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Upcoming Business Workshops

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Starting Your Business: Planning for Success
May 1, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Presenters: Jim McConnon and Louis V. Bassano, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
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.

 

Staying Safe:  Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats (Videoconference)
May 25, 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.  (This workshop will be conducted via a Video Conference, with the speaker presenting from the Hancock County office). 

 

Pricing Your Products and Services
May 31, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Presenters: Jim McConnon, Louis V. Bassano, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
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.

 

Empower Business Decision-Making with Market Research (Videoconference)
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.  (This workshop will be conducted via a Video Conference, with the speaker presenting from the Penobscot County office). 

 

Business Consultations
Date: June 27, 2018

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

 

Past Workshops

Recipe to Market: Is it for Me?  

A half-day introductory workshop that will explore what’s involved in starting a specialty food business.

 

Starting a Specialty Food Business Series

This workshop series is presented free of charge at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office located at 28 Center Street in Machias.  Pre-registration is required.  Please register by Friday, September 20th by contacting Tara Wood at 255-3345 or by email at tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

 

Starting a Specialty Food Business: Planning for Success
September 25, 2013
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 with a focus on developing a specialty food business.

 

Panel of Specialty Food Businesses
October 16, 2013
10:00 AM – 12 PM

A panel discussion comprised of an insurance agent, banker, lawyer, and food entrepreneur will give advice and answer questions.

 

Regulations/Licensing for Specialty Food Producers
November 12, 2013
9:00 AM – 12 PM

The workshop will provide participants with information on food safety labeling packaging and product development.  In addition, we will discuss food regulations and licenses.

 

Individual Business Counseling for Specialty Food Producers
December 9, 2013

Individuals taking the workshop series are encouraged to make 1 hr 15 minute appointments with Louis, Jim and Beth for help and advice on business plans or questions about next steps.

 

Option:  Tour the Pilot Plant
Date and time to be announced

Participants will tour the tour the University of Maine to view the resources available to assist with food product development and research.

 

For more offerings, please visit the Small Business Education Calendar or the  University of Maine Cooperative Extension Calendar of Events.

 

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and 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, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207.581.1226.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Louis Bassano at 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.

 


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