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Bangor Pet Resort & Spa – Bangor, Maine

Bangor Pet Resort & SpaBangor Pet Resort and Spa is well known in the Bangor area for providing exceptional care to man’s (and woman’s) best friends. Their services include an interactive pet daycare, comfortable overnight boarding and luxurious spa and grooming services. Their clean and comfortable facility features spacious play areas for group play time as well as as private rooms with windows for dogs that want to be by themselves.  Overnight guests receive their very own pet suites or condos, with all the comforts of home and more. Certified groomers are also available to brush, trim and pamper your pet.  Read More

Rockwood Cottages – Rockwood, Maine

Rockwood Cottages & Mount KineoRockwood Cottages consists of 7 two bedroom cottages situated on the western shore of Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, Maine. The cottages feature all the comforts of home and overlook the lake and popular Mt. Kineo, a majestic mountain that arises out of the water forming a sheer 700-foot cliff. 

With a motto of “A stranger is just a friend we haven’t met yet,” the business had been built based on quality customer service and experience. When the business owners decided to retire in 2017, they looked to sell to someone who would take care of their customers and the business which they’d worked hard to build for many years. With experience in the cabin rental and property management business, they found the perfect match in Emily and Dennis Bodemer.Read More

Three Tips to Getting Your Business Ready for Summer Tourism

The sun is shining, temperatures are (finally) warming up, and the black flies are coming (sadly). It’s almost summer in Maine, which means it’s also a busy time of year for so many of our small businesses. We are lucky enough to welcome tourists to our beautiful state.

Is your business ready? Will they remember your business and want to come back year after year?

Helping to create unique and memorable experiences with your business will improve their trip and help increase your sales. A win-win! There is still time to do a few quick and fairly easy refresher steps:

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Marketing Strategy Seminar Series in Madison

Marketing Strategies that Help Build Your Business
3-Seminar Series

For existing business owners

Cost: Free with registration

Location: Old Point School, Madison, Maine

SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER. Register for the Series Here.

Series Summary: In this three-part series, business owners will develop a better understanding of the marketing strategy for their business. The seminars will help them create their marketing message, understand their customers and influencers, and develop inexpensive marketing strategies that work for their business, including  digital and social media marketing. Each session offers tons of info and networking time among fellow business owners. The sessions are lead by Dick Dyer, APR who has worked to market businesses nationally for more than 35 years.Read More

Marketing Strategy Seminar Series in Jay

Marketing Strategies that Help Build Your Business
3-Seminar Series

For existing business owners

Cost: Free with registration

Location: Jay-Niles Memorial Library, 983 Main St., N. Jay, ME

SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER. Register for the Series Here.

Series Summary: In this three-part series, business owners will develop a better understanding of the marketing strategy for their business. The seminars will help them create their marketing message, understand their customers and influencers, and develop inexpensive marketing strategies that work for their business, including  digital and social media marketing. Each session offers tons of info and networking time among fellow business owners. The sessions are lead by Dick Dyer, APR who has worked to market businesses nationally for more than 35 years.Read More

News Release: Maine SBDC to Celebrate 2nd Annual SBDC Day March 21

Maine SBDC to Celebrate 2nd Annual SBDC Day March 21
Small Business Development Centers Around the Country Celebrate Impact on Small Business

For over 40 years the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) has helped aspiring and emerging business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship. On Wednesday, March 21st the Maine SBDC will come together with SBDCs around the country for one special day to celebrate their impact on the success of our nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers – America’s small businesses.Read More

Demystifying Estimated Taxes

By: Business Advisor Peter Harriman

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One of the hardest and least understood topics I find small businesses face, especially new start-up businesses, is the issue of Estimated Taxes. Part of the problem is that a taxpayer needs to understand their adjusted gross income for the year, in addition to deductions and credits, in order to properly plan the four quarterly payments throughout the year. With a business in its first or second year, this can be problematic to say the least. Paying late or paying too little will incur penalties with the IRS.Read More