Eastern Maine Development Corporation hosts, sponsors and presents a wide range of events, presentations and workshops throughout the year. For more information on events and workshops please email

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Business Services Workshops

Marketing for Business Success - Strategies to Improve the Bottom Line

Session 3: January 15; Creating an Extraordinary Brand

Presenter: Isla Baldwin, Cape Rosier Consulting

This workshop takes participants through a brand development process that includes brand discovery, vision, perception, promise, audience and positioning to create an extraordinary brand that connects an organization to those most important to their success.

Creating an extraordinary brand is a journey of business self-discovery. It can be difficult, time-consuming and uncomfortable.  It can also be one of the most valuable exercises to undertake.  Branding provides a competitive advantage, a stable asset and economic value while setting expectations and creating the experience for your internal and external audience.

Participants should come prepared to explore the following questions in an interactive and immersive workshop.

  • What is your company’s mission?
  • What are the benefits and features of your products or services?
  • What do your customers and prospects already think of your company?
  • What qualities do you want them to associate with your company?

Registration link coming soon.

Session 4: January 22; Pulling it All Together: Panel led by Deb Neuman

This workshop will utilize the perspective of three successful business owners as a discussion point for best practices on growing new and existing businesses through their own successful marketing efforts.  While there is no magic recipe for creating a great marketing plan, this two hour session will share some tips and success stories of local business owners; how they created a plan that pulls together all marketing disciplines into one neat, clean, integrated, and results-generating package.

Register here--please note, THIS IS A NEW DATE FOR THIS WORKSHOP



Strategies for Business Success - a workshop series

EMDC and Husson University Center for Family Business are partnering for a workshop series designed to help successfully build and grow a businesses.

The Dynamics and Issues of Family Owned Businesses

Our panel of family business advisors will talk about important aspects of running a family, or any, business. Topics include: HR (hiring, promotion, employee development), legal issues, management and intergenerational dynamics. 

Tuesday, January 27
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Husson University Center for Family Business, Bangor
Register online here
Retirement Planning for Business Owners

The realities of retirement savings and investment for business owners, succession, legal and tax issues can be confusing. This workshop will help bring some clarity. This session is applicable for business owners whether they are new, mid-career or approaching retirement age. Bring your questions, and be prepared to get prepared.

Tuesday, February 24
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Husson University Center for Family Business, Bangor
Register online here
Buying and Selling a Business

This session focuses on buying a business and selling a business, including strategies, portfolios, and valuation, transfers, mergers, and types of acquisitions.

Tuesday, March 24
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Husson University Center for Family Business, Bangor
Register online here
Business Ethics and Strategies

Even small businesses should wrestle with the issue of a business ethics code etc. Over the past 100 years we have seen the expansive growth of regulatory agencies across industries at the local, state and federal level. This presentation will focus on the three waves of federal regulatory legislation and creation of administrative agencies to administer these new regulatory powers in the 20th century and how small and family businesses should manage their stakeholder relationships in the 21st century to avoid or reduce the need for additional governmental regulation. Participants will discuss the role of industry and trade associations in representing small businesses with regard to business issues. 

Tuesday, April 28
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Husson University Center for Family Business, Bangor
Register online here

Workforce Development Workshops

Space is limited for workshops. Early registration is recommended.
All workshops are free for Workforce customers. 

Employability Workshops

Second and Fourth Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Bangor
RSVP REQUIRED: Amanda Grant; space is limited

Financial Literacy Workshops

Second and Fourth Thursday of every month 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Bangor
Advanced registration required: Career Center Reception 561-4050 ask for Janet Smith

Workforce Investment Act Application Sessions

EMDC Workforce also offers regularly scheduled application sessions for individuals who think they might qualify for training and services through the Workforce Investment Act. Learn more about those sessions here.

Penquis Higher Education Center OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, August 19th, 5-7pm
50 Mayo Street, Dover-Foxcroft

Come learn about all the educational opportunities available through Eastern Maine Community College and Piscataquis Valley Adult Education at the Penquis Higher Education Center Open House, located in Dover-Foxcroft. EMCC will be cooking up a tasty barbeque, offering tours of the facility, and information about upcoming classes from EMCC and Adult Ed.

The Penquis Higher Education Center offers interactive television, online, and onsite courses. Personalized resources such as financial aid advising, registration, academic and career counseling, testing, and a library and computer facility are available for use.

The Center provides the perfect opportunity for those in Piscataquis County to start or continue their education. Find out more at the Open House!


Maine PTAC Workshops

Insurance Bonding with Mark Varney of Varney Insurance

Workshop details coming soon!

Thursday, February 5, 2015; 10:00 a.m. to Noon
DECD; 111 Sewall St., Augusta
RSVP: or by calling 207.974.3223

Marketing to the Government and Competitive Market Research

Workshop details coming soon!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015; Time TBD
Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)
500 Washington Avenue, Portland
RSVP: or by calling 207.974.3323
Introduction to Government Contracting

Learn the ropes of government contracting with Maine PTAC Counselor, Dana Delano as he explains what it takes to sell to the government. Small business owners looking to get into government contracting will learn how to register with the Federal Government, what the government is buying and much more! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015; Time TBD
Northen Maine Development Commission (NMDC)
11 West Presque Isle Road, Caribou
RSVP: or 207.521.5840