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BEYOND THE BUSINESS PLAN: Topics in small business management.

July 19, 2019

BEYOND THE BUSINESS PLAN: Topics in small business management.

Planning is essential for reducing risk in business. A small business can waste a great deal of time and money if it’s owners, manager and employees don’t know where they are going or why. A good business plan establishes realistic, measurable and time phased goals, and lays out how they will be accomplished.
The real challenge for most small businesses is implementing and sticking to their plan.

Starting on July 24th, in conjunction with Tech Place at Brunswick Landing, Maine Certified Master Business Advisor Bradshaw Swanson will be facilitating discussions on managing a business plan. Each topic will be covered over the course of 2 consecutive sessions. These sessions will be interactive and focused on improving small business performance.

Participation will be limited to 12 companies, with a limit of 2 participants per company.

• July: Strategy – what is it? Do you need one? How does it work, exactly?
• August: How can I be lost if I am sure I don’t know where I am? Setting goals and measuring results.
• September: The Big Picture: How the pieces fit together
• October: Financial planning
• November: Marketing planning
• January: Operations planning
• February: Work force planning

All sessions will run from 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and be held at TECH PLACE. The sessions are open to all business located at BRUNSWICK LANDING.

JULY 24th- Strategy- What is it? Do you need one? And what is it exactly?
We are excited to welcome Bradshaw Swanson with the Maine Small Business Development Center at CEI to TechPlace to host a free informational program twice a month. Bradshaw is a Maine Master Certified Business Advisor and is a strategic planning, leadership and organizational management specialist.  Currently he leads a team of 6 full time certified Business Advisors from around the state and manages two service centers for the Maine SBDC at CEI; one in Augusta, and one in Brunswick at CEI Central.  

Bradshaw is a great resource and a helpful person to have in your network. These programs will be round table format where you can ask questions and interact with other businesses and benefit from the expertise that Bradshaw has to offer. We believe that these programs will be beneficial to everyone here at TechPlace and hope you will be able to attend!

The first program will take place on July 24th from 10:30-12:00 at TechPlace in the classroom, the topic of the first session is ‘Strategy – what is it? Do you need one? How does it work, exactly?’. There will be two programs a month every other Wednesday. Attached is a writeup about the program listing the topic of discussion for each month. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Kaitlin Feiler at kaitlinf@mrra.us so we can get a head count.


Bradshaw Swanson
Short Bio – July 2019
Bradshaw Swanson is the Center Director for the Maine Small Business Development Center at CEI, a Maine Master Certified Business Advisor. A strategic planning, leadership and organizational management specialist, Swanson has extensive experience in for profit and not-for profit management, training, coaching and consulting. He is a trained mediator and facilitator, and an iPEC Certified Leadership Coach.
Swanson received his BA in Psychology from the University of Maine at Orono, in 1977. Since receiving his MBA from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH in 1986, he has focused his work on small business growth and development in rural communities and personal and organizational development and leadership.
Currently he leads a team of 6 full time certified Business Advisors from around the state and manages two service centers for the Maine SBDC at CEI; one in Augusta, and one in Brunswick at CEI Central.
Swanson is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program (Pi class). He loves to fly fish, heads the Merrymeeting Bay chapter of Trout Unlimited and is a Registered Maine Guide. He and his wife and their two dogs live in Harpswell.

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