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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

    • December 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME 04102
    Register

    ACE for the HolidayS!


    Thursday, December 13, all ACE members and their guests are invited to gather for networking, music, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres at the Italian Heritage Center, from 6-8 p.m.

    Please bring guests! Besides being a great social evening (Music! Food! Great Conversation!) with other ACE members and their spouses, it’s also an opportunity to showcase and introduce ACE to others. Guests, when accompanied by a member, get in at just $10!

    Bring your marketing materials to display. We’ll have a special table set up for that purpose.

    If you’ve authored a book, bring one along for our ‘published authors’ table.

    Let us know if you’d be willing to include your book as a raffle prize.

    We’re looking forward to a great holiday event!


    OUR ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE!

    ACE is hosting a food drive this holiday season.  Please give generously by bringing a donation of food to this meeting.  Consider conducting your own mini food drive by asking friends and neighbors to add to your contribution.

    Donations will be given to the Food Pantry maintained by the First Baptist Church in Portland, at the request of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which will distribute them to needy families.

    The Food Bank is requesting:

    • Toilet paper
    • Dish soap (small bottles)
    • Unscented or lightly scented bar soap

    • Soup
    • Cereal (not high sugar)
    • Cereal and granola bars
    • Cooking oil
    • Tuna

    Less in Demand but Appreciated:

    • Canned fruit (in juice)
    • Rice
    • Peanut butter
    • Juice (100%)
    Please bring your own bag to contain your contribution, plus any extra, sturdy bags you're willing to donate.

    Please do not bring:
    • Pasta
    • Beans
    • Canned Veggies
    as they get much of this from the USDA.
    • January 18, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth
    Register

    The Importance of the Right Culture
    in any

    Business, Organization, or Corporation

    • What is organizational culture ?
    • How can the right culture be a significant competitive advantage?
    • How do you deliberately create the best culture for your organization or business ?
    • As a consultant, how do you go about helping a client create the best culture for them?

    If  addressing these questions is of interest to you,  you won’t want to miss this Association for Consulting Expertise program, featuring Derek Volk, of Volk Packaging Corporation.

    Derek believes that a strong and deliberately developed organizational culture is one of the keys to high performance, sustainability and to serving employees, customers and community well.  During the November ACE program meeting Derek will share his experiences with the importance of business/organization culture and how it is just as important as traditional measures of business success.  This is intended to be an interactive session/discussion engaging meeting attendees to share their experiences on this topic.

    Our Speaker:

    Derek Volk is president and co-owner of Volk Packaging Corporation, a third generation family owned and operated corrugated box manufacturer in Biddeford, Maine.  Derek is a Maine businessman, author, radio personality, volunteer and philanthropist who, along with his family, was named the 2015 Spurwink “Humanitarian of the Year.”  

    Derek takes great pride in his corporate culture and is determined to show the world that the word corporate doesn’t have to be a negative.  The company, and the Volk family, has amazing relationships with their employees and a significant social media presence, especially for a manufacturer.  You can find them at www.volkboxes.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/volkpackagingfans.  

    Volk Packaging has been a "Family-Owned Maine Business of the Year" and recognized by Mainebiz as one of the "Best Places to Work in Maine" (#16 overall and #1 in manufacturing) and received numerous other awards.


    Roundtable:

    The Roundtable runs from about 9:45 to 10:30 and is optional. This is usually a skill-building session facilitated by a member(s).

    Using Your Voice to Project Your Message

    This will be a participatory session. Warm-ups and stretches, vocal warm-ups will be done to engage and focus. All will have the opportunity to speak and read in front of the group, be coached, get feedback from the group and share reactions.

    Our facilitator:

    Kathleen Grammer has over thirty-five years of experience as a voice instructor and vocal coach. She has coached professional business people, educators, and clergy in presentation, diction, and articulation. In addition, she has presented at national conferences and worked with choirs and choruses and their directors to provide a platform of healthy vocal technique.







    The Facts...

     

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

    Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by January 15th. 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 January 15th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

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

    • January 29, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Consulting For Results: Model or Philosophy 

    After some 45 plus years, working around the world, as an internal and external consultant, manager of consultants and founder of two consulting firms in the field of human and organizational flourishing, I have some questions I’d like to explore about consulting for results.

    Using both mini-inputs, appreciative questions, we will engage each other in dialogue about the following:

    • What do we mean by “results” and why should we care about them?
    • Useful Models: What models/frameworks give life to how we think about results?
    • What have we learned in our work over the years about this topic that we want to share with others?
    • A Philosophy of Practice
    • What are we taking away from this webinar and what questions continue to challenge and invigorate us?
    Our Facilitator:

    Bernard J. Mohr is past Dean of Complex Systems Change at the Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and adjunct faculty in organizational innovation at Concordia University (Montreal). His 45-year career as a consulting social scientist, specializing in health care, education and research organizations, has taken him across North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Western Europe and the Middle East. Co-creating work systems where both the members, clients and patients flourish continues to be the focus of his research and practice.

    His most recent books are Appreciative Inquiry: Change at The Speed of Imagination (2011) and Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations: Evolutions in the Practice of Socio-Technical System Design.(2016). Designing Integrated Care Ecosystems: A SocioTechnical System Perspective will be published by Palgrave MacMillan summer of 2019.

    The webinar will be interactive and include breakout room sessions. The recording follows the host, Bernard, as he presents and visits the breakout rooms. The recording will be provided to registrants.

    PREPARATION FOR THE WEBINAR:

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

    Other Tips:

    1. Attendees are encouraged to use webcams and microphones. We will be using Breakout Rooms for this session. You can use the Chat function also to ask questions. These questions may be held until the end.

    2. If you are attending on a smartphone (Android or iPhone) or on a tablet, you will need to download the Zoom app before starting.

    3. Please login a few minutes before the webinar to make sure you are connecting properly. Use an up-to-date browser such as Chrome or Firefox.



    • February 15, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth
    Register

    Cultivating Community: How One Mission-Driven Non-Profit is Changing the World—and How Consultants Can Help!

    Since 2001 Cultivating Community has run programs that use a food justice lens to build leadership, civic engagement, and environmental ethics among teens. It supports garden-based education for elementary and middle school students throughout southern Maine. The organization leads and administers the City of Portland’s community garden network and operates a network of farm-stands plus a mobile market that are active across many of Maine’s population centers, including Portland, South Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Gorham, and Westbrook. These are all accessible to customers using SNAP and WIC benefits. Cultivating Community offers a Citizen Gardener Workshop Series to create and empower home and community gardeners, and its New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) is Maine’s largest land-based farmer training program.

    Our Speaker:

    Craig Lapine is the founder and executive director of Cultivating Community. Cultivating Community grows sustainable communities by expanding access to healthy, local food; by empowering youth and adults to play diverse roles in restoring a local, sustainable food system; and by modeling, teaching, and advocating for ecological food production.

    Craig serves as a Parks Commissioner for the City of Portland. He is a past president of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and co-founded what is now the Portland Food Council. He is on the network team for Food Solutions New England—the UNH-based entity that convenes New England’s annual Food Summit and that published the New England Food Vision. He holds an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University (1985) and an M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1998). 


    Roundtable:

    The Roundtable runs from about 9:45 to 10:30 and is optional. This is usually a skill-building session facilitated by a member(s).

    Increasing ACE Membership Benefits Us All

    Your ACE Membership Committee is dedicated to increasing the group’s membership. In this roundtable, the Committee’s members will review the actions we’ve taken and plan for the future, as well as solicit ideas, suggestions, and feedback from members on how we can best attract new members to ACE. Join us in a conversation about what it means to be an ACE member. Offer your suggestions about membership that will not only benefit the organization, but that could ignite new collaborative arrangements for your own business.

    Our facilitators are Membership Committee members:

    Peggy Siegle, Co-Chair

    Doreen Rockstrom, Co-Chair

    Jeanne Hey

    Judi Jones




    The Facts...

     

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

    Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by January 15th. 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 January 15th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

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

Past events

November 27, 2018 Webinar: POSTPONED!!! Customer Service from the Social Media Perspective
November 16, 2018 ACE Meeting - The Importance of the Right Culture
October 23, 2018 Webinar: Near or Far - How Can ACE Be the Place for YOU?
October 19, 2018 ACE Meeting - When Red Flags Arise ...
September 21, 2018 ACE Meeting - Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Maine: Money isn’t enough
August 28, 2018 Webinar: Using Trello as a Consultant for Project Management
July 20, 2018 ACE Meeting - LA: "Make It Here"
June 27, 2018 Webinar: Is conflict an opportunity for organizational success?
June 15, 2018 ACE Meeting - Marketing Your Business
May 22, 2018 Webinar: Skyrocket Your Elevator Speech
May 17, 2018 [ACE Mtg] The Business of Microbrewing
April 24, 2018 Webinar: LinkedIn: Making Connections for Success
April 20, 2018 ACE Meeting: Dr. James Herbert, President, University of New England
March 16, 2018 ACE: Build Your Pipeline!
March 06, 2018 Webinar: Pricing to Maximize Fees and Profit
February 16, 2018 ACE Mtg: Men & Women At Work: A Dialogue
February 13, 2018 Webinar: Three Easy Pieces: Contracts for Consultants and Freelancers
January 23, 2018 Webinar: Jump Start Your Consulting Practice
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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