Every month PhillyCreativeGuide.com brings you a full calendar of events in the Philadelphia region of interest to the creative community. Check out this month’s highlights…

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Counting Up to 12 by PRSA Philadelphia Chapter

We are about to count down to the start of 2012, and soon it will be time to count back up to the exciting year ahead! Join us for our PRSA Philadelphia Chapter kick-off event to meet our members, see what’s in store for the 12 months ahead and get to know this year’s 12 committees. See how our chapter can help advance your career through educational programming and events, and provide opportunities to build your skills and expand your network. Whether you’re a seasoned chapter member, new to the chapter, or attending your first PRSA event, this event has something for everyone! Come learn about the many member benefits the Philadelphia chapter has to offer while networking with industry peers in a fun atmosphere (right off of 12th Street, of course!) – and stick around for a chance to win special prizes! COST: $10 for members/$15 for non-members. Sign up to become a member at the event, and your admission fee will be reimbursed! Price includes light hors d’oeuvres and one free drink. Happy hour drink specials will also be available. Location: Field House, 1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia 19107. 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Benefits of Blogging for Businessby PPRA (Philadelphia Public Relations Association)

According to Technorati’s “2011 State of the Blogosphere” report, blogging has allowed businesses to increase visibility in their industry, acquire new customers and build thought leadership. Join us for an engaging discussion on how PR and Marketing professionals can avoid a one-size-fits approach and instead help their organizations create a unique online voice. By the end of the evening, you’ll learn how to develop meaningful content and speak to the perfect audience to drive results. Location: Estia, 1405 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. 5:30 – 6:00 PM Registration & Cocktail Reception/ 6:00 – 6:45 PM Panel Discussion/ 6:45 – 7:30 PM Q&A. Light hors d’ouevres, beer, wine and soft drinks included for the first hour. Contact Information: Denise Downing, ppra@comcast.net, 215-557-9865.

Thursday, January 26, 2011
PACT Thursday Networking Seriesby PACT (Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies)

Get back to basics and make new connections as PACT rings in the New Year. PACT invites its fellow members and guests from Technology and Life Science Corporations, Entrepreneurs, Investors and Professional Advisors for a networking social. Come learn more about each others businesses and exchange business cards while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, contact Kim Tuski. Location: Manuyunk Brewery & Restaurant, 4120 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127. 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Opening Reception: ONWARD Compé ’12 by Project Basho

Join us for the opening reception of ONWARD Compé ’12, an exhibition of Project Basho’s annual international photography competition. This year’s selection, curated by Todd Hido, features 57 photographs by 50 emerging artists from around the globe. Free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Location: 1417 N. Second St, Philadelphia, PA. 2 – 4 pm.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
ONWARD Summit by Project Basho

This one-night event will bring engaging presentations by established and emerging artists and an intimate party to share current projects and portfolios with fellow members of the photography community. Speakers include Todd Hido, Hiroh Kikai, Zoe Strauss, and Peter Barberie. Location: 1417 N. Second St, Philadelphia, PA. 5 pm.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Future of Biofuels: What’s Hot, Hype, and Possible by PACT & CAMA

From Algae to switchgrass and wood waste to sewer grease, many advances in next generation biofuels are being made today. But what is realistic and how do you cut through the hope and hype to get at viable solutions? Join us for an informative and lively dialogue with industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors on the current state and future potential of this emerging growth sector. The US military is one of the largest investors in advanced biofuels development and is in a position to make the market ripe for commercialization on a massive scale. Can it do for biofuels what it did for GPS and the Internet? Location: Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information, contact Jennifer Cohen. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 28, 2012
Philly for Phorum 2012 — Cloud Strategies to Transform Your Business by PACT, DELL & Fairmount Partners

Phorum 2012 is a one-day Cloud computing technology conference for business and technology executives seeking guidance on cloud strategies to transform the way their companies do business, go to market, and compete. Keynotes by Nick Carr, Pulitzer finalist and author of The Big Switch and The Shallows; Peter Coffee, Vice President and Head of Platform Research, Salesforce.com and author of Auditing Cloud Computing: A Security and Privacy Guide; and James Staten, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., named the top cloud computing analyst by Web Hosting Industry Review and Apollo Research. Cloud vendors, enterprises, consumers and analysts round out panelists and session speakers. Networking reception with cocktails and live music concludes the conference. Location: World Café LIVE. Register at www.phorumphilly.com.