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

“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 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”; Student Commons Atrium, Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville. With author Jim Bouchard. The cost is $14 for Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce members in advance, $16 for members at the door and $20 for general admission. Call 873-3315 or email [email protected] for registration information.

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

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


“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

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


Association for Consulting Expertise, holiday celebration and networking meeting, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., 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 nonmembers and guests. Breakfast is included. Advance registration is required; visit, call 839-6535, or email [email protected]


General registration for the 2012 Camden Conference, Feb. 17-19, is now open at 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 cost is $250 per person at the Camden Opera House and $140 per person at the satellite locations at the Strand Theatre in Rockland and Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Keynote-only tickets are available at all satellite venues for $25; 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]