Today

“How To Build and Promote a Blog That Builds Your Business,” a talk by Rich Brooks of Flyte New Media, noon, Portland Public Library. Cost is $10 for Maine Marketing Association members, $5 for students and $20 for all others. Lunch is included. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/3qbtt8x.

“The Sinaloa Mexican Drug Cartel: Leveraging Intelligence and Collaboration for Success,” noon to 1 p.m., CIEE, 300 Fore St., second floor, Portland. A Global Connections Lunchtime Series talk with Michael Wardrop, Maine resident agent in charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Presented by the World Affairs Council of Maine and CIEE. Free, but donations accepted. For more information, visit www.wacmaine.org or call 221-4386.

“Usability/UX User Group: Senecha Touch,” John Gordon discusses the Senecha application framework, TechMaine Usability/UX User Group meeting, 6 p.m., Abromson Center, Room 216, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Free and open to the public. To register, go to www.techmaine.com/wdug.

 

Wednesday

Maine Real Estate & Development Association Breakfast Seminar with DEP Commissioner Darryl Brown, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn Riverwatch. Fees: Members, $35, all others, $40. For more information and to register, visit www.mereda.org.

Skowhegan Savings Business Workshop on Social Media Marketing, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Fireside Inn/Governor’s Ballroom, Waterville. Nancy Marshall and Greg Glynn from Nancy Marshall Communications will speak. Registration fee: $10. Proceeds to benefit the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates program, www.jmg.org. To register, call Amanda Isgro at 858-2586 or [email protected]

 

Thursday

“Resources for the Western Maine Entrepreneur,” forum on starting and growing a small business, 7 to 9:30 a.m., University of Maine at Farmington, Olsen Student Center. Includes complimentary networking breakfast. Registration is not required, but RSVPs are requested for meal. Contact: Western Mountains Alliance at 778-3885 or [email protected] Caucus forums are free and open to the public.

E2Tech Forum with DEP Commissioner Darryl Brown, 8 to 9:15 a.m., Woodlands Country Club, 39 Woods Road, Falmouth. Includes networking, sponsor exhibits, continental breakfast and Brown’s talk followed by audience Q & A. For more details, go to http://tinyurl.com/3vab2xh.

“Our Coast: The Future of Coastal Management in Nova Scotia,” 4:10 p.m., College of the Atlantic, McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Justin Huston, Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Halifax, Nova Scotia, will speak as part of the COA Marine Policy Speaker Series. Free. To register, call 288-5015 or 801-5715.

“Moving Maine Forward, One Business at a Time” by Work It Up, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St., Portland. RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/3q3kqfd. For more details, call 221-6987.

“Equal Time, Equal Value: Building Healthier Communities through Time Banking,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., Abromson Center, Hannaford Lecture Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland. A presentation by Ed Collom, USM sociology department chair and professor. Parking at garage attached to Abromson. For more details, call 228-8385 or go to www.HourExchangePortland.org.

 

Saturday

“The New Prosperity: Planet, People, Profit,” Sustainability Workshop, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland. The Maine Chapter, Project Management Institute, is sponsoring the program for businesspeople, professionals and nonprofit managers. Heidi Spinella, PMP, will present strategic sustainability concepts. Cost: $65. For more details, go to www.pmimaine.org.

 

Upcoming

The Sanford Springvale Chamber of Commerce annual breakfast meeting with guest speaker Gov. Paul LePage, 7:45 a.m., May 6, Mousam View Place, 47 High St., Sanford. Cost: $20 for members and $40 for others. Non-members must register by Friday at 324-4280. Open to the public.

“Owning and Managing Residential Rental Properties,” class on owning residential rental units, 6 to 8:30 p.m., May 5, St. Mary’s Hospital, 99 Campus Ave., Lewiston. Presented by Coastal Enterprises, Inc., with the support of MaineHousing. Completion of course fulfills landlord training requirements. Program approved by MaineHousing, meets Fannie Mae’s guidelines. Cost: $35. Pre-registration is required by calling 882-7552, ext. 177, by Thursday.