Jake Ryan initially contacted the Maine SBDC for assistance in writing a business plan, determining the appropriate form of business ownership and management issues. His concept was to create a shared learn/work facility that would, for a membership fee, provide access to work space, tools, resources, instruction and guidance to members for use with their projects. Read More
Pictured (left to right): Steve Lovejoy, Center Director and Business Advisor (Portland)* Pete Harriman, Business Advisor (Portland) * Roy Hebert, Business Advisor (Saco) *Tom Leach, Business Advisor (Portland) * Chris Long, Administrative Manager (Portland) * John Sanders, Business Advisor (Portland)
Steve Lovejoy Named Center Director
Business Advisor Steve Lovejoy was recently named to Center Director at the Portland office located at the University of Southern Maine. Within this new role, Lovejoy will oversee operations at both the Portland and Saco offices, including the management of 4 business advisors. He will also continue to advise entrepreneurs and small businesses in the greater Portland area.
New Advisors in Portland, Saco
Last week we welcomed two new advisors to the University of Southern Maine offices (Portland and Saco). We are happy to introduce Peter Harriman and Roy Hebert…
Peter Harriman has joined the team in Portland at our offices located at the University of Southern Maine. Harriman will provide business advising to new and existing entrepreneurs and small businesses in Cumberland County.
Harriman has an MBA with a focus on Finance from the University of Maine and a certificate in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine. His most recent work was as a Loan Specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He can be reached by calling 207-780-4949 or emailing email@example.com.
Protect your business and your customers from growing cybersecurity threats. Small businesses are an easy target for cyberattacks as they have weaker security and therefore it is easier to gain access to their information, systems and networks.
Small Business Cybersecurity Defensive Measures:
Train and educate employees
Establish basic security practices and policies for your employees such as strong passwords, internet use guidelines and established rules detailing the handing and protection of customer data. Train employees to be alert for email and phishing scams. Be clear on the consequences if these policies are not followed.
Protect computers and networks from cyber attacks.
Secure your company computers by ensuring each have malware, spyware and firewall software installed. Prevent access to networks on non-business computers. Also consider encrypting all sensitive data and emails. Keep computers updated.
Back up Data Regularly
Be sure to back up data regularly so that if information is lost or compromised it can easily be recovered.
Why is this important for your small business?
Most businesses are dependent on the internet for day-to-day operations. Just one breach could potentially put you out of business.
A small reminder — cyber threats are not always outside your business. Be sure to have appropriate internal controls in place to prevent employee fraud.
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Each year, America’s Small Business Development Centers recognizes top performers from programs around the country at its annual conference. A special reception was held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California to honor this year’s award winners.
“In no small part, the ability to leverage this funding and bring the business into pilot production has been a result of the support and resources that Janet Roderick, and more broadly the Maine Small Business Development Centers have provided.”
– Joel Alex, Owner
After eighteen successful years in business, Kenny and Ronnie Jacques came to see Maine SBDC Center Director and Business Advisor Jane Mickeriz for assistance expanding their business, Ski Depot. With a reputation for quality customer service and expert knowledge, Ski Depot includes a retail and web shop, full service tuning, boot fitting and rentals to meet all of a skier’s needs.Read More
“It was great to be able to utilize the resources of the Maine SBDC and to tap into John’s knowledge. Without the Maine SBDC, I wouldn’t have known about the bank I eventually ended up receiving the loan from, and without John I would have never heard about the Libra Future Fund Grant.”
– Zachary Schmesser, Owner
“You [Brad Swanson] absolutely made a significant difference not only in our potential for borrowing success, but in my personal development as an entrepreneur.” – Alden Blease, OwnerRead More