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Maine Chamber of Commerce Sole Proprietor Information

The Maine Chamber of Commerce presented information for sole proprietors that discussed the Payroll Protection Plan, Unemployment benefits for sole proprietors, various insurance issues and more. Check out the presentation below.

Key Points

1-Apply for the various programs even if you think that you may not qualify because most of these programs have never been presented before and the rules governing them may change as we travel through this pandemic.

2-If you qualify for more than one program, keep track of expenses from each program because how you spend the funds may impact the other programs. For example the PPP loan payback may be affected by unemployment insurance funding.

 

Maine State Chamber Of Commerce Business Considerations During Covid19 presentation


 

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Find Local Business Assistance

No matter your industry, location or experience, if you have a dream, the SBA is here to help you achieve it. SBA Resource Partners offer mentoring, counseling, and training to help you startup and thrive at all stages of the business cycle.

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Fund Your Small Business

Did you know you can get anything from $500 to $5.5 million to fund your business through SBA-backed loans? These programs help small business owners and entrepreneurs who are creditworthy but don't qualify for conventional financing. If you can't get a loan with reasonable rates and terms, contact your local SBA Lender to see if you are eligible.

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Grow Your Business Through Mentoring

When you own a business, it’s up to you to set priorities and make decisions. Whether you’re new to business ownership or you’re a longtime entrepreneur, you may encounter situations you haven’t faced before and feel unsure about how to proceed. That's why finding a mentor who has been there before is key to growing your business. Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, explains how to find the right mentor for you with help from SBA resource partners.

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10 Tips for Small Business Saturday Success

For millions of small businesses across the United States, it’s getting close to the most wonderful time of the year: Small Business Saturday! Celebrated two days after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a way for consumers to usher in the busy holiday shopping season and make an impact in their community by supporting independently owned businesses.

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Twitter Chat: Business Tips for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Join @SBAgov and industry experts for a Twitter chat on business tips for veteran entrepreneurs on November 6. We’ll be sharing resources to help veterans start, grow and expand their business. Follow along/participate with the hashtag #VetBiz.
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Why the SBA is investing in Local Entrepreneurs

“I don’t know where I would be without this. It is the best thing I have ever done.”

These words were spoken to me by a young entrepreneur named Sumiara Yates who became involved in The Foundry, a makerspace located in the heart of downtown Buffalo, New York.

Keeping with the mission of many makerspaces that operate around the country, The Foundry opens its doors to serve the local community as a business incubator, sharing resources, equipment and mentoring to advance education and entrepreneurship. (These businesses range from a successful t-shirt making company to a startup that makes an innovative do-it-yourself wooden bicycle kit.)

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Marketing Mistakes that can Haunt your Business

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls aren’t the only things that can haunt small business owners. Many entrepreneurs fall prey to some common marketing mistakes that can have terrifying results for their businesses. Are you letting one of these marketing mess-ups scare your customers away?

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