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  • Tuesday, June 18

    It is an understatement to say that starting a business is overwhelming! Are you concerned with forgetting to get an important license, getting in trouble with the IRS, or putting yourself in legal hot water? Are you struggling to figure out which steps to do first in a "chicken or egg" sort of way? In this Webinar, Maine SBDC Business Advisors will help organize the legal, ethical, and social steps to starting a business by walking you through a Start-Up Checklist. We will leave ample time for Q&A, and you will leave the Webinar with the confidence to take the steps needed to be a legitimate business owner!

    Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact mainesbdc@maine.edu

    Price

    FREE

    Contact

    Tara Clark,
    2075045875,
    tara.clark@Ceimaine.org

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Small Business Development Center

  • Monday, June 24

    How do you feel when you are pitching customers for new business? Want to know the secrets of an effective sales call? Do you know how to stress your benefits vs features?

    Tom Morgan is an experienced sales professional who will discuss the key drivers of an effective sales presentation. You will learn the basics of how to sell effectively. This in-person workshop will take place at Cloudport CoWorking in Portland, Maine.

    This session will address:

    Successful sales focuses on meeting customer needs, not your persuasive abilities
    Why sales professionals maintain that "the real sell starts at the initial rejection”
    Customer objections are not a personal rejection or a waste of time
    Refining your sales pitches
    Make this your best and most enjoyable sales year!

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    SCORE Maine,
    (207) 772-1147,
    scoremaine@gmail.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    SCORE Maine

  • Wednesday, June 26

    Are you curious about the conscious organization movement and the B Economy? Understanding the Benefit Economy can be confusing with an alphabet soup of terms. You’ll leave this introductory session with an understanding of the myriad of innovative ways leaders and organizations are choosing to participate in the Benefit Economy and what this means for us as individuals, organizations and the world. You’ll learn about the similarities and differences between Conscious Capitalism, Stakeholder Capitalism, Benefit Corporations, Certified B Corps, 1% for the Planet, and Employee ownership. As a follow-up you’ll receive a resource guide to continue your learning.

    This program is for individuals but can also be offered for your team. If you are interested, contact us.

    Conscious Revolution offers transformative coaching, consulting, and community experiences that invite leaders to tune into their hearts to share their authenticity and coherence with the world.
    Learn more at https://www.consciousrevolution.com/

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    Margot Fine,
    207.650.3449,
    margot@consciousrevolution.com

    Registration details

    Register online to receive Zoom link.

    Hosted by

    Conscious Revolution

    Join us for our in-person workshop, One Page Marketing Plan for Your Business! Designed to arm entrepreneurs and small business owners with the foundational knowledge needed to navigate the dynamic world of marketing. Through this workshop, participants will craft their personalized one-page marketing plan, enabling them to outline clear objectives, identify target audiences, and strategize tactics for successful implementation.

    From leveraging social media platforms, orchestrating impactful events, crafting your website, attending trade shows and conducting insightful market research, this workshop equips attendees with practical insights and actionable strategies to kickstart their marketing journey with confidence and clarity. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your business vision into a compelling marketing narrative!

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    SCORE Maine,
    (207) 772-1147,
    scoremaine@gmail.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    SCORE Maine

  • Tuesday, July 2

    Are you making the most out of your social posts and email list? Unleash the full potential of your marketing efforts! This interactive workshop flips the script on sales and marketing, showing you how to integrate sales tactics strategically within your marketing initiatives.

    We'll explore real-world examples to demonstrate the power of implementing sales efforts at the right time and place. Discover how to tailor your sales strategy to make sure you are getting the most out of your existing marketing efforts. Gain valuable insights into strategies to amplify your marketing's impact.

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    SCORE Maine,
    (207) 772-1147,
    scoremaine@gmail.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    SCORE Maine

  • Wednesday, July 10

    Join us for our annual Summer Social event to enjoy a fun evening with your peers!

    The gathering is July 10 from 5-7 pm at Maine Beer Co. in Freeport. Come for appetizers, drinks, and networking with your favorite industry colleagues. No program, just time to enjoy the sunshine, play corn hole, catch up with past friends, and make new connections.

