SBA Maine District Office Newsletter, Week of January 7

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SBA Maine District Office

Maine District Office Says Goodbye to District Director

Moe's Retirement

On January 3, Maurice Dube retired as District Director of the Maine District Office after more than 40 years of military and civilian service.

Jeanne Hulit, Acting SBA New England Regional Administrator thanked Dubé for his outstanding accomplishments and longstanding record of service saying:  “Moe has demonstrated a commitment to service that is truly unsurpassed.  From serving our country in the Army and Coast Guard, to his public service at the Internal Revenue Service and Small Business Administration, Moe is a role model for us all.  While Moe’s retirement is well-deserved, we will certainly miss his leadership, skills and personable style,” added Hulit.

Marilyn Geroux, previously Deputy District Director, has been named Acting District Director until a permanent selection for SBA Maine District Director is made.

Meet Your Northern Maine Lenders and Resource Partners

Wednesday, January 9  Time: 6pm-8:30pm  Location: University of Maine Fort Kent, 23 University Drive, Fort Kent

Thursday, January 10  Time: 6pm-8:30pm  Location: Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center, 116 Main Street, Presque Isle

This is the perfect opportunity for small business owners, and those who are interested in starting their own business, to talk directly with lenders and resource providers from their region about their ideas and business’s needs. This is also a terrific time for conference participants to get free technical assistance developing their business plans and loan proposals. The conference is free to attend.

The conference is presented by Northern Maine Development Commission, Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, USDA Rural Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information contact Sandra Fontaine at or 207-622-8381

Portland SCORE Workshop: Boost Your Website Traffic Now

Tuesday, January 8  Time: 2pm-4:30pm  Location: 100 Middle St. 2nd Floor, Portland

This Workshop will cover the critical website elements to ensure your business is found online. Learn how to use SEO to help the search engines drive customers to your website. The key is great content, done the right way, quality links and off-site assets. You will learn about how to improve your website, internet traffic and company visibility. This workshop targets small business owners who have a website, but need to boost traffic and get more visitors to become customers. If you are thinking about updating your website, this class will help you focus on key areas to optimize your site. Sponsored and presented by the Portland Chapter of SCORE, counselors to America's small business.

For more information or to register contact 207-772-1147 or

Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, January 16 & Wednesday, January 23  Time: 9am-2pm  Location: WWC Office, UMA Gannett Building, 5th Floor, 331 Water St. Augusta

Spread over two Thursdays in January, this 9-hour class covers the basics of a business plan, marketing, cash planning and is suitable for those thinking about or in the early start-up phase of a new business. It will help you assess the feasibility, desirability and viability of your business idea and get you started with your plan. Sponsored and presented by the Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community. This event is free to attend.

For more information or to register contact Jean Dempster at 621-3434 or

Small Business Award Nominations

If you are working with (or for) a small business, or small business champion that deserves recognition, please call Diane Sturgeon at 207-622-8286, or e-mail Diane at to discuss nominating that business for one of our Small Business Awards.

Additional information about nominations can be found at:  We are pleased to announce that the nomination deadline has been extended to January 31, but please submit nominations as soon as possible.

SBA Maine District Office Staff Directory

Whether you are a lender, small business owner or new entrepreneur, we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please call or e-mail us whenever we can be of service to you.  Our staff includes:  

Acting District Director, Marilyn J. Geroux, 207-622-8382

Acting Deputy District Director, Alden R. Turner, 207-592-5322

Lender Relations Specialist, Diane Sturgeon, 207-622-8286

Economic Development Specialist, William S. Card, 207-622-8555

Economic Development Specialist, Sandra A. Fontaine, 207-622-8381

Program Support Assistant, Keith E. Lind 207-622-8551

District Counsel, Mark S. O'Brien, 207-622-8558

Procurement Center Representative, Northern New England, Keith E. Waye, 207-622-8554

U.S. Small Business Administration, Maine District Office

68 Sewall Street, Room 512, Augusta, ME 04330

207-622-8551 (phone) 207-622-8277 (Fax)

Date: 1/7/2013