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.


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!.


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.


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.


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.


The Secrets to Public Speaking Success – Lee Ann Szelog

The Secrets to Public Speaking SuccessDo 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.


The Role of PR in Your Growing Business – Linda Varrell

The Role of PR in Your Growing Business - Linda VarrellPublic 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!


ESOP 101: What You Need to Know About Employee Stock Ownership Plans – Kate Whitehead

ESOP 101: What You Need to Know About Employee Stock Ownership Plans - Kate WhiteheadEach 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.


Should you start a podcast for your business? – Tanner Campbell

Should you start a podcast for your business?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!


How Growing Companies Need to Market Themselves – Lou Zambello

How Growing Companies Need to Market ThemselvesMost growing businesses don’t invest enough in their marketing. Are you guilty of the same?

In this week’s episode we speak with Lou Zambello of Opus Consulting on how growing business need to market their businesses.

He has advice for marketing B2B vs B2C companies, how to break through all the noise out there to deliver your message, and what the right mix of online and offline marketing is.

If you’re not sure if your message is reaching or resonating with your audience, today’s episode will point you in the right direction!