Dandelion Catering Company officially launched in 2009 when lifelong Maine residents Christine and Christian Hayes decided to chase a dream that lead them both out of their restaurant and foodservice careers and into the world of catering. Their vision was to provide fresh, quality prepared food and celebrate the amazing local resources that Maine and New England have to offer. In addition, they wanted to build a team of like-minded individuals who understood that through hard work and high standards come success and fulfillment.
Years later, this simple recipe for success has proven effective. Dandelion Catering Company continues to capture market share with a can-do team spirit, their focus on top shelf service and creative, attractive food offerings. With this surge in growth, the company began running out of space to meet the demands of their orders. Christian and Christine knew it was time to expand their facility and reached out to Maine SBDC Center Director and Business Advisor Brad Swanson for assistance in developing a financing proposal.Read More
Stephanie LaCroix had big plans when she and her husband Roland purchased a retired fire department substation on Western Ave in Waterville. She wanted to completely renovate the building and start her own bakery. She and her husband worked for nearly 5 years to revamp the old space, but when it came time to start her business, she turned to Maine SBDC Business Advisor Rose Creps for guidance.Read More
Statewide economic development program fully accredited with several notes of commendation & best practice
The Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is pleased to announce that it has earned full accreditation from the America’s Small Business Development Centers, the national accrediting body for the Small Business Development Centers under contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Read More
How to Manage Your Business by the Numbers
Understanding your financials is key to operating a healthy and profitable business. This understanding helps empower you to make better decisions about the future of your business.
In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll help you answer the follow questions:
- What you should be tracking and why?
- What’s the best way to track?
- Why do financial statements matter?
- Balance Sheet – What is it?
- Profit & Loss Statement – What is it?
- Cash Flow – What is it?
- Why doesn’t profit equal cash?
This workshop will give you the necessary tools and resources to help you understand what’s going on in your new or existing business and ways to use your financials to manage and grow your business. This session is being taught by Janet Roderick, who has years of experience working with small businesses on financials as a Maine SBDC Advisor and CPA.
In Madison, Maine: November 8 from 6-8 pm – REGISTER
In Jay, Maine: November 14 from 5:30-7:30 – REGISTER
Growing up as a daughter of a female entrepreneur, Laura Catevenis knew she was destined to start a business. From an early age, she watched her mother juggle a family, job, and college. After attending the same college as her parents and earning her Associates Degree, Laura discovered her passion for Human Service right away and knew the type of business she would start.Read More
As children, Anne Hassett and her sister Carrie Lacy ate homemade pizza that their father made from scratch every Saturday night. Originally from Connecticut, Ann had property in Milbridge and spent summers vacationing in Maine, a place both sisters loved. In 2017, Anne and Carrie approached the Maine SBDC with a dream of relocating to Milbridge permanently and starting their very own wood-fired pizza truck business. They need guidance on making this happen.Read More
Mickey Carmichael and his business Carmichael Transport Inc. have provided services to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for almost 40 years in the Bangor area. Recently, the USPS changed the way they award mail routes, with the consolidation of smaller routes into larger contracts. For the northern Maine Region, this meant there would only be two contracts out of the Hampden service center – for Region A and Region B. Mickey knew this could be an opportunity to expand his business and wanted to make sure he thoroughly understood the bidding process. For assistance, he turned to the Maine SBDC and met with Business Advisor Ann McAlhany.Read More
Portland, Maine –The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC), a state-wide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, has selected Peter Harriman as the 2018 State Star. The award, given annually, recognizes a member of the Maine SBDC staff that has shown exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business success.Read More
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE NIGHT
with Maine’s own Bob Crowley, winner of the reality show Survivor and successful entrepreneur
jay & madison area entrepreneurs & small businesses – this event is for you!
Join us for a fun and informative evening 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! The event will feature free dinner and guest speaker Bob Crowley, who will entertain you with stories of his time on Survivor, his experiences as a small business owner and much more.Read More