Smartphone device workshop, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at U.S. Cellular’s Mallside retail store, 198 Maine Mall Road, South Portland. The free tutorial is open to current smartphone owners and those interested in upgrading to a smartphone. 


Financial Peace University Preview Class, 6 p.m., at The Salvation Army, 871 Main St., Sanford. Advances a 13-week money management class to be offered at 6 p.m. on Mondays, April 4 to June 26 at same localation. Cost is $99, due April 4. Scholarships and discounts available. Child care available by request. Call 324-3134 or e-mail Lt. Ray Knous at [email protected] or visit

“Web Designers User Group: Coda,” Tom Scola of Rinck Advertising will talk about the Coda web developer software application suite, 6 p.m., Room 216, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Free and open to the public. Pre-register at


TopGun, a Maine Center for Enterprise Development annual intensive mentoring and education program for first-time entrepreneurs building scalable, innovation-based businesses, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Samoset Resort, Rockport. Contact [email protected] 

“Social Security and Maine’s Future: Keeping the Promise to All Generations,” talk by author Nancy Altman, assistant to former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, 5:30 p.m. at Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine campus, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Public reception will precede the talk at 5 p.m. Call 621-3195.

Last public meeting to hear feedback on the final recommendations of the Gorham East-West Corridor Feasibility Study, 6 to 8 p.m. at Westbrook High School in council chambers. For more details, go to or call Carol Morris at 329-6502. 

“Writing a Business Plan: Why You Need One and When to Revise It,” Portland SCORE, workshop for small businesses by volunteer counselors, 2 to 5 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland. Cost: $35 with online registration or $50 at the door, cash or check. For more details, go to or call 772-1147. 


Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Expo, 3 to 7 p.m. at Samoset Resort, Rockport. For more information, go to:

“Rich States, Poor States: Moving Maine from Rags to Riches,” presented by author Jonathan Williams, director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, noon to 1:30 p.m. at DiMillo’s on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland. Cost: $17 for members; $22 for all others. Call Amanda Clark at 321-2550 or [email protected] 

“Yes, You CAN Make a Living in the Arts!,” an illustrated talk by metalsmith and jewelry artist Judith Barker, 7 p.m, Yarmouth Town Hall Community Room. Sponsored by Yarmouth Arts Evening with the Artist series. Free admission and refreshments. Call Anne Tarbox at 829-5567. 

Speed Networking presented by WOW (Women out Working) 5 to 7 p.m. at Bernie’s Place, West Falmouth Crossing, 65 Gray Road, Falmouth. Present your 30-second commercial about your business. Cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres. Call Caryn Treister at 712-2234. 

A free home construction loan seminar, consultant services owner Ron Russo, 6 p.m. at Saco & Biddeford Savings Operations Center, 50 Industrial Park Road, Saco, will head the talk. Space is limited. Reservations: Michelle Prejean at 602-7363 or e-mail at [email protected] 

Family Finances Seminar, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland. Cost is $50. Register by calling 221-3601 or go to


E2Tech Forum outlining Gov. Paul LePage’s environmental and energy policies in Maine, 7:30 a.m. at Hill Mansion in Augusta. Deputy Chief of Staff Kathleen Newman and Senior Natural Resources Policy Adviser Carlisle McLean will outline the issues and answer audience questions. Breakfast is included. Admission free to E2Tech students, $10 for nonmember students, $15 for E2Tech members and $25 for all others. Go to for more details. 


“Buying, Selling, or Holding on to Your Family Business: What Is Your Family Business Strategy?” Maine’s Institute for Family-Owned Business will host a conference featuring a panel of Maine business experts, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Open to the public. To register or for more details, go to or call 780-7935. 

The Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz will speak at the Maine Public Relations Council Professional Development Seminar set for 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Fireside Inn & Suites at 81 Riverside St., Portland. Cost: $20 for MPRC members and $35 for all others. To register, go to, call 761-4477 or e-mail [email protected] 

Chamber After Hours event of the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, 5 to 7 p.m. at Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St., Bridgton. Call Brian Thomas at 647-3472. 

Friday and Saturday

Women Unlimited sixth annual Maine Tradeswomen’s Conference, featuring a free Career Options Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday at the Senator Inn on Western Avenue in Augusta and the main event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Capital Area Technical Center (adjacent to Cony High School) in Augusta. Registration for the conference is mandatory. Cost $10. For more details, call (800) 281-5259, e-mail [email protected] or go to


Free workshops for farmers and natural resource-based business owners, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast. Sponsored by the Knowledge Transfer Alliance at the University of Maine in collaboration with the Hutchinson Center. Presentations include vision setting, time management, and two sessions on Quickbooks. Contact: Aaron Hoshide at [email protected] or call 659-4808. 

Family Finances Seminar, 10 a.m. to noon at the Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland. Cost is $50. To register, call 221-3601 or visit


Small Business Institute, a seven-part series for small-business owners, sponsored by the Corporate and Community Services Department from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 6 through June 1, at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. Cost is $199, including materials. To register or for more details, call 755-5280 or (800) 891-2002, ext. 280 or go to Registration deadline is March 30.