Posts Categorized: Podcasts

Do I Really Need a Business Plan? – Kathleen O’Donnell

Do you really need a business plan to succeed and grow your company? If you are looking for funding or financing, those who invest in your success are going to require it. Even if you don’t need outside financial help, a business plan provides a blueprint for your success, and helps uncover stumbling blocks. In… Read more »

Skilled Immigrants: Maine’s Hidden Workforce – Stefanie Gill

With the unemployment rate in Maine–and the entire US–at a historic low, it’s often difficult for companies to find the skilled workers they need to grow. But according to Stephanie Gill of IntWork, the solution may be hidden in plain sight. Maine has plenty of skilled workers in the form of work-ready immigrants who were… Read more »

How to Write Your Business Book – Julie Anne Eason

Writing a book about your business, industry, or professional expertise will immediately provide you a new level of credibility. As an author, you’ll get asked to speak more often, get calls from journalists looking to speak with an expert, and be able to close more deals. But how do you write this book? How do… Read more »

How CEI Invests in Maine’s Growing Businesses – Jennifer Sporzynski

CEI (Coastal Enterprises, Inc.) is working to build an economy that works for everyone here in Maine. From business advisors to financing options, CEI serves all groups in Maine looking to provide good jobs and a sustainable business ecosystem. Today we talk to Jennifer Sporzynski about how it all works.

How to Hire to Grow Your Company – Holly Smevog

Hiring the right person for an important position can be one of the most critical aspects of a growing business’s success. How to draft a job application? How to vet candidates? How to hold interviews? How to avoid biases? If you’re looking to improve your hiring process and build a team that builds your success,… Read more »

The Maine Small Business Development Center Has Your Back – Peter Harriman

Running a small business can be difficult if you don’t have the right resources for growth. Thankfully, in Maine, we have the Maine Small Business Development Centers to support our small and micro-businesses. Peter Harriman, Center Director for the Maine SBDC is our guest this week, sharing how your small business can benefit form partnering… Read more »