Business agenda
By Margeaux Sippell
Globe Correspondent


Mortgage rates

New numbers will be released Thursday. Last week, Freddie Mac reported the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.40 percent from 4.38 percent the week before.


Massachusetts Marijuana Summit

Attend the second Mass. Marijuana Summit, beginning with a keynote address by Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title. Her speech will be followed by a panel discussion on how to navigate the impending marijuana industry in Massachusetts. Friday, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston. $20. Register online or go to the business agenda at


Online etiquette

Take a lesson in online etiquette, or “netiquette,’’ hosted by the Etiquette Academy of New England, which improves students’ communication and social skills to succeed professionally. Participants will learn the appropriate and polite ways of communicating via social media, cellphone, e-mail, and live chat. Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., Etiquette Academy of New England, 1309 Beacon St., Suite 300, Brookline. $187. Register online or go to the business agenda at


Health care outreach

Stop by an informational pop-up booth hosted by South Boston Health Seaport. Outreach staff will answer questions about health insurance in Massachusetts, services offered at the center, and how to get insurance through the Mass Health Connector. Friday, noon to 2 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., South Boston. Free. No registration required.


Pathways to entrepreneurship

Meet fellow entrepreneurs and learn the first steps to turning innovative ideas into a career. The head of global medical affairs at IPSEN Bioscience, a Cambridge biotech company, will give a talk. There will be time for networking and refreshments. Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck St., Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, 1st floor, Boston. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at


Startup help

Those considering opening a small business are invited to attend a workshop on business ownership. Participants will review good business practices and ways to get organized. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, 165 Merrimack St., Lowell. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at

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