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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.


Harrison Burns Honored with SCORE Award

Harrison Burns became only the second volunteer with the Western Mountains Chapter of SCORE to volunteer with the organization for 20 years at the Chapter's meeting on January 28th in Rumford. Burns was presented with a 20-year service award by Steve Edmonson, SCORE's District Director.

SCORE is an organization of current and retired business executives who provide business mentoring and counseling to small businesses. The Western Mountains Chapter can be reached at 364-3123, and information on other SCORE chapters in the state is available from the Maine District Office of SBA.


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


Global Markets for Maine's Food and Wood Products

Wednesday, March 6th  Time: 7:30am-9am  Location: University of Maine Presque Isle, Campus Center, Presque Isle

A cornerstone of the state's economy, Maine's natural resources represented over $1.4 billion of export sales in 2011.

Maine International Trade Center (MITC) invites you to join us on March 6th for a workshop focusing on Maine’s food and wood products exports, international market trends, and overseas initiatives – past and future. The program concludes with breakout sessions on grant opportunities for forest/wood products and agriculture/ food sectors. Learn how your business can take advantage of available grant and cost-share funding programs that support the promotion of these products in foreign markets. Sponsored and presented by the Maine International Trade Center.

For more information, or to register, contact either 207-541-7400 or info@mitc.org


Pinterest for Business

Wednesday, March 6th  Time: 12pm-2pm  Location: 100 Middle St., 2nd Floor, East Tower, Portland

Learn how to use Pinterest for your business. This social marketing platform allows you to tell your story with rich visuals, build a community, and send traffic your way. Learn how to set up your account, start pinning relevant content, and the use of the Pinterest brand in your marketing materials. Sponsored and presented by the Portland Chapter of SCORE, counselors to America's Small Business.

For more information, or to register, contact either 207-772-1147 or info@scoremaine.org


Power of E-mail Marketing

Thursday, March 7th  Time: 6pm-8pm  Location: Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St. Auburn

New Year, New Career: E-Mail Marketing Join us in the Androscoggin Community Room for our new series of Business programs for those looking to start their own company or expand their existing operations. Leading business experts will present a new topic each Thursday night and be on hand to answer your questions. Jan 10 thru March 14. Sponsored and presented by the Maine SBDC. This event is free to attend.

For more information, or to register, contact either 207-783-9186 or lgiroux@avcog.org


SBA Announces New Tool for HUBZone Firms

The HUBZone program office is excited to announce a new tool to improve the communication between the HUBZone community and the HUBZone program office-- the HUBZone News email list. By signing up to receive these emails, you will be the first to know when the HUBZone program office has important news or updates. These alerts will include:

  • changes to the HUBZone map that may affect your eligibility
  • the change or addition of services such as the HUBZone office hours
  • regulatory or statutory changes
  • other press releases such as the outcomes of HUBZone-related court decisions

With these updates, you will be able to take a more proactive approach towards maintaining your certification.

These updates are public and anyone can subscribe to them. Share this link with your friends: Subscribe to HUBZone News.

Stay tuned!


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