Posts By: Jennifer Boutin

The Maine Meal – Skowhegan

Mark and Kelly LaCasse have been working with Business Advisor Janet Roderick since February 2011. They planned to purchase a building in downtown Skowhegan, and renovate for businesses on the first floor, one of which would be their new food business, and an apartment on the 2nd floor. 

Maine SBDC Announces 2015 Annual Results

The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC), a state-wide program that helps entrepreneurs to start and expand their businesses, is pleased to announce its annual results. In 2015, fourteen certified business advisors across Maine helped 1,633 clients to: Save and create 619 jobs Launch 102 new businesses Access $37.6 million in capital to start… Read more »

Maine SBDC Secures Grant to Help Transition Unemployed to Entrepreneurship in the Bucksport Region

The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) has received funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Portable Assistance Grant Program to develop a program that will provide entrepreneurial advising and training for potential and existing business owners in the Bucksport Bay Area who have been adversely affected by the closure of the Verso… Read more »

County Kidz Child Care – Houlton

“We really enjoyed working with Josh, he was very knowledgeable and if he didn’t have the answer he was quick to get one.” Amanda Crane, Business Co-Owner

Open Bench Project – Portland

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… Read more »

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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… Read more »

New Business Advisor in Aroostook County

Meet Josh Nadeau, Center Director/Business Advisor at Northern Maine Development Commission serving all of Aroostook County.   Born and raised in Caribou, Josh is the son and former employee of a small business entrepreneur who successfully owns and has run a business for over 20 years. His past experience includes serving as a Commercial Lines Underwriter for MG Insurance… Read more »

Maine SBDC Announces 2015 State Star

The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) has selected Ann McAlhany as the 2015 State Star. The award, given annually, recognizes a member of the Maine SBDC staff that has shown exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business success.   “Ann is an incredible asset to our program and role model among… Read more »

REDD, LLC. – Brunswick

“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, Owner

Peapod Jewelry – Bath

Ronna Lugosch relies on the counsel of Brad Swanson, her Maine SBDC business advisor, when making critical, strategic business decisions that require sorting through a myriad of ideas.