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Educating Entrepreneurs: Pathways to Success

Educating entrepreneurs: Pathways to success By Erica Quin-Easter How do you make an entrepreneur? Education research and policy are rife with demands for professional development that gets measurable results: employment, earnings, promotion and business start-ups. Students too want to make sure their college degrees bring a positive return on investment over the long term. Successful entrepreneurs bring a mix of critical thinking, innovation, business acumen and lifelong experiential learning. So …

Reflections of a small business trainer

Reflections of a small business trainer

    By Gigi Guyton Reprinted from the Bangor Daily News This is the stuff that makes a small business trainer’s heart sing. A springtime flurry of emails and phone calls from entrepreneurs checking in with their big news: a feature in a national magazine, a successful Kickstarter campaign, a graduation from an accelerated entrepreneurship program. “The proud moments are always when an entrepreneur calls with great news about their …

Serve it up: Making the most of customer service

Serve it up: Making the most of customer service

  Serve it up: Making the most of customer service By Erica Quineaster, as printed in the Bangor Daily News When was the last time you got really great customer service like that one from Virtual Coworker? When I moved to Aroostook County, I had a boiler installed by Daigle Oil Company. The company’s service didn’t stop there: The next week I received a handwritten note from the manager thanking …

As Maine’s population grows older, some businesses cater to the elderly

As Maine’s population grows older, some businesses cater to the elderly

                  By Eloise Vitelli As printed in the Bangor Daily News   As a gray-haired baby boomer, I take scant comfort in knowing I am far from alone here in the oldest state in New England, if not the nation. The U.S. Census projects that by 2015, 15 percent of the population in Maine will be 65 and older. Much has been written …

Want to take your business to the next level? Have your ‘visibility kit’ ready!

Want to take your business to the next level? Have your ‘visibility kit’ ready!

                    By Gigi Guyton, Women, Work, and Community As printed in the Bangor Daily News  I had the sad task of telling an entrepreneur whom I wanted to nominate for a small business award to hold off until next year. We simply were not going to make the deadline. Often the groups handing out awards don’t give much turnaround time, and …

Creating a Mission Statement can help sharpen your business’ focus

Creating a Mission Statement can help sharpen your business’ focus

       By Jenn Dobransky, Women, Work, and Community As printed in the Bangor Daily News       Do what you love and do what you know is the starting point for any small business. The exercise of creating a solid mission or vision statement for your business starts with this loving and knowing. Articulating the direction and goals of your business and doing so in a paragraph or …

Mission-driven: The path to nonprofit entrepreneurship

Mission-driven: The path to nonprofit entrepreneurship

By Erica Quineaster As printed in the Bangor Daily News   Entrepreneurs – successful ones – learn to keep an eye on the proverbial bottom-line. Mission-driven entrepreneurs often have their sights on a dual — or triple — bottom line: they see a need and want to meet it. If you want to do good and do well, how do you know what model is best for your venture? Are …

Run, Baby Run: It’s your life, it’s your business

Run, Baby Run: It’s your life, it’s your business

          By Eloise Vitelli As printed in the Bangor Daily News Entrepreneurs are known for their optimism and can-do attitudes. They see the possibilities and focus their energies on how to get to the goal line. Sometimes though, even the most positive, creative person can be dealt a blow that shakes their confidence and sets them on a different course. Julie Marchese is a breast cancer …

Small Business Tips to Sail through Tax Season

Small Business Tips to Sail through Tax Season

Small business tips to sail smoothly through tax season By Jenn Dobransky, Women, Work and Community Featured in the Bangor Daily News, February 22, 2013 Taxes and record keeping can often be a source of confusion and anxiety for entrepreneurs. This confusion and anxiety is typically the result of a lack of knowledge that many startups have. But with a little bit of information, that confusion dissipates and the anxiety …

Cash Mobs Descend on Maine

Cash Mobs Descend on Maine

By Jenn Dobransky Special to the Bangor Daily News Twenty Dollars in your pocket? Check. Twenty new friends by your side? Check. Name of a previously secret location? Check. Boost to a downtown business and loads of fun? Priceless. And so goes the Cash Mob, a phenomenon that began last August in New York and has swept the nation over the past year. Based on the flash mob idea, a …