SBA Maine District Office Newsletter: Week of January 28

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SBA Maine District Office

Funding Sources for Your Business

Tuesday, January 29  Time:2pm-5pm  Location: 100 Middle St., 2nd Floor, East Tower, Portland

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding an existing one finding the necessary financing and capital is a challenge. This workshop provides important information on the potential sources of financing. 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

Funding Workshop with Maine Technology Institute and Machias Savings Bank

Tuesday, January 29  Time:10am-noon  Location: Machias Savings Bank, 581 Wilson St., Brewer

Come learn about financing options available to Maine businesses making investments in technology and innovation. MTI will provide an overview of the grants, loans, and equity capital it offers, while Machias Savings Bank will cover what small business lenders would like every business to know before applying for financing. If you are a start-up or existing business interested in obtaining funding to develop an innovative product, process, or service, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss. Sponsored and presented by Maine Technology Institute. This event is free of charge.

For more information contact either 207-588-1015 or

Beyond Start-Up: Moving Your Business Forward

Every Wednesday from January 30th through February 27th Time:9:30am-12:30pm        Location: UMA Bangor, 1 University Dr., Bangor

Spread over 5 Wednesdays, this 15-hour class will help existing business owners move their business to the next level. The class covers money management and financial tools critical to good decision-making; marketing strategies and strategic planning for growth; and the role of business financing. If your business is at a plateau or is not bringing in enough income, then this class will help you to address any road blocks, develop a plan of action, and move your business forward. A follow-up session is scheduled to provide additional networking and support. Sponsored and presented by Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community. This event is free of charge.

 For more information, or to register, contact 207-262-7843

Your Business Has Been Awarded a Government Contract...What Happens Next?

Wednesday, January 30th  Time: 8:30am-10am  Location: Cross Office Building, West Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Augusta

What happens after my business is awarded a contract? What steps do I need to follow to be in compliance? What if I make a mistake? What if I am not sure that our company should do this, may I refuse the award? What resources are there to help navigate the process? Sponsored and presented by Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center. This event is free of charge.

For more information, or to register, contact 207-942-6389 or

Understanding Financial Statements

Thursday, January 31st  Time: 6pm-8pm  Location: Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn

New Year, New Career: Understanding Financial Statements Join us in the Androscoggin Community Room for our new series of business programs for those looking to start their own company or expand current operations. Leading business experts will present a new topic each Thursday night from Jan 10 to Mar 14 and be on hand to answer your questions. Sponsored and presented by the Maine Small Business Development Center, and the Lewiston/Auburn Chapter of SCORE, counselors to America's small business. This event is free of charge.

For more information contact 207-783-9186 or

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

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

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

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

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: 1/28/2013