AIA Maine 2012 Design Awards Celebration, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Portland Museum of Art, Free Street, Portland. Tickets are $70 per person and are available at



“The Myth of Sustainability: What Healthy Fisheries Really Look Like,” 4 p.m., part of the Human Ecology Forum with guest speaker Paul Molyneaux. College of the Atlantic, McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Free.

“Starting Your Own Business: Learn from folks who’ve ‘been there, done that,’ ” 6 to 9 p.m., SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. For more information or reservations, go to to or call 772-1147, weekday mornings.


Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals, 8 a.m., breakfast meeting with guest speaker Barbara Fields, HUD’s Regional Administrator. Held at Portland Country Club, Falmouth. To register, contact Linette Jones at 712-0402 or email [email protected]

Funding of early-stage R&D, workshop with National Institutes of Health representatives and designed for scientists, researchers, technology and life sciences companies. Held at Maine Technology Institute offices at Brunswick Landing. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with presentations, workshops and meetings held until 4:30 p.m. Registration is necessary. There is a $10 fee for lunch. Contact Linda Adams at MTI at 588-1015 or go to

Greater Portland Business Expo, noon to 5 p.m., presented by Portland Regional Chamber and held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. Featured are exhibitors, seminars with entrepreneurs and leaders in the Maine business community and door prizes. Pre-register at or call 772-2811. Walk-ins will also be accepted and all activities are free.

“Branding: Beyond business cards and brochures,” noon to 2:30 p.m., Lunch and Learn program with Liz McLellan from The Via Agency. Held at University of Southern Maine, Wichcamper Center, Portland. The cost is $15 and is free for USM students with an ID and current MCED Onsite or Affiliate Client Companies. To register, contact [email protected]

Portland Society of Architects Spring Social, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Porthole Restaurant, 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland. Go to for more information.

“What is Design Science and how does it Affect Your Business?”, 6 to 8 p.m., annual Creative Toolbox Series presented by The Maine Center for Creativity and University of Southern Maine. Held at University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, Room 102, Portland. The cost is $35 registration fee: $15 for MCC members and USM alumni and free for USM students. Go to for details and registration.

Next Week

Maine Family Business Awards, 5:30 p.m. May 14, 13th annual event presented by Institute for Family-Owned Business and held at Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. The guest speaker is author and musician Mitchell Kaneff. Registration is due by Monday and the cost is $75. To register, call Martha Bradley at 797-7130 or go to

JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner, 5:30 p.m. May 15, presented by Good Shepherd Food Bank and honoring Michael Dubyak, chairman and CEO of Wright Express. Holiday inn by the Bay, Portland. Register at