CLIMB, Christian Leaders in Maine Business, 7:15 to 9 a.m., monthly meeting with speaker Amanda Tewksbury, Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative in the Bangor area and a former University of Maine women’s basketball player. Held at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland.

“Creating Your Personal Brand,” 5:30 to 8 p.m., presented by Maine Women’s Network president Vicki Worden who will discuss how the organization can help with branding. Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St. Portland. Visit www.mainewomensnetwork.com  or call 878-7760 for details.

“Ten Tips for Effective Marketing and PR,” 6 to 8 p.m., workshop with speaker Connie Gemmer from Barton & Gingold and held at the Peter A. McKernan Hospitality Center at Southern Maine Community College, South Portland. The program is free for Encore Leadership Corps members and $10 for nonmembers. To become a member, contact Patti Foden at 767-5352.

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

Camden Conference Community Events Series, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Paul Holman, visiting professor of international relations at the University of Maine, Orono, will present “Gridlock and Stalemate: U.S. Foreign Policy for the Next Decade?” Held at Rockland Public Library. The program is free and open to all. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.


Business Breakfast series, 7:30 to 9 a.m., “How Social Media Has Changed (or Should Change) Your Business,” with Amanda O’Brien, vice president of marketing at Hall Internet Marketing Solutions. Held at Thomas College, Student Commons Atrium, 180 West River Road,Waterville. The cost per person is $14 for chamber members with advanced registration, $16 for chamber members at the door and $20 for general admission. Contact the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at 873-3315 or [email protected] for registration information.

Employment Law Seminar, 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., annual presentation by Preti Flaherty attorneys and experts. Topics include health care reform, social media, compensable time and workers’ compensation. The seminar is open to the public and is designed for those responsible for employees or human resources. The cost is $95 per person and lunch is included. It is held at the Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland. For more information or to register, visit www.preti.com/2011EmploymentLawSeminar or call 791-3224.

“How Do I Win a Federal SBIR/STTR Award?” Lunch and Learn workshop starting at noon, Wishcamper Center, Room 102, University of Southern Maine, Portland. The cost is $10. USM students with an ID card and current MCED Onsite or Affiliate Client Companies attend for free. Visit www.mced.biz to register or for more information.

“Simple Steps for Building Financial Security,” a free money management seminar hosted by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, 6 p.m. at 50 Industrial Park Road. For more information, call 602-7363.

Seasoned Worker Forum, an open discussion about job opportunities and the changing work force, 9 a.m. to noon, Portland CareerCenter at 185 Lancaster St. Free, but space is limited. To register, go to [email protected] or call 542-3557.

Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber’s 2011 Awards Gala, with networking reception at 5:30 p.m. at Sebasco Harbor Resort, 29 Kenyon Road, Phippsburg. The cost is $35 per person. For more information or to register, go to www.midcoastmaine.com or call 725-8797.


“Greek Economic Crisis,” 4 p.m., talk by Professor Irwin Novak, a summer resident of Greece for more than 20 years. The talk is presented by the Hellenic Society of Maine and takes place at University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Hall, Room 133, Portland. Free.

Women to Watch, 5 to 7 p.m., Mainebiz honorees reception at Holiday Inn By the Bay, Spring Street, Portland. The women being honored are Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority; Louise Jonaitis, CEO of Saunders Bros. at Locke Mills LLC; Colleen Hilton, CEO of VNA Home Health and Hospice; Beth Shissler, president of Sea Bags; and Danielle Ripich, president of University of New England. Registration is $40. For more information and to register, visit www.mainebiz.biz


Association for Consulting Expertise, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., with Stephen Woods of TideSmart Global who will present “From Local to Global: How Best to Position Your Business.” Non-members and guests are welcome. The cost is $28 and registration is required in advance. Breakfast is included. For location information and to register, visit www.consultexpertise.com, call 839-6535, or email [email protected]


“Depression in the Workplace: Costs and Solutions,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20, conference designed to provide employer awareness of employee depression and offer strategies and resources. Presented by Maine Medical Center and being held at the Augusta Civic Center. For information or to register, contact Tom Downing at 781-1545 or [email protected]

“LA, It’s Happening Here!” Fall Social, 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Maine Real Estate and Development Association annual event at the Royal Oak Room, 1 Bates St., Lewiston. Tickets are limited. Register by Thursday. Visit www.mereda.org to register or for more information.

Portland Regional Chamber 157th Annual Dinner and Community Leadership Awards, Sept. 22 at Holiday Inn By the Bay. Registration information is available at www.portlandregion.com or call 772-2811.

The recipients of this year’s awards are: Henri A. Benoit Award for Leadership in the Private Sector: attorney Merton G. Henry; Neal W. Allen Award for Leadership in the Public Sector: Joe Gray, former Portland city manager; Robert R. Masterton Award for Economic Development: Mike Dubyak, president and CEO of Wright Express; President’s Award: Josh Broder, president of Tilson Technology Management.