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ACE meets on the 3rd Friday of every month except August from 7:30-9:30am. Roundtable skill sessions follow and meet until about 10:30. We meet at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth. ACE meetings include networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are always welcome!

ACE monthly programs provide members and guests the opportunity to establish relationships through networking and to build working relationships with other professionals. Monthly program topics are selected as a means of strengthening the skills of members and increasing their awareness and knowledge of markets, business and social trends and professional disciplines that will enhance their particular fields. Speakers are sought that are both accomplished and offer a fresh perspective on a subject.

Workshops and seminars on business building skills and personal development are offered to members and to the business community. ACE also offers programs for the broader business community that brings together ACE professionals and experts from around the country.

Please review our Event Registration & Cancellation Policy.


Upcoming events

    • January 23, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Jump Start Your Consulting Practice

    Bruce Katcher, Ph.D. former president of the Society of Professional Consultants, and author of the American Management Association's book, “An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice" will be talking about how you can jump start your consulting business.

    Key topics he will cover are: 

    • how to reinvigorate yourself, 
    • how to increase your practice’s focus, 
    • gaining leverage by choosing the right consulting business model, 
    • understanding the economics of consulting, and 
    • focusing your marketing efforts.

    Don’t miss this webinar! Great way to get yourself motivated for 2018!

    There is no charge for ACE members and a small charge for non-members. Please register so we have an idea of how many attendees to expect and so that you will receive login details.

    About our Speaker:

    Bruce Katcher is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and president of Discovery Surveys based in Wellfleet, MA.  He specializes in conducting customized employee engagement and customer satisfaction surveys.  He has surveyed more than 90,000 employees in more than 100 organizations.

    He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and then worked for The Wyatt Company, an international consulting firm, for 4 years.  He founded his own boutique consulting firm 24 years ago.

    As an independent, Bruce has consulted to more than 100 organizations including Alcoa, BBN Technologies, Delta Dental Plan, Dunkin’ Donuts, Johnson & Johnson, the Mayo Clinic, Olympus, Revlon, Sodexo, Sprouts Farmers Market, Textron, Timberland, Tufts University, Velcro, and W.R. Grace.

    His award-winning book, “30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers” and his book, “An Insider's Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice,” were both published by the American Management Association.

    Bruce is an ardent proponent of self-employment and provides individual and group coaching for aspiring and experienced consultants.  He is a former president of the Society of Professional Consultants in the Boston area. 

    In addition to his consulting work, Bruce is a realtor on Cape Cod associates with Keller Williams Realty.

    PREPARATION FOR THE WEBINAR:

    You will be sent a link to access the webinar via email. Please plan to setup 10 minutes prior to the start. 


    • February 13, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    THREE EASY PIECES:  Contracts for Consultants and Freelancers

    This program will teach you:

    The basic contract principles you need to keep in the back of your mind when preparing and reviewing contracts.

    How to break your contracts into "Three Easy Pieces:"

    1. Your cover letter
    2. Your proposal/scope of work
    3. Your standard business terms

    How to use S.M.A.R.T. principles to prepare your proposal

    What you need to look for when your client wants to use its own contract forms.

    There is no charge for ACE members and a small charge for non-members. Please register to receive login details.

    About our Speaker:

    Carrie Green Yardley, a graduate of Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Law,  is a  founding member of Yardley Esq. PLLC, which focuses on small business, succession planning, and related estate planning.  She practiced as a commercial litigator for 20 years, ran a small food business for eight, and after a successful tour through the CPA exams opened Yardley Esq, PLLC. The firm has offices in Yarmouth, Portland and Biddeford.


    PREPARATION FOR THE WEBINAR:

    You will be sent a link to access the webinar via email. Please plan to setup 10 minutes prior to the start. 

    If you plan to attend on a smartphone or tablet, please download the Zoom app prior to the webinar.



    • February 16, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth
    Register


    Details coming soon.

