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Educational Programs - Small and Home-Based Business Management Education

Business Consultations

Meet individually and confidentially with Louis Bassano, Regional Small Business Extension Educator to have your specific questions answered.  Learn about writing a business plan, marketing, pricing products, services, and more.

Several time slots are available each day and the sessions are free. To register please call the office at 942.7396 or within Maine at 1.800.287.1485 or e-mail Wendy at Consultations will be held at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office located at 307 Maine Ave., Bangor

Business Consultations
Date: June 25, 2018
Individuals participating in the workshop series 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 Workshops Calendar

Starting Your Business:  Planning for Success
April 20, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Presenters:  Jim McConnon and Louis V. Bassano
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.

Pricing Your Products and Services
May 21, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Presenters: Jim McConnon and Louis V. Bassano
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.

Staying Safe:  Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats
May 23, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presenter: Russell Patton, Chief Information Security Officer, Bangor Savings Bank
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.

Empower Business Decision-Making with Market Research
June 1, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Presenters:  Grace Yan Liu, Business Reference Librarian at the University of Maine Fogler Library
Grace will introduce you to a wide range of market research resources in Fogler Library and beyond.  She will demonstrate both proprietary and free information sources that provide insights on industry, competitors, consumers and more. This information will assist you in making critical decisions in business and marketing.




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