Trenton Small Business Week returns for its 16th year with a networking breakfast on Monday, October 19, at 8 a.m. at the Trenton Marriott.

The weeklong series of events features 23 free workshops, two networking sessions, the Mercer Chamber Business Expo, and the Renaissance Ball of Trenton on Friday, October 23, at 6 p.m. Tickets for the ball, also held at the Trenton Marriott, are $175.

The week’s opening salvo at the Marriott will feature Pascal Seradarian, president of Hutchinson Industries, as the keynote speaker.

Hutchinson is one of Trenton’s recent success stories, a manufacturer of high performance wheels and tires for combat and security personnel that last summer expanded into 90,000 square feet at the former city bus terminal on East State Street (U.S. 1, August 27, 2008).

Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer will present the Small Business of the Year Awards.

The week coincides with the Mercer Chamber’s general membership luncheon on Tuesday, October 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Trenton Marriott. This year attendees can meet gubernatorial candidates Jon Corzine and Chris Christie. Cost: $60. Visit www.mercer

A presentation by TerraCycle founder and CEO Tom Szaky, “Follow Your Dream To Success: A Tale of Ultimate EcotoCapitalism” will take place on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 a.m. at Mountain View Golf Course. Cost: $25. Visit or call 609-924-1776.

The Mercer Chamber’s Fall Business Expo also takes place on Wednesday, October 21, at 10 a.m. at Sovereign Bank Arena. More than 120 exhibitors are expected.

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Monday, October 19

Kick Off Networking Breakfast. 8 to 10 a.m., Trenton Marriott.

Working On, Rather Than In, Your Business. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Trenton Marriott. Mike Pucciarelli, Bartolomei Pucciarelli.

Growing Your Business. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thomas Edison State College, 101 West State Street, Townhouse Room 104. Ellen Silverman, ESA Marketing.

QuickBooks Beginner. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thomas Edison State College, Townhouse Room 104. Thomas Perro, Bookkeepers Plus

Financing Made Simple. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219/220. Brian Schoener, TD Bank.

Starting Your Own Business. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street. Donna DiDomenico, Development Specialists, and Cheryl Patnick, Cappella Consulting LLC

Tuesday, October 20

Best Kept Government Resources. 8 to 9:30 a.m., NJ EDA, 36 West State Street, Conference Room. Marion N. Zajac, NJ EDA.

Do You Have an Exit Strategy from Your Business? 10 to 11:30 a.m., NJ EDA Conference Room. Stephen Klein, Klatzkin & Company LLP.

Business Insurance: 10 of the Most Common Mistakes Business Owners Make. 10 to 11:30 a.m., Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219/220. Scott W. Harrah, Harrah & Associates.

Mercer Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon. 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., Trenton Marriott. “Meet the Gubernatorial Candidates. Cost: $60.00. 609-689-9960, ext. 14, or

Working a Room: Overcoming the Wallflower Syndrome. 1:30 to 3 p.m., Roebling Building, Room 219/220. Marilyn Kleinberg, eWomenNetwork SJ.

QuickBooks Advanced. 3:30 to 5 p.m., Roebling Building, Room 219/220. Carla Fallone, Fallone Business Resources.

Investing in Real Estate with Short Sales. 5:30 to 7 p.m. County Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street. Paul W. DeBaylo, Debaylo Associates and Century 21.

TD Bank Business Networking Reception. 6 to 8 p.m. TD Bank, 50 East State Street. John Jordan. E-mail johnwjordan@

Wednesday, October 21

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Before Business Breakfast. 7:30 to 9:15 a.m., Mountain View Golf Course, 890 Bear Tavern Road, West Trenton. Tom Szaky, TerraCycle. $25. Visit

Free Web Resources to Turbo Charge Your Business. 8:30 to 10 a.m., The DeRosa Group, 354 South Broad Street. Visit

Mercer Chamber Fall Business Expo. 10 to 3 p.m., Sovereign Bank Arena. Visit or E-mail

Best Practices in E-mail Marketing for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. 10:30 a.m. to Noon, DeRosa Group, 354 So. Broad Street. Wendi Caplan-Carroll, Constant Contact.

You Can Do Business with the County of Mercer and the City of Trenton. 1 to 3 p.m., DeRosa Group. Marcella Longo, County of Mercer, and Karen Marut and Tom McGough, City of Trenton.

The Art of the Introductory Call: How to Get Appointments with Top Prospects. 3:30 to 5 p.m., DeRosa Group. Amanda Puppo, MarketReach Inc.

Resources for Hispanic Business Owners Offered by the Mercer County Hispanic Association (presented in Spanish). 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street. Luisa Robinson, MECHA.

Thursday, October 22

Make Your Website Work for You. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mercer Community College Kerney Campus, North Broad and Academy streets. Kelly O’Rourke, Idearc.

Google Ads. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Kerney Campus. James A. Mahlmann, NetCetra LLC.

Jumpstarting Social Networking Into Your Marketing Plan. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building. Jeanne Gray, NJEntrepreneur. com.

Podcasting: What is Podcasting and why does my Business need Podcasting? 3 to 4:30 p.m., Kerney Campus. Rita Bakey Christensen, iColor Studio LLC.

Renewable Energy Option: How 2 Keep the GREEN in your Business. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building. Marvin B. Ross and Marcedius T. Jameson, greenNJenergy

Friday, October 23

MOET Seminar. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Trenton Marriott.

Renaissance Ball. 6 to 11 p.m., Trenton Marriott. Cost: $175.Call 609-689-9960, ext. 14.

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