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ACE Monthly Meeting - January 17, 2014

  • January 17, 2014
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM


  • 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!

Registration is closed

Please register by January 10th for breakfast headcount purposes, and to be included on the meeting's attendee list.  Thank you.




Intellectual Property, Technology Law and Business Law,” by Tony Perkins of Bernstein Shur"



Anthony E. Perkins


Bernstein Shur


Have you considered all of the basic legal issues involved in your business? What are the real world implications for failing to address one or more of the basics?  For example, how do you develop and protect your Intellectual Property? What are the legal issues in growing your business from one or two people to a half dozen or more? Should you hire employees or use consultants?  What are the key considerations in raising equity financing?  And last, but certainly not least, how do you build a team of individuals that will help you identify these issues and implement the solutions?

Failure to properly address the legal basics and implement the solutions could have significant legal, financial and performance ramifications for your business.  Tony Perkins will lead a discussion regarding these fundamental, but often misunderstood, “business basics.” 

A Bernstein Shur shareholder, Tony Perkins chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group and is co-chair of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group.
Tony’s work includes day-to-day counseling and transactional assistance to start-up, growth and established businesses involved with intellectual property development and protection strategy, product development, national and international commercialization and distribution agreements, angel and venture capital financing, joint ventures, and company sales and merger transactions in a wide variety of industries including:
• business, commercial and consumer software
• Internet and e-commerce services
• clean technologies and renewable energy projects
• life science and agricultural products and services
• manufacturing technologies
• communications products and services
• on-line computing matters and related data security and privacy issues

 Tony's email address is




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



Beth Myers


SBK Mediation


"Listening for Power, Influence, Confidence, Effect"

This round table discussion will center around helping you and your clients listen between the lines for maximum benefit.  When prospects, clients or staff feel unheard, they feel undervalued, often then seeking the services of a competitor who values them, perhaps even someone less technically competent, but offering a better connection. Losing clients, key staff talent, or failing to gain clients can often be remedied by developing key listening skills. Listening and hearing - two very different concepts!

Less than 2% of the population has any formal training in active listening - yet 65% of our day involves listening. Many people consider themselves to be good, even great, listeners, but their self-assessment isn't wholly accurate.  The brain can think 10x faster than the mouth can process words, so most people use the 'extra' time to second-guess what's coming next, to think about their answering response while missing important information, to interrupt the speaker, and to jump to wrong conclusions - in short, exhibiting poor listening behavior, while promoting themselves as good listeners!
Truly good listening requires effort, practice, training.
Skilled listeners are more powerful and influential, exude confidence and are far more effective in every aspect of their lives.
Join us for an interactive round table of listening skills development, practice, and training.  Session participants will take away tools, tips, exercises, and best practices for immediate use, at home and/or in the workplace.  
Skilled listeners get results!  

SBK Mediation delivers assistance, support and faciliation with all of life's challenging conflicts.  Effective, efficient, economical, confidential management services and communication training from experienced SBK Mediation professionals.



The Facts...


The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.


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.

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