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Senator King Recognizes Maine SBDC’s 40th Anniversary

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Senator Angus King sent a letter congratulating Maine SBDC on 40 years of building and strengthening Maine’s small businesses.

He comments: “What a difference your organization makes to so many small business owners and the communities across the State of Maine….This is a vital program and 40 years is a remarkable achievement.”

We thank Senator King for his ongoing support of the Maine SBDC program. Full letter is below.

Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, LLC. – Waterville, Maine

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By: Business Owner Eva Goulette
Eva Goulette is the owner of Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, which seeks to empower children to connect to their authentic selves through a mix of ancient traditions, nature experiences, and modern holistic techniques. They host a five-day summer program for children ages 5-10, which offers a myriad of ways to explore, express and honor Spirit. For more info, visit Dancing Jaguar Inspirations or follow them on Facebook!

In January of 2017, my company, Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, LLC received a loan in the amount of $5,000 to be paid back over an extended period of time.  I have no doubt that the reason I received the loan is because of all of the work I have done with Janet Roderick over the past two years. 

Janet helped me focus on my business plan, to really understand the scope of what I was trying to birth into the world, and gently guided me when my vision was starting to steer off course.  With her constant attention to detail and my passion for the work I do, we have created a strong team to continue taking the steps necessary to develop and maintain a successful business.Read More

KV Tooling Systems, LLC – Augusta, Maine

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By: Business Owner Brian Beland
Brian Beland is the owner of KV Tooling Systems located in Augusta, Maine. KV Tooling Systems provides the finest quality carbide cutting tools and sharpening services to manufacturing companies throughout New England. For more information, visit their website!

I started my cutting tool manufacturing business in 2001 in my basement with zero revenue. Brad was there right form the start to encourage me and help me to manage and grow. Since then, we have moved to our own facility in the Kennebec Valley, grown to 5 employees and $500K in annual revenue. Working with Brad has been extremely helpful to me since I did not have any previous business and financial management experience. I now have the confidence and expertise to continue to grow and thrive here in Central Maine. With SBDC we are ready to take it to the next level! I don’t know where we would be without SBDC and Brad!

I can recall working with Brian from the start when he was in the basement and his wife’s day care was upstairs – he had a vision of what he wanted to do and the determination and drive to make it happen. Hard to believe that he has trusted me to help him grow for 16 years – that’s amazing! – Brad Swanson, Maine SBDC Business Advisor

 

Bucksport Bay Area Small Business Resource Night

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BUSINESS RESOURCE NIGHT

buckport bay area entrepreneurs & small businesses – this event is for you! 

Join us for a fun and informative night of learning and networking with local business owners and small business resource organizations. Learn more about the resources that can help start, grow and manage your business! This is a great opportunity to get connected with your community and the organizations that serve it.Read More

Client Highlight: Maine Milling, LLC – Blue Hill, Maine

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WHAT IS OLD IS NEW AGAIN:

Foster and Loretta Smith of Blue Hill are fourth generation Mainers.  Their family business Maine Milling, LLC was born recently when they purchased from a retired woodsman a radial mill that makes clapboards in the “old style.”  Clapboards from this mill were used in the Paul Revere House in Boston when it was recently restored.

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5 Common Questions about Small Business Financials

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By: Business Advisor Janet Roderick

Understanding your financials is key to operating a healthy and profitable business. As a business advisor at the Maine SBDC at CEI, I help small business owners get a better understanding of their financials so that they can make good decisions about the future of their business. Below are 5 common questions I get from the entrepreneurs and small businesses:Read More