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.

“Responsible for employing over 57% of the private workforce, these hardworking business owners create jobs for our families, friends and neighbors. They are the people who invest in our Main Streets, our communities and our schools. They make Maine a great place to live and work,” commented Maine’s Governor Paul Lepage in a letter to the Maine SBDC. “On March 21, 2018, Mainers are encouraged to join the Maine SBDC in the celebration of SBDC Day.”

SBDC Day is a collective movement created by America’s SBDC, the association representing America’s largest business assistance network. SBDC Day will help share the small business success stories and notable impact that SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.

“SBDC Day is an opportunity to celebrate our talented team of business advisors and the passionate entrepreneurs and business owners we work with every day,” said Mark Delisle, State Director of the Maine Small Business Development Centers. “It allows us to highlight the importance of the SBDC program and the effect our clients have on the local, state and national economies.”

With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed. In 2016, the America’s SBDC network provided 1.24 million hours of business advising to 192,205 clients resulting in 96,095 new jobs, $6.4 billion in sales growth, $5.16 billion in capital investments and 17,174 new businesses started.

“It’s great to see SBDCs, their clients and supporters come together to celebrate SBDCs and their amazing clients. With SBDC support small businesses around the country raised over $5 billion in capital and created nearly 100,000 jobs,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.

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To learn more about SBDC Day, and to join the movement, visit