Monday, January 6, 2014

January Newsletter from the Maine Small Business Development Centers

Maine Small Business Development CentersJanuary 2014
In This Issue
Start the New Year Off Right
Trade Show Seminars
Emergency Preparedness
Veterans in Business
Veteran Comic 

Service member or veteran business owner? Have a business question? 

Maine SBDC 
Upcoming Workshops
February 2014 - Portland
Strategic Planning Basics for Small Business
Wednesdays - 4 -6 pm

Six Workshops!
Attend on, or attend them all!

Strategic Positioning & Risk Assessment - 2/5 & 3/19

Knowing Your Target Market & Competition - 2/12 & 3/26

Assessing Your Industry - Trends/Social Responsibility and Sustainability - 2/19 & 4/2

Solid Financials - Cash Flow Forecasting - 2/26 & 4/9
Solid Financials - Balance Sheet Management - 3/5 &  4/16

Growth Strategies & Setting Goals - 3/12 & 4/23

Cost: Any 1 session is $20, OR prepay for all 6 sessions for $100

For more information or to register, contact Chris Long at 780-4949
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Start the Year Off Right
Helpful resources to getting the most of 2014
Below are a few articles that you may find helpful in making 2014 your best year yet:
Looking for a little extra help in the new year? There are numerous Maine organizations to support you (and your business),
such as Maine Technology Institute (MTI), Maine International Trade Center (MITC), Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED), and, of course, the business counselors here at the Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC). 

Trade Show Success
Limited number of seats available
Ready to stand out at trade shows? Three workshops to help set you apart from the competition! 
January 16th, 6-8 pm
Workshop covers product-pricing, handling shipping costs, new customer accounts, obtaining credit references and getting paid.
January 24, 6-9 pm 
Explore how to use creativity, descriptive language, graphics and photography to help increase the power of your trade show experience. Covers topics such as brochures, price lists, order forms, shipping policies and credit terms.

Covers proven ideas for displays including design, materials, color, lighting and environment. Practical tips on being a dynamic sales person without the 'hard sell', engaging booth visitors and discovering what they need.  

A successful owner of art/handcraft and jewelry stores, Bruce Baker is a sought-after speaker brimming with boundless energy, expertise, humor, information and ideas. 

Resources to lessen the impact of a disaster
It's officially winter in Maine, and with last month's ice storm, ithas us all a little shaken. Was your business prepared for an emergency?  
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has compiled a list of things to think about before disaster hits. Included in these resources is a Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist and helpful tips on planning and preparing your business for winter emergencies

Lessen the financial impact and re-open quickly! For additional information, click here
Wishing you all a prosperous 2014!
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