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Event to Give Start-Up Businesses the Opportunity to Meet with Experts

SOUTH PORTLAND – Perhaps the best indication of the work ethic and independent spirit of Maine people is the 147,000 small businesses owned and operated throughout the state. These employers are a key to the long term success of Maine’s economy, comprising more than 97% of Maine companies and employing close to 60% of the private sector workforce.*

On Friday, February 17, 2012, Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) is helping to launch new entrepreneurs by giving people interested in starting a business the opportunity to meet with experienced investors and successful business owners.

The second annual Calling All Entrepreneurs Event gives budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to discuss their business ideas with people who have started their own companies or who are experts in the resources available to new business owners. Each one-on-one session will give the entrepreneur the chance to briefly outline their business idea and receive feedback from the experts. In addition to receiving feedback from seasoned professionals, these 20-minute sessions will give new entrepreneur the chance to build an ongoing relationship with the mentor.

“Maine’s economy depends on smart and creative people starting new businesses. But having a great idea or a marketable skill does not always translate into profits. These business experts not only know what it takes to succeed, they know what it’s like to be in the shoes of people just starting out,” said Michelle Neujahr, Director of the Entrepreneurial Center at SMCC. “Getting their feedback will give first time business owners an edge in the market and help people avoid some of the mistakes that most start-ups make.”

Last year, 16 people participated in the Calling All Entrepreneurs event which led to the launch of two new business owners: The Saco Drive-in and VR Marketing (owned by Ry Russell) and The Honey Exchange (launched by Phil Gavin).

This year’s event will feature experts Mandy Shumaker (www.mandyschumaker.com), Dante Vespignani (www.esourcecoach.com/esourcelanding/default.aspx?consultant=dvespignani), Matt Hoffner (http://im.jobg8.com/HomePage.aspx).

This event is a must attend event for entrepreneurs who want feedback about their business or business idea. Advanced registration is required. To sign up for a session email Michelle Neujahr at mneujahr@smccme.edu.

The SMCC Entrepreneurial Center is dedicated to helping students start and grow small businesses. Our mission is to challenge students to envision a future of entrepreneurship and provide them with the tools to make their dream a reality. To find out more about the Entrepreneurial Center or the business incubator you can contact Michelle Neujahr, Director of the Entrepreneurial Center at 207-741-5936 or by email at mneujahr@smccme.edu.

SMCC will hold the 2012 Calling All Entrepreneurs Event at Hague Hall on the South Portland campus from 9 am – 2 pm on Friday, February 17, 2012.

You can find Hague Hall on SMCC's interactive map:



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