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Tag's Sports Bar - Ellsworth

From a very early age, John Morse has planned, saved and worked through the steps to pursue his dream of owning a sports bar. After a successful military career where lead his unit and piloted Black Hawk helicopters, he illustrated natural leadership abilities. He knew that in order to be successful, he needed to surround himself with good counsel. He sought the support of business counselor Betty Egner who helped him facilitate the purchase ...more

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Friends & Family Market - Ellsworth

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

Business Counselor Betty Egner helped the Picards' to get organized and work on the financials of their plan. With this revised business plan and enormous community support, they were able to secure the money they needed to purchase t ...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

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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