Posts Categorized: COVID

CrossFit Black Bear – Orono

Lucas Roldan Rozas first came to a business advisor, Alison Lane, for help starting his own CrossFit business but was quickly discouraged by the significant costs involved with starting from scratch.  Alison urged him to keep his eyes open for opportunities, since “crazy things can happen.”  Within a week, a great opportunity presented itself when… Read more »

Reflections on a Challenging Year

 By: Brad Swanson, Business Advisor For many small businesses, 2020 was a year that started with promise and great potential for continued growth and success. As we reflect on the year, it is very easy to get caught up in thoughts about the world health crisis that swept into our lives in March. In particular,… Read more »

Why *YOU* should shop small this holiday season

By: Jennifer Boutin, Maine SBDC Maine would not be the same without the small businesses that make our communities unique, or without the hardworking business owners who create jobs for our families, friends and neighbors. Small businesses are the core of our economy, making up over 99% of businesses in Maine.  And, these small businesses… Read more »

How to Survive and Thrive this Holiday Season

By: Maine SBDC Business Advisor Alison Lane  As we close the year with the same uncertainty that plagued our Spring, Summer, and Fall, small business owners hope to capitalize on the season that is “merry and bright”.  However, changes to consumer behavior, recovering markets, and the scars from many rough months make the success of… Read more »

Long Shot Revival Homestead

The Long Shot Revival Homestead, in Orland, is a family farm owned and run by Joe and Haley Brown. Joe is an Army National Guard veteran and initially thought farming and raising pigs would be a good therapeutic outlet as he transitioned back to civilian life. Starting off with just a few piglets, Maine SBDC… Read more »

Getting Started with QuickBooks

By: Christina Oddleifson, Maine SBDC Business Advisor  Covid 19 has made it more important than ever for small businesses to have up to date information about their financial performance. If the Covid 19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that small businesses with up to date and accurate financial information have fared better than those… Read more »

PPP Forgiveness Application Videos

One program, two forgiveness application forms. Which form is right for your business? Where do you find the forms? How do you fill out the applications properly?  Maine SBDC has created walk-through videos to help small businesses understand the Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Applications. This is a three-part series that first helps business owners identify which… Read more »

Farmington Underground Escape Room – Farmington, ME

COVID has caused massive disruptions in the way we all do business. Businesses throughout Maine are finding unique and interesting ways to connect with their customers, find new revenue streams, and keep their businesses afloat. Want to share how your business is pivoting? Contact us here. Joseph Musumeci and Mary Ellms own Farmington Underground Escape Room… Read more »

Business Owners – the SBDC needs your help.

Help us help you. The Maine SBDC, in partnership with the University of Southern Maine, has developed the  Small Business COVID Crisis Survey . The goal of the survey is to help us better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses throughout Maine.