The Surge in Mergers and Acquisitions in Wisconsin Seminar, Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Brookfield Suites Hotel and Convention Center, 1200 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield; presented by the Wisconsin Innovation Network; featuring speakers John Emory Jr. of Emory & Co. and Tom Smith, senior managing director of Mason Wells; $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members; to register online, visit

University of Wisconsin School of Business’ Economic Outlook 2008, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m., UW’s Fluto Center, Madison; $395 per person; for information or to register, visit or call 800-348-8964.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has introduced two new free online finance courses to help small business owners with the basic principles of finance and borrowing.   The new self-paced courses, Finance Primer: Guide to SBA’s Loan Guaranty Programs and How to Prepare a Loan Package walk business owners through steps that answer questions about what debt financing is, what loan programs are available, what small businesses should know about borrowing money, how to prepare a loan package and how loan requests are reviewed by lenders.

Financial Executives International Milwaukee Chapter meets on the second Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m., University Club, 924 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Call Mary at (414) 226-6975.

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