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ACE Monthly Meeting - July 15, 2016

  • July 15, 2016
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth


  • Member Pricing when paid in advance
  • Non-member pricing
  • Pay now for the next 6 months and you do not have to remember to register again for 6 months!
  • 12 meetings for the price of 11! Plus the bonus of not having to register again for a year!

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And You Thought the NSA had all the Fun! 

 Library Card Power for Data Junkies, Book Worms, Magazine Mavens, the Inquisitive and Curious!

 Join Portland Public Library's business Librarian, Sonya Durney to learn about robust online resources available to you with your Library card. 


Topics include how to:

  • Research information on businesses, services, technologies, materials, products around the world
  • Conduct in-depth market research via reports not freely available on the internet
  • Determine who your competition is (e.g., how many employees they have, average annual sales are, management team) using their online business directory
  • Access the huge trove of data, documents, and more collected by the U.S. Government
  • Find consumer spending behavior specific to geographic location (eg, how much does the average person in Portland spend on baked goods per year?)
  • Read full text trade journals and popular magazines in the areas of business and industry
  • Download and print legal forms

Or perhaps you are looking for your favorite Caribbean Jerk Chicken recipe with  Mojito Spiced Salad?


Sonya will SHOW us where the REAL stuff is - the backside of the frontside of the library.  Amazing access to databases and resources you can’t get to on your own.  A true Gold Mine in value and depth.


The Truth is better than fiction and the NSA!


Come, learn, enjoy!

About Our Presenter:

Sonya is the Business and Government Team Leader at Portland Public Library. She covers all things library in the areas of entrepreneurship, government documents, politics, finance, law and career resources. Since starting at PPL she helped organize Portland’s first Startup Weekend, is on the executive board for Maine Startup and Create Week a third year running, works with the Library team organizing Makers@PPL, partnered to create a USCIS Immigration Corner at the Library, led the launch of PPL’s Choose Civility Initiative in addition various other duties.

Sonya earned her MLIS from Simmons College and a BA in Political Science from Framingham State University. In 2014, she completed the Maine State Library Leadership Program. In 2015, she was chosen to take part in ILEAD USA. She is an editor for ALA’s Documents to the People, is co-chair of ALA's Entrepreneurship and Makerspace Interest Group and was the employment chair for the Special Library Association New England Chapter from 2012 to 2016.


Roundtable Details

Elevator Speech – HELP!

The #1 question asked in America is What do you do?  While we know the answer, do we then repeatedly blow the opportunity to say something intriguing and interesting, perhaps witty and creative, instead falling back on the always dry yet so very popular: “I’m a consultant/strategy consultant/business strategist/blah, blah boring” ? - to which the (unspoken) response is “I stopped listening at hello”.  Why do we do this?  Because we don’t know a better way.


How about at all those networking sessions, and those rounds of introductions at every business meeting – how many elevator speeches do you need?  How many good ones do you have?  Not enough? – let’s fix that!


At this Round Table discussion you will not only learn the answer to how to create a good-to-great elevator speech, but everyone will leave with the elevator speech of their dreams, hopeful several, since you do need more than one, prepared and appropriate for different audiences. 


Let’s discuss how many self-pitches are needed, how to create each, and ultimately get you the elevator speech help that you really need.

About the Facilitator:

Denise Martin, Principal at You Simply Better, Inc.

You Simply Better helps businesses and individuals become better in the most important area of business – communication skills.  From the written word, to the spoken word, to the heard word, to unheard but loudly ‘spoken’ body language, enhanced communication skills contributes to the success of individuals and businesses alike.  Communication trainings, workshops, coaching and consulting.

Takes place from 9:45-10:30 following the regular meeting and is optional

The Facts...


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

Registrations are required by July 12, 2016. 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 or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
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.

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

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