Penquis: Free Business Classes

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - MaineStream Finance offers business workshops and classes in Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft, East Millinocket and Lincoln for free. MaineStream Finance also offers Business Loans. Below is a brief description of each class, the schedule and where to register.

Business 101: Thinking of starting a business?

These free workshops will provide an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise or small business. What a business plan is and why it is needed; plus resources for your business development. Learn More About Being An Entrepreneur, Business Success; Professionalism; Business Plans, Networking; Business Loans; Resources; Budgets; Credit; and Review of Upcoming Classes & Workshops.

Dover-Foxcroft Bangor Lincoln E. Mill
Business 101
Mon. 2/5 Noon
Or Mon. 2/12 6pm Business 101
Mon. 2/5 6pm Business 101
Wed. 2/7 6pm Business 101
Wed. 2/7 1pm
Or Wed 2/14 5:30pm

FMI or to sign up visit www.mainestreamfinance.org & click on "Register" then "Classes and Trainings" or Email: jmacomber@penquis.org or call 974-2476 for Bangor, call 564-7116 for Dover-Foxcroft, call 794-3093 for Lincoln or Toll Free: 1-800-215-4942 Ext. 2476

Turning your hobby or passion into a business.
Do you have a passion for creating or is your hobby sellable? This free two night workshop will discuss what to think about before creating a new business. Areas that will be discussed: Questions to ask myself; Is there a market for my products and/or services; Business Plan; Recordkeeping; Regulations; Taxes; Marketing; Funding sources and more. The workshop is FREE!! Live in the Classroom! A two part workshop.
Dover-Foxcroft Bangor Lincoln E. Millinocket
Turn your hobby or passion into a business
Part 1 Mon. 2/19 6pm
Part 2 Mon 2/26 6pm Turn your hobby or passion into a business
Part 1 Tues 2/12 6pm
Part 2 Tues 2/19 or 2/26 6pm Turn your hobby or passion into a business
Part 1 Wed 2/21 6:30pm
Part 2 Wed 2/8 6:30pm Turn your hobby or idea into a business
TBA

IWW Express - Build A Better Business
helps individuals start and expand businesses with five or fewer employees. The course stresses that good management, effective marketing and financial controls lead to increased profits, and that business planning leads to business growth, profits and personal satisfaction in just seven classes. The following topics will be discussed: Credit, Business Plan, Business Concept, Legal Structures of Business, Marketing, Record Keeping, Financials & Cash Flow, Loans & Grants, and Technology. The classes are frequently augmented with guest speakers from the local business community which allows participants to network with local bankers, accountants, insurance agents, web & media designers, and an array of other experts. In addition, participants can receive one on one business counseling. Seven Classes

Dover-Foxcroft Bangor Lincoln E. Millinocket
IWW Express
TBA TBA (if you are interested in this location please register online, thanks) IWW Express
Starts Mon. 3/5 6pm IWW Express
TBA (if you are interested in this location please register online, thanks) IWW Express
Starting on Wed. 3/7 5:30pm

Business Assistance, Education and Loans:
Do you have a great idea for a new business, but wonder where to begin? Need help with your business plan? Or maybe you need a small business loan to start or expand a small business? MaineStream Finance can help from start to finish. We can help turn your idea into a viable business with our Business Education and Assistance.
MaineStream Finance has business advisors available to provide business technical assistance to individuals interested in starting a business or in expanding an existing small business. The services include: Developing Business Plans, Marketing Strategies, Outreach and Advertising, Loan Preparation, Business Start-up & More.
Our courses help individuals start and expand businesses with five or fewer employees. During the courses the following topics are discussed: Is Starting a Business for Me, Business Concept, Legal Structures of Business, Business Plan, Marketing, Credit, Record Keeping, Financials, Cash Flow and more. Classes are frequently augmented with guest speakers from the local business community, allowing participants to network with local accountants, web designers, bankers, insurance agents and an array of other experts.
MaineStream Finance is pleased to offer small business loans to help start a business or help an existing small businesses expand or meet its financial needs. Loans are available from as little as $500 up to $50,000+. We offer statewide lending. Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington and Waldo Counties: James Macomber, jmacomber@penquis.org or 974-2476 or 1-800-215-4942
Knox and Waldo Counties: Ken Greenleaf, kgreenleaf@penquis.org or 1-800-215-4942 or 974-2437
All other area: Matt Lewis, mlewis@penquis.org, 973-3509 or 1-800-215-4942

James Macomber
Business Advisor & Instructor
MaineStream Finance
207.974.2476
www.mainestreamfinance.org
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