Posts By: Kelsey Riordan

Elder Law Offices – Lewiston

Mia Poliquin Pross began her career in the non-profit sector, developing a skill set (and a heart) for supporting more vulnerable populations. As she shifted to private law practice at the Elder Law Offices of Kathleen Kienitz, she continued to focus on those in need, helping families plan for long-term care needs, transitions, and other… Read more »

Midcoast Comics – Brunswick

When Steven Thanos first began working with Maine SBDC at CEI Business Advisor Bradshaw Swanson, he had a vision of building a successful comic book store in downtown Brunswick. With a wide collection of current issues, historic collector’s editions, and graphic novels there would be something to attract both long-time fans and new hobbyists. Brad… Read more »

Pumpkin Patch Preschool & Child Care – Baldwin

Monique Beaulieu had successfully managed and run daycare centers for others for years and was ready to take the leap and do so for herself. The process of determining value, negotiating and purchasing an existing business and real estate, however, was daunting. She worked closely with Maine SBDC at CEI Business Advisor Raynor Large to… Read more »

Reflections From Our Team on SBDC Day

SBDCs work with hundreds of thousands of small businesses in local communities across the country each year. While our impact is quantifiable, what’s behind those numbers comes straight out of the hearts and minds of our business advisors. For SBDC Day this year, we asked the Maine SBDC business advisors about their own experience and… Read more »

Portland Yoga Collective – Portland

Jess Fadale dreamed of owning her own Yoga studio! The vision was to open a collective of yoga instructors with a variety of specialties, giving their clients a holistic, well-rounded experience. After a decade-long career in sports business, she pivoted her strong marketing and business backgrounds to her passion for yoga.  Jess is a certified… Read more »

Fryeburg Kitchen and Market – Fryeburg

This pandemic has had us all reassessing our future plans; personally, professionally, and in some cases geographically! Tom Sturdevant and his family decided that relocating from New Jersey to Maine was the right next step for them. Having summered here over the years they were ready to make it home full time and were looking… Read more »

TuneTown Music Gear – Wells

John and Pam Edwards have owned TuneTown Music Gear in Wells for 18 years. They brought decades of musical industry experience to a vision of providing positive and nurturing experiences within music instruction, service, and sales. Their business features nine large state of the art lesson studios, a recording studio and a live performance stage…. Read more »

Boosting Small Business Sales During Slower Months

This is a challenging time of year for many companies. Sales are down as a result of the COVID pandemic in addition to normal decreases in spending during the winter and spring months in Maine. In this unprecedented time, there are a number of ways to boost sales when you really need it. 

Bad Little Brewing – Machias

Kathryn Toppan and husband Sean Lent, of Bad Little Brewing Company, are an excellent example of how important persistence is when it comes to starting a small business. They have been working with Maine SBDC advisors throughout our network to get their brewery and restaurant open since 2019! Moreover, throughout the process there has been… Read more »

Time To Do Your 2021 Taxes!

Tax season can be stressful, especially after another year dealing with Covid related funding from the PPP, EIDL, state and local grants, to unemployment income and other sources.  While many people procrastinate when it comes to their taxes, the IRS has announced that it will begin to accept returns starting on January 23rd.  For tips… Read more »