Obstacles to starting a small business are part of the journey for entrepreneurs. Some entrepreneurs are thwarted, others find ways to continue.
"You [Brad Swanson] absolutely made a significant difference not only in our potential for borrowing success, but in my personal development as an entrepreneur." - Alden Blease, Owner
Having identified an opportunity in the growing raw food movement, Alden Blease boot ...more
After eighteen successful years in business, Kenny and Ronnie Jacques came to see Maine SBDC Center Director and Business Advisor Jane Mickeriz for assistance expanding their business, Ski Depot. With a reputation for quality customer service and expert knowledge, Ski Depot includes a retail and web shop, full service tuning, boot fitting and rentals to meet all of a skier's needs.
The brothers wanted to purchase the real est ...more
Peter Bragdon, a hay farmer, developed a process to manufacture fireplace logs from low quality hay that cannot be used for feed. With the help from Janet Roderick, his Maine SBDC Business Advisor, he and his general manager, Randy Labbe, were successful in raising the funds for his new product and the production facility. They received loans totaling nearly$345,000 and over $800,000 in grants.
"We attribute a significant portion o ...more
Jeff Marstaller has run his business, Cozy Acres Greenhouses, for over 30 years. Originally coming into see Business Advisor Mike Kasputes for help with Quickbooks software, the pair has spent over 25 hours working together on various aspects of his business over the last two years.
When Marstaller decided he wanted to reduce his propane needs and build a new eco-friendly facility utilizing geothermic heat sourcing and photovoltaic ...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