Posts Categorized: COVID

Trailside Gardens – Abbot

  Trailside Gardens evolved from Pauline’s lifelong interest in the natural world surrounding us, particularly plants and landscape design. Pauline pursued her interests by studying horticulture and architecture at the University of Maine. Gaining practical experience through hands-on work opportunities in various positions in the horticulture industry along the way. Eventually leading her back to the… Read more »

Wandering Goat – Union

Since 2013, Tanya Rudy and her mother Cheryl have been making handcrafted soaps from their family farm in Midcoast Maine. This mother-daughter team located in Union makes their soaps in small batches and uses only the finest quality ingredients. They combine fresh goat’s milk from their own herd with organic oils to create naturally scented… Read more »

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

IMPORTANT UPDATE (3-12-21): Businesses can now apply for both a PPP loan after Dec 27, 2020 -and- the SVOG! The application is expected to launch on April 8, 2021 at 12 pm. The purpose of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is to provide aid to small business owners who have been hit hard by COVID-19… Read more »

Environmentally Conscious Cost Savings

By: Jared Entwistle, Maine SBDC Intern In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important for small businesses to think about ways to conserve cash flow. This often presents a dilemma for those who want to be conscious of their carbon footprint: how can I reduce my business’s environmental impact while maintaining a budget? … Read more »

Unmatched Apparel – Lewiston

Alexis and business partner Tawni have a shared passion for using creative tailoring skills to upcycle thrift-based clothing into unique and expressive apparel. While originally only doing so for themselves and friends, and an appreciation for their environmental movement, a vibrant brand quickly grew. They name their unique business Unmatched Apparel. As the two experienced… Read more »

Sew Rugged – Blue Hill

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Liz Meadows was forced to close the doors of her 17-year-old successful massage therapy business. She could not, in good conscience, put her clients or herself at risk of exposure to the deadly virus. An entrepreneur at heart, Liz took it as an opportunity saying, “there is nothing like the… Read more »

Mills Market – Andover

Mills Market has been a staple of Andover since the 1890s. In its 4th generation of family ownership, this local country store provides a variety of grocery items as well as homemade prepared foods. Located in a prime location for tourists, many local customers have been coming into the market for years as well as… Read more »

NEW: Marketing & Bookkeeping Specialists Now Available

Maine SBDC clients can access free, in-depth expertise in digital marketing and accounting and bookkeeping.   Digital Marketing Specialists provide guidance in areas such as: Websites & Ecommerce Social media and email marketing Advertising and measuring success Digital marketing strategy specific to your business Our Accounting & Bookkeeping Specialist provides guidance in areas such as:

Small Business Support in the American Rescue Plan

On March 12th, the third stimulus bill called the American Rescue Plan passed into law. The bill consists of $1.9 trillion to help people and businesses struggling with the pandemic. Here’s what you can expect from the bill for your small business. Please note: Updates to these programs are likely as details are finalized. As… Read more »

The Only Doughnut – Belfast

Sally Jaskold, then owner of “The Only Doughnut” in Belfast, came to the Maine SBDC feeling stressed and overwhelmed:  Her successful farmer’s market bakery had morphed into a full-fledged brick-and-mortar operation with multiple employees, and she was feeling limited in her business-savvy skills.  Connecting with Business Advisor Alison Lane allowed her to take a deep… Read more »