Small Business Week is Coming!

Maine District Office  - April 23, 2019

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Ten steps to start a business

Basic Business Startup

When: Wednesday, May 1st, 2:30pm - 4:30pm Where: York County Career Center, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale
Register: HERE

Are you thinking about starting a new business or purchasing one but do not have the knowledge or experience? Many people consider business ownership as an alternative to employment. Do you have a great idea to fill a need? Are you a subject matter expert in your field? Have you been working in your industry and are now interested in branching out on your own? Do you need to know more about the ins and outs of operating a business? This workshop will help you start out on the right path! This two (2) hour workshop will cover the basics of starting a business. We will cover paths to business ownership, sources of financing, developing a business plan, and who the SBA resource partners are as well as many other topics to help you decide if small business ownership is for you.

Workshop Your Social Media Ad Campaign

When: Wednesday, May 1st, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Portland SCORE, 100 Middle Street, Portland
Register: HERE

In this hands-on session, you will receive feedback on one of your ad campaigns. Bring your laptop, and a campaign (Facebook, Linkedin, or Instagram) to work on with your presenter and fellow registrants. Registration is limited to 8, so sign up early!

Funding Your Business

When: Thursday, May 2nd, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Portland SCORE, 100 Middle Street, Portland
Register: HERE

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding an existing one finding the necessary financing and capital is a challenge. This workshop provides important information on the potential sources of financing.

You might start with your own resources, or receive help from family or friends.  Understand the difference between a “gift”, a “loan” and an investment. 

Seeking a grant or SBA guarantee or a micro loan?  Learn where to look, who may provide one,  the conditions and requirements, whether matching funds may be necessary. Find out what is available.

Going to the bank? Learn what the bank will expect from you, the six “C’s” of bank lending, what may be available in the way of collateral or credit enhancement. Know what you will have to do to get a bank loan.

Thinking about attracting investors? Be sure to understand what it means to take on an investor; know what investors look for; learn about an “exit strategy”. Learn whether Crowd Funding makes sense for your business.

Small business training

SBA 101

When: Wednesday, May 8th, 10:00am-12:00pm Where: Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland
For More Information: Click HERE

The “SBA 101” will inform you, the entrepreneur and small business owner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s programs and services that empower you to confidently start, grow, expand, or recover your business.  Information to be covered included resource partners that provide free business advising and workshops, selling to the government, access to capital, exporting assistance, and disaster assistance.

Two thirds of the world's purchasing power is in foreign countries

World Trade Month Webinar Series

Ready to grow your business in new ways, but need help? Wondering how to compete in a challenging, but lucrative global marketplace. We can provide the help and guidance you need. During World Trade Month (May), federal agencies bring you this FREE four-part webinar series to help you go global.

Thursday, May 9th, 2pm - Find New Buyers, Finance Deals and Get Paid
Thursday, May 16th, 2pm - Manage Challenges in the Global Marketplace
Thursday, May 23rd, 2pm - Online Tools for Finding New Markets
Thursday, May 30th, 2pm - Opportunities in International Development

For more information about this webinar series click HERE