TUESDAY, AUG. 4
SCORE CONSULTATION: Bring your small-business idea for one-on-one confidential counseling. 1-4 p.m. Free. Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka.
PEER ADVISORY GROUP: Presented by the Meridian Group for owners, presidents and chief executives. Advance registration required. 7:30 a.m.-noon. $99. Crowne Plaza Bloomington, 5401 Green Valley Dr., Bloomington. 952-942-8560.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5
PATENT WORKSHOP: Learn about intellectual property, the patent process and how to do a preliminary patent search. Advance registration required. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-543-8000.
MONDAY, AUG. 10
SCORE CONSULTATION: Bring your small-business idea for one-on-one confidential counseling. 4-6 p.m. Free. Southdale Library, 7001 York Av. S., Edina. 952-938-4570.
INTRODUCTION TO STARTING YOUR BUSINESS: Presented by SCORE. 6-9 p.m. Free. Northwestern Health Sciences University, 84th St. and Penn Av. S., Bloomington. 952-938-4570.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING: One-to-one counseling presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 4-6 p.m. Free. Southdale Library, 7001 York Av. S., Edina.