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Back to business school

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I don't care how old you are or how long you've been out of school. This time of year always feels like the 'new year' to me much more than January first! It's time to get back into a school routine.

If you're a business owner, now is a great time to get back to learning. Fall brings with it many opportunities to take workshops, classes and training seminars that can help you start and grow your business not to mention opportunities to network with other like-minded business people! Smart business owners know that they don't know everything, and like most professionals they have to keep learning and advancing their skills in order to be successful.

It can be especially difficult for business owners to take time away from their businesses to attend classes, workshops and networking events. But I strongly encourage you to do so. You will benefit greatly from the opportunity, learn new skills, take away great ideas and meet people who can be instrumental in your businesses success. In addition, it's often when we take a break from our businesses that we can think clearly about it - and that is often the time when inspiration strikes!

So this fall, be sure to take some time out of your business and go back to school. Here are a few of the organizations in the Bangor area that are offering some great workshops and training seminars this fall. Take a look at their websites and follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop!

Eastern Maine Development Corporation www.emdc.org

Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community www.womenworkandcommunity.org

UMaine's Foster Center for Student Innovation www.foster.target.maine.edu

It's also a great time of year to rekindle your relationship with any business networking groups that you belong to. We all go our separate ways once summer begins. Fall is the best time to get back to the routine of attending networking events and re-engaging with your business peers.

Let's welcome fall with new opportunities to learn ways to grow our businesses and reconnect with our friends and colleagues. If the back to school spirit moves you to pick up a new notebook, pens and a lunch box, I say go for it!

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