a managing director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Robert W. Baird & Co., will keynote the event. A panel discussion on valuation, the market, tax consequences, financing and more will also be held. The M&A Forum will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the Imperial Ballroom of the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. Cost to attend is $45 for individuals and $450 for a corporate table of 10. Online registration is closed, but onsite registration will be available at the event. For more information, visit http://www.biztimes.com/maforum.
*Tuesday, May 7, OfficeMax and social media expert Phil Gerbyshak will team up to present a free seminar on “Social Media for Small Business.” The information session will highlight the basic features of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email marketing, Google+, and blogging to teach small business owners how these tools can help them grow their enterprise. The event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the newly redesigned OfficeMax Business Solutions Center, located in downtown Milwaukee at 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. (in The Shops of Grand Avenue). Complimentary parking will be available in The Shops of Grand Avenue parking structure. To register for the event, contact Priscilla Hernandez at 312-368-7539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Tuesday, May 7, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) will present the Wisconsin International Trade Conference with breakout sessions in China & India, Global Logistics, E-Commerce Technology, Global Payment & Collection Environment, and Key Legal Considerations with Exporting & Compliance. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St. in Milwaukee. Cost to attend is $149 for individuals who want lunch, $99 without lunch, $49 for the lunch only, $490 for a table of 10, $60 for students who want lunch, and $40 for students without lunch. For more information or to register, visit www.mmac.org.
*Thursday, May 23, the Racine County Economic Development Corporation will hold a 30th Anniversary Celebration featuring a keynote speech by Bill Rancic, host of “America Now” and former champion of “The Apprentice. Rancic will discuss “how to succeed in business and life.” The celebration will also include the presentation of the Sam Johnson Volunteer of the Year awards to two area honorees. The event is open to the public and will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Racine Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave. in Racine. Cost is $25, and space is limited. Click here to register.