What Owners Need to Know About Pricing – Lori Allen

What Owners Need to Know About Pricing - Lori Allen

Do you struggle with what to charge? Are your prices too low or too high? And how can you raise your prices without scaring away your customers? Today we dive into the math and psychology of pricing, and how you can attract your ideal customers with the right pricing strategy with Lori Allen of the Maine Small Business Development Center.

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What Owners Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions – George Raftopoulos

What Owners Need to Know About  Mergers and Acquisitions - George Raftopoulos

Are you looking to grow your company? Or maybe you’re looking for an exit strategy? In either case, the answer might be in an M&A: a merger and acquisition. Today we talk to M&A expert George Raftopoulos, founder of ROI Cubed, about what you need to know whether you’re looking to buy or sell, and how things like financials, mission, and culture all play a critical role.

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What Owners Need to Know About Maine’s Economic Growth – Yellow Breen

What Owners Need to Know About Maine’s Economic Growth - Yellow Breen

How does Maine stack up against other states for our economy? There are plenty of factors to look at, and the Maine Development Foundation is measuring all of them!

From wages to entrepreneurship, the cost of doing business to broadband access, the Measures of Growth report considers a wide variety of factors and rates them all. They’ve even included some new measures this year including racial/ethnic income equity and pre-K education.

For a breakdown of the report’s findings, we talk to the MDF’s Executive Director, Yellow Breen.

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What Owners Need to Know About Networking During COVID – Debra Boggs

What Owners Need to Know About Networking During COVID - Debra Boggs

Due to social distancing, facemasks, and work from home orders, networking events ground to a halt in 2020. Sure, there are virtual networking events, but can you really make meaningful connections in 2D?

Networking expert Debra Boggs enthusiastically says yes! and shares specific tactics on how to work a Zoom breakout room and make connections on LinkedIn.

Get ready to up your virtual networking skills with this week’s interview!

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What Owners Need to Know About Millennials and Gen Z – Leah Gulliver

What Owners Need to Know About Millennials and Gen Z - Leah Gulliver

Maine has a challenge in keeping young people here in the state. But as owners and employers, we can do our part to keep them here, or get them to return after college. What they need is opportunity.

But are there challenges in finding, hiring, and managing a young person? Leah Gulliver from Eastern Maine Development Corporation joins us this week to talk about the benefits of keeping young people here in Maine and what you can do to help.

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What Owners Need to Know About Diversity – Dr. Chris Hunt

What Owners Need to Know About Diversity -Chris Hunt

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. What do those terms each mean, and how can you implement each in your business?

Chris Hunt, the Associate Provost for Community, Equity, and Diversity at the University of New England joins us today to talk about the power of a diverse workforce, and the benefits it brings your company.

Discover how to overcome hidden biases in your hiring practices, and create an environment that gets the most out of your team in this week’s episode.

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What Owners Need to Know About Shared Leadership – Kevin Hancock

What Owners Need to Know About Shared Leadership - Kevin Hancock

When CEO Kevin Hancock was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia at a critical, challenging time for his company, he wondered how he could lead his team out of the housing bust.

However, he discovered the power of shared leadership, which he wrote about in his book The Seventh Power. In this week’s interview, Kevin shares with us his journey and how you can implement shared leadership in your own company to empower your people and grow your business.

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What Owners Need to Know About High-Performing Female Employees – Jodi Flynn

What Owners Need to Know About High-Performing Female Employees - Jodi Flynn

High-performing women often have more barriers to overcome than their male counterparts, both internally and externally. To support their professional growth and to improve your own business, you need to understand what might be keeping them from leveling up and make sure they have the resources to succeed.

This week we talk to business coach Jodi Flynn of Women Taking the Lead on how to best nurture high-performing women.

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What Owners Need to Know About Hiring an Executive Assistant – Derek Volk

What Owners Need to Know About Hiring an Executive Assistant - Derek Volk

As an owner, do you have too many things to get done in a day? Are you often the bottleneck in your own business growth? Do you find yourself working late nights and weekends, and missing time with your family? Have you considered hiring an Executive Assistant? Derek Volk, President of Volk Packaging, shares with us how his life and business have changed since he brought on his EA.

Discover the trigger point for hiring an EA, how the hiring process works, and how to get the most out of your EA in this episode of Fast Forward Maine.

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What Owners Need to Know About an LGBTQ Friendly Workforce – Ed Patterson

What Owners Need to Know About an LGBTQ Friendly Workforce - Ed Patterson

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, has become a goal for many businesses, but what does it exactly mean? Are there real and tangible benefits of DE&I, or becoming an LGBTQ-friendly workforce? We sit down with Ed Patterson, Head of Global Communications for Hill+Knowlton, to talk about what companies should be doing today.

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