City of Lakewood is hosting a free military and federal contracting session from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at 6000 Main St. SW. The half-day session is intended to assist local business owners in navigating their way through the federal contracting process and to prepare them for attending the upcoming Alliance NW Conference 2012, which is scheduled for March 15. Click here or contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 for more information.

Excellence Project, Thurston Economic Development Council and Leadership Thurston County are sponsoring Extraordinary Leadership Conference on Feb. 28 at Great Wolf Lodge, 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Rochester. Click here for more information. Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at Marlyn Jensen’s Rentals, 6409 Rosedale St. NW. Click here to RSVP.

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a general membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 at Great American Casino, 11017 S. Tacoma Way. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Click here or call (253) 582-9400 to RSVP.

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Building a Better Business” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 1 at The Lodge at Mallards Landing, 7083 Wagner Way NW. Click here or call (253) 851-6865 for more information.

Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County is hosting its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 2 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. The keynote speaker is Ross Bogue, vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication. The luncheon also will feature 2011 business retention and recruitment results and the top 10 economic development projects of 2011. Click here for more information.

LOTT Clean Water Alliance is hosting a free seminar about compounds of emerging concern, including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, from 9 a.m. to noon March 3 at 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia. Speakers will discuss the presence of CECs in the environment, potential impacts to public health and the environment, and what happens to CECs during wastewater treatment and when reclaimed water is infiltrated to groundwater. RSVP by calling (360) 528-5716.

The fifth annual South Sound Sustainability Expo is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway. The free event allows participants to discover services, products, companies and agencies that address sustainability needs in the local community. Click here for more information.

The Women’s Leadership Council is hosting its third annual Power of the Purse from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 3 at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. The event features dinner and silent, live and progress auctions, and is a fundraiser to support financial stability and self-sufficiency of women and girls in Thurston County. Tickets are $75 or $600 for a table of eight. Click here or contact Ami Forsberg at (360) 943-2773, ext. 13 for more information.

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