Business involvement, 8 to 9 a.m., United Way of York County workshop to show the benefits to businesses that become involved in supporting their community. Meet at PeoplesChoice Credit Union in Saco. For more information, visit www.buildcommunity.org or call 985-3359.

Business Startup Basics, 2 to 5 p.m., also repeats on Thursday, first of five programs in the series. Free. SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland. Register at www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147, weekday mornings.


Maine Federation of Humane Societies annual conference and training, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave., Augusta. Registration is $50 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. A Pet First Aid CPR course will also be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $75. Contact the MFHS at 242-5221 or [email protected] to register. For more information visit www.mefed.org.

Business Day at the Statehouse, 8 a.m. to noon, forum for business leaders to meet with legislators and cabinet heads. Presented annually by Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Events begin at the Hall of Flags. More information is available at www.mainechamber.org/BizDay.


“From Generation to Generation,” 8 a.m. to noon, Institute for Family-owned Business presents an interactive discussion program with facilitator Jan Semba. Held at the Cumberland Club, 116 High St., Portland. The cost is $35 for members and $70 for non-members. Registration is required. Call 798-2667 or www.fambusiness.org.

“Making Sense of Social Media as a Tool for HR Professionals” 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. workshop with Curtis Midkiff from the Society for Human Resource Management at the Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland. Registration is $99 and includes meals and materials. Space is limited. Go to hrasm.shrm.org to register.

E2Tech networking, 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by AMEC and held at Maine International Trade Center, 511 Congress St., Suite 100, Portland. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for others. Register at e2tech.org.

“Looking Ahead: Where America’s Current Economic Path Will Take Us,” 6 p.m., lecture by Jeff Faux, author and principal founder of the Economic Policy Institute. University of New England, WCHP Lecture Hall, Parker Pavillion, Portland campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Career Options Fair, 1 to 5 p.m., annual program presented by Women Unlimited. The fair is free and open to the public and will be held at the Senator Inn, Augusta. Applicants should bring resumes and letters of reference as some employers will be holding on-site interviews. Visit www.womenunlimited.org for details.


Maine Tradeswomen’s Conference, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., hands-on opportunity to try out various trades. Open to both women and men and held at Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta. Registration is $10. Visit www.womenunlimited.org or call Women Unlimited at (800) 281-5259 for more information.

Gorham Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gorham Business Exchange’s 15th annual showcase of local businesses. Featured are more than 70 vendors, prizes and games, a food court, activities and performances. The event is free and takes place at Costello Field House, University of Southern Maine, Gorham.

Coming Up

Capitalizing on the Creative Economy, beginning at 1 p.m. April 2, featuring an evening keynote address by James Leach, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. There will also be discussions, tours, presentations and a reception. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Gannett Building and Jewett Hall, University of Maine, Augusta. The event is part of Forum on the Future, a yearlong public policy series.

Volunteer Consumer Complaint Mediators, training begins April 2. Volunteers will learn consumer law and mediation technique to handle complaints by phone or mail in the Attorney General’s Augusta office. A commitment of approximately six hours weekly is requested, including a weekly law class. For more information or to apply, go to www.maine.gov/ag or contact Assistant Attorney General James McKenna at 626-8842.

Fraud prevention volunteer training, April 2, 4 and 11, learn to help prevent abuses in the Medicare and MaineCare programs. Sponsored by Spectrum Generations and the Maine Senior Medicare Patrol Program and held at the Prince of Peace Church, Eastern Avenue, Route 17, Augusta. Call 623-0764, ext. 102, to register. Space is limited.

“disAbilities makes good business $ense,” 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 3, conference designed to help employers explore the hiring of workers with disabilities. Keynote speaker is Deb Russell, corporate manager for Walgreen Co. Held at Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. The fee is $50 and includes breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be done online at www.mainechamber.org or by calling 623-4568, ext. 104.

Maine Technology Institute is offering workshops and webinars to learn about their Business Innovation Program, which provides funding for Maine entrepreneurs in technology-based businesses. To register go to the Dates and Deadlines section at www.mainetechnology.org or contact Linda Adams at [email protected] or 588-1018. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Webinars are scheduled as follows: SBIR, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday; TechStart and Seed Grant, 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 10 and Development Loan and Business Accelerator Grant, 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 18. Workshops will be held in May.

First-Time Homebuyer Seminar, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 7 and 14, at Money Management International, South Portland. The course is accredited by Fannie Mae and Maine State Housing Authority. The non-refundable fee is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Pre-registration is required by March 30 and space is limited. Call Coastal Enterprises Inc. at 882-7552, ext. 177, or go to www.ceimiane.org for details or to register.