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    The week ahead in business

    Monday, Feb. 12

    WORKSHOP

    Personal branding

    The Harvard Ed Portal is holding a workshop on personal branding with speaker Jane McHale, certified brand strategist with 360 Reach. Learn how to build your personal brand, increase your influence, and expand your career success. Monday, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    Tuesday, Feb. 13

    LEARN

    Intro to Microsoft Excel

    Learn to use Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets and manipulate them mathematically using the program’s functions. Participants will learn how to customize a document and add worksheets. Tuesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., JVS CareerSolution, 75 Federal St., Boston. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    WORKSHOP

    Start an online business

    Attend a workshop hosted by IM Business Academy on how to start an online business, even without prior business or marketing experience. Learn how to choose the right business model and product mix. Tuesday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 15 Middlesex Canal Park, Woburn. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    Wednesday, Feb. 14

    WORKSHOP

    Use age to your advantage

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    Older job seekers are encouraged to attend a workshop with practical suggestions for getting in the door and handling age-related questions. Interactive exercises will help participants understand and explain to employers how age and experience can be beneficial. Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., JVS CareerSolution, 75 Federal St., 3rd Floor, Boston. Free. Register online or visit the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Linkedin Clinic

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    Those interested in learning the tips and tricks of LinkedIn are invited to attend a workshop on online networking. Participants will polish their profile, improve networking skills, and learn job search tips. Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., JVS CareerSolution, 75 Federal St., 3rd floor, Boston. Free. Register online or visit the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    Thursday, Feb. 15

    WORKSHOP

    Explore a career in health care

    Attend a workshop to explore career options beyond nursing in a hospital setting. Learn about training, average salaries, barriers to employment, and skill requirements. Participants will identify roles in health care that play to their strengths and interests, get access to online resources and job postings, and create an employment plan. Thursday, 10:30 to noon, JVS CareerSolution, 75 Federal St., 3rd Floor, Boston. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    PANEL

    Inside the minds of designers

    Attend a panel discussion featuring members of the Boston design community in the fields of branding, user experience, and city planning. Learn how to look at projects from a design point of view. Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., General Assembly Boston, 125 Summer St., 13th floor, Boston. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    Friday, Feb. 16

    JOB SEEKING

    Employment for refugees

    Immigrants and refugees are encouraged to attend a workshop on finding entry-level employment and improving English skills. Participants will be able to speak with a career coach to determine eligibility and take an English placement test. JVS CareerSolution specializes in assisting immigrants, refugees, and political asylees. Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., JVS CareerSolution, 75 Federal St., 3rd Floor, Boston. Free. No registration required.

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