Grow your business, find funding, 8 to 9:30 a.m., free program offered by Portland SCORE and Portland Regional Chamber, at Chamber offices, 60 Pearl St., Portland. Visit www.scoremaine.com or www.portlandregion.com or call 772-1147 or 772-2811. 

“Starting Your Own Business: Everything You Need to Know,” 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, SCORE offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. Call 772-1147 or visit: www.scoremaine.com

TechMaine PHP User Group, 6 p.m., PHP on the desktop. Abromson Center, Room 216, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Free and open to the public. Register at www.techmaine.com/phpug.

Tuesday through Friday

Maine Human Resources Convention, 16th annual event with several speakers and programs each day. Samoset Resort, Rockland.


Eggs & Issues, beginning at 7 a.m., with Mike Reed, Maine state president of FairPoint Communications. Holiday Inn By the Bay, Spring Street, Portland. The cost is $17 for Chamber members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.portlandregion.com

Seasoned Worker Forum, 9 a.m. to noon, free session discussing issues facing older workers, at Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St., Portland. Visit seasonedworkforce.com or call 594-5569. Space is limited. 

Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with door prizes, raffle and refreshments. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, at Huntington Common in Kennebunk. For details, call Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce at 967-0857. 

Investing seminar, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland. The cost is $50. Call 221-3601 or visit www.financiallit.org

TechMaine Information Security User Group, 6 p.m., “Challenges of Privileged Identity Management.” Abromson Center, Room 216, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Free and open to the public. Register at www.techmaine.com/infosec.


“Search Engine Optimization: How to make it work for your business,” 2 to 4 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. Visit www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147. 

Maine Lobster Promotion Council, board of directors meeting, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maine International Trade Center, 511 Congress St., Suite 100, Portland. 

Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council annual dinner, starting at 4:30 p.m., includes the Economic Achievement Award recipients and features the “L-A Tonight Show!” with Michael Miclon and Jason and Matt Tardy. Ramada Conference Center. For details or to register, visit www.economicgrowth.org or call 784-0161. 

“Sea Level Rise,” 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., symposium that will consider the potential impact of rising tides on Maine’s coast; organized by the Portland Society of Architects with internationally known experts. Held at Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. Part two is on Friday. 

Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, 5:30 p.m., with guest former Gov. Angus King, at Skidompha Library, Main Street, Damariscotta. There will also be a silent auction. Space is limited. To register, call 563-8340. The cost is $25 per person.


“Sea Level Rise: What’s Next?” 8:30 to 11 a.m., with continental breakfast at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, 25 Long Wharf, Portland. The cost is $10 for both programs; $5 for PSA members. Visit PortlandArchitects.org to register. Part one is on Thursday.


Insurance and Investing seminar, 10 a.m. to noon at the Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland. The cost is $50. Call 221-3601 or visit www.financiallit.org.


Maine Family Business Awards, 12th annual event with 15 finalists, 5:30 p.m. May 16 at Sable Oaks Marriott, South Portland. Keynote speaker is Richard P. “Howdy” Holmes, former race car driver who returned to Jiffy, the family business. Call 780-5935 to register. Banquet tickets are $75 per person. 

“First-Time Homebuyer Seminar,” 6 to 8:30 p.m., four sessions on May 16, 18, 23 and 25. Offered by Coastal Enterprises Inc. and held at Gardiner High School. The course is accredited by Fannie Mae and Maine State Housing Authority and costs $30 per person or $50 per couple. Preregistration is required by May 12 and space is limited. Call 882-7552, ext. 177 for details. 

Patent Workshop, 10 a.m. May 17, with Greg Robinette of Macmillian, Sobanski and Todd LLC at University of Maine, Barrows Hall Arthur Hill Auditorium, Orono. To register, email [email protected] 

“Commercial Real Estate 2030: Mega Trends, Mega Impacts” MEREDA’s annual spring conference, 12:45 to 6 p.m. on May 18 at the Abromson Center at University of Southern Maine, Portland. For more information or to register online, visit www.mereda.org

Maine Association of Payroll Professionals, spring seminar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 19 at the Augusta Civic Center. Advance registration is required by May 16. The cost is $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Call 626-2405 or visit www.mainepayrollapa.org for details. 

“The World in 2020: Emerging Markets for Growth,” 31st annual Maine International Trade Day, May 20 at Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. To register or for more information, visit www.mitc.com or call 541-7400.


HomeQuest, home buyer education class is being offered online by Community Concepts. The fee is $45 and the program takes about 10 hours to complete. The online course is a modified version of the classroom course which is offered at Community Concepts, 240 Bates St., Lewiston. For more information call 795-4065 or visit www.homequestmaine.org.