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  • Producer/Host: Jane E. Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

    Topic: Taxes and Small Businesses

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  • Host: Jane E. Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

    Topic: The Courage to Grow & Change Your Business
    What are some inherent advantages and disadvantages of changing? What are some of the issues you people need to think about as they consider changing their small or home-based business?

    Guests:
    Kathy Goldner, Publisher; Knitting Out Loud
    111 Middle St., Stockton Springs ME 04981
    (207) 322-7227; kathy@knittingoutloud.com; www.knittingoutloud.com
    Craig R. Olson, owner; Artisan Books & Bindery
    509 Pendleton Point Road, Islesboro, Maine 04848-5114
    207.734.6852; craig@artisanbooksandbindery.com; www.artisanbooksandbindery.com
    Cathy Roberts, President; Pieceworks, Inc.
    PO Box 133, Liberty ME 04949
    (207) 322-8943; pcwork@midcoast.com; www.pieceworksinc.com

    Resources:Virtual Resource Library
    extension.umaine.edu/hbbsite/html/home.htm
    For those considering radically changing their business should consult their business plans and evaluate the proposed changes using the business planning framework. The UMaine Extension VRL has good resource information on business planning and sample business plans to review as they evaluate these changes.
    Entrepreneur.com www.entrepreneur.com/
    has articles (including checklists) on change and other important topics
    Inc.com www.inc.com/
    has articles (including checklists) on change and other important topics

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  • Producer/Host: Jane E Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne
    Topic: Branding
    What are the connections between marketing, publicity and branding? Is the term ‘brand’ related to ‘branding’? From a business assistance/counseling perspective, when do you see issues that relate to branding appear? Why is branding so important?
    Guests:
    Ross Cottrell owner, Cottrell Designs
    170 Lighthouse RD, Stockton Springs, ME 04981; 207- 567-4228; cottrelldesigns@roadrunner.com
    Fritz Lyon, owner, TW Communications/LEO Marketing Partners
    49 High St., Belfast ME 04915; (207) 338-6218
    fritzlyon@myfairpoint.net
    James McConnon, Business and Economics Specialist
    UMaine Cooperative Extension, Orono ME 04473; (207) 581-3165
    jimm@umext.maine.edu

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  • Producer/Host: Jane E. Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic: Juggling: Time, Energy, Money, Kids and More!
    What do you see as some of the advantages of being in business at home? What do you see as some of the challenges? Knowing these challenges, what does your business demand from you AND your home space?

    Guests:
    Kathy Goldner, Publisher, Knitting Out Loud
    111 Middle St., Stockton Springs, ME 04981; 207-322-7227
    kathy@knittingoutloud.com; www.knittingoutloud.com

    Amy & Jim Grant, owners, Good Karma Farm & Spinning Company
    67A Perkins RD, Belfast ME 04915; 207-322-0170;
    jim@karmayarn.com; www.karmayarn.com

    Rose Rapp, owner, The Farmetta
    72 Rowe Hill RD, Morrill ME 04952; 207-322-8368
    parchezee@yahoo.com

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  • Producer/Host: Jane E Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic: The Fiber of Your Businesses
    What makes a “fiber art”? When you started in business, did you think of yourself as a fiber artist? Do you market your own work as a fiber art? How? Do you ever do cooperative marketing with other fiber artists or non-fiber artists or other businesses? What are the linkages? Are there other products or services that you implement to add value to what you already do? Who is your customer? What do you hear from artisans about isolation and being perceived as true businesses? How is your location of advantage to you? Do you align with buy local endeavors? Why do you feel there is this focus on fiber arts? Can you give an example of how your fiber arts business has positively impacted another business? What is the most important part of your business plan? How do you see the fiber arts in the scheme of importance to the state’s economy? If someone is thinking of their fiber artistry as a hobby, what are some tips or ways to turn it into a business? What are some of your challenges in this uncertain economy? We all take on risks, we are self reliant and creative in developing solutions. What are some risks you have taken on or creative solutions you have discovered? What networks exist for businesses that work with fiber? What is out there for resources for fiber artists? Do you feel connected with the full spectrum of the artisan community – particularly the generational spread? Do you have strategies to make the artisan and business side connect well? How do fiber arts fall in the sustainable dialogue? Is the resource sustainable?
    How do you go about thinking of your work, your art, in supporting you? Does it? If not, what or who supports you? What do you, or other artisans, need to know more about to better support them as business owners?

    Guests:

    Michaele Bailey, owner, Basketful of Bunnies
    49 Pember Road, Levant, ME 04456; 207-884-7065
    Basketfulofbunnies@gmail.com

    Deborah Bergman, owner
    Purple Fleece
    103 School St
    Stockton Springs, ME 04981; 207-323-1871
    Info@purplefleece.com
    www.purplefleece.com

    Jani Estelle, owner
    Starcroft Fiber Mill
    83 Pattee Rd, Monroe, ME 04951; 207-525-3562
    jani@starcroftfiber.com
    www.starcroftfiber.com

    Andrea Rouillard, owner,
    Full Moon Weaving
    355 Waldo Station RD
    Waldo ME 04915; 207-342-3286
    Randa97@gwi.net

    Resources: www.mainefiberarts.org

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  • Producer/Host: Jane E Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic:Smoking & Quitting: How Does It Affect Small Businesses
    What made you interested in wanting to provide smoke free environments for yourself and your employees? What is a smoke free workplace or campus? I have heard that smoke free is the same as anti-smoking – what are your thoughts? It says on the Tobacco Free Maine website that “a smoke-free workplace is the best business move you ever made”. It says that smoke free workplaces are safer and save money. Your thoughts?
    Guests:
    Nancy Coffey, Human Resources, Mathews Brothers,
    Kathy Feyler, owner, DISH Salon
    Vyvyenne Ritchie, Program Administrator, Healthy Waldo County,

    FMI: Resources:
    Partnership for a tobacco free Maine (tobaccofreemaine.org)
    Maine Tobacco Helpline – free, confidential, supportive, no pressure: 1-800-207-1230
    Smoking in the Workplace Costs you Money (www.cancer.org/docroot/COM/content/div_NE/COM_11_1x_Smoking_in_the_Workplace_Costs_You_Money.asp )

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  • Producer/Host: Jane E. Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

    Topic: Doing Business with an Artisans’ Coop

    Guests:
    PAMELA HANSBERRY, owner, Maine-ly Cats
    86 Muskrat Farm Rd., Stockton Springs, ME 04981; (207) 567-3249