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Posted June 07, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

Marketing your business online

BANGOR — “The Top 10 Ways to Market Your Business Online,” a free seminar offered by the Bangor Daily News, will be presented 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in the Lancaster Room at Hollywood Slots on Main Street.

Need to learn a little more about social media and marketing? Wondering if your business needs to consider online marketing and how you’ll find the time to do it? This is the seminar is for you.

The Bangor Daily News will provide the first in a series of resources to help businesses better market themselves — and it is sure to be a dynamic session. Topics are:

• Social media marketing: Facebook, Twitter and more.

• Ways to improve website performance on search engines.

• How marketing online is different from traditional advertising.

• Ways to make email marketing work.

• Examples of businesses doing a great job and generating revenue.

• Ways to implement these strategies.

The keynote speaker will be Shannon Kinney of Dream Local, a digital services agency based in Thomaston. She has held seminars throughout North America on online marketing and her agency helps more than 100 Maine businesses with their strategies and execution.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about social media marketing services available through Dream Local as part of this session if they are interested. Seating is limited, register at http://www.dreamlocal.com.

Shannon Kinney has 16 years’ experience in the development of successful Internet products, sales and marketing strategy. She has worked on the teams developing successful Internet brands such as cars.com, careerbuilder.com and more than 75 online media properties for newspapers in the United States and Canada. She also spent more than 10 years in media sales and sales management in Maine. She is an experienced speaker, trainer and consultant.

Real estate networking

BANGOR — The Maine Real Estate & Development Association will hold its first Bangor area networking social 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at WBRC Architects-Engineers, 44 Central St.

Sponsors are WBRC Architects-Engineers, Rudman & Winchell, Bangor Savings Bank, Maine Ahead Magazine, Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Webber Energy and CES Inc.

MEREDA’s networking events attract key players in Maine’s real estate industry, making this an excellent opportunity to interact with the experts.

Tickets are $25 MEREDA members, $35 others for those registered by June 16. After June 16, tickets are $35 and $45.

The event will include refreshments and conversation with colleagues, friends and other industry professionals.

For registration or information, visit http://www.mereda.org or call 874-0801. Refunds will not be given after June 16.

Market expansion

GLENBURN — William and Marie Saucier, owners of BJ’s Market at 912 Hudson Road, recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to the convenience store they have been operating since 1998.

U-Haul officials said the expansion provides customers with increased convenience and a shorter distance to travel when moving, and will have the positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere. This is one of the programs that support U-Haul Co.’s corporate sustainability initiatives.

In addition to moving equipment and supplies, BJ’s Market will offer sales items to protect customers’ belongings such as heavy-duty boxes made of up to 90 percent recycled content.

U-Haul has a network of 15,000 independent dealers in North America.

Teach Children to Save

CAMDEN — Fifty-three Camden National Bank employees visited 34 schools, Head Start programs and Girl Scout troops as part of the 15th Teach Children to Save Day on April 12.

So far, Camden National employees have taught a total of 1,148 students throughout Maine about the importance of saving this year.

Teach Children to Save was conceived in 1997 by the American Bankers Association. The national program partners banks with schools to work with students and teach them about saving money and being financially responsible.

“When speaking with many community members, one of the biggest issues we hear about concerns the lack of financial literacy in our youth,” said Gregory Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National. “Teach Children to Save Day, as well as many other year-round efforts conducted by the staff at Camden National, are examples of how we’re working in our communities to better prepare our youth for handling their own personal finances in the future.”

Camden National employees will continue to teach classes the rest of the year, with topics varying depending on age group, ranging from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Lesson plans focus on how banks work, how interest makes money grow, budgeting, earning money, filling out deposit slips and balancing checkbooks.

Camden National also sponsors the Camden National Bank Financial Scholars Program in several high schools. The new program has taught 131 high school students in four schools about financial issues from savings and investing to credit scores and financing higher education.

Castine teller Kim Stoddard said a couple of students came into the branch to open savings accounts after she taught them at Adams School in Castine.

“The kids seemed to really enjoy the presentation,” Stoddard said, “and it was cute to see them come in with their jars full of change. I had a blast. I loved being able to go to the school and work with the children.”

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