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Save the Date: October 2013

Vu Chung

Noteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

OctoberOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. What are you doing to protect yourself and your business? The National Cyber Security Alliance offers plenty of tips.

While Americans celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the continent of America on October 14, our northern neighbor Canada, and the UK will give thanks as they celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Considering a social media campaign for your financial services clients? Check out the SIFMA Social Media Seminar on October 16 in New York City. The seminar will provide in-depth panels on social media best practices, as well as advice on the legal and compliance issues faced by the expanding use of interactive technology for business purposes.

On October 24, United Nations member states will celebrate United Nations Day, which is devoted to promote the goals and achievements of the United Nations Organization. This is an international holiday and is observed as a public holiday by many member states.

Thousands of PR professionals from over 150 industry will gather in Philadelphia at the PRSA International Conference on Oct. 26-29. This year's conference will focus on helping PR pros respond to "real-time" opportunities and challenges in addition to addressing trends and new technologies.

PRSA will also host a number of training sessions throughout October ranging from structuring a measurement program to demystifying PR in China. Additional information can be found here.

The Economist's Buttonwood Gathering 2013 will take place on October 29 and 30 in New York City. With a theme of "Searching for Financial Stability", the event convenes leaders in finance, economics, business, and government to explore the most important trends shaping global finance in the twenty-first century.

Wrapping up the month on a sweet note. Did you know that Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween (October 31)? Over 10 percent (nearly $2 billion) of the yearly candy sales take place the days leading up to the holiday. For more fun facts, check out this "Halloween Freaky-Nomics" infographic. End of Story

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