Maine Based Businesses: What Owners Need to Know About Running a Business in Maine – Larry Barker

Maine Based Businesses: What Owners Need to Know About Running a Business in Maine - Larry BarkerIt’s been said that it’s difficult to run a successful business in Maine. There are tax issues, regulation issues, and workforce issues. It can be even tougher in the rural sections of the state Yet many business leaders are making it work.

Larry Barker, the President and CEO at Machias Savings Bank has a unique perspective on building a business in Maine, and what it takes to survive and grow a company.

People from all over seek out his business advice, and we have him on today’s episode! So don’t miss out…find out what to do when a new competitor enters your space, how to differentiate yourself from others in your industry, and why becoming a “purpose driven business” can make all the difference.

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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 today’s episode, Kathleen O’Donnell from SCORE shares with us why a business plan is important, the elements of a successful plan, and how you can create one that will work for your business.

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Skilled Immigrants: Maine’s Hidden Workforce – Stefanie Gill

Skilled Immigrants: Maine's Hidden Workforce - Stefanie GillWith 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 STEM workers in their own country and are proficient English speakers. What do you need to know to tap into this workforce and start growing your company here in Maine?

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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 you get started? Get published? What are all the things you need to know along the way?

In this episode of Fast Forward Maine, we talk to Julie Anne Eason who has helped dozens of business owners turn their know-how into books that attract and convert customers.

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Finding the Right Business Mentor: An Entrepreneur’s Guide – Tom Rainey

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs has some amazing programs like Top Gun, Cultivator, and MarketShare Accel, to support growing Maine businesses and the entrepreneurs that power them.

One constant in all their programs is mentors. Why are they so important? How can they fast track your growth? How do you find one that’s right for you? And if you’re looking to mentor someone, how can find the right mentee?

We get into all of this and the offerings of the MCE with Executive Director Tom Rainey.

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

How CEI Invests in Maine's Growing BusinessesCEI (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.

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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, you’ll want to hear what globally certified career counselor Holly Smevog has to say!.

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

The Maine Small Business Development Center Has Your BackRunning 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 with the Maine SBDC.

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How to Stop Employee Burnout at Your Business – Elizabeth Ross Holmstrom

Stress. Burnout. Overwhelm. These factors are not just impacting your employees, they’re impacting your business. Discover how to re-invigorate your team with passion and purpose and reap the benefits on your own bottom line.

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Is Your Company Poised for Growth? – Michelle Neujahr

Is Your Company Poised for Growth?A lot of business owners say they’re interested in business growth, but there are real and imagined roadblocks along the way. Is your company ready for growth, or do you need to “shore up” your resources first?

More importantly, are you ready for growth? Many business owners are secretly sabotaging their own growth and success. Discover whether you’re keeping yourself from growing, and what to do about it with business growth expert, Michelle Neujahr.

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