**NEW** Free Business Planning and Access to Capital Workshops set for this Spring
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is reaching out to existing or potential microenterprises, hobby businesses and other small businesses with a series of free workshops and the opportunity to access capital.
The NMDC Business Finance Division is dedicating at least $20,000 in Small Business Administration loan funds to help entrepreneurs start or expand their microenterprise, hobby business or small business.
A microenterprise is a business operating on a very small scale, especially one with a sole proprietor and fewer than six employees.
Six in-depth training sessions, which started on Tuesday, March 29 in Caribou, focus on intro to business, organization and management, business planning, financial planning and marketing. The sessions are on consecutive Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through May 3.
“Many small businesses rely on credit cards with high interest rates to fill their financing needs when starting or expanding, this option is so much better for them financially,” said David Spooner, a loan officer at NMDC. “By successfully completing all sessions, participants will be eligible and fully prepared to apply for an SBA loan.”
According to Josh Nadeau, Center Director of the Maine Small Business Development Center, “Proper planning for small businesses is so important. It is one of the best things an entrepreneur can do to ensure success in their business ventures.”
Pre-registration is required by contacting, Nadeau at 498-8736 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the workshops or loan programs at NMDC, contact Spooner at 493-5766 or by email at email@example.com.
NMDC Offers Code Enforcement Exams
NMDC, in cooperation with the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), offers code enforcement officer and plumbing inspector examinations in the Caribou Office.
New code enforcement officers must demonstrate competence through written examinations. The exams test an applicant’s knowledge of a specific area of code enforcement specialization including: shoreland zoning, land use planning, building standards, internal plumbing, subsurface wastewater, and legal issues.
An applicant must successfully complete the special area exam for each of the codes that they are appointed to administer and the legal issues exam. The specific exams required are based on the applicant’s job description.
Exams are offered at least once a year and are free of charge for the first three attempts. Exam include: shoreland zoning; land use planning; internal plumbing; subsurface wastewater disposal (also referred to as External Plumbing); building standards – consists of the seven (7) individual codes within the building standards specific area: residential building code, commercial building code, residential energy code, commercial energy code, indoor residential ventilation code, indoor commercial ventilation code, and residential radon code; and legal issues.
Exams are offered in Caribou and require a minimum of a three-day notice to set up a time. NMDC does not provide printed training materials but a computer is available for use during the exams. DECD grades all of the exams and notifies the CEO of the results.
For more information, contact Jay Kamm, Senior Planner. or Planner.
NMDC Executive Director Re-Elected to NADO Board of Directors
Washington, DC – Robert P. Clark, Executive Director of the Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou, Maine, was elected to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 at NADO’s Annual Business Meeting. The meeting was held in conjunction with the association’s 48th Annual Training Conference in New Orleans.
“We are honored to have Bob serve on NADO’s Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and leadership on regional communities and economic development issues to the national level,” stated Joe McKinney, NADO Executive Director. “Most importantly, Bob is focused on helping our nation’s local communities pursue comprehensive regional strategies for remaining economically competitive in today’s rapidly changing global environment.”
NADO was founded in 1967 to provide training, information and representation for the regional development organizations throughout the United States. Today, NADO member organizations serve local governments and the public within their regions through various programs focused on diversifying local economies, assisting businesses, creating jobs, and providing social services. The NADO Board of Directors oversees the association’s budget and operations, and develops policy on issues affecting regional development organizations.
NADO’s Board of Directors represent member organizations from a broad section of the United States, including the Eastern, Midwestern, Central, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western regions.
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Northern Maine Forest Products Inndustry Cluster Mtg.
NMDC Boardroom Caribou.
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Aroostook County Tourism Summit
Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum, Littleton. Contact Judy Dinsmore, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.