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 »
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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 »
As the 2020-21 school year approaches, parents and employers alike face tremendous challenges. Will education be in person, hybrid, or entirely virtually? How will working parents care for their children while doing remote schooling? It’s important for business owners to understand Federal and State rulings that impact both employers and employees.
By: Keenan Hendricks, Maine SBDC Intern Maintaining a digital presence is one of the most vital parts of a small business’s success. It’s crucial to understand how to optimize your digital marketing. Here are ten marketing tips that all small business should be doing right now:
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 »
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 »
Need help? Contact your SBDC advisor. Request Advising Here. Revised 2/22/2021 The U.S. SBA has several programs to help your small business through the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also local Maine loans and grants that can help.
Are you are considering selling your business? Perhaps you are ready for retirement? How can you prepare your business to get the most value out of the sale? It takes a lot longer to sell a business than it does to buy a business. Here are some practical tips that you can do now that will prove valuable later.
Hiring and Managing Your First Employees By: Diana Grandoni, Maine SBDC Graduate Assistant Making the first new additions to your team is an exciting milestone and a sign that your hard work is paying off! For many small business owners, hiring can also be overwhelming and stressful. These four tips will help you make the… Read more »
Small Business Saturday helps promote Maine communities and the businesses that make them special. It’s a great day to highlight your business and show how much you appreciate your customers. It provides a unique opportunity for small businesses throughout Maine to increase holiday sales. Use Small Business Saturday to generate sales, foot traffic and visibility… Read more »