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    Thursday, Dec. 6

    REAL ESTATE

    Mortgage rates

    The latest rate for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday. Last week, Freddie Mac reported that it remained at 4.81 percent from the week before.

    Friday. Dec. 7

    COMPETITION

    Battle of
    the business plans

    Watch a panel of judges critique students’ business ideas at the annual Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fintech $5K Business Plan Competition. Winners will receive up to $5,000. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 100 Memorial Drive, MIT Sloan School of Management, Building E62, Room 233, Cambridge. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    CONFERENCE

    Growing your customer base

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    Learn how to attract modern consumers at a retail conference hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The two-day event kicks off Friday night with a keynote speech and welcome reception. Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., building 51, Cambridge. Tickets range from $65 to $120. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    BOOT CAMP

    Familiarize yourself with Adobe Illustrator

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    Bring your design ideas to life using Adobe Illustrator software. Participants will learn to create layouts for the Web and print. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., General Assembly Boston, 125 Summer St., 13th floor, Boston. $200. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    NETWORKING

    Make connections

    Meet like-minded professionals at a BNI Financial District networking group event. Access to business training and peer learning opportunities will be offered. Friday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., 125 Summer St., 8th floor, Boston. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

    Events of note? E-mail us at agenda@globe.com. Follow us on Twitter @GlobeBiz.