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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NOTE: The two workshops scheduled for January 27 and 28 have been postponed. See below for details.

Regional Events

Uncovering the Bangor Region's Competitive Economic Sectors

EMDC, in partnership with the Bangor Region Development Alliance (BRDA) and the Action Committee of 50, invites you to a breakfast buffet and presentation by Evan Richert, Town Planner and Economic Development Director for the Town of Orono and Treasurer of BRDA. Evan will discuss the findings and recommendations, specific to the Bangor region, in an economic study from Charles Colgan, PhD, Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. 

Evan will be joined by the following panel of experts, representing industries identified in these findings, to discuss how the Bangor region can position itself for a competitive advantage:   

  • Mark Kittridge, Engineering Manager, TransTech
  • Benjamin Carlisle, President, Prentiss & Carlisle
  • Andrew Fitzpatrick, President, Hinckley Yachts
  • Alex Gray, President of Waterfront Concerts, Inc.
  • Miles Theeman, Vice-President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, EMHS
  • Jeffrey Hecker, PhD, Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Maine

Join us as we discuss our region's specialized and unique sectors and opportunities for economic development in central and eastern Maine.

Pre-register by 2 February 2015 via email to

$15 per person payable at the door.

Thursday, 5 February 2015
Hilton Garden Inn

7am Breakfast Buffet
7:45 a.m.   -- 9 a.m. Presentation and Panel Discussion

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.

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. 

Moved to Tuesday, February 10
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

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.

8 :00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
One Cumberland Place
Register here


Common Sense Cash Flow Management

The most common reason for business failure is not lack of profitability, but lack of cash. Do you understand the difference? Come to this workshop to understand how cash flows through a business; let’s discuss what you need to be aware of to better manage your finances.

Wednesday, March 11
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
One Cumberland Place
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.


Maine PTAC Workshops

Insurance and Bonding with Mike Varney of Varney Agency

Mike Varney of Varney Agency will be discussing common insurance and surety bond trends including cyber liability basics and common pitfalls for companies obtaining surety bonds for the first time. This is a not to be missed workshop! For more information click here.

Thursday, February 5; 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

Join Maine PTAC counselor Ernie Gray for this session where you will explore the resources available to your business when you develop your marketing strategy for government contracting at the local, state and federal levels. For details click here.

Tuesday, February 17; 10:00 a.m. to Noon
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! 

Thursday March 5; 
Time and Location TBD
RSVP: or 207.521.5840
Selling to the State of Maine

Join Maine PTAC for a workshop that will teach small business owners the "ins" and "outs" of selling to the State of Maine and how to find out what the state is buying.

Representatives of the Maine State Bureau of General Services and the Division of Purchases will discuss the "how-to's" of selling to the state. Participants will have an opportunity to ask Mr. Lutte and Mr. Ostwald questions.

Thursday, March 10; 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Brunswick Landing, Building #27 - Community Room
8 Venture Avenue, Brunswick
RSVP: or by calling 207.974.3223