We’re back this week with more events and happenings that will help you sharpen your skills and meet diverse individuals, right in the thick of back-to-school time. Have an event you want to submit? Let us know at agenda@globe.com.

Monday, Sept. 4

FEDERAL HOLIDAY: Enjoy your labor day

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Case studies of successful startups : Attend an expert session on successful startups, featuring founders and executives from the software and health care industries. The event is hosted by the Boston Entrepreneurs Network (ENET). Tuesday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham. Free for ENET members. $10 for students. $20 general admission.


How to start a business : Professionals are invited to attend an information session on how to start and organize a small business, including an essential checklist. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, 165 Merrimack St., Lowell. Free.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

A how-to on scaling your business: Learn how to build a service model that helps scale your business and optimize its net impact. Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Workbar at Staples Brighton, 1660 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. Free.

Networking for business professionals : Come meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a networking session, hosted by the Boston Entrepreneurs Group. Trade advice on funding strategies, team growth, and office culture. Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., Coalition, 101 Arch St., Boston. Free.

Make Facebook advertising pay : Learn how to use Facebook’s advertising service to optimize your ad campaigns and leverage your business. Attendees will hear about increasing audience traffic and building viewer loyalty. Wednesday, General Assembly, 125 Summer St., Boston. $75.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Women founders showcase : Come see MassChallenge’s women-founded startups in an evening showcase. Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., MassChallenge, 21 DryDock Ave., Boston. Free.


The Founder hotseat : Come get blunt, helpful advice from experienced entrepreneurs in an open pitch event hosted by the Founder Institute. Audience members are invited to either pitch their own ideas, or watch others get critiqued by experts. Thursday, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Venture Cafe, One Broadway, Cambridge. Free.

Energy and innovation meetup : Stop by Greentown Labs for a panel discussion on the latest happenings in water and energy innovation in Massachusetts. Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Greentown Labs, 28 Dane St., Somerville. Free.

Data talks : Attend a panel discussion on data and health care hosted by General Assembly. The conversation will range from the latest in data innovation to challenges and limitations in the health care industry. Thursday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., General Assembly, 125 Summer St., Boston. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 10

Networking brunch : Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is hosting its monthly brunch where participants can share experiences. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ward 8, 90 North Washington St., Boston. Free.

Natasha Mascarenhas can be reached at natasha.mascarenhas@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @nmasc_