Posts Categorized: News & Events

Reflections on 2021: It’s Okay To Just “Be”

By: Alison Lane, Business Advisor & 2021 State Star I used to own a restaurant, and January meant a lot of slow days.  When there weren’t any coffees to pour, dishes to wash, or Quickbooks to update, I would ask myself: “How can I not waste this time?”  “What else can I try to generate… Read more »

Minimum Wage Increase in 2022

Get Ready for the Minimum Wage Increase: 3 Practical Tips Minimum wage is increasing to $12.75 on January 1, 2022. (Maine law requires minimum wage adjustments annually based on the cost-of-living index.)  Here are some practical tips to help you get ready:

Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) has launched the Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant. This funding is available to businesses who were open before the COVID-19 pandemic began AND to new businesses who were in business as of January 1st, 2021.  The full grant description is available on the DECD… Read more »

Exporting Series

Considering “Small and medium-sized companies account for almost 97 percent of U.S. exporters, but still represent only about 30 percent of the total export value of U.S. goods”, you may have asked yourself… How do I even start? I don’t know what I don’t know! How do I write an international business plan? Where do… Read more »

October Objectives and Events

With a successful summer season for many businesses coming to a close; now is a great time to check in, assess how things went, and decide where you would like to go from here. Remember our Recovery and Relaunch Resource Center is always available to help with our built-in assessment tools as well as our… Read more »

Lessons Learned: Disaster & Crisis Planning

The sixth and final part of an ongoing series of blog posts on lessons learned from COVID 19. Nobody likes to think about a disaster or crisis impacting their small business.  But the Covid 19 global pandemic brought the importance of disaster planning to the forefront.  Properly preparing for a crisis means your business will… Read more »

Happy Retirement to Business Advisor Brad Swanson

As a Master Certified Business Advisor at CEI located in our Brunswick & Augusta offices, Brad has been an integral part of the Maine SBDC staff for 30 years. He’s helped over 2,977 entrepreneurs and small business owners to start 158 new businesses, save or create 1, 682 jobs and obtain over $85 million in… Read more »

Lessons Learned: Top 6 Trends Impacting Businesses

The fifth part of an ongoing series of blog posts on lessons learned from COVID 19. The pandemic created new trends and business models that changed priorities and planning for small business owners. These are the top 6 business trends that will impact your business in 2021 and beyond. As the pandemic hit and in… Read more »