“Closing the Credibility Gap: Challenges and Opportunities,” 4 to 6 p.m., panel discussion presented by Institute for Family-Owned Business as part of the Women in Family-Business Affinity Group. Held at PretiFlahery, One City Center, Portland. Free for members and $35 for others. Register at


Dedication of the ABS Center for Engineering, Science and Research, 4 p.m., public celebration with several speakers, including Gov. Paul LePage and Christopher Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping. An open house will follow at 5 p.m. Held at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine. For more information, visit


Machigonne Community Land Trust, 4 to 7 p.m., the trust’s second annual meeting, with a focus on cooperative housing and affordable home ownership projects and a name change. Food and child care will be available. King Middle School, 92 Deering Ave., Portland.


“Conflict Resolution,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., workshop for parents and professionals working with families in legal and practical situations. Held at Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 104, Portland. Cost is $25 if a Certificate of Attendance is required and is free if no certificate needed. Visit or call 761-2709 for details and registration information.


Job Fair, 5 to 7 p.m., Southern Maine Health Care will be hiring staff for offices in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco and Sanford. Held in the first-floor conference room of SMHC’s Medical Office Building, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford. For more information about the Job Fair contact Kim Seavey at 294-8712 or [email protected], and for specifics about openings, requirements and to apply online, visit

Maine Business Hall of Fame, 5:30 p.m., to benefit Junior Achievement of Maine. The 26th annual event will honor Robert Moore, chairman and chief executive officer of Dead River Co., Becky Rand, owner of Becky’s Diner, and Karen Gordon Mills, senior fellow of Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. Held at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland. For tickets and details, contact Michelle Anderson at [email protected] or call 347-4333.

May 7

“Drive Improvements to Create Value,” 7:15 to 10 a.m., part of the Business Breakfast Series sponsored by Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, with guest speaker John McLellan, a Master LEAN Black Belt at Idexx. Held at Thomas College, Spann Student Commons, Waterville. Cost is $35 at the door.

Spring Downtown Worker Appreciation Day, 7 to 9 a.m., a celebration for those who work in downtown Portland, with free coffee and snacks, coupons and gift bags. Tables will be at Tommy’s Park, Monument Square and in front of the Portland Museum of Art. Rain date is May 8.

“Employment Law on the Go: Practical Advice Designed to Reduce Risk,” 8 to 9:30 a.m., last in a series of seminars for small businesses presented by Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. Held at the Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon St., Lewiston. Cost is $20. Call 783-2249 or visit for details and to sign up.


CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, provides a variety of free services and workshops to help with job searches and to upgrade skills. Each of the 12 centers provides computer work stations and offers several employment-related programs. The centers also participate in job fairs held throughout the state. Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) or go to to learn more.

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