Blog

Maine Adventure Co. – Brunswick

Maine Adventure Co. Logo - Maine SBDCTrevar & David Haefele are a father/son team with a passion for the outdoors and a desire to increase sustainable accessibility to the natural beauty Maine has to offer. With diverse life experience in leadership, personal development, and coaching, both Trevar & David are in an excellent position to bring their passion to others. Read More

Rhona Beauty – Biddeford

Rhona Johnson Deah - Rhona Beauty Biddeford - Maine SBDCRhona Johnson Deah saw an unmet need in the marketplace when she couldn’t find on-trend beauty services specifically designed for style-conscious ethnic women in Maine.  With this in mind, she left her job as a medical technician, apprenticed with several beauty salons, and obtained her full cosmetology license in 2021.  She started her business by renting space in a Westbrook salon, but her dream was to open a business of her own where women of color could feel understood and appreciated. Read More

Tech Options for Your Small Business

Technology Graphic - Tech Options for Your Small Business - Maine SBDCMaine SBDC at NMDC Business Advisor and Center Director Brandon McDonald recently presented on new tech tools small businesses should know about to both a group of Maine small businesses owners as well as at the New England Professional Development (NEPD) conference for business advisors! His experience as a former Video Game Software Developer, IT contractor, and a Maine Technology Institute IT board member have contributed to his understanding of these tools. As a business advisor for Northern Maine, he helps small businesses throughout the county stay connected and understand the tools and resources available to them! However, this list of resources is a broad overview of what is available and the Maine SBDC does not endorse any of these products. You’ll know your small business needs better than anyone and should seek out the tools that best fit your situation! Read More

Little Mainer – Yarmouth

Kathie Bradeen - Little Mainer Yarmouth - Maine SBDCAfter retiring from teaching in 2020, Kathie Bradeen started using her crafting skills to print Maine-themed designs on toddler and babywear.  She wanted an alternative to the ubiquitous “touristy” designs printed on low-quality clothing, to give as gifts to the babies and toddlers in her life.  Frustrated by the lack of options she was finding, she saw a need in the marketplace and Little Mainer was born!  A successful business must always address a need or solve a problem in the marketplace, and Kathie found her niche. Read More

Martin’s Service and Sales – Andover

Tracy and Joe Greenwood - Martin's Service and Sales - Maine SBDCTracy and Joe Greenwood are a dynamic duo and were excited at the opportunity to purchase Martin’s Service and Sales.  With Tracy’s business skills and Joe’s mechanical skills, they hoped to win over Martin’s regulars and grow the decades-old business to its full capacity in 2022.  Maine SBDC at CEI Business Advisor Alison Lane came into the fold to help traverse the transition and clean up the financials under new ownership. Read More

Skipper Services – Portland

 Phillipe Brown Skipper Services - Portland - Maine SBDCFor 20 years Phillip Browne has been on the water, between sailing and lobstering, he has developed a deep love for the ocean and the way of life here in Maine. For years he’s watched the same routine boat tours and imagined a day when he could offer customizable experiences to others who wanted to see the coast he had come to know and love. Slowly Maine Coast Cruising (MCC) came together, first as a dream, then an idea, and eventually a plan which became an actualized business! Read More

Where’s the Money Hiding?!?

Where’s the Money Hiding?!? - Maine SBDCFor most small businesses there is some form of funding necessary to get started. Your options are both broad but also limited depending on your type of business and what you bring to the table! We’ve put together a breakdown of things to consider when looking for funding, for more information check out the full webinar presentation by Maine SBDC at CEI Business Advisor Ann McAlhany, viewable HERERead More

Katharine Jane Jewelry – Morrill

Owner Katharine Jane Jewelry - Morrill - Maine SBDC

There are so many reasons to shop small, especially when looking for a special or unique gift! Small-scale production means you’ll be supporting a specific small business and supporting a more local economy. Focusing in even further, you’ll be supporting a small business owner; like Katharine Mason, of Katharine Jane Jewelry! Read More

Maine SBDC Business Advisors Receive Certifications

Certified Business Advisors Cole, Oddleifson, Lancaster, Allen, Ramsdell, McDonald, Lane, & Piconi recognized

Maine SBDC Business Advisors- Certifications - Maine SBDC

Top – Chris Cole, Tina Oddleifson, Anne Lancaster, Lori Allen
Bottom – Christina Ramsdell, Brandon McDonald, Alison Lane, Peter Piconi

The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC), a state-wide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, recognized eight (8) business advisors who received their Core Competencies Certification from the New England Professional Development (NEPD) group on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.  Newly certified advisors include Christine Cole (Portland), Tina Oddleifson (Portland), Anne Lancaster (Biddeford), Lori Allen (Auburn), Christina Ramsdell (Auburn), Brandon McDonald (Caribou), Alison Lane (Bangor), and Peter Piconi (Waterville). Read More