    Speaker: Jess Knox, Venture Hall


    Roundtable:

    Waite Maclin/Bill Stone

    The Facts...

     

    The ACE regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

    Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by February 13th. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date. 

    You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or mail a check to:
    ACE
    110 Marginal Way #142
    Portland ME 04101

    If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

    Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

    Cancellations:

    If you find you can't attend, please notify us by February 13th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

    Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.

    • March 16, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth
    Register


    Details coming soon.

    Speaker: David Fields, author of "The Executive's Guide to Consultants"



    The Facts...

     

    The ACE regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

    Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by March 13th. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date. 

    You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or mail a check to:
    ACE
    110 Marginal Way #142
    Portland ME 04101

    If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

    Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

    Cancellations:

    If you find you can't attend, please notify us by March 13th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

    Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.

    • April 20, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth
    Register


    Details coming soon.

    Our speaker will be James Herbert, Ph. D., president of the University of New England.


    James D. Herbert, Ph.D., serves as the University of New England's sixth president. He assumed the position on July 1, 2017, immediately following the 11-year tenure of Danielle N. Ripich.

    Herbert arrived at UNE via Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he had served most recently as executive vice provost and dean of the Graduate College. Before that, he had held a variety of administrative positions at Drexel, including interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, head of the Department of Psychology, interim head of the Department of Biology, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program, director of the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, and president of the University Faculty.

    Herbert’s educational background is in psychology; he holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include cognitive behavior therapy — including newer mindfulness and psychological acceptance-based models of behavior therapy, anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, remote Internet-based treatment, and the promotion of evidence-based practice in mental health.

    He is known internationally for his publications on quackery and pseudoscience in mental health, having authored more than 170 scholarly works on these and other topics. His 2011 book Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who called it “a most beneficial and powerful method for ensuring a healthy mind and heart.” Herbert is a fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health.

    Roundtable:

    Gerard Bianco on Elevator Pitches


    The Facts...

     

    The ACE regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

    Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by April 17th. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date. 

    You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or mail a check to:
    ACE
    110 Marginal Way #142
    Portland ME 04101

    If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

    Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

    Cancellations:

    If you find you can't attend, please notify us by March 13th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

    Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.

