Financing, Contracting, and Technology. Everything Your Business Needs to Succeed this Summer!

Maine District Office  - June 26, 2018

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Bringing Bucks to Your Business

When: Wednesday, June 27, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Where: Downeast School of Massage, 99 Moose Meadow Lane, Waldoboro

Growing your business, funding a startup or new product development can be a challenge. This event will present a selection of resources that are found in Maine and some ideas for leveraging different sources of funds for different purposes.

  • Bill Card - U. S. Small Business Administration, speaking about the sources of capital to start or grow your business. 
  • Ken Greenleaf - MaineStream Finance, speaking about Microloans (up to $50000) and free technical assistance provided by MaineStream Finance serving Lincoln and Knox counties. 
  • Lou Simms - Maine Technology Institute, speaking about MTI’s funding opportunities for innovative businesses. 
  • Brian Mulligan, Governor’s Account Executive - Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, who will be speaking about working with State Agencies and how to navigate the permitting and licensing process for small business. 
  • Bill Najpauer - Mid-Coast Economic Development District (MCEDD), who will be speaking about how MCEDD’s funding programs can help local businesses. 
  • Mary Ellen Barnes - Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, speaking about Federal and State government procurement opportunities. 
  • Lucas McNelly - Crowdfunding for start-up, growth or new product development. 

Q & A will follow the presentations. Please note: Most presenters will be available to meet individually with registered guests after the presentations have concluded. There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. 

Small Business Solutions – Federal Contracting

When: Wednesday, August 1, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Falmouth Country Club, 1 Congressional Drive, Falmouth
Register: HERE

Open doors to selling to the World's Largest Purchaser!!!  Are you an established small business interested in contracting with the Federal government?  Are you looking for other revenue options?  Fiscal Year 2017 saw Maine small businesses awarded over $125 million in Federal contracts.  SBA’s Government Contracting programs level the playing field for small businesses when competing with large companies on government contracts and subcontracts.  You are not "too small" to sell your product or service to the Federal Government.  Find out how!

This free workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore the SBA’s certification programs --- the 8(a) Business Development Program, the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program, the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, Veteran Owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned, and Small Disadvantaged Business.  Owners of established businesses will learn about the eligibility requirements and benefits of each program. 

2018 SBIR/STTR Road Tour

When: Friday, August 24, 7:00am-3:00pm
Where: Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, Portland
Register: HERE

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced recently it will launch an 18-state road tour connecting entrepreneurs with next generation Research & Development ideas to the largest source of early stage funding led by the SBA’s SBIR & STTR Programs. Read the press release here.

Join us for one of the largest events of the year specializing in helping small businesses learn about the competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The SBIR/STTR programs make $2.5B worth of awards annually to small, high tech firms to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) work with potential for commercialization. Representatives from all 11 participating Federal agencies, as well as experts and trainers in the field will be present to help companies navigate funding opportunities and learn more about the program. 

Maine Tourism Facts

Summer is peak tourism season here in Maine, which means money flowing to small businesses across the state. Here are some fun facts about what draws visitors to our state.

  • Acadia National Park is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River, and receives the 7th most visitors of any National Park
  • Lobster from Maine accounts for nearly 90% of the national catch, and contributes nearly $1 Billion to the local economy
  • Beyond the coastline, Maine has over 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, and over 6,000 lakes and ponds available for summer recreation
  • Maine is home to over 100 small, local breweries, which contribute more than $500 Million to the state economy

If you're thinking of locating your business here to take advantage of everything that Maine has to offer, Maine & Company is available to provide information about everything from the real estate market to workforce analysis.