Lunch with Jeff Levine, Portland Director of Planning and Urban Development, noon, sponsored by The Portland Committee of ULI Boston, a group of professionals including architects, attorneys, developers, engineers, housing experts and lenders. The event will be held at Verrill Dana Conference Center, ninth floor, One Portland Square, Portland. The cost ranges from $15 to $40. For registration and more information, contact the ULI Boston office at 617-239-0124 or visit http://boston.uli.org.
“Basics of Buying or Selling a Business,” 6 to 9 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. For details or to register go to www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.
“Discover Baxter Academy: A Victory for School Choice and Economic Freedom,” noon to 1:30 p.m., luncheon event presented by Maine Heritage Policy Center with several presentations and tour. The event is free but space is limited and registration is required. Go to www.mainepolicy.org or call 321-2550.
“Simply Pitch: How to Give What The Investors Want to Hear,” 2 to 4 p.m., with Seth Rigoletti at Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, 30 Danforth St., suite 204, Portland. The cost is $35. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 774-8111 or go to www.MCED.biz.
“Fourth Annual Lean Systems Summit: Where Government, Services and Manufacturing Meet,” Aug. 8 and 9, at Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. The cost is $195 per person per day or $350 for both days. For registration or more information, go to http://conta.cc/15ls3fJ or http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/btc/events.html or call Lita Klavins at 624-7933.
First-Time Homebuyer seminars will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 14, 19 and 21 at Money Management International, South Portland, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 24 at Westbrook Community Services and Adult Education. Pre-registration is required and the nonrefundable fee is $30 per person or $50 per couple. The deadlines to register are Aug. 5 for the South Portland class and Aug. 9 for the Westbrook course. Register at www.ceimaine.org or call Coastal Enterprises Inc. at 882-5177.
CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, provide a variety of free services and workshops to help with job searches or to upgrade skills. Each of the 12 centers provides computer workstations and offers several programs throughout the month. Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) or go to www.mainecareercenter.com.
Central Maine Community College offers several business-related courses, workshops and training. Contact Corporate and Community Services at 755-5280 or 800-891-2002, opt. 7, or visit www.cmcc.edu/training for details.