In fall of 2011, Shannon Byers decided she wanted to start her own business. She was working on her MBA at the University of Maine in Orono and was eager to apply what she was learning. She recognized that in order to be successful, she needed to love whatever she chose as a business. For her, that was dogs – specifically, she planned to open a mobile dog nail trimming business.
Byers went to see Maine SBDC business co ...more
When Christopher Briley and Harry Hepburn IV got together they each brought a passion for architecture, especially for designing energy efficient and livable spaces for both residential and commercial projects. They characterize their philosophy as "Architecture for Life". Working with Maine SBDC business counselor Steve Lovejoy, they created a plan that helped them start BRIBURN LLC., a new architectural firm based in Portland that f ...more
In 2008, Michael Brasslett, owner of Quality Saw & Supply, was sent to Business Counselor Tom Gallant by his banker. Specializing in the repair of saw blades and catering to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Quality Saw was struggling financially – sawmills were closing, sales were down, business was slow, debts were mounting up and there was no cash. Four employees relied on him and his business.
Gallant and Brass ...more
Geoffrey Warner has spent over two years and 50+ hours working with his business counselor, Tom Gallant. With input from his chiropractor, Warner developed the Owl, an ergonomic stool that relieves back pain, allowing the body to sit comfortably in healthy alignment for hours. His stools were selling well but expanding distribution channels and profit margins were challenging so Warner sought advice at Maine SBDC.
Gallant helped t ...more
Ronna Lugosch relies on the counsel of Brad Swanson, her Maine SBDC business counselor, when making critical, strategic business decisions that require sorting through a myriad of ideas. She has counted on this advice for over a decade and has nurtured her business acumen with each passing phase.
A hallmark in her business approach is listening and learning from her customers. For 11 years her gallery and workshop were located nea ...more
In early 2010, Kelli Gilzow came in to see a Maine SBDC business counselor looking to start a fitness studio in Sabattus. Recently divorced, she faced a variety of financial hurdles, including a recent bankruptcy. After working with her business counselor on her business plan and cash flow projections, Gilzow was able to secure the financing she needed through alternative sources and SPRQ Studio was started in June 2010. After only a year in busi ...more
Ryan Stevens had spent years honing his automotive repair skills away from Maine, his home state. Stevens hoped to return to his home town, Presque Isle, to start his own business. "Everybody wants to be their own boss and you do what you can do to make it happen," said Stevens. "When choosing a place to live for the rest of my life, I chose my hometown."
Over the course of a few years, Business Counselor Rod Thompson assisted St ...more
In November 2011, Katherine Stroud Bucklin came in to see business counselor Betty Egner seeking advice on how to start a business. Currently owning a building in Northeast Harbor, the client wanted to turn the space into a retail and consignment art gallery. Egner helped the client to focus on the details, contacts, resources and realities that come along with starting a healthy business. In addition, they worked together on a business plan, br ...more
Jane Ryan, and her business partners Mary Ruth Hedstrom and Lynn Krauss, first met with Maine SBDC business counselor Mike Kasputes in January of 2013. All three partners are accomplished artists with diverse prior careers in psychotherapy and interior design. In February 2011, with an average age of 60+ years, the women started their business - the design, manufacture, and retail of a select line of women's linen clothing in Portland. ...more
Creating a quality pizza requires quality ingredients. The right dough, robust sauce and fresh cheese are building blocks. Starting a restaurant, like the Mars Hill House of Pizza, also requires quality ingredients like a solid business plan, up-to-date marketing information and access to financing. That's where Rod Thompson of the Maine Small Business Development Center (Maine SBDC) came in. Thompson helped Aaron Howlett translate his ...more
Chris Morton knows about tempo, pitch and tone, but when it came time to build a business plan to purchase a music store in Presque Isle, he knew he had to find help. That person was Rod Thompson, his Maine SBDC business counselor. Counselor Thompson worked with the client over four months, focusing on the business plan, cash-flow analysis and market research. Together, the pair found a location and worked on the product mix and price point ...more
The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) provides comprehensive business management advice and education. A network of professional counselors:
- Meet individually with business owners to address their concerns - from starting, managing and diversifying, to marketing, growing and financing their business.
- Offer workshops and seminars to expand small business know-how with practical applications.
- Provide no-cost and confidential business expertise.
Over 90% of clients would recommend the Maine SBDC to other business owners.
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