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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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 with the Maine SBDC.
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.
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.
Do you enjoy public speaking? According to studies, few of us do. In fact, many people fear public speaking more than death!
Yet, in business we’re constantly involved in public speaking. Whether we’re on stage, at a board meeting, doing a sales presentation, or just speaking to a co-worker, it’s all public speaking.
In today’s episode, we speak with Lee Ann Szelog, who trains business people on how to speak with confidence and authority, regardless of the setting.
Whether you’re looking for a promotion, a sale, or to rally the troops, you’ll get a lot of actionable tips from Lee.
Public relations, or PR, is about a lot more than crisis management, but it is critical to have a plan in place in case things go wrong.
PR expert Linda Varrell stops by the Fast Forward Maine studios this week to talk about crisis management, the role of PR in your company, how PR impacts how people see your business, and a whole lot more.
If you’ve ever wondered how PR fits in with your business strategy, you’ll want to check out our interview with Linda!