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University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County gives local residents access to the resources and expertise of the University of Maine. Through educational programs and resources, UMaine Extension delivers unbiased, research-based information to Hancock County citizens. We can answer your questions on a wide array of topics. To find out how we can help you, browse our site or contact us.

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For more than 90 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has worked with Maine volunteers to offer community-driven, research-based educational programs in every county. Our annual report features highlights  of recent accomplishments and the difference we make in the lives of Maine citizens and their communities.

Our Annual Report is available upon request. Please e-mail sue.baez@maine.edu to receive a free PDF version.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

The following workshops are FREE.  To enroll, please call our office at 667.8212 or 1.800.287.1479

Starting Your Business:  Planning for Success

Monday, November 13, 2017
9:00 AM – 12 PM
Business planning is key to owning a successful business.  Participants will learn the key questions that need to be addressed about yourself, the business, the customers and the competition before you move ahead.  These and other planning issues will be discussed in the context of the business plan.

 

Knowing Your Market

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9:00 AM – 12 PM
How big is your market?  Are there enough potential customers to provide you with the income that you will need to make a profit? The purpose of this program is to help business operators better understand market research information to evaluate a business idea, an emerging market or to target customers more effectively.


Resource Panel

Friday, November 17, 2017
9:00 AM – 12 PM
This informative workshop will feature a banker, business assist professional and entrepreneur discussion the resources that are available to assist the prospective or existing small business owner and some of the challenges associated with starting or operating a business in Hancock County.

Staying Safe:  Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

November 29, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
On an almost daily basis, new cyber threats and scams continue to dominate the news.  Participants will receive a vital overview of the types of real-life risks and emerging threats to small businesses.  Learn how to protect your business and customers with easy-to-implement security recommendations

 

Pricing Your Products and Services

Monday, November 20, 2017
9:00 AM – 12 PM
Pricing is the systematic determination of the “right” price for a product or service.  Setting any price is easy, but determining the price at which you can remain competitive and still make a profit is considerably more difficult.  Participants will learn about the kind of information needed to make good pricing decisions and how to apply pricing principles to their own circumstance.

 

Business Consultations for Workshop Participants

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Individuals participating in the workshop series are encouraged to schedule 1 hour and 15 minute appointments with Louis and Jim for help and advice on business plans or questions about next steps.