The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will host "Fundraising Strategies: Ideas for the Changing Environment" today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., 515 Erin Drive. The cost to attend is $99 for Alliance members, $89 for participants in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence and $150 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or

The Small Business Innovative Research and the Small Business Technology Transfers Program will hold a forum on the Phase 0 Grant Program and Technical Assistance Network today from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. R.S.V.P. to Sara Ebert at 615-673-4419 or

The Engineers' Club of Memphis board will meet today at 5:30 p.m. at 5880 Ridge Bend Road. For more information, e-mail Mary Cassandras at

A Shelby County Charter Amendments public hearing will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at the Bert Ferguson Community Center, 8505 Trinity Road. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

master IT will host a business seminar, "Business Unplugged," Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Several speakers from technology companies will be in attendance. For more information or to register, visit or call 377-7891.

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. This week's topic is "The Mastermind Principle: Propelling Your Way to Success by Giving and Gaining Ideas." For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.

The Bornblum Institute of LeMoyne-Owen College
will host astrophysicist Dr. Neil Tyson Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave. His address is part of the Bornblum Lecture Series. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

The Memphis Regional Chamber will hold its monthly "Breakfast Forum: News and Networking for Business Professionals" Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The cost to attend is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, visit or contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or

The Tennessee Department of Human Services Child Care Facilities Corp. will conduct a five-part series of training classes to discuss starting and operating a child care business. The first class will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Norris Road Church of Christ, 1055 Norris Road. Cost is $25 per person per class, and registrations can be made by calling 615-532-0936.