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

Free live presentation on safe holiday spending and consumer law issues, 6 to 7 p.m. at participating Maine public libraries, covering topics such as credit card purchases, Internet scams and gift cards. The clinic is produced by Maine’s Volunteer Lawyers Project with the support of the Maine Regional Library System. 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 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., Portland Country Club, Route 88, Falmouth. Presented by Geoff Lamdin of Left Field Solutions and Susan deGrandpre of Collaboration Consulting. The event is sponsored by the Association for Consulting Expertise. The 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, Money Management International, South Portland. The course is approved and the 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.