Today

“Growing by Streetcar: Why Are Streetcars Coming to 22 Cities in the Next 2 Years?” 7:30 to 9 a.m., Maine Real Estate & Development Association Breakfast program at Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St., Portland.

“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.

New England Contact Center Conference, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. Sponsored by the New England Contact Center Forum. Registration is $125 at www.neccf.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of five or more and the contact for groups is [email protected]

Wednesday

“Effective Email Marketing for Small Business,” noon to 2:30 p.m., Lunch and Learn program with Emily Brackett from Visible Logic. Held at University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, Portland. Cost is $15, free for USM students with an ID and current MCED Onsite or Affiliate Client Cos. To register, contact [email protected]

PROPEL’s fourth annual entreverge awards celebration, 5:30 p.m., at Grace restaurant in Portland. Five winners will be announced from more than 60 nominations. Tickets cost $10 for PROPEL and chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit www.entreverge.com for more information. To register, visit www.portlandregion.com.

Thursday

“Networking Locally, Connecting Socially – Get Connected,” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 17th annual Androscoggin Business-to-Business Trade Show with nearly 200 exhibitors. Held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.b2bMaineTradeShow.com or call 784-0161.

DownEast Pride Alliance, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., networking event at Rivalries Sports Bar, 10 Cotton St., Portland. Visit www.depabusiness.com for details.

FamBiz After Hours, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Old Port Specialty Tile Co., 59 Middle St., Portland. Register at www.fambusiness.org.

Midcoast Magnet REAL networking event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Wadsworth Building, Main Street, Rockland. Contact: [email protected] or 236-6545.

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce June Business Breakfast, set for today, has been postponed until the fall. Date and time to be announced.

Friday

Business Round Table discussion for business owners, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Free. Score offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. To learn more and register, go to www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Association for Consulting Expertise, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., annual meeting and expanded networking at Portland Country Club, Falmouth. Event includes breakfast followed by round-table consultant discussion. Nonmembers and guests are welcome and the cost is $22 for members and $28 for nonmembers. Registration is required in advance by visiting www.consultexpertise.com. For information, call 839-6535 or email [email protected]

Other

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program begins July 1 for Maine unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60. Up to 12 months of job training is available through the new VRAP program. Veterans may go to a Maine Department of Labor CareerCenter, call 623-7981, TTY (800) 794-1110 or visit www.mainecareercenter.com for more information.

Work Opportunities for Social Security disability beneficiaries are being offered by Maine CareerCenters at several public forums. Pre-registration is encouraged and there is no charge to attend. Locations and dates are:

10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Machias CareerCenter; contact Don Rice at (800) 543-0303.

10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Augusta CareerCenter; contact Tracy Hotham at (800) 760-1573.

1-2:30 p.m. today at Bangor CareerCenter; contact Mike Johnson at (888) 828-0568.