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!
Each year, more companies are turning to ESOPs to fuel growth. They increase employee engagement, provide owners an exit strategy, and have incredible tax benefits.
What is an ESOP? Is it right for your business? Will you get all the value you can out of your company? Will it benefit the employees and your community? Do you even qualify for an ESOP?
Katy Whitehead from BerryDunn answers all these questions and more for owners who want to understand ESOPs and their role in growing companies.
Podcasts are going mainstream. Apple spun off podcasts from iTunes into Apple Podcasts. Spotify has jumped in and is now the fastest growing podcast aggregator in the world. Google has made it even easier to listen to podcasts on Android devices. And Stitcher puts all the world’s podcasts into your car radio.
So, how can you leverage this increase in podcast listeners? What type of content should you be creating? And maybe most importantly, how can you turn listeners into customers?
This week we have Tanner Campbell from the Podcast Pod joining us in the studio to discuss how businesses can capitalize on podcasts, how to build an audience, and how to turn attention into business.
If you’ve ever wondered how to get started in business podcasting, or you just want to improve the business podcast you already have, read on!