If you can dream it...it can! ~ Walt Disney
In early 2010, Kelli Gilzow came in to see a Maine SBDC business counselor looking to start a fitness studio in Sabattus. Recently divorced, she faced a variety of financial hurdles, including a recent bankruptcy. After working with her counselor on her business plan and cash flow projections, Gilzow was able to secure the financing she needed through alternative sources and SPR ...more
Ryan Stevens had spent years honing his automotive repair skills away from Maine, his home state. Stevens hoped to return to his home town, Presque Isle, to start his own business. "Everybody wants to be their own boss and you do what you can do to make it happen," said Stevens. "When choosing a place to live for the rest of my life, I chose my hometown."
Over the course of a few years, Business Counselor Rod Thompson assisted St ...more
In November 2011, Katherine Stroud Bucklin came in to see business counselor Betty Egner seeking advice on how to start a business. Currently owning a building in Northeast Harbor, the client wanted to turn the space into a retail and consignment art gallery. Egner helped the client to focus on the details, contacts, resources and realities that come along with starting a healthy business. In addition, they worked together on a business plan, br ...more
The client, Jane Ryan, and her business partners Mary Ruth and Lynn, first met with Maine SBDC business counselor, Mike Kasputes, in January of 2013. In February 2011, the women started their business - the design, manufacture, and retail of a select line of women's linen clothing in Portland. Their operation is best summed up in their own words:
"Our commitment to the re-emerging textile community in Maine means we keep our m ...more
Creating a quality pizza requires quality ingredients. The right dough, robust sauce and fresh cheese are building blocks. Starting a restaurant, like the Mars Hill House of Pizza, also requires quality ingredients like a solid business plan, up-to-date marketing information and access to financing. That's where Rod Thompson of the Maine Small Business Development Center (Maine SBDC) came in. Thompson helped Aaron Howlett translate his ...more
Chris Morton knows about tempo, pitch and tone, but when it came time to build a business plan to purchase a music store in Presque Isle, he knew he had to find help. That person was Rod Thompson, his Maine SBDC business counselor. Counselor Thompson worked with the client over four months, focusing on the business plan, cash-flow analysis and market research. Together, the pair found a location and worked on the product mix and price points. Al ...more
The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) provides comprehensive business management advice and education. A network of professional counselors:
- Meet individually with business owners to address their concerns - from starting, managing and diversifying, to marketing, growing and financing their business.
- Offer workshops and seminars to expand small business know-how with practical applications.
- Provide no-cost and confidential business expertise.
Over 90% of clients would recommend the Maine SBDC to other business owners.
Locate the Maine SBDC center/office nearest you.
Nothing happens unless first a dream - Carl Sandberg