Wednesday

“Romancing the Stone: What the Natural Gas Shale Plays Could Mean for Maine,” 7:30 to 9 a.m., Maine Real Estate and Development Association breakfast program at Westin Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland. Fee is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Go to www.mereda.org for details and registration.

Maine ASPE and Department of Labor conference, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a focus on employment and career advancement for people with disabilities, at Colby College in Waterville. Cost is $25 for APSE members and $35 for non-members. To register, visit http://www.syntiro.org/index.php/events/242-2014-apse-conference-celebrating-partnerships .

First-Time Homebuyers seminar, 6 p.m., with TD Bank representatives. Held at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 725-1727 or visit www.topshamlibrary.org.

Thursday

Business Breakfast Series, 7:15 to 9 a.m., with speaker Ryan Neale, program director at Maine Development Foundation. Held at Thomas College, Spann Student Commons, 180 W. River Road, Waterville. General admission is $20 for the public and breakfast is included. To register, go to www.midmainechamber.com or call 873-3315.

“Building for the Future,” 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council’s 19th annual Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. For more information, visit www.b2bMaineTradeShow.com or contact Dina Jackson, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, at 784-0161.

Society for Marketing Professional Services, Northern New England Chapter, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring Ron Worth, chief executive officer of SMPS National. Held at the Westin Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland. A cocktail party with appetizers will follow the talk. Register at: http://www.smpsmaine.org/smps/ Cost is $40 for SMPS members and $50 for non-members. Space is limited.

PROPEL’s entreverge awards, 5:30 to 9 p.m., recognizing southern Maine entrepreneurs and kickoff of Startup and Create Week, Held at Westin Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland. Tickets are $15 for PROPEL members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at www.propelportland.org/entreverge/awards-night/. Registration for Maine Startup and Create Week is available at www.mainestartupandcreateweek.com.

“Sea State: Portland’s Evolving Seafood Industry,” 7 p.m., with Darrell Pardy, president of Bristol Seafood. Last in the free monthly series covering the Portland waterfront. Held at Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are requested. Visit www.gmri.org/seastate or call Christina at 228-1622.

This Week

SCORE workshops: 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, “Starting Your Own Business: Learn the pitfalls,” $35; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, “Local SEO Drives Traffic,” Lunch Bytes program, $10.

Fees apply with online registration. Sessions are held at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. For details or to register, visit www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Other

SafetyWorks! the Maine Department of Labor’s training and safety consultation program offers a variety of free workplace safety training classes. For details or to register, call 623-7900 or register at www.safetyworksmaine.com.

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