Maine Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, business meeting, starting at 5 p.m. at Howard Johnson, 155 Riverside St., Portland. Guest speaker is Greg Connors, Maine Municipal Association, who will discuss “Effects of 2010 Building and Energy Codes.” To register, contact [email protected] or visit


“Creating an Online Presence: Develop a Business Website,” 9 to 11:30 a.m., and “Making Search Engine Optimization Work for Your Business: How to Attract Customers to Your Site,” 2 to 4 p.m. Both programs held at Score Offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland. The cost is $35 per session with online registration at or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Thursday and Friday

Board development and leadership workshops for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. First sessions will be at St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, and Friday at Western Maine Art Group, Matolscy Gallery, Norway. Additional sessions will take place in October at Lewiston, Bangor, Belfast and Presque Isle. The Maine Arts Commission is presenting the programs, which are free. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Details, including the full schedule and registration, are available at

Friday and Saturday

“Maine Grassroots Media Conference,” to develop a network of those who use media on the grassroots level. Conference will feature workshops, presentations, film screenings and performances. It is free and open to the public and will be held at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts in Unity. Donations to cover costs are encouraged. A catered lunch and refreshments will be available by donation. For details or to pre-register, visit


Maine Media Women, starting at 9:15 a.m., guest speaker Caroline Janover will discuss memoir writing. Mobius Center, 319 Main St., (Business Route 1), Damariscotta. Suggested donation is $3 for members and $5 for guests. For more information, visit or call Carol Jaeger at 563-8377.



Maine Technology Institute funding, workshops on the requirements and application for available funding for technology-based businesses. There is no charge and information on seed grants, development awards and SBIR grant applications is included.

To register for workshops or Webinars, contact Linda Adams, at [email protected] or call 582-4790, ext. 206. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Workshop schedule is:

1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, at Target Technology Center, 20 Godfrey Drive, Orono;

2 to 5 p.m., Sept. 13 at Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, 125 Manley Road, Auburn; and

9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 15 at University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, Portland.

Webinar schedule:

Seed Grant, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 13;

Development Award, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 15;

Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR ), 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 27.

Medicare Fraud Prevention training, Sept. 13, 20, and 27, held in the Augusta area. Three-day introduction to the Medicare and Medicaid systems training includes learning about different fraud and scam issues and how to help prevent them. To sign up, call Gloria at 596-0339. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

Northern New England Rally for Rail, Sept. 14, at the Bethel Inn and Resort in Bethel. The conference is designed for community and municipal leaders and others who are interested in the social and economic benefits of passenger rail service. Online registration is available at or by calling the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce at 824-2282. Fee is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Registration starts at 11 a.m. with lunch and keynote speaker Dana Connors at noon. Work sessions are from 1 to 4 p.m. followed by a networking social.

“Staying Competitive in a Global Age: The Role of the Immigration Community in Maine’s Job Creation,” 8 to 10 a.m. on Sept. 15 at Bates College, Lewiston. A panel discussion will include representatives from Barber Foods, Jackson Laboratory, the University of Maine System, the City of Lewiston, and The Partnership for a New American Economy. Breakfast is included.