CLIMB, Christian Leaders in Maine Business, 7:15 to 9 a.m., with guest speaker Phil Strout, senior pastor at Pathway Vineyard Church. Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland.

“Facebook 101,” 9 to 11:30 a.m., bring a laptop and learn how to set up a business Facebook page. SCORE office, 100 Middle St., second floor, Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. Space is limited. Register at portlandme.score.org or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.


Business Breakfast series, 7:30 to 9 a.m., “Samurai Service: Think Like a Black Belt for Cutting-Edge Customer Service,” with author Jim Bouchard. Student Commons Atrium, Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville. The cost is $14 for chamber members in advance, $16 for 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.

Social Media Marketing, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., workshop for business owners, marketers and managers presented by Rich Brooks of Portland-based Flyte New Media and held at Western Maine University and College Center, 198 Main St., South Paris. Space is limited. The program is free to local chamber members and $25 for others. For more information visit tinyurl.com/ctzbfz9 or call Gerry Nelson, Oxford Hills SCORE, at 743-0499.

Maine Real Estate and Development Association, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais will discuss efforts to improve business and government regulations and communication. Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St., Portland. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members and registration is requested. For more information and to register, visit www.mereda.org.


“Efficiency Maine: Saving Energy in Homes and Businesses,” 7:15 to 9:30 a.m., E2Tech forum at Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland. The cost is $15 for E2Tech members and $25 for others. For details and to register, visit e2tech.org/events.

“Shaking Up Maine’s News Cycle: Introducing Maine Policy News,” noon to 1:30 p.m. at DiMillo’s On the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland. Luncheon and talk by Lance Dutson, chief executive officer of Maine Heritage Policy Center, who will discuss the launch of the center’s State House news bureau, MainePolicyNews.com. The cost is $17 for MHPC members and $22 for non-members. For more information or reservations, contact Amanda Clark at [email protected] or 321-2550.


Association for Consulting Expertise, annual holiday celebration and networking meeting, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Portland Country Club, Falmouth. Fritz Steele of Organizational Effectiveness will lead a discussion on “Getting Out of Unintentional Ruts.” The cost is $22 for members and $28 for non-members and guests. Breakfast is included. Registration is required in advance by visiting www.consult expertise.com, calling 839-6535, or emailing [email protected] expertise.com.


Camden Conference general registration is now open at www.camdenconference.org or by calling 236-1034. The title of the 2012 conference is “The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do we have what it takes?” The 25th annual event takes place Feb. 17- 19. The cost is $250 per person at the Camden Opera House and $140 per person at satellite locations at the Strand Theatre in Rockland and Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Keynote-only tickets are available at all satellite venues for $25 and student tickets at all satellite locations are $40 each. Teachers bringing three or more students are also eligible for the student price.

The Maine Small Business Development Center at the University of Southern Maine offers confidential, professional business management assistance at no cost. The ongoing service is available to both new and established businesses. For details or to make an appointment, call 780-4949 or email: [email protected]