Workshops target business financing

8 years ago


CARIBOU — Starting and running a small business is a challenging endeavor and one of the biggest hurdles is securing financing. To help entrepreneurs through that step, the Northern Maine Development Commission Business Finance Division, Small Business Development Center and Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative are sponsoring a series of workshops to explore various financing options.


“Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for 25 years, we can help to answer the various questions that small businesses have in regard to financing,” said NMDC loan officer Dave Spooner. “We will have information on loan options from NMDC, but also from other lenders.”


Spooner and Small Business Development Center Advisor Josh Nadeau will be the presenters for the two-hour workshops.


“Following the workshops we will be available to provide counseling and answers to individual questions,” Nadeau said.


The free workshops will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Nadeau Hall at the University of Maine Fort Kent, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Campus Center at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Houlton Higher Education Center, room 107. All the sessions will run from 9-11 a.m.


For more information contact Spooner or Nadeau at 498-8736.


Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) are dedicated to helping the state’s small businesses succeed. Through a network of Service Centers, SBDC counselors engage small business owners and micro business owners in development activities that help improve their chances for success, as well improve the economic climate throughout Maine.


SBDC is a partnership program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the University of Southern Maine and NMDC.


The Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative is project of the Maine Woods Consortium, funded through USDA Rural Development. Trainings are geared toward helping tourism related businesses succeed, but historically workshops are available to all entrepreneurs to spur the economic growth of the rural Maine.