Past events

January 19, 2018 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 19, 2018
January 16, 2018 Creating Remarkable Facebook and Instagram Ads For Your Business
December 15, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 15, 2017
November 28, 2017 Webinar: Authentic Networking
November 17, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 17, 2017
October 20, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 20, 2017
September 15, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 15, 2017
July 21, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 21, 2017
June 16, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 16, 2017
May 19, 2017 Growing Innovation in Maine - May 19, 2017
May 16, 2017 Re-Careering After Mid-Life at USM
April 25, 2017 LinkedIn: Making Connections for Business Success at USM
April 21, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 21, 2017
March 17, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 17, 2017
March 15, 2017 Decoding Communication Styles: Key to Collaboration
February 17, 2017 Innovation Opportunities for Your Consulting Practice 2/17/17
January 20, 2017 Tapping Into Maine's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem-1/20/17
December 16, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 16, 2016
November 18, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 18, 2016
November 15, 2016 Mind Your Business: Negotiations, the Big Deals and the Everyday
October 21, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 21, 2016
September 16, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 16, 2016
September 15, 2016 Mind Your Business: Linkedin - Making Connections for Business Success
July 15, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 15, 2016
June 17, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 17, 2016
June 07, 2016 LinkedIn: CANCELLED!
May 20, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 20, 2016
April 28, 2016 Re-Careering After Mid-Life at USM
April 15, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 15, 2016
March 18, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - Mar 18, 2016
February 19, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - Feb 19, 2016
January 15, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - Jan 15, 2016
December 18, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Dec 18, 2015
November 20, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Nov 20, 2015
November 10, 2015 Re-Careering After Mid-Life at USM
October 16, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Oct 16, 2015
October 07, 2015 LinkedIn: Making Connections for Business Success at USM
September 18, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Sept. 18, 2015
July 17, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 17, 2015
June 19, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 19, 2015
May 15, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 15, 2015
April 17, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 17, 2015
March 20, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 20, 2015
February 20, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - February 20, 2015
January 16, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 16, 2015
December 19, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 19, 2014
November 21, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 21, 2014
October 17, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 17, 2014
October 10, 2014 Finance for Nonfinancial Managers and Professionals
September 19, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 19, 2014
August 15, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - CANCELLED!
July 18, 2014 July ACE Meeting CANCELLED!
June 20, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 20, 2014
May 16, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 16, 2014
April 18, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 18, 2014
March 21, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 21, 2014
February 21, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - February 21, 2014
January 17, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 17, 2014
December 20, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 20, 2013
November 15, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 15, 2013
October 18, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 18, 2013
October 10, 2013 Consultants Academy-Building & Polishing Your Business
September 20, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 20, 2013
August 16, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - August 16, 2013
July 19, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 19, 2013
June 21, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 21, 2013
May 17, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 17, 2013
April 19, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 19, 2013
March 15, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 15, 2013
February 15, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - February 15, 2013
January 18, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 18, 2013
December 21, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -December 21, 2012
November 16, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -November 16, 2012
October 19, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -October 19, 2012
September 21, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -September 21, 2012
August 17, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -August 17, 2012
July 20, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -July 20, 2012
June 15, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -June 15, 2012
June 08, 2012 The Future of ACE! Special Meeting - Members Only
May 18, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -May 18, 2012
April 20, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -April 20, 2012
March 16, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -March 16, 2012
February 17, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -February 17, 2012
January 20, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -January 20, 2012
December 16, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -December 16, 2011
November 18, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -November 2011
November 04, 2011 Maine Businesses for Sustainability Conference
October 21, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -October 2011
October 20, 2011 Mainebiz Momentum Convention - Consultants Corner!
September 26, 2011 SPC: Consulting as a Career - What You Need to be Successful
September 16, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -September
August 19, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - August
July 15, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - July "Tales of a Serial Entrepreneur, and how consultants can help businesses like his."
June 23, 2011 2011 New England Regional SBIR/STTR Summer Session
June 17, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - June
May 20, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - May
April 15, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - April '11
March 18, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - March '11
February 18, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - February '11
January 21, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - January '11
December 17, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - December '10
December 14, 2010 Peer Camp
December 01, 2010 MTI's 10th Anniversary!
November 19, 2010 John Tantillo - The Marketing Doctor! Go Brand Yourself
November 19, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - November '10
November 04, 2010 Managing Workplace Safety & Risk with Medical Marijuana and Other Drugs
November 02, 2010 Managing Workplace Safety & Risk with Medical Marijuana and Other Drugs
October 26, 2010 The Mentoring Advantage: A Sustainable Solution for an Anxious Workforce
October 26, 2010 Managing Workplace Safety & Risk with Medical Marijuana and Other Drugs
October 15, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - October '10
September 17, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - September '10
August 20, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - August '10
July 16, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - July '10
June 18, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - June '10
May 21, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - May '10
May 04, 2010 Maine Innovation Economy Summit 2010
April 16, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - April '10
March 26, 2010 The Teleseminar Teleseminar
March 19, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - March '10
February 23, 2010 Consulting 101/201
February 19, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - February '10
January 29, 2010 Freeport Forum
January 15, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - January '10
December 18, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - December '09
December 08, 2009 Freeport Chamber Holiday Party
November 20, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - November '09
November 17, 2009 Is Your Business Ready for Tax Season?
October 16, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - October '09
September 22, 2009 Personnel Files: The Index for your People Management
September 18, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - September '09
August 21, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - August '09
July 17, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - July '09
June 19, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - June '09
April 17, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - April '09
February 20, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - Feb '09
December 19, 2008 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - Dec '08


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