Whether you are currently involved with a growing business, or dreaming of a new business venture, this panel will offer you important information to help make it work!
Maybe your creative juices are flowing and you have a great idea for a new business, but don’t know how you would finance your launch or acquire the skills necessary to start your dream business. Or, perhaps you are a business owner or employee tasked with helping your organization grow…
No matter the stage your business is in, this professional panel will address your important questions in regards to such issues as financing, startup do’s and don’ts and growing pains. The panel will identify for you the local resources that can help you succeed and achieve your business goals.
Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion that will cover topics ranging from business financing to entrepreneurial development classes.
Registration Deadline is September 2, 2016
About the Panel:
Sarah Guerette is the Director the Women’s Business Center at CEI, which provides technical assistance to start-ups and existing small businesses in southern Maine, with a focus on women-owned businesses. Services include one-on-one business advising, workshops and training on a range of topics including: business planning, business financing, and sustainable growth. Sarah holds a B.S. from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. from Boston University.
Marilyn Geroux is the District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Maine District Office. As District Director, Geroux is responsible for the delivery and management of the agency’s programs for small businesses in Maine, including financial assistance, management counseling, and business development. Geroux has worked for the Maine District Office of SBA since 1969.Geroux’s long career and her experience at the U.S. Small Business Administration have covered every program area within the agency.
Susan Ruhlin has managed the Top Gun program since 2009, as well as the sales and marketing efforts for Maine Center for Economic Development. Prior to joining MCED, Susan was the Director of Business Development at Beacon Occupational Health in So. Portland, ME. A member of the entrepreneur's club herself, she worked for a Portland based software startup in the 1990's and co-owned a formal wear business in Gorham. A lifelong Mainer, she attended the University of Maine and later the University of New England.
John Endicott is a commercial loan officer at FAME (Finance Authority of Maine). He has 30 years of lending and risk management experience, having worked with banks, credit unions and mutual funds in Boston, New York City and most recently, Los Angeles. John is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University where he received his MBA.