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Friends & Family Market - Ellsworth

 When veteran Ron Picard and his wife Launa saw a local grocery store on the market, he approached his local bank. They refered him to the Maine SBDC for assistance on his business plan.

Business Counselor Betty Egner helped the Picard's to get organized and work on the financials of his plan. With this revised business plan and enormous community support, they were able to secure the money they needed to purchase the store. ...more

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Calais Motor Inn - Calais

John Marchese has been around the Calais Motor Inn in some form his entire life. He grew up in the house next to the Inn and watched the building as it was constructed.

After serving six years in the United States Navy he was honorably discharged and returned to Calais. He then went to work managing the kitchen and lounge operations for the Inn.

When the long time owners of the motel decided to sell the properties, ...more

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R.I.S.E., Inc. - Lewiston

 In December 2013, Matthew and Jennifer McAvoy went to see Maine SBDC business counselor Jane Mickeriz with hopes to start an in-home behavioral health service for children with developmental disabilities that offers effective individualized solutions. The McAvoys sought to take their abstract idea and create a tangible plan to make their dream a reality. A young husband and wife team that both were State of Maine Certified Behavioral Analys ...more

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Bragdon Farms - Vassalboro

Peter Bragdon, a hay farmer, developed a process to manufacture fireplace logs from low-quality hay and waste hay. These "hay logs" can burn in wood stoves, furnaces or even campfires. They are produced with hay that cannot be sold for livestock feed due to excessive rain.

With the help from Janet Roderick, his Maine SBDC business counselor, he and his management consultant, Randy Labbe, were very successful in raising the funds fo ...more

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Promise Pretzels - Houlton

 Meryem Rogan started Promise Pretzels of Maine right after high school graduation and now, a year and a half later, the business continues to grow.

"I've always liked baking and cooking and I didn't know if I was going fully into it but my friends encouraged me to give it a try," she said. "It kind of just happened."

To take that next step from passion to business required some assistance. She said the communi ...more

Business Counseling & Training for Maine Entrepreneurs

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.

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