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 2: November 13; The Business Owners’ Guide To A More Profitable Website

Presenter: Cary Weston
This fast-paced, interactive workshop feeds off the questions and needs of the audience and is designed to provide practical and actionable tools and tips to help you:

  • Build Better Website Content
  • Rank Higher In Search Engines
  • Market To Your Ideal Customers
  • Use Analytics To Make Better Decisions

You don’t have to be a website genius to find tons of value from this workshop. You’ll leave knowing you have the power to get better rankings in search engines, find new customers, and win the web!

Register here

Session 3: December 11; Creating an Extraordinary Brand

Presenter: Isla Baldwin

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?
Register here

Session 4: January 14; 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

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

Introduction to Government Contracting

Come and 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! FMI click here.

Thursday, December 4; 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Washington County Community College (Riverview Hall - Room 211)
One College Drive, Calais
RSVP: or 207.521.5840

Winning and Performing Government Contracts

Join Maine PTAC Regional Manager Ernie Gray in Portland, as he presents the strategies of submitting winning proposals and dealing with both predictable and unexpected performance issues. FMI click here.

Wednesday, December 10; 10:00 a.m. to Noon
GPCOG; 970 Baxter Boulevard, Portland
RSVP Required: or 207.974.3223

Burning Questions: Marketing for Small Businesses

This workshop offered to Maine PTAC and DBE clients will focus on "marketing 101" for small businesses. Join Maine PTAC and DBE staff as they discuss today's hottest marketing issues, trends, tips and strategies that you can put into practice immediately. Please note that this workshop will take place in TWO locations. With a variety topics this workshop is sure to be a hit and not to be missed! FMI on this workshop please click here!

Wednesday, December 10; 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
EMDC; 40 Harlow Street, Bangor

Monday, December 15; 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
GPCOG; 970 Baxter Boulevard, Portland

To RSVP please contact Chelsea Kondratowicz at or by calling 207.974.3223.