Posts By: Jennifer Boutin

Kelly’s Place Learning Center – Presque Isle

Business owners near sign leading into daycare in Presque Isle, Maine

Shyla Pinette recognized a need in her community after having her daughter. Childcare in Aroostook County was incredibly hard to come by. So, after years in the medical field, she decided to purchase a struggling childcare business and make it a safe and welcoming place for local families. For assistance making this happen, Shyla turned… Read more »

A&B Naturals – Bar Harbor

Tommy Maruca and Jonathan Record are first time small business owners but long term fans of A&B Naturals, the natural food store they just bought on MDI! The couple shares a passion for a healthy lifestyle and products that are good for both people and the planet. Values they also share with the previous owner,… Read more »

Great Wave Sushi – Portland

White food truck with man inside smiling, Great Wave Sushi food struck with flowers

Seeing young entrepreneurs launch a new business and develop roots in their community is one of the most satisfying outcomes for the Maine SBDC.  It’s even more exciting to help them scale up, grow and succeed. For Alex and Megan Herzog, starting Great Wave Sushi is the perfect example of how a new business with… Read more »

Yarrow – Kittery

Retail display of house plants and other related items at Yarrow in Kittery Maine

In 2019, Jodie Curtis opened Yarrow, a retail shop that invites customers to be curious and explorative about what wellness can look like! Jodie has a background in retail, with experience in wholesale, product development, and marketing, which helped her understand the complexities of owning a retail business. But for her, the creative freedom of… Read more »

Understanding Financial Statements – A Video Series

Do you struggle with financial management in your small business?  Are you intimidated by the income statement, baffled by the balance sheet, or confused by a cash flow statement? You’re not alone! Most small business owners don’t use their financial reports to their full advantage or only see them only as a tool to file… Read more »

Maine SBDC Names 2023 State Star

Photo of Anne Lancaster, Business Advisor at Maine SBDC at USM, and text that reads 2023 State Star

The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) has selected Anne Lancaster as the 2023 State Star. The award, given annually, recognizes a member of the Maine SBDC staff who has shown exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business success. Anne Lancaster is a business advisor at the Maine SBDC at University of… Read more »

Tips & Tricks to Repair Your Credit

Tips & Tricks to Repair Your Credit text over a hand holding a photo displaying a credit score

As a business owner, your personal credit score will impact your ability to get a business loan, secure credit lines, and even lease office space. While credit score requirements vary by institution or credit card provider, if your credit score is less than perfect, there are steps you can take to repair it!

Introductory Guide to Mobile App Development for Small Businesses

Interaction at a counter with two digital devices, looks like a transaction is occurring.

By: Maine SBDC Intern Ryan McNally From banking to social media, mobile apps have become a part of our daily routine. Some businesses only exist as apps, like Uber, and other businesses develop apps to enhance their existing services, like clothing stores. For small businesses, developing a mobile app may seem intimidating and costly, but… Read more »

Maine SBDC Releases 2022 Results: Supporting and empowering entrepreneurs throughout the state

February 28, 2023 Today the Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) announces the release of its annual report for 2022. The report showcases the achievements and impact of Maine SBDC’s efforts in supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through business advising, training and resources. The report also highlights individual entrepreneurs, illustrating the transformative effect that… Read more »