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Change is inevitable. This is true in our personal and our business lives. If you want to own a small business and fear change, being in business for yourself might not be a good option for you. If you love the challenges and opportunities associated with change, then owning your own business may be the way to go.

I have met businesses that have survived and thrived through change and businesses that have crashed and burned. These changes may include losing a key customer or employee, rising costs and slowing sales among other things. Some businesses go out of business not because the business is in trouble, but because the owner is. This is often health related and truly unfortunate.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:38

Back to Biz - 08/24/11

Written by Deb Neuman

In spite of the challenging economic times we live in, businesses in this region and state are so generous when it comes to supporting important community causes and events. Case in point: Last weekend I participated in the Champion the Cure Challenge to raise money to support patient treatment and research at the Lafayette Cancer Care Center in Brewer. I was struck by the long list of businesses on the back of every T-shirt - businesses that gave their time and money to support this worthy cause.

I am not really surprised by this. We live in a community where giving is just part of what we do, a community where people go out of their way to help others. I am so proud and humbled to live in this place. At the event I spoke with an 11-year-old boy who lost his grandmother to cancer and ever since has set about raising money to support the cancer center. He was so inspiring and generous and thoughtful and shy and humble about it all. I had a hard time finding the right words to thank him and encouraged him to not feel as though he is being boastful by telling people about or being recognized for this efforts, but rather to understand that the more people know about him and his selfless efforts to help others, the more they will be inspired to do the same. He inspired me that day.

Maine got its claws into me the first time I ate a lobster. I was 6 years old and we were here on vacation. I was so enthralled with my lobster that I insisted on sleeping with the claw under my pillow. So began my love for this place and a mission to make it my home. Fast forward to college in California followed by a corporate job in Pennsylvania and the day I decided to leave it all - pack a UHaul and drive to Maine. I had no idea what I would do for work or where I would live. I only knew Maine was where I wanted to be. I recall sitting on a rock overlooking Frenchman's Bay and thinking "You've taken the leap - you're here - now make it work."

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:47

Homecoming reunion

Written by Deb Neuman
Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:48

What's holding you back?

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