Tuesday 

“Utilizing QuickBooks,” 9 to 11 a.m., first of four sessions, 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., CIEE, 300 Fore St., second floor, Portland. With Luiz Henrique Guedes. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine, Partners of the Americas, MITC and CIEE. Free, bring your lunch. For more information, visit www.wacmaine.org or call 221-4386.

Wednesday 

“Market Positioning: Getting the Right Message to the Right People,” 7:30 to 9 a.m., Bank of Maine, executive boardroom, 190 Water St., Gardiner. First of a series of three workshops featuring Mary Kate Reny from Renys. “A Maine Adventure” will be the topic for the first session. Sponsored by Gardiner Main Street and Maine Small Business Development Centers through CEI. $25 per session, or $60 for all three. Register at www.gardinermainstreet.org, or call 582-3100 for more information.

“Joyful Business Ownership: How to Love the Journey of Self-Employment,” 10 a.m., University College Bath Brunswick, 9 Park St., Room 113, Bath. Presented by Women, Work, and Community with Betsy Sweet, entrepreneur, advocate, humorist and healing practitioner. For more information or to register, call 386-1664.

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

Thursday

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

Friday 

“Re-Designing Brunswick for a Better Downtown,” 7:15 a.m., Inn at Brunswick Station. Brunswick Downtown Association breakfast meeting for local residents and business owners. 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., Augusta Civic Center. Topics include payroll year-end updates, multistate taxation and paycards. The fee is $80 and includes lunch. For details and to register, contact Jeff Crocker at [email protected]

Saturday 

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine annual meeting, starting at 8:45 a.m. with 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. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, call Delene Perley, president of FCA Maine, at 892-8020.

Maine Media Women, 9:15 a.m., American Legion Hall, Thomaston, behind the Thomaston Market. With Cheryl McKeary. Topic: “Self-Promotion through Social Networks.” The suggested donation is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Contact MMW President Carol Jaeger at 563-8377 for more information.