Small and Home-Based Business Focus Group

Through a partnership between UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary, aspiring or existing business owners in Hancock County can participate in a facilitated brainstorming session with a team of experienced and knowledgeable local business leaders. The focus group will provide valuable feedback on an issue of importance to the business and help the business owner gain helpful insights and ideas for improving the business.

Examples of questions that could be addressed in the focus group include the following:

  • I am a sugar maple producer and have been selling my products wholesale. I want to expand my market to include specialty food retailers. How can I get a retailer to carry my products?
  • What things do I need to think about before hiring my first employee?
  • What factors should I consider before wholesaling my products?
  • What are the best options for financing business growth and expansion?
  • How do I expand my customer base to include younger consumers?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the success of my new business idea? How should I proceed?
  • I want to produce a food product and want to determine what the market will pay for it. What would you pay for my product and why?
  • Does my new brochure and logo convey the message I want to send?
  • My non-profit is developing a new program. What are the potential challenges and opportunities?

All types of business, including profit and not-for-profit, are encouraged to consider participating in a focus group.

For more information about the program, contact the UMaine Extension Hancock County office at 667.8212 or 1.800.287.1479 (in Maine).

2018 Business Consultation Schedule

  • Monday, June 18
  • Tuesday, July 10
  • Wednesday, August 8

Individuals participating in the focus group are encouraged to schedule a 1-hour 15-minute appointment with Louis and Jim for help and advice on business plans or questions about next steps.

Business Consultations will be held at the UMaine Extension Hancock County office at 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth.

For more information and to register, contact us at 667.8212 or 800.287.1479 (in Maine).