Small and Home-Based Business Workshops

Upcoming Business Workshops


Recipe to Market:  Is it for ME ?
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9:00 am – noon
Hancock County Extension Office
63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth
Cost:  Free

Workshop Description:

This half-day workshop will introduce participants to important topics that an aspiring entrepreneur needs to consider before starting a food business. Topics that will be presented include: opportunities and challenges of being a food entrepreneur, the specialty food industry, business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing and regulations, and food safety concerns.

Pre-registration is required for this free workshop:   Register on-line

This workshop will be helpful to a wide range of individuals who are thinking about starting a food business in Maine.  Examples include:

  • A restaurant owner or chef who wants to market a special chowder to local retail stores
  • A person who wants to produce and market a unique chocolate creation developed from an old family recipe
  • A retired teacher who wants to create a conserve made from Maine’s wild blueberries and cranberries
  • A farmer or gardener who wants to develop and market a special hot sauce and salsa
  • A farmer who wants to develop a snack food product

Louis Bassano
, Extension Professor Emeritus, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Beth Calder, Extension Food Science Specialist and Associate Professor, School of Food & Agriculture and University of Maine
Jim McConnon, Extension Business and Economics Specialist and Professor, School of Economics, University of Maine


Pricing Your Products and Services for Profit
Thursday, October 31, 2019
9:00 am – Noon
Hancock County Extension Office
63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth
Cost:  Free

Workshop Description:

One key to business success is setting a profitable price for your products and services.  This workshop will help small business owners develop a profitable pricing strategy for their business.  We will explore some of the key elements of pricing and help you determine how to set a profitable price.  Practical case studies will be used to demonstrate various pricing methods.

Pre-registration is required by calling  207.667.8212  or e-mail:

Presenter:  Jim McConnon, Extension Specialist and Professor of Economics, University of Maine.

Workshop Organizers:  The Downeast Maine Chapter of SCORE and University of Maine Cooperative Extension


For upcoming offerings, please visit the Small Business Education Calendar,  University of Maine Cooperative Extension Calendar of Events, or the Hancock County Calendar of Events


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 1.800.287.1542 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.