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Updated: April 29, 2022

SBA Maine District Office names new deputy director

The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Tim Hobbs as the new deputy district director of the Maine District Office, charged with helping manage the office and deliver SBA programs to small enterprises in Maine. 

“We are thrilled to have Tim join our team here in Maine. His past experience with the USDA and the Maine Potato Board makes him a great addition to the Maine District Office SBA team,” said Diane Sturgeon, SBA district director for Maine. "By incorporating his knowledge and connections into our programs, we hope to expand the services we can provide for Maine’s small business community."

The appointment comes a year after Sturgeon was promoted to SBA district director for Maine from the deputy position.

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Tim Hobbs, the new deputy director of the SBA's Maine District Office, with District Director Diane Sturgeon.

“I am honored to be part of this key agency, which is vital to the well-being and future of our small businesses here in Maine," Hobbs said. "I am looking forward to working alongside our team and our partners to help Mainers start, build and grow their businesses."

Prior to joining the SBA’s Maine District Office, Hobbs served as the state director for USDA Rural Development in Maine, where he oversaw various business and economic development programs.

Hobbs has also held a leadership role with the Maine Potato Board, served as executive director of the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District and owned and operated a family business with locations in both Presque Isle and Caribou.

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps small business owners and entrepreneurs via an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.

While the SBA Maine District Office is in Augusta, with senior managers at offices in Portland and Bangor, currently offices are available to the public by appointment only as most of the team is working on a hybrid schedule. Team members also often travel to meet small businesses and partners at their locations, Sturgeon told Mainebiz.

In Maine, the SBA works with resource partners including SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and CEI Women's Business Centers that provide additional advice and counseling. The SBA administered the federal Paycheck Protection Program providing pandemic relief to businesses nationwide that ended on May 31, 2021.

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