Homebuyer Education Course, 6 to 8:30 p.m., 10-hour course with additional sessions on April 10, 15 and 17 at Avesta Housing, 307 Cumberland Ave., Portland. Registration is required and the cost is $15. Visit for more information and to register or contact David Stolt at [email protected] or call 553-7780 ext. 226.


Maine Real Estate and Development Association, 7:30 to 9 a.m., MEREDA breakfast session with guest Patricia Aho, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, at DaVinci’s Eatery, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston. For more information and to register, visit

“Starting Your Own Business: Review All Aspects,” 2 to 5 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. The fee is $35 with online reservation. For details or to register, visit or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

“Grassroots Health Care in Developing Countries: Maine Goes Global,” 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., free public lecture with Elizabeth McLellan, founder and president of Partners for World Health of Scarborough. St. Joseph’s College, room 128, Harold Alfond Hall, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish. The program is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine and the college.

Greendrinks, 5:30 to 8 p.m., monthly social event for ages 21 and older with GrowSmart Maine as the featured nonprofit organization for April. Held at Portland Flea-For-All, 125 Kennebec St., Portland. Bring your own drinking vessel, $2/$5 entry.


Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals, 8:30 a.m., monthly breakfast meeting with guest Robert Cross, area specialist USDA Rural Development. Held at Portland Country Club, Falmouth. Advance registration is required. Call Linette Jones at 522-3776 or go to for more information.

Webinar with SBA, AARP Maine and CEI Women’s Business Center, 10 to 11 a.m., designed for individuals 50 and older who want to start or grow their own business. Register at

MTI Tech Start and Seed Grants, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., workshop with Shane Beckim, for Maine-based companies and entrepreneurs who are seeking funding to help develop new and innovative technology. University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland. For details go to or call 774-8111.

“Information Security on a Budget – For Businesses,” 6 to 8 p.m., with Eugene Slobodzian of InfoSecurus, who will discuss the fundamentals of information security and maximizing cost savings. Presented by (ISC)2 Maine Chapter, free and open to the public. Held at Sage Data Security, 2275 Congress St., Portland. Sign up at


“Managing Relationships, Communication and Conflict Within the Family Business,” 3:30 to 5 p.m., with Jane Hilburt-Davis, president of Key Resources LLC. Small-group discussions of case studies will follow and a social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. The event is held at the Cumberland Club, 116 High St., Portland, and the cost is $25 for members and $45 for others. Register at or call 798-2667.

“It’s Just Business: Ethics in Driving Decisions,” 4 p.m., sixth annual Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture, featuring Barber Foods President and CEO David Barber. Held at University of New England, Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke Auditorium, Portland campus. A reception follows at the UNE Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce 50th annual awards dinner, starting at 5 p.m. at the Elks Banquet and Conference Center, 76 Industrial St., Waterville. Tickets are $50. Call 873-3315 for details.

“Working in a Union Environment in the U.S. or Overseas,” 4 to 6 p.m., panel discussion seminar presented by Maine Maritime Academy’s Career Services and Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics. The seminar is free and open to the public. Held at Maine Maritime Academy, Delano Auditorium, Castine. For more information, visit


First-Time Homebuyer Seminar, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 20 and 27, at Coastal Enterprises Inc., 36 Water St., Wiscasset. Preregistration is required by Friday and the nonrefundable fee is $30 per person or $50 per couple or co-buyer. To register and for more information go to or call 882-5177.


CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, provide a variety of free services and workshops to help with job searches or upgrade skills. Each of the 12 centers provides computer workstations and offers several programs throughout the month. Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) or go to www.maine

Central Maine Community College offers several business-related courses, workshops and training. Call Corporate and Community Services at 755-5280 or (800) 891-2002, opt. 7, or visit for details.