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

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.

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


Other workshops for businesses

Reading Financial Statements

Financial statements are an important management tool for any business. Do you regularly monitor yours? Do you know what information is on your Income Statement or Balance Sheet? Is your pricing still in line with your costs? Are you aware of trends in your business? Don’t just work harder, also work smarter.

Wednesday, April 29
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Eeastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC)
40 Harlow Street, Bangor
Register here
Exploring Self-Employment

“Exploring Self-Employment” is a six-session series combining “how-to” elements with hands-on training. Session topics cover topics including researching your market and industry, marketing, finances and financing.

Interested individuals should attend one of three introductory sessions held  on either March 12th at 9:00a.m., March 19th at 2:00p.m. or March 26th at 5:30 p.m. The education sessions begin on April 9th at 9:00 a.m. All sessions are held in the City Council Chambers in Bucksport.

Registration is available by contacting Loretta Alley at 469-0209 or by email at

Partners for this series are: City of Bucksport, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Foster Innovation Center at UMaine, SCORE, SBA, SBDC, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community.

Click HERE for registration information

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.


Maine PTAC Workshops

Expand Your Market with Local, State and Federal Opportunities

This workshop is a must for small business owners who are considering doing business with the government. The workshop will include a general overview of how the government buys good and services and how to get your business started with government contracting. Additional topics will include government registrations, what the government buys, and much more. Join Maine PTAC counselor, Dana Delano as he presents this exciting learning opportunity! Click here for details.

Thursday, May 7; 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Northern Maine Development Commission
11 West Main Street, Fort Kent
RSVP: or 207.521.5840
Understanding Bids: How to Read and Respond

If you are currently selling to the Government or interested in giving it a try but you are unsure about the process, this is a learning opportunity you won't want to miss!

Learn how to read the details of local, state and federal government product and service solicitations and how to respond with a winning bid proposal. Melody Weeks Maine PTAC Program Manager, will explain what it takes to sell to government entities and expand your business opportunities. For more information click here.

Tuesday, May 12; 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) - Ellsworth Office
248 State Street, Suite 15A, Ellsworth
RSVP: or 207.974.3223
Introduction to Government Contracting

Learn the ropes of government contracting with Maine PTAC Counselor Ernie Gray, 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, June 17; 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)
970 Baxter Boulevard, Portland
RSVP: or 207.974.3223