Small Business Week is Almost Here, Check Out These Great Opportunities to Join In

Maine District Office  - May 1, 2019

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Start or expand your business with SBA-guaranteed loans.

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.


SBA resource partners provide business consulting, mentoring and training services

Small Business Success: Tips From Those Who Have Been There

When: Wednesday, May 8th, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Register: HERE

Starting or growing a business? Join us for an ONLINE panel discussion with business owners who have been in your position. During this webinar panel discussion, we will cover topics such as:
• The best parts of owning a small business in Maine
• The most challenging parts of owning a small business in Maine
• What they wish they had known as they started/grew their businesses
• What resources they would recommend for you
• Types of financing used and/or how they accessed capital when needed

You’ll have opportunities to ask questions, and get answers from fellow business owners.

This webinar is a collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Panelists include:
• Heidi Vanorse Neal, Loyal Biscuit
• Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co.
• Maureen Hassett, Custom Composite Technologies


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


National Small Business Week Winners

Registration for the 2019 Maine Small Business Awards is Open

On Wednesday, May 15th, the Maine District Office of the Small Business Administration will recognize the 2019 Maine Small Business Award recipients at a 4:00 p.m. reception and awards presentation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. To register for the event, please click HERE.

This year's winners are:

Maine Small Business Persons of the Year
Janie Wang and Christopher Anderson
Modernist Pantry, LLC

Maine and New England Home Based Business of the Year
Herbal Revolution Farm & Apothecary of Union
Katheryn Langelier

National SCORE Chapter of the Year
SCORE Portland

Maine Micro-Enterprise of the Year
The Maine Pie Co. of Biddeford
Jill Miller

Maine Small Business Exporter of the Year
Jynx Productions, LLC of Yarmouth
Kathleen O'Heron

Maine Woman Owned Small Business of the Year
Alternative Wellness Solutions of Biddeford
Amber Elliott

Maine Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Tyler Frank
Garbage to Garden of Portland

Maine Veteran Owned Business of the Year
The Village Woodworker of Oxford
Brian Warren

Maine Minority Owned Small Business of the Year
Ameera Bread of Portland
Ahmed Abbas

Maine Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year
Tylor Kelly Camps of Allagash
Wade and Susan Kelly

Maine Small Business Manufacturer of the Year
Alfred's Upholstery of Alfred
Rebecca and Troy Delano

Maine Financial Services Champion of the Year
Maine Technology Institute

For additional information about the reception please call 207-622-8551 or e-mail keith.lind@sba.gov.