“Writing A Business Plan: Why you need one and how to profit from it,” 2 to 5 p.m., at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. Cost is $35 with online registration. Go to www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

“Safe holiday spending and consumer law issues, 6 to 7 p.m., a free live presentation at participating Maine public libraries will cover topics such as credit card purchases, Internet scams and gift cards. Check your local public library for schedules and availability or go online to www.bit.ly/legalinfoclinic. For a list of participating libraries, go to http://www.maine.gov/msl/commons/legal/lawyers.htm.


“Building a Stronger Consulting Business and Significantly Better Client Deliverables through Strategic and Operational Collaboration,” 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., presented by Geoff Lamdin of Left Field Solutions and Susan deGrandpre of Collaboration Consulting. The event is sponsored by the Association for Consulting Expertise (A.C.E.) and held at Portland Country Club, Route 88, Falmouth. Cost is $22 for members and $28 for nonmembers and guests, with breakfast included. Register at www.consultexpertise.com or call 800-464-5043.

Coming up

First-time homebuyer seminar, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Jan. 5 and 12, at Money Management International in South Portland. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 28 and space is limited. Register at www.ceimaine.org or call Coastal Enterprises Inc. at 882-5177.