Education

Maine SBDC has a variety of free informational videos and playlists to help guide and support you through various areas of starting and growing your Maine small business.

Starting a Business in Maine

Starting a Business in Maine – In this comprehensive video, we walk through the many steps involved in starting a business in Maine. Access video here.

Starting a Business, A Helpful Checklist – In this shorter video, we walk through the elements of starting a business in Maine. Access the video here.

Business Entity & Legal Structures

When starting a business, one of the first things you want to do is choose the structure of your company. It can be confusing to understand the differences between the different types and how they might impact you and your business in the long run. 

Business Entity & Legal Structures – In this video, we provide an overview of the different legal structures and discuss the pros and cons of each type of entity. Access video here.

Sole Proprietors & LLC – In this video, we explain in some detail the difference between Sole Proprietorship and Limited Liability Company (LLC). Access video here.

Corporations – In this video, we explain the pros and cons of Corporations. Access video here.

S Corporations – In this video, we explain the pros and cons of S Corporations. Access video here.

Writing a Business Plan

Maine SBDC’s Peter Harriman walks you through writing a business plan. He highlights the important parts of each section and provides helpful tips & tricks. View the entire playlist here

 

Wholesale & Trade Show Basics

These seminars are especially helpful for those exhibiting at the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show but are open to anyone interested in learning more about trade shows.

1. Whole-Lot-A-Wholesale • Access Seminar Here

ON-DEMAND RECORDING
ONLINE & FREE
This online workshop goes through many wholesale terms, including effective wholesale pricing, credit, and shipping policies. Learn good business preparation for profitable sales!  

2. Booth Basics • Access Seminar Here

ON-DEMAND RECORDING
ONLINE & FREE
This course covers pre-show planning, booth design, conduct at the show, common forms and brochures, and after show practices. 

 

Past Webinar Recordings

Maine SBDC hosts regular webinars. The webinars are typically recorded and can be accessed approximately 24 hours after the live session. Recorded webinars can be found at the Maine SBDC Youtube Channel. Be sure to subscribe to receive notifications when we upload new videos!