FACEBOOK FOR BUSINESS: The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University will host a free seminar on effective techniques for using Facebook in business from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville.

“The presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits that have been using Facebook for social media marketing,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Small Business Development Center, “but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level.”

Summers said core concepts will include a closer look at Facebook; how to tell if it is right for your business; what kind of content to create and post; etiquette; how to tell if content is working; suggestions on what to do next; and why social media and email marketing must be used together.

There is no charge to attend the event; however, preregistration is preferred. For information, contact LSBDC Southeastern at (985) 549-3831 or lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org. Online registration is available at www.lsbdc.org.

SMALL-BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is sponsoring a small-business outreach event for businesses interested in contracting opportunities with Bechtel National Inc.

The free program will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greater Covington Center, Bogue Falaya Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington.

Bechtel is considered one of the world’s top firms for engineering, construction and project management. Local small businesses are being sought for the following types of services: electrical, framing offices, mechanical/HVAC, industrial plumbing, groundskeeping/maintenance, pest control services, custodial services, food services and lab testing services.

Although there is no cost to attend, seating is guaranteed only for preregistered attendees. Registration deadline is Thursday. To register or for more information, visit lsbdc.org or call (985) 549-3831.

SUMMER OF SERVICE: The Summer of Service program of Northshore Rising Professionals will match young professionals with nonprofits that can use their help. A series of summer luncheons will highlight nonprofits that are members of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.

The Summer of Service luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday will include presentations from Child Advocacy, Safe Harbor, Youth Service Bureau, Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center, New Heights, STARC and Salvation Army. Admission is $14 for members and $16 for others. To register, visit sttammanychamber.org or call (985) 892-3216, ext 4.

LOUISIANA FRANCHISE EXPO: Information about the franchise business ownership model and the numerous opportunities available in the franchise world will be available at the Louisiana Franchise Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Southeastern St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville. The expo is being organized by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Topics will include financing, finding the right franchise to meet business goals and budgets, and whether franchisees can keep their current job and own a “semi-absentee” franchise business.

There is no cost to attend; however, preregistration is preferred, as seating is limited. A light lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday.

For information, contact LSBDC Southeastern at (985) 549-3831 or lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org. Online registration is available at www.lsbdc.org.