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Professional Groups

Each year, teams of filmmakers from Portland compete against each other--and then against teams from 86 other cities and countries--to make the best film in just two days in The 48 Hour Film Project.

AIA Maine is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The group provides public advocacy, volunteerism, educational programs, outreach events, and design awards competitions.

AIGA Maine is the local chapter of the leading national professional association for graphic designers. Membership benefits include discounts on services and products, health insurance, and exclusive access to new job opportunities.

The Association for Consulting Expertise (ACE) is a non-profit association of independent consultants who value “Success through Collaboration.” The public is welcome to attend its regular meetings to share best practices and engage with industry experts. 

Maine Ad + Design (formerly the Ad Club of Maine) is open to advertising and media professionals, offering its members professional development and networking opportunities, as well as recognition of creative excellence. The club hosts monthly meetings and the bi-annual Broderson Awards.

Maine Association of Nonprofits is a membership organization that provides management training, leadership development and skill building programs, research and assessment tools, technical assistance, advocacy resources, and affordable healthcare and benefit plans, while strengthening, connecting, and advocating for Maine's nonprofits. 

The Maine Film Office is a government agency that helps bring film, television, and other media projects to Maine and works to expand and improve Maine's in-state production industry. The Film Office is aided and advised by The Maine Film & Video Association, the state’s trade group for the media production industry.

Maine Media Workshops in Rockport offers workshops and intensives on cinematography, editing, photography, writing, and other media-production related subjects that vary in length from a weekend to a 30-week certificate program.

The Maine Public Relations Council is a professional association of Maine public relations practitioners dedicated to the professional development of its members and to increased awareness of the value of public relations.

The Maine Studios is one of the largest film studios in the Northeast, with over 43,000 square feet of production and office space. The principals of the studio also manage the non-profit Maine Film Collaborative and the Maine Film Fund.

The Portland Chapter of the Maine Women's Network is a network of more than 100 Greater Portland, Maine women dedicated to supporting women’s professional growth and leadership skills by offering networking events and inspiring programs. 

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance supports writers, publishers, booksellers, and literary professionals with regular meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, literary events, and retreats. The MWPA also hosts the Maine Literary Awards.

Portland Greendrinks is the Portland outpost of the international social networking Greendrinks group started in London in 1989. The informal, volunteer-managed gatherings bring together a wide variety of people with a common interest in environmental and sustainability issues. Greendrinks happens in different locations on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30.

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce supports individual, community, and business growth by offering advocacy, educational opportunities, and valuable networking, as well as other benefits to promote regional prosperity. Join them at Eggs & Issues, Kegs & Issues, Women of the Chamber, Imagine Portland, and other community events. 

Portland Society for Architecture's membership includes architects, engineers, landscape architects, design professionals, and individuals committed to the protection and enhancement of those aspects of urban design which contribute to Portland’s economic activity and cultural identity. Their work includes advocacy and educational programming open to everyone.

PROPEL's mission is to make Maine a place where young professionals and businesses can thrive. In partnership with the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, PROPEL strives to enrich Maine’s economy by developing an environment and culture where young professionals can thrive in Maine’s growing business community.

Reverb is a nonprofit organization founded by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner (of the band Guster). Reverb provides greening programs and educational outreach for music tours.

Tech Maine hosts a wide variety of special interest and user groups on information technology, programming, and web development topics. They also have a wide variety of tech-specific resources, from education to job opportunities.

The Telling Room is a non-profit community writing center for young writers ages six to eighteen. They have large group of committed adult volunteers, and hold new volunteer orientations each month.

Visit Portland, greater Portland's destination marketing organization, hosts Member Mixers for the hospitality industry as well as other meetings for members to connect and learn. 

YNPNmaine’s (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Maine) mission is to provide a space for young professionals in the nonprofit sector to become educated, engage, and connect through volunteer opportunities, professional development workshops, and other events.