Opportunities to Grow Your Business, and Recognize the Success of Others

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Maine District Office  -  February 27, 2018

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Don't Miss Out on SBA Emerging Leaders in Bangor

Emerging Leaders Bangor

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

To learn more, contact James Pineau at james.pineau@sba.gov

Boots to Business: ReBoot - Sanford

When: Monday, March 12, 8:00am
Where: Sanford Vet Center, 628 Main Street, Springvale, ME
Register: https://sbavets.force.com/s/

Owning a Veteran-Owned Small Business

Veterans have the character, discipline, and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot.

About Boots to Business Reboot

Boots to Business Reboot is a one-day training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources.

Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, Service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. This course is instructed by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors.

Step two is Step two is B2B Follow-On Courses SBAVETS.FORCE.COM

New “B2B Fundamentals” course available Open Enrollment  

B2B Revenue Readiness Next course begins: March 13, 2018

Additional course continually added.

To register for the Boots to Business Reboot Program, please go to https://sbavets.force.com/s/, create a profile, and then scroll to March 12, 2018 to find the class being held in Sanford, Maine. 


1.     To assist participants in understanding the steps, stages, and activities related to launching and growing a business as a post-military career.

2.     To help participants understand how business ownership might align (or not) with their own personal strength and life goals.

3.     To provide introductory training and orientation to the fundamental tools and strategies associated with executing on plans to launch a new business

Save the Date

Save the Date for the 
2018 SBA Small Business Awards

Tuesday, May 1st, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Maine Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with SCORE Maine bring you 

The 2018 SBA Small Business Awards Celebration

Location: Harraseeket Inn,162 Main Street, Freeport

Stay tuned for further details!

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