New Opportunities to Grow Your Business in 2018 and Learn About the SBA

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Maine District Office  - January 31, 2017

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Learn How the HUBZone Program Can Help Your Business

The Maine District Office & Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) are currently participating in the HUBZone Early Engagement Program, a pilot program created to expedite HUBZone applications. Maine Small Businesses are encouraged to apply through this initiative in order to receive quicker decisions from the SBA’s HUBZone Program Office. To learn more or get started, interested small businesses should contact James Pineau at or a Maine PTAC counselor in your area

Every Wednesday at 2:00pm, from February 7th to March 14th, webinars will be offered on different aspects of the HUBZone program, to assist you in understanding how to participate in and benefit from the program.

SBA Emerging Leaders is Coming to Bangor in 2018

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within underserved communities.

Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. Recruitment for the Emerging Leaders Initiative occurs on an annual basis, beginning in February and classes typically begin in April. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $400,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

Learn more and fill out Expression of Interest Form


When: Thursday, February 1st, 6:30-7:45pm
Where: Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St, Rockland

Laced with sarcasm, the phrase “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” is often a criticism of government and its employees. Meet three individuals who ARE from the government and really ARE here to help.

Join us for a live, one hour storytelling event, followed by a moderated Q&A.


  • Diane Sturgeon – Deputy District Director, SBA Maine
  • Dr. Michele Walsh – Maine State Veterinarian
  • Argy Nestor – Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission

Moderator/Organizer: Dr. Lisa Westkaemper, Rockland City Council member

The Collective Voices series is free and open to the public.

SBA Maine is now on Twitter! Follow us @SBA_Maine