” ‘Soft’ Skills Are the Hard Part,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., presented by the Maine Chapter of the Project Management Institute with Jim Milliken, a consultant, coach and teacher. A full description, directions and registration information may be found at Nonmembers are welcome. The event will be held at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth.

Thursday and Friday

Maine Maritime Academy Board of Trustees, with committee meetings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and the regular quarterly meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, at the Harold Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine.


“From Strategy to Results: Dissecting a Winning PR Campaign,” 8 to 10 a.m., presented by the Maine Public Relations Council with Katie Greenlaw of Rinck Advertising and Linda Varrell of Broadreach Public Relations, the recent Golden Arrow Award recipients. Held at Tyler Technologies, 1 Tyler Drive, Yarmouth. Cost is $20 for MPRC members, $35 for nonmembers and $10 for students. A continental breakfast is included. Visit for details and registration.

“How Consultants Contract With and Charge Their Clients,” 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., sponsored by the Association for Consulting Expertise and held at Portland Country Club in Falmouth. Includes networking, breakfast and round-table discussion, “Developing Effective Mentoring Programs for Your Organization.” Cost is $22 for members and $28 for nonmembers. Register at or call 800-464-5043.

Feb. 24

“Employment Law on the Go: Practical Advice Designed to Reduce Risk,” 8 to 9:30 a.m., part of a series of seminars for small businesses presented by Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. Held at the Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon St., Lewiston. Series continues March 19 and May 7. Cost is $20 per session or $50 for the series. Call 783-2249 or visit for details and to sign up.

Policy Implications of Common Core State Standards, noon to 1:30 p.m., presented by the Maine Heritage Policy Center with guest speaker Jamie Gass, director of the Center for School Reform at the Pioneer Institute. Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. Visit or call 321-2550 for more information and registration.

Grant Writing for Small Businesses, 2 to 4 p.m., with Lee Cheever of MCED and Shane Beckim of MTI. Held at Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, 30 Danforth St., suite 216, Portland. Free but registration is required. Go to or call Laurie Johnson at 774-8111 for more information or to register.

Coming up

Maine Real Estate and Development Association, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 26, “Integrated Project Delivery” breakfast presentation at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland. Cost is $45 for members and $55 for others. Prices increase by $10 after Feb. 19. Go to to register or for more information.

Homebuyer education courses are being offered in Topsham and Westbrook in March. Advance registration is required and there is a $30 per person or $50 per couple (or co-buyer) nonrefundable fee. To register or for details, contact Coastal Enterprises at or call 882-5177.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland will conduct home ownership information sessions in February and March. The organization builds simple, affordable homes with low-income families and individuals at their building project in Freeport and at an upcoming project in Scarborough. One of the first sessions will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the meeting room at Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road. Advance registration is required for any session. To register or for more information, call Amy at 772-2151, email [email protected] or visit


SCORE is offering workshops in Portland and Norway. For details and to register for Portland workshops, visit or call 772-1147 weekday mornings. For information on programs at Oxford Hills SCORE, go to or call 743-0499.

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