    Maine Beer Co. is committed to the environment, donating $3 million to environmental non-profit organizations via 1% for the Planet and installing solar panels to offset the majority of their electricity use.

    Parking is available at the venue but we encourage carpooling, especially with your friends with EVs!

    Register today! Walk-ins are also welcome.

    Price

    $0-$30

    Contact

    Jacqui Baker,
    207-800-8324,
    jacqui@e2tech.org

    Registration details

    Tickets can be purchased at the link, walk-ins are also welcome!

    Hosted by

    E2Tech

  • Thursday, July 11

    This informative 90-minute workshop will equip you with the tools and knowledge to create a 12-month cash flow projection for your business. It's essential for any business to understand their future cash flow, and this workshop will guide you through the process.

    You'll be working with a one-page spreadsheet provided by SCORE and even if you don't have exact figures for your monthly income and expenses, estimates are welcome. Expert Whit Ford will be on hand to walk you through the spreadsheet and answer any questions you have as you develop your cash flow!

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    SCORE Maine,
    (207) 772-1147,
    scoremaine@gmail.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    SCORE Maine

  • Tuesday, July 16

    During this workshop attendees will delve into an array of topics essential for navigating the business loan landscape. First, we'll explore the diverse spectrum of business loan options available, ranging from traditional bank loans to SBA-backed loans. This exploration aims to assist participants in identifying the most suitable loan type tailored to their business needs. Participants will learn about the necessary documents and information required for a successful application. Moreover, they'll discover effective strategies for organizing their financials to craft a compelling case that resonates with lenders.

    Presented by Nathan Henry, Main St. Banking Relationship Manager at Bangor Savings Bank.

    Understanding loan terms and conditions is paramount in making informed financial decisions. Through this workshop, participants will gain clarity on various loan parameters, including interest rates, repayment schedules, and other critical factors that influence the overall cost and structure of the loan. Additionally, attendees will receive practical advice and actionable tips for enhancing their loan applications. This segment will cover strategies for improving creditworthiness, strengthening business plans, and other key elements that can bolster the chances of loan approval.

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    SCORE Maine,
    (207) 772-1147,
    scoremaine@gmail.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    SCORE Maine

  • Wednesday, July 24

    Whether you are an entrepreneur, a researcher, an inventor, or a business owner with an innovative idea, this workshop is designed to equip you with the knowledge and resources to determine if MTI is the right fit for your project. Don't miss this chance to explore the avenues available to support your innovation journey and contribute to the growth of Maine's vibrant and dynamic economy.

    MTI's primary focus is to nurture and foster new ideas, products, and methods that have the potential to drive economic expansion and create high-quality jobs throughout the state. MTI aims to elevate Maine's position as a hub for groundbreaking advancements by directly supporting innovators and facilitating programs and infrastructure that encourage innovation.

    Since its establishment in 1999, MTI has made a significant impact, investing over $280 million in more than 2,950 projects across all 16 counties of Maine. These investments have fueled innovation and generated an impressive $1 billion in private-sector matching investment, further stimulating economic growth and prosperity.

    Presented by Tom Kittredge, Senior Investment Office at Maine Technology Institute

    By attending this workshop, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into MTI's funding process, understand the criteria they consider when evaluating projects, and learn how to navigate the application and selection procedures.

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    SCORE Maine,
    (207) 772-1147,
    scoremaine@gmail.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    SCORE Maine

    Join Mainebiz for an exciting evening 'On The Road with Mainebiz in Ellsworth' at the historic Woodlawn!

    Get ready to immerse yourself in a dynamic blend of networking, learning, and pure enjoyment. Connect with fellow professionals and local businesses while gaining insights into Ellsworth's latest business endeavors. Amidst the serene and picturesque surroundings, seize the chance to expand your knowledge and forge valuable connections.

    Don't miss out on this enriching experience! See you there!

    Price

    Free

    Contact

    Alison Nason,
    207-761-8379,
    events@mainebiz.biz

    Registration details

    Attendance is free but space limited. Registration is required by July 23.

    Hosted by

    Mainebiz

  • Wednesday, August 7

    Unlocking Success: Navigating the Top Concerns for Small Businesses

    Are you losing sleep over the key challenges facing your small business? Join us for an insightful event where we tackle the top 5 issues that keep entrepreneurs up at night.

