Thursday’s business agenda
US mortgage rates
New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday. Last week, Freddie Mac reported the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.44 percent from 3.46 percent the week before.
Learn effective, affordable ways to connect with an audience in this discussion about marketing on a shoestring. Attendees will learn how to market their products, refine target audiences, and reach customers with the right message and media. Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, CWE Central MA, 69 Milk St., suite 217, Westborough. $20.
Meet the movers and shakers
Chat with a few of Boston’s most influential startup leaders at Startup Stir’s Founders Forum. The event kicks off with a networking session, and then attendees will hear from guest speakers about the latest in Boston’s innovation community. Pizza and beer will be served. Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, Boston. $10 to $13.
Etiquette boot camp
Business professionals looking to brush up on etiquette skills are encouraged to attend this boot camp. Attendees will walk away knowing how to lead conversations with other professionals with ease and impress them with fine dining table manners. Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., The Etiquette Academy of New England, 1309 Beacon St., third floor, Brookline. $184.
Driving more traffic
Learn the fundamentals of a strong digital marketing strategy to drive more traffic and customers to businesses in this introductory workshop. Attendees must come with a laptop and a company’s marketing plan to focus on. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., General Assembly Boston, 51 Melcher St., Boston. $125.