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Maine Exporters Invited to Enter the SBA and Visa's Export Video Contest for a Chance to Win $10,000

WASHINGTON – Do you sell bowling balls to Bangladesh? Or dish towels to Delhi? Maybe you send laser technology to Lisbon?  If you export your goods or services around the world and have used a federal government program or assistance to get there, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) want to see your story. 

Small Business Exporters are invited to enter the “2013 SBA-Visa Export Video Contest”, where participants will have a chance to win up to $10,000 in prize money.  Videos should highlight how the small business became a successful exporter, the benefits of exporting and government programs available to help them export.  Eligible small business exporters are encouraged to submit a video to http://exportvideo.challenge.gov/

To participate in the contest, the company must be a small business as determined by SBA’s size standards ( http://www.sba.gov/content/summary-size-standards-industry ) and comply with a set of requirements that include successfully completing at least one export transaction and using at least one federal program or service to support such transaction.  Contest participants must register and create an account with www.challenge.gov, the contest portal that also will serve as a repository for the submissions. Registration is free.

A panel of judges chosen by SBA will select five videos to be awarded cash prizes directly by Visa, Inc. – $10,000 for first place; $8,000 for second place; $6,000 for third place; $4,000 for fourth place and $2,000 for fifth place.

The videos must meet specific criteria that include duration of no longer than three minutes and must be created in a high-resolution format.  Content should be educational, not promotional. The contest is open from February 25, 2013 through April 5, 2013. Winners will be announced no later than May 31, 2013.

For more information and submission procedures and requirements, please visit http://exportvideo.challenge.gov.


Save the Date for "Meet the Lenders" in Bangor

Tuesday, April 30  Time: 1pm-4:30pm  Location: Eastern Maine Community College-Rangeley Hall, 354 Hogan Rd., Bangor

This event is a great opportunity for any business owner seeking financing to meet with representatives from area lenders, lender relations specialists from SBA, development agencies, micro lenders and grant funders to learn about their funding options.

Attendees may want to come prepared with their "elevator speech" and business plan.  You can get help with these, by visiting http://www.mainebusinessworks.org/micro/.

Brought to you by: Bangor SCORE; Maine SBDC at Coastal Enterprises, Inc.; Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community; and U.S. Small Business Administration

For more information, contact Sandra Fontaine at 207-622-8381 or sandra.fontaine@sba.gov


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  marilyn.geroux@sba.gov

Acting Deputy District Director, Alden R. Turner, 207-592-5322  alden.turner@sba.gov

Economic Development Specialist, Sandra A. Fontaine, 207-622-8381  sandra.fontaine@sba.gov

Economic Development Specialist, William S. Card, 207-622-8555  william.card@sba.gov

Lender Relations Specialist, Diane Sturgeon, 207-622-8286  diane.sturgeon@sba.gov

Program Support Assistant, Keith E. Lind 207-622-8551  keith.lind@sba.gov

District Counsel, Mark S. O'Brien, 207-622-8558  mark.obrien@sba.gov

Procurement Center Representative, Northern New England, Keith E. Waye, 207-622-8554 keith.waye@sba.gov

U.S. Small Business Administration, Maine District Office

68 Sewall Street, Room 512, Augusta, ME 04330

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

www.sba.gov/me