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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

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Quality Care Auto - Lisbon

Tony Girouard recently purchased Quality Care Auto in Lisbon, Maine. Tony has worked there for 15 years, and when the owner decided after 25 years to sell the business and retire, he looked to Tony as a potential buyer.

Tony came to the Maine Small Business Development Center at AVCOG and Jane Mickeriz, Maine SBDC Business Counselor, worked with him to determine the feasibility of owning the business.  After lots of due d ...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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