“Grow Your Business, Find Funding,” 8 to 9:30 a.m., Portland Regional Chamber offices, 60 Pearl St., Portland. Free program offered by Portland SCORE and the chamber. Visit or or call 772-1147 or 772-2811.

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

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


Today through Friday

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



Eggs & Issues, 7 a.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring Street, Portland. With Mike Reed, Maine president, FairPoint Communications. $17 for Portland Regional Chamber members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, visit

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

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

Investing seminar, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland. $50. Call 221-3601 or visit

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



“Search Engine Optimization: How to Make it Work for Your Business,” 2 to 4 p.m., SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. Visit or call 772-1147.

Maine Lobster Promotion Council, Board of Directors meeting, 4 to 7 p.m., Maine International Trade Center, 511 Congress St., Suite 100, Portland.

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

“Sea Level Rise,” 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. 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. Visit to register. Part 2 is on Friday.

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



“Sea Level Rise: What’s Next?” 8:30 to 11 a.m., with continental breakfast, DiMillo’s, 25 Long Wharf, Portland. The cost is $10 for both programs; $5 for Portland Society of Architects members. Visit to register. Part 1 is on Thursday.



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


Maine Family Business Awards, 12th annual event with 15 finalists, 5:30 p.m. May 16, 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., sessions on May 16, 18, 23 and 25. Offered by Coastal Enterprises and held at Gardiner Area High School. $30 per person; $50 per couple. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, and space is limited. Call 882-7552, ext. 177, for details.

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

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

Maine Association of Payroll Professionals, spring seminar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19, Augusta Civic Center. Advance registration required by May 16. $65 for members and $80 for others. Call 626-2405 or visit for details.

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



HomeQuest, homebuyer 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, offered at Community Concepts in Lewiston. For more information, call 795-4065 or visit