“A Ride on the Rails: The Current Success and Future Prospects for Rail-Based Real Estate Development,” starting at 7:30 a.m., presented by Maine Real Estate & Development Association at the Clarion Hotel in Portland,. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Visit www.mereda.org for more information.

Maine Technology Institute, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., workshop for entrepreneurs to learn more about state and federal funding and resources. Held at University of Maine, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Free with lunch included but pre-registration is required. Go to www.mainetechnology.org or call Jessica Watson at 588-1015.

“Starting Your Own Business: Avoiding the Pitfalls,” 2 to 5 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. For details or to register, visit www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

“Preparing for Severe Spring Weather,” 2 to 3 p.m., free webinar offered by the Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery to help businesses prepare for the impacts of bad weather. Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/767622633.

Career Night, 6 to 8 p.m., learn about options and education requirements for varied therapy careers. Colleges and Universities will be on hand. Maine Medical Center, Dana Center Auditorium, 22 Bramhall St., Portland. The storm date is March 19. Admission is free and registration required. Email [email protected] to sign up.


“Building and Growing the Clean Tech Sector,” 7:15 to 9:30 a.m., E2Tech Forum which also features a panel discussion on a project to help businesses connect with clean technology. Held at University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland. Go to www.e2tech.org for registration or more information.

“The Economics of the Maine Housing Market and What to Expect in its Nascent Recovery,” 8 to 10 a.m., Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals monthly breakfast meeting with Chuck Lawton, chief economist, and Frank O’Hara, vice president, both of Planning Decisions Inc. Held at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth. For details go to www.mortgagemaine.com or call 712-0402.

“The Art of Bootstrapping,” 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development lunch and learn program with entrepreneur Peter Millet, CEO Aware Technology. Held at University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland. The program will also be presented in Orono. Visit www.mced.biz or call Laurie Johnson at 774-8111 for details or to register.

Legislative Strictly Social, 5 to 7 p.m., Maine State Chamber’s annual networking reception. Senator Inn and Spa, Western Avenue, Augusta.


“Cover Your Assets,” 7:15 to 9 a.m., Business Breakfast program with Waterville Chief of Police, Joe Massey. Held in the Spann Commons Oak Room, Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville. The cost, which includes breakfast, is $15 for members who register before the event and $17 at the door. General admission is $20. To register, go to www.midmainechamber.com or call 873-3315.

10-Minute Architect, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., annual event presented by Portland Society of Architects offering free design consults to community members. Held at Bard Coffee, 185 Middle St., Portland. Visit www.portlandarchitects.org for more information or to sign up.

“Why deposit your money in a Wall Street Bank, only to have to borrow it back?” 5 p.m., public banking forum with speaker Marc Armstrong, executive director of the Public Banking Institute. Held at Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, Main and Green streets, Thomaston.

DownEast Pride Alliance, 5:30 to 7 p.m., networking event at Styxx, 3 Spring St., Portland. The program is held in conjunction with the Maine Jewish Film Festival. Visit mjff.org for tickets. Go to www.depabusiness.com for details.

Toastmasters Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m., held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month to improve speaking and leadership skills. Barron Center, Portland. For more information go to http://woodfords.toastmastersclubs.org.


“Hippie Dreams for the 21st Century,” 7:30-9:30 a.m., with Charles Lawton, chief economist of Planning Decisions. The program is sponsored by the Association for Consulting Expertise and is held at Portland Country Club, Falmouth. Breakfast and a round-table discussion are included. The cost is $22 for members and $28 for non-members and guests. Register at www.consultexpertise.com or call (800) 464-5043.

“Embracing Diversity in Business Today,” 2 to 5 p.m., conference with guest speaker Laura Liswood, author, lawyer and a global leader of women’s initiatives. Held at Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. Early registration rates are $50 for members and $75 for others. Register by March 12 at www.fambusiness.org or call Gina Weathersby at 798-2667.

Coming Up

Luncheon with Gov. Paul R. LePage, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. March 18, presented by The Maine Heritage Policy Center. Held at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland. Tickets are $45 for MHPC members and $55 for non-members. Register at www.mainepolicy.org or call 321-2550.