Tuesday

“Starting Your Own Business: Covering all the Basics,” 2 to 5 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. For details or to register, visit www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Society for Marketing Professional Services Northern New England, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., social event at Portland Regency Hotel on Milk Street. The cost is $20 for members; $25 for nonmembers.

Wednesday

“Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees,” 2 p.m., free disaster preparedness program presented by the Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign during National Preparedness Month. The hourlong webinars are at 2 p.m. on the following dates:

For the Sept. 11 program, register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/ register/668927705

Sept. 18: “The New 10 Steps to Preparedness — Lessons From the Past,” registration link: https://www1.goto meeting.com/register/613804840

Sept. 25: “Crisis Communications for any Organization,” registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/918980200

Visit www.preparemybusiness.org for previous programs and tools.

Thursday

“Consumers for Affordable Health Care: Changes Occurring on the State and Federal Levels That Will Affect Small Businesses,” 7:15 to 9 a.m., part of the Business Breakfast series with Mitchell Stein, policy director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care. Thomas College, Spann Student Commons, 180 W. River Road, Waterville. The cost is $17 for midcoast chamber members; $20 for general admission at the door.

International Institute of Business Analysis, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., free program held simultaneously with the Boston chapter. Features author and educator Martin Schedlbauer, who will discuss “User Stories and Personas for Requirements Gathering.” Held at Unum, HO1 Building, Peaks Island Conference Room, 2211 Congress St., Portland. Register at http://boston.iiba.org.

“How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?” 7 p.m., film about Norman Foster, one of the world’s premier architects. Presented by Portland Society of Architects and held at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Free for PSA members; $6 for Space members and students with ID; $8 for others.

Friday

CPA Series, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., workshop for certified public accountants and other financial professionals. Presented by Saint Joseph’s College and Barresi Financial Inc. and held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor. Registration is $139, which includes lunch. To register or for more information, visit www.online.sjcme.edu/cpa or call 893-7825.

“Perfect Pitch: Accelerating Success,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., workshop with tips and tools for presenting proposals, with feedback and coaching. Held at Maine Technology Institute, 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, Brunswick. For more information and to register, visit e2tech.org.

“Neighbors Investing in Neighbors: Alternative Financing for Community Good,” potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by presentations and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Presenters are David Whittlesey of Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative and Jamien Richardson, owner of CYON Business Solutions LLC and co-owner of Maine Harvest Co. LLC. The program is offered by Vital Connections and held at Cleaveland House, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick.

PechaKucha Night, 7 p.m., eight people share their work, ideas and creative process in a 20-slide, 20-second-per-slide format. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Bayview Street Cinema, Camden.