Thursday’s business agenda
Winning the battle of talent
The Smaller Business Association of New England hosts a seminar on “Becoming an Employer of Choice in a Competitive Market” to advise businesses on how to make themselves more attractive to potential employees. Thursday, 7:30 to 10 a.m., The Westin Hotel, 70 Third Ave., Waltham. Free to SBANE members; $99 nonmembers.
How low will it go?
The home-finance giant Freddie Mac releases its weekly survey on mortgage rates across the United States at 10 a.m. Thursday. Last week, rates fell to their lowest level in 15 months, with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.63 percent. Low mortgage rates and rising property values have spurred a run on refinancings, as homeowners seek to lower their bills or renovate their houses.
Honoring women in business
The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Pinnacle Awards, honoring business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship, management, and lifetime achievement. The 2015 honorees include Emily Rooney, outgoing host and executive editor of WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston with Emily Rooney,” for lifetime achievement; Cindy Laba, founder and head of school for Beacon Academy, for entrepreneurship; and Beverly Scott, general manager of the MBTA, for achievement in management. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Boston Marriott Copley Place. $100.
Calling all upstarts
The Venture Cafe hosts its monthly Upstart Roundtable bringing together early-stage startups with experienced entrepreneurs. Cosponsored by The Capital Network and Silicon Valley Bank. Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., Venture Cafe, One Broadway, Cambridge. Free.
On the media
Harvard Business School’s Entertainment & Media Club hosts its annual conference this year on “The Business of Creativity.” The conference features keynote speeches from Jeffrey L. Bewkes, chief executive of Time Warner; Tom Corson, president of RCA Records; and Chris Keyser, president of the Writers Guild of America, West. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Harvard Business School, Boston. $10 to $25.