    1. Scaling Your Business: Learn strategies for maintaining quality while expanding your operations, optimizing product placement, and ensuring sustainable growth.

    2. Tech Trends & AI: Stay ahead of the curve with insights into the latest technological advancements, particularly in Artificial Intelligence, and how they can revolutionize your business.

    3. Automation & Customer Engagement: Explore the delicate balance between automation and maintaining a personalized customer experience. We will discuss how to leverage automation tools without losing the human touch.

    4. HR Innovations: Dive into modern HR practices, including the importance of childcare benefits, redefining sick leave to include mental health support, and navigating the Family Leave Act.

    5. Workforce Challenges: Address the rising costs associated with staffing, including increasing salaries and benefits expenses, and strategies for recruitment and retention in Maine's competitive labor market.

    Plus, gain valuable insights into the future of hybrid and in-person office layouts, economic forecasts, cybersecurity measures, the cost of financing, and regulatory compliance.

    Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge and strategies needed to thrive in today's dynamic business landscape. Reserve your spot now and take the first step toward securing a brighter future for your business.

    Price

    $50.00 (Includes breakfast)

    Contact

    Alison Nason,
    207-761-8379,
    events@mainebiz.biz

    Registration details

    Registration required by August 6

    Hosted by

    Mainebiz

  • Tuesday, September 10

    Dates:
    Session 1: Tuesday, September 10th, 2024
    Session 2: Tuesday, October 1st, 2024
    Session 3: Thursday, November 7, 2024

    As a continuation of the transformation sparked in our Foundations of Racial Equity program, this three part series supports you in moving from understanding what's been built in our society to what’s been built in you and your many identities. You’ll explore the impacts of racial identity in U.S. society and reflect on your own racial narrative. You’ll understand where your own racial history fits into the systemic racism story of our country. You’ll share your story with others to enhance reflection, build authentic, deeper relationships with others, while evolving our collective skills and comfort talking about race and racism.

    The ideal prerequisite to this series is the Foundations of Racial Equity Series offered in the Spring 2024, however all are welcome to join and we’ll provide some pre-learning.

    This program is for individuals but can also be offered for your team. If you are interested, contact us.

    Conscious Revolution offers transformative coaching, consulting, and community experiences that invite leaders to tune into their hearts to share their authenticity and coherence with the world.
    Learn more at https://www.consciousrevolution.com/

    Price

    300

    Contact

    Margot Fine,
    207.650.3449,
    margot@consciousrevolution.com

    Registration details

    Register online to receive Zoom links.

    Hosted by

    Conscious Revolution

    Welcome to The Mainebiz Women to Watch Reception! Join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration at Halo at the Point. This in-person event will honor outstanding women making a difference in Maine's business community. Network with fellow professionals, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and be inspired by the stories of our Women to Watch honorees. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with influential leaders and celebrate the achievements of women in business. Get ready for a night to remember!

    Price

    $60.00 (Includes appetizers & cash bar)

    Contact

    Alison Nason,
    207.761.8379,
    events@mainebiz.biz

    Registration details

    Registration is required by September 9

    Hosted by

    Mainebiz

  • Tuesday, October 22

    Time:
    2-5pm, Dinner 5-7pm

    Just in time for election day and the holidays with relatives that you avoid talking to because they think differently than you, boost your confidence and skills in talking about any difficult topic, including the so-called taboo topics of race, politics, and religion. Learn how to connect with others across differences, expand out of silos and echo chambers, and appreciate and learn from one another. We’ll apply a mix of proven methods for shared understanding and finding common ground, such as nonviolent communication, difficult discussion frameworks and discussion models. You’ll practice having meaningful and impactful conversations about difficult topics in a way that creates connection, demonstrates empathy, and can lead to solving challenges collaboratively in a way you never imagined before.

    Conscious Revolution offers transformative coaching, consulting, and community experiences that invite leaders to tune into their hearts to share their authenticity and coherence with the world.
    Learn more at https://www.consciousrevolution.com/

    Price

    300

    Contact

    Margot Fine,
    207.650.3449,
    margot@consciousrevolution.com

    Registration details

    Hosted by

    Conscious Revolution