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 »
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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 »
By: Jared Entwistle, Maine SBDC Intern How do I know I’m an entrepreneur? Thinking about starting a business? Have an idea but unsure if you have what it takes to be a business owner? Maybe you’re one of the many people who are tired of working for someone else? Whatever the case, before you start… Read more »
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 »
SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Maine Law and MeRTEC 2-26-2021 Coronavirus cases continue to be reported throughout the state. As of mid-February the total number of cases in Maine has exceeded 43,000, with more than 1,500 hospitalizations and 650 deaths. The data shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and many Maine employers and employees alike may be wondering whether an… Read more »
By: Business Advisor Lori Allen Even in the best of times, pricing decisions can be agonizing. It is one of the most critical decisions you need to make in your business model because your profit margins hinge on being able to price effectively. Price too low and you will lose money; price too high and… Read more »
Business planning is an essential aspect of your business and can help guide your business’s success. Your business plan is not just a document that you compile and put on a shelf. It’s a living, breathing roadmap that outlines goals and provides details on how you plan to achieve those goals.
By: Anne Lancaster, Business Advisor Feeling overwhelmed? Exhausted? 2020 has been a year of accentuated anxiety, seemingly endless stress, and unparalleled uncertainty. Keeping a positive outlook can be challenging with daily updates of COVID-19; local, state, and federal mandates; personal and professional changes. We live with this dynamic tension ALL the time. It’s natural, it’s… Read more »
Select your status: NEW, FIRST TIME PPP LOAN SECOND DRAW PPP LOAN IMPORTANT UPDATES & CHANGES – March 4th Updated: 3/29/2021
There are many local relief programs across Maine that are offering small grants, loans, and resources to help you and your small business stay afloat as you cope with the impacts of Coronavirus.