STARTUP GRIND: Have a question about early-stage venture capital? Bradley Harrison of Scout Ventures, now with a Miami office, is in the hot seat, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. Fee applies. More info: startupgrind.com/miami.
PIONEERS @ MDC: A conversation with Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square and founder of LaunchCode.org, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Idea Center at Miami Dade College Wolfson campus. More info here.
SMALL BUSINESS EXPO: Business owners and decision-makers network, attend workshops and shop from vendors, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Miami Beach Convention Center. Free. Info: www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/miami.
‘SHARK TANK’: A casting call for ABC’s Shark Tank program is is part of the Small Business Expo on Thursday. Info on how to interview: www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/sharktank.
FEDERAL CONTRACTING 101: A new SCORE workshop on doing business with the government, 6 p.m. Thursday, 2000 Ponce Business Center, 2000 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. Fee applies. Register: miamidade.score.org. (click on Local Workshops).
BRAINFOOD: A discussion with Martin Varsavsky, founder and CEO of Fon and a serial entrepreneur who has founded seven companies, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. Fee applies. More info: thelabmiami.com (click on Events).
B.I.G. SUMMIT: A conference featuring entrepreneurs and senior executies in virtual reality and wearable technology, Jan. 20, New World Center, Miami Beach. Keynote speakers include Randi Zuckerberg, author and founder of Zuckerberg Media as well as an early Facebook executive, and Peter Rubin, Wired Magazine senior editor. More info and tickets: bigsummit.biz
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Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg