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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.
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.
Growing your customer base
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.
Familiarize yourself with Adobe Illustrator
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.
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.