Washington State Housing Finance Commission is hosting a first-time home buyer class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Link Real Estate Group, 4705 Lacey Blvd. SE, Suite C, Lacey. Reservations are required.  Click here or call (360) 870-8349 for more information.

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Rep. Troy Kelley from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at Great American Casino, 11017 S. Tacoma Way. RSVP by Feb. 24 to (253) 582-9400.
City of Lakewood is hosting a free military and federal contracting 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 marlin 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.

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