Assistance

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The Maine SBDC, at no cost to potential and existing business owners and managers, provides one-on-one counseling - business management assistance to Maine's small business community. Maine SBDC Business Counselors are qualified small business professionals, who have diverse educational and business experience. Many hold MBA's and/or have owned and operated their own businesses. Often they bring diverse corporate experience to bear on seeking solutions for small business, especially in the areas of marketing, management and operations. Useful assistance is provided in such areas as:

  • Business start-up/acquisition
  • Business/marketing plan development
  • Financial and business analysis
  • Market research
  • Sources of credit and financing
  • Loan packaging, raising capital
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Accounting, recordkeeping
  • Job creation
  • Operations, personnel management
  • Marketing and sales
  • Government procurement
  • International trade
  • Business liquidation/sale
  • Networking, linkages, technology transfer

COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS
Counseling appointments can easily be arranged by contacting the Maine SBDC Service Center nearest you, or registering online. Often before meeting, Maine SBDC staff may ask some preliminary questions to ascertain your business stage, suggest preliminary training and/or reading, and/or send you various materials generic to your situation. Your first appointment, usually scheduled at a Maine SBDC Service Center or Outreach Office, will last an hour to an hour and a half. After that initial session you and your Maine SBDC Business Counselor will determine the appropriate course of action for future assistance. Your progress however will ultimately be up to you.

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