Maine Small Business Development Center at KVCOG
Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) are dedicated to helping Maine’s small businesses succeed by engaging in development activities that contribute to the improvement of the economic climate for, and the success of, micro and small businesses throughout the State of Maine. The focus is to assist in the creation and maintenance of viable micro and small businesses and the jobs these businesses provide. The Maine SBDC co-hosted by KVCOG with Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI) serves Kennebec, Somerset, and western Waldo County municipalities. Maine SBDC is a partnership program of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) in association with the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the University of Southern Maine, and leading economic and community development hosting organizations, including KVCOG, CEI, and other contractors, allies and stakeholders. Maine SBDC is accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers and is administered by the University of Southern Maine School of Business.
What do the Maine Small Business Development Centers do?
Maine Small Business Development Centers provide comprehensive business assistance and information services to Maine’s small business community through a network of Service Centers and Outreach Offices, conveniently located throughout the State.
What do the Maine Small Business Development Centers offer?
Business Counseling Services
One-on-one management assistance is provided at no cost to potential and existing business owners and managers. Maine SBDC Counselors are qualified business people with diverse educational and business experience. They provide assistance in the following areas: business start-up, acquisition, sources of credit and financing, marketing and sales, market research, government procurement, accounting, record keeping and cash flow analysis, operations, personnel management, loan packaging, business liquidation and sale, international trade, and various other business issues.
The Maine SBDC offers training seminars and conferences on business-related topics. Training events are held at key locations around the state; minimal fees are sometimes charged. Programs are geared to local and regional needs as well as to fundamental business subjects.
Depending on client need, Maine SBDC Business Technicians can provide expertise in the areas of marketing and financial management. This service is available at no cost.
Research and Information
Maine SBDC Counselors can aid clients to gain access to information, resources, technology, markets, and research that assist business owners in the profitable operation of their businesses.
The Maine Women Business Owners Online Directory
Visit the Maine Women Business Owners Online Directory to find products and services sold by Maine’s women-owned businesses. If you are a woman business owner in Maine, join the directory to promote your products and services on the Internet.
What is the role of KVCOG in the Maine SBDC Program?
KVCOG is a co-hosting organization to the Maine SBDC Service Center in Fairfield. KVCOG provides the link between Maine’s statewide network of small business development centers and a regional framework of additional federal, state and local economic and community development services, based at KVCOG, such as business financing programs, land use planning, business development and attraction, marketing, technical assistance for manufacturing, comprehensive economic development strategy oversight, and environmental and community policy education.
How does one find out more about the Maine SBDC Program at KVCOG?
Please visit the Maine SBDC State Website at www.mainesbdc.org or contact the Maine SBDC at KVCOG: Business Counselor Janet Roderick at 453-4258 x 215 to schedule an appointment.