Today

Maine Lobster Promotion Council board meeting, 4 to 7 p.m., conference room 106, Natural Resource Service Center, 6 Beech St., Hallowell. Call 541-9310 for details.

DownEast Pride Alliance, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., gay and gay-friendly business networking group; Pat’s Pizza Old Port, 30 Free St., Portland. Visit www.depabusiness.com for details.

Wednesday 

“QR Codes for Your Small Business: What is a QR code and what can it do for you and your small business?” 10 to 11:30 a.m., Camden Opera House, 2nd floor. Free interactive workshop, with participants encouraged to bring their smartphones. The program is offered by the Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community and the Town of Camden Development Office. For more information or to register, call 596-2616.

“Why America Matters,” 6:30 p.m., Rockport Opera House. With Anouar Majid, professor at the University of New England. Presented as part of the Camden Conference Community Events Series. Free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Thursday

“Essentials of Exporting,” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern Maine Development Corp. office, 40 Harlow St., Bangor Several experts will cover topics such as international markets, global logistics, payments and legal issues. Registration is $35 for Maine International Trade Center members and $45 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. To learn more and register, visit www.mitc.com.

Maine Technology Institute, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Target Technology Center, 20 Godfrey Drive, Orono. Monthly office days offering funding help for entrepreneurs, researchers and businesses. For an appointment, call Linda Adams at 582-4790, ext. 206, or visit www.mainetechnology.org for more information.

“Focus on Philanthropy: The Art of Leadership,” 10 a.m., Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. With awards for the top five nonprofit directors in Maine and several speakers, including Lisa Walker, managing director of Newman’s Own Foundation, and Lowell Weicker, former U.S. senator and governor of Connecticut. Sponsored by The Bank of Maine. For reservations or more information, visit www.thebankofmaine.com.

Winter Social, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saltwater Grille, 231 Front St., South Portland. Presented by the Northern New England Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. The cost is $50 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Register at www.smpsmaine.org/smps.

Friday 

Interview Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, York County CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale. Call 324-5460 to register or for more information about other programs.

Snowball 2011, 6 p.m. to midnight, Port City Music Hall, Portland. The holiday event for the creative community is presented by the Maine Marketing Association, Ad Club of Maine, AIGA Maine and the Maine Public Relations Council. Register at http://snowballmaine.com.

Saturday 

“Small Business Tax Issues: Review New 2012 Tax Provisions,” 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., SCORE offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland. The fee is $35 for each workshop with online registration. For more information and reservations, visit www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Maine Media Women, 11 a.m. annual holiday party at a private home. A reading and book signing will follow, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Gibbs Library, Washington. Proceeds support the organization’s scholarship program. For more information, call Carol Jaeger at 563-8377.

Coming Up

Responsible Alcohol Seller Training, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Brunswick Landing. Merchant and clerk training to prevent underage liquor sales. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call Communities Against Substance Abuse at 373-6957 to register. There is a $10 fee that can be paid at the door. The training is co-sponsored by the police departments of Topsham, Bath, Richmond and Brunswick and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department.