Maine SBDC Business Advisors Receive Certifications

Certified Business Advisors Cole, Oddleifson, Lancaster, Allen, Ramsdell, McDonald, Lane, & Piconi recognized

Top – Chris Cole, Tina Oddleifson, Anne Lancaster, Lori Allen
Bottom – Christina Ramsdell, Brandon McDonald, Alison Lane, Peter Piconi

The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC), a state-wide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, recognized eight (8) business advisors who received their Core Competencies Certification from the New England Professional Development (NEPD) group on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.  Newly certified advisors include Christine Cole (Portland), Tina Oddleifson (Portland), Anne Lancaster (Biddeford), Lori Allen (Auburn), Christina Ramsdell (Auburn), Brandon McDonald (Caribou), Alison Lane (Bangor), and Peter Piconi (Waterville).

NEPD is a professional development collaboration of the six Small Business Development Centers in New England and includes the Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island programs.  The NEPD program provides a comprehensive, core knowledge training program and is a key element of the SBDC’s ability to provide valuable and high-quality services to clients and meet the needs of stakeholders. The certification training is comprised of two elements – participation in specified online technical content and an in-person, two-day intensive group session.

The eight newly certified business advisors include:

  • Christine Cole is located in Portland and serves small businesses in Cumberland and York Counties.
  • Tina Oddleifson is located in Portland and serves small businesses in Cumberland and York Counties.
  • Anne Lancaster is located in Biddeford and serves small businesses in York County.
  • Lori Allen is located in Auburn and serves small businesses in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties.
  • Christina Ramsdell is located in Auburn and serves small businesses in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties.
  • Brandon McDonald is located in Caribou and serves small businesses in Aroostook County.
  • Alison Lane is located in Bangor and serves small businesses Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.
  • Peter Piconi is located in Waterville and serves small businesses Somerset & Northern Kennebec Counties.

Individuals interested in working with the Maine SBDC can visit www.mainesbdc.org or call 207-780-4420.

 Contact:
Jennifer Boutin | jennifer.boutin@maine.edu
Maine SBDC | 207-780-4420 | www.mainesbdc.org