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Biz Briefs - 02/22/12

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Business 101 workshop offered in Rockland

ROCKLAND - MaineStream Finance, a subsidiary of Penquis, is offering a free Business 101 workshop to anyone interested in knowing more about starting a business. Many people have an idea for a business but are unsure of the next steps or what is involved in starting one. Business 101 will help answer those questions. The two-hour workshop will be offered in the afternoon and again in the evening on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 1:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. at the Penquis office, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland.

The workshop provides an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise or small business, including the basics of a business plan and available resources for business development. Additional topics include being an entrepreneur, business success, networking, budgets and credit. MaineStream Finance also offers small business lending and one on one business technical assistance with a microenterprise consultant.

This workshop instructor will be James Macomber, microenterprise consultant and 2008 SBA home based business champion for Maine and New England. To register for the Business 101 workshop, visit, click on Workshops and Trainings and complete the registration form, call 1-800-215-4942 extension 2476 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This class is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Visit on Facebook at IWW - Incubator Without Walls of Eastern Maine.

Cianbro Corp. signs on as premier sponsor of Building Bridges

BANGOR - Cianbro Corporation has agreed to be the premier sponsor of Building Bridges, a program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce that works to connect the education and business communities.

One of the oldest programs of its kind in the region, Building Bridges offers educators a five-month course in which participants tour different business and organizations in the Bangor region. This offers them a firsthand look at workforce development and hiring trends, as well as what skills are required for certain positions. It also fosters connections between teachers and businesspeople, allowing administrators to better match what's taught and discussed in the classroom with the demands of the real world.

Cianbro's sponsorship shows their commitment to the vitality of the Bangor region, according to Chamber President and CEO John Porter. 'Cooperation between the Bangor Region's educational institutions and businesses helps to ensure our community's growth and strength,' he said. 'By sponsoring Building Bridges, Cianbro has illustrated they care about the region and, like the Chamber, wants to see connections between our teachers and our workforce.'

The 2012 Building Bridges program began on Jan. 10 and runs through May 29. It includes tours of 19 different business and organizations throughout the state. To find out more about the program or to sign up for next year's session, please contact Matt McLaughlin, program coordinator, by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Maine Dental Association welcomes new executive director

AUGUSTA - After an extensive four-month search, the Maine Dental Association Executive Board has announced that Cindy Sullivan of Minot, Maine has been hired as the new executive director to replace the retiring Frances Miliano.

Sullivan is currently the PAC, party and lobbyist registrar for the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. Her prior experience includes work with the Maine Judicial Branch/Administrative Office of the Courts as a domestic violence coordinator, executive director of the YWCA of Central Maine in Lewiston and executive director of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter in Waterville, resulting in over 20 years of combined experience in public and community relations, budgeting, grant writing, board/committee development and strategic planning.

Sullivan also holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from Emerson College and a master of public administration from the University of Maine, Orono.

Sullivan begins work on March 5. Miliano will retire on March 30.

The Maine Dental Association (MDA) is a professional membership organization representing 700 dentists in Maine headquartered in Manchester, Maine.

The object of the Association is to provide representation, information, and other services for the dentist members and through the dentist members promote the health and welfare of the people of the State of Maine. Membership services include legislative advocacy, continuing dental education, group insurance benefits (health and professional liability), endorsement of practice-enhancing services and products and peer review mediation services.

In addition to services and benefits offered to its members, the MDA is also involved with a variety of services to the public, including information on dental-related careers; scholarships for Maine students attending dental school; low-interest loans for dental students and dental hygiene students; public awareness/education campaigns, such as National Children's Dental Health Month; access programs such as Senior-Dent, and Donated Dental Services; support of activities/legislation related to public health issues (i.e. fluoridation, anti-tobacco); and voluntary participation in local public service programs by individual members.


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