The Lakes Area Business Association is inviting the public to its meeting next week to hear a guest speaker. Mike Hickey, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, will update the group on business legislation from the past legislative session. Regarded as a leading voice at the state capitol, Hickey lobbies for legislation favorable to small businesses. The business group’s meeting is at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Vannelli’s by the Lake, 55 Lake St. S. in Forest Lake. Lunch costs $12 but is not required for guests. Call 464-5390 to reserve a spot.