User Groups: PHP User Group: “The Vim Text Editor,” with Adam Courtemanche, today. Information Security User Group: “Mitigating Risk in IT Contract Negotiation,” with Josh Broder from Tilson Technology Management, Wednesday. All meetings are held from 6 to 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. TechMaine Technology Center, 506 Main St., Westbrook. For details or to register, visit

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Eggs & Issues, with guest Laurie LaChance, president and CEO, Maine Development Foundation and former state economist, 7 a.m. today, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring Street, Portland. $16 for chamber members and $26 for others. For more information, visit www.portlandregion.com or contact Nancy Trottier at 772-2811, ext. 233.

Maine Businesses for Sustainability, 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. today, spring workshop featuring keynote speaker Rodney North of Equal Exchange and moderators Jennifer Rooks of MPBN and Carol Coultas of Mainebiz, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. $15 for members; $25 for others. Members lunch $35. Visit www. mainebusinessesforsustainability.org for details or to register.

Open House, 4 to 7 p.m. today, Integral Consulting, 45 Exchange St., Suite 200, Portland. To RSVP, contact Whitney Bradford at [email protected]

“Starting Your Own Business: Everything You Need to Know,” 6 to 9 p.m. today, SCORE offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland. There is a nominal charge. For more information or to register, call 772-1147 or visit www.scoremaine.com.

“Four Essential Steps to Effective Persuasion,” program to enhance leadership and skills for marketing professionals, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Embassy Suites Hotel, 1050 Westbrook St., Portland. For details and to register, visit www.smpsmaine.org.

Maine Business Technology Expo and Conference, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road. South Portland. The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call Portland Region Chamber at 772-2811, ext. 235 or 233 or register at www.portlandregion.com.

Beef producers informational meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lunder Library, Kennebec Valley Community College, Route 139, Fairfield. Sponsored by the Maine Beef Producers Association, Pineland Farms Natural Meats Inc. and Multimin USA Inc. Don Hoenig, DVM, veterinarian for the Maine Department of Agriculture, will be one of the speakers. For additional information, call Pam Harnden, MBPA executive director, at 645-2568.

“Re-invigorate Your Search for Work,” free workshops at noon Thursdays in May and June at Portland Public Library, Monument Square. This week’s program is titled: “Keep Your Momentum Going When You’re Out of Steam.” With Amy Wood.

Crisis and Counseling Centers celebrates 40 years at its annual meeting and awards presentation, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave., Augusta. The keynote speaker is psychotherapist and author Tammie Fowles. Pianist John E. D’Ambrosio will perform. Visit www.crisisandcounseling.org for more information.

Maine Association of Payroll Professionals, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Augusta Civic Center. Seminar sessions include documenting procedures, 401(k) changes and state wage laws. $65 for members, $80 for non-members; includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. To register, call Jeff at 602-2721.

“How Can Education Support Agriculture in Maine?” Free community forum hosted by the Morris Farm Trust, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Wiscasset Primary School. Lunch will be available. Online registration requested. For details or to register, visit www. morrisfarm.org or call 882-4080.