About Maine Small Business Development Centers

For over 30 years, the Maine SBDC has been recognized as a leader in the small business improvement and expansion arenas. The SBDC concept is a simple but effective one: assist small business operators and nascent entrepreneurs through business counseling, training services, information transfer, and resource linkages. Our objective is clear: create and save jobs throughout Maine.

To that end, the Maine SBDC provides a variety of services for Maine's existing and prospective small business owners, covering such issues as business feasibility, business plan development, capital acquisition, financial management, marketing and sales, e-commerce, customer service, personnel management, and small business strategic planning.

Since our inception in 1977, the Maine SBDC has grown from a small pilot partnership project of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) into a statewide system, comprised of a myriad of collaborations that support our dynamic network of service centers and outreach offices, and our statewide administrative offices headquartered at the University of Southern Maine. The Maine SBDC is fully accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). Our hardworking and creative counselors are certified by the New England Professional Development Group (NEPD), and supported by a cadre of dedicated staff.

Over the course of its years, the Maine SBDC has provided individualized business assistance to tens of thousands of clients. Even more individuals have received management training through Maine SBDC-conducted seminars, workshops, and courses. And even more have been served through our Maine SBDC online workshops.

Small business success is our business - - how can we help you?

Advisory Board

Abe Furth
Food and Retail Industry, Orono

Amber Lambke
Somerset Grist Mill, Skowhegan

Becky McKinnell
iBec Creative, Portland

John Otterbein
Wooden Screen Door Co., Waldoboro

Paul Harrison
Little Dog Coffee Shop, Brunswick

Steve Byrnes
Key Bank, Portland