Posts Categorized: COVID

Serving Customers During a Pandemic

By: Keenan Hendricks, Maine SBDC Intern Customer service looks different these days. As a business owner, you are in control of how your customers see you through this shift. While it is vital to try your best to enforce and follow CDC safety guidelines, there are opportunities to serve and develop relationships with your customers amidst… Read more »

COVID Stories: Wine Wise in Portland | Events & Experiences

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. Erica Archer owns Wine Wise. In normal times, Wine Wise… Read more »

COVID Stories: My-FIT-24 in Gorham | Heath & Fitness

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. Stacey and Jesse Coleman own My-FIT-24, a 24-hour fitness facility… Read more »

COVID Stories: Acacia House Inn in Bar Harbor | Lodging & Hospitality

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. Anna Durand and her husband own Acacia House Inn located… Read more »

Tips to Prepare for Reopening

By: Business Advisor Susan Desgrosseilliers Though your business may be closed, now is the time to start preparing for your next chapter.  We recommend you develop a well thought out plan for when you can open again. While not all businesses are brick and mortar, many of these tips can be applied to your business…. Read more »

How YOU Can Support Local Businesses Right Now

Small businesses need you now more than ever. Maine would not be complete without the small businesses that make our communities unique, or without the hardworking business owners who create quality jobs for our families, friends and neighbors. We are all in this together. Pay It Forward and Maine Helps initiatives encourage Mainers to come… Read more »

Round 1 of the Paycheck Protection Program

Revised 1/20/2020: Important updates to this FIRST ROUND of PPP in the Economic Aid Act, passed December 2020. NEW Forgiveness Application for loans of $150,000 or less can be found here SBA EIDL Advance amount will no longer reduce the amount that can be forgiven. Previously, if you had received an SBA EIDL advance/grant (which… Read more »

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

Need help? Contact your SBDC advisor. Request Advising Here. Revised 1/4/2021 The EIDL LOAN application has been extended through December 31st, 2021. The Advance/Grant is not currently available. The loan application deadline has been extended to December 31st, 2021.