“Utilizing QuickBooks,” 9 to 11 a.m., first of four sessions at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland. The cost is $99 for all four weeks or $35 for individual sessions with online registration. For more information and reservations, go to www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147, weekday mornings. 

“Rio Grande do Norte: Economic Outlook in the Brazilian Context,” noon to 1 p.m., with Luiz Henrique Guedes. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine, Partners of the Americas, MITC and CIEE and held at CIEE, 300 Fore St., second floor, Portland. Free, bring your lunch. FMI: www.wacmaine.org or call 221-4386.


“A Celebration of 2011: A Look Ahead to the Future,” Maine Farmland Trust annual meeting, 5:30 p.m., at One Longfellow Square, Congress and State streets, Portland. The program is free for members. Visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org or call 338-6575 for details. 

“Joyful business ownership: how to love the journey of self-employment,” 10 a.m., presented by Women, Work and Community with Betsy Sweet, entrepreneur, advocate, humorist and healer. University College Bath Brunswick, 9 Park St., room 113, Bath. FMI or to register call 386-1664. 

“Market Positioning: Getting the Right Message to the Right People,” 7:30 to 9 a.m., first of a series of three workshops featuring Mary Kate Reny from Reny’s, A Maine Adventure, for the first session. Sponsored by Gardiner Main Street and Maine Small Business Development Centers through CEI. Sessions are held at Bank of Maine, executive board room, 190 Water St., Gardiner. Cost for each session is $25, or $60 for all three. Register at www.gardinermainstreet.org, or FMI call 582-3100. 


Brunswick’s Future Renewable Energy Center, 5 to 7 p.m., at Brunswick Landing (former Brunswick Naval Air Station), Brunswick. Presented by E2Tech and Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. FMI or to register, visit e2tech.org or call 650-7778. 


“Re-Designing Brunswick for a Better Downtown,” 7:15 a.m., Brunswick Downtown Association breakfast meeting for local residents and business owners at Inn at Brunswick Station. Tickets are $20. For reservations, visit www.brunswickdowntown.com or call 729-4439.

Maine Association of Payroll Professionals seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Augusta Civic Center. Topics include payroll year-end updates, multistate taxation and paycards. Fee is $80 and includes lunch. For details and registration contact Jeff Crocker at [email protected]


Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine annual meeting, 8:45 a.m. business meeting followed at 10:15 a.m. by guest speaker Lisa Carlson, co-author of “Final Rights” and past president of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, and a panel discussion. Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. FMI call Delene Perley, president of FCA Maine, at 892-8020.

Maine Media Women, 9:15 a.m., with Cheryl McKeary, who will discuss “Self-Promotion through Social Networks.” The meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall, behind the Thomaston Market in Thomaston. Suggested donation: $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Contact MMW’s president, Carol Jaeger, at 563-8377 for more information.