Mainebiz is scheduled to host the Mainebiz Small Business Forum, an in-person event geared toward helping startups and small businesses grow and succeed, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland.

Each year its panel of small business owners and entrepreneurs explore a variety of challenges facing small businesses and startups. The goal is to help companies work through and solve complex issues, according to a news release from the Portland-based business news source.

This year’s topic is navigating the labor shortage in Maine: How to recruit and retain great employees while maintaining a strong workplace culture. Hear their personal experiences and perspectives as they discuss ways to recruit, retain and maintain strong workplace culture.

Panelists will include Mark Adams, president and CEO of Sebago Technics; Dan Belyea, chief workforce development officer of Maine Community College System; Becky McKinnell, founder/CEO of iBec Creative; and Lisa Sockabasin, co-CEO of Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness.

Tae Chong, founder of Tae Chong Consulting and director of Multicultural Markets and Strategies for the Maine State Chamber, will be the moderator.

To learn more and to register, visit Sponsors include Maine Technology Institute, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union, Northeast Delta Dental, Pierce Atwood and WorkHealth. Supporting partners include Headlight Audio Visual and The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.

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