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.

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.

April 29, 2015
8 :00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
40 Harlow Street
Register here

It's Who You Know:Entrepreneurship 101

Have a great idea for a business?

Don’t know where to start?

Join us for a panel discussion that will introduce you to the people, organizations and other resources that can help you go from idea to....Open for Business!

Panel includes representatives from:

  • Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community
  • Penquis/MaineStream
  • SBDC
Thursday, March 5
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bangor Savings Bank Eames Center
203 Maine Avenue, Bangor
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

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! For more information click here!

Thursday March 5; 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
University of Maine at Machias (Room 103 - Science Hall)
116 O'Brien Avenue, Machias
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
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.

Thursday, March 19; 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG)
125 Manley Rd., Auburn
RSVP: ckondratowicz@emdc.orgor by calling 207.974.3223
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 an event 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 and Dana Delano, Maine PTAC Counselors, will explain what it takes to sell to government entities and expand your business opportunities.

Wednesday, March 25; 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
NMDC; 11 West Presque Isle Rd., Caribou
RSVP: or by calling 207.521.5840