Today

“The Myth of Sustainability: What Healthy Fisheries Really Look Like,” 4 p.m., part of the Human Ecology Forum with guest speaker Paul Molyneaux. College of the Atlantic, McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Free.

“Starting Your Own Business: Learn from folks who’ve ‘been there, done that,’ “ 6 to 9 p.m., SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. Cost is $35 with online registration. For more information or reservations, go to www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Wednesday

Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals, 8 a.m., Portland Country Club, Falmouth. Breakfast meeting with guest speaker Barbara Fields, HUD’s regional administrator. To register, contact Linette Jones at 712-0402 or email [email protected]

Funding of early-stage R&D, workshop with National Institutes of Health representatives and designed for scientists, researchers and technology and life sciences companies. Held at Maine Technology Institute offices at Brunswick Landing. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with presentations, workshops and meetings until 4:30 p.m. Registration is necessary. There is a $10 fee for lunch. Contact Linda Adams at MTI at 588-1015 or go to www.mainetechnology.org.

Greater Portland Business Expo, noon to 5 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Presented by Portland Regional Chamber. Featured are exhibitors, seminars with entrepreneurs and leaders in the Maine business community and door prizes. Pre-register at portlandregion.com or call 772-2811. Walk-ins will also be accepted, and all activities are free.

“Branding: Beyond business cards and brochures,” noon to 2:30 p.m., University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, Portland. Lunch and Learn program with Liz McLellan from The Via Agency. Cost is $15 and free for USM students with an ID and current MCED Onsite or affiliate client companies. To register, contact [email protected]

Portland Society of Architects Spring Social, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Porthole Restaurant, 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland. Go to www.portlandarchitects.org for more information.

“What is Design Science and How Does it Affect Your Business?”, 6 to 8 p.m., University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, Room 102, Portland. Annual Creative Toolbox Series presented by The Maine Center for Creativity and USM. Cost is $35 registration fee, $15 for MCC members and USM alumni and free for USM students. Go to www.mainecenterforcreativity.org for details and registration.

Next Week

JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner, 5:30 p.m. May 15, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Presented by Good Shepherd Food-Bank and honoring Michael Dubyak, chairman and CEO of Wright Express. Register at http://tinyurl.com/cku34dk.