Posts Tagged: maine

Odyssey Event Designs – Portland

Rachel Johnson pivoted in college from Fine Art to Hospitality, which set her on the path of finding her passion in event planning! She worked her way through boutique hotels and luxury resorts learning as much as she possibly could and eventually started a side hustle while continuing to work her 9-5 job. She even… Read more »

Multi-Level Marketing: Too Good To Be True?

“Work from home!”  “Earn $1,000 a week working one hour a day!” “Make money while you are on vacation!”  Too Good To Be True? Shakes, candles, leggings, vitamins, and makeup are just a few examples of direct sales products marketed as “start your own business” ventures.  With promises of top earners winning extravagant vacations and… Read more »

To Purchase or Not to Purchase? – Penobscot County, Maine

black and white image of a person in a black suit on a white background with many Yes's and No's streaming out of their head into a cloud of confusion in the sky

Success stories come in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes avoiding a bad situation is the best-case scenario! While Maine SBDC Business Advisors are usually helping their clients towards a traditional happy ending, they are often tasked with helping aspiring entrepreneurs avoid potentially damaging situations. We saw it first-hand this past year when Shawn Bouchard… Read more »

Small Business Saturday Prep

White bold font on a dark blue background says Preparing for Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022. Inlcludes a light blue small business graphic with a front door and window.

This year Small Business Saturday is November 26, 2022! The day is dedicated to supporting and buying from small local businesses. It’s become a holiday shopping tradition over the past twelve years and continues to grow in both sales and participation. But it takes preparation to make the best of the day! Below you’ll find… Read more »

Snow Dogs – Camden

Cartoon of a dog on a hot dog, riding it like a snowboard. Sun and mountains are in the background.

 If you’ve ever visited Camden you’ll know there is a little something for everyone, food, shopping and outdoor adventures! It also has the only ocean view from a ski area on the Eastern Seaboard at Camden Snow Bowl! Another thing you’ll only find at Camden Snow Bowl, Snow Dogs! Jason Doppelt’s food stand opened last… Read more »

Black Bear Mobile Maintenance – Harrison

Two white people standing in front of a red tractor in rural Maine, leaves and grass on ground with pine trees in the background.

 Jonathan Daggett of Black Bear Mobile Maintenance is a military veteran with the ability to repair everything from small engines to helicopters! Through his years of working experience at a tractor repair shop, he saw an opportunity to (quite literally) serve customers where they are at.

Campfire Booking – Windham

Circle logo on white background with a cabin on a lake at sunset, includes a campfire and pine trees, Campfire Booking for Maine's vacation Rentals text wraps around the illustration.

 While the Covid-19 pandemic caused a large-scale economic disruption for most small businesses, it also fueled a historic surge in entrepreneurship. According to the US Census Bureau, new business starts in 2021 were the highest on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2020.  For good friends Mandy Caruso and Ashley Hanson, the pandemic provided… Read more »

New Research: Maine SBDC Clients Are More Likely to Succeed

With the guidance and expertise of SBDC business advisors located across the state, our clients develop the skills necessary to meet their goals, create successful businesses, and improve the local economies in which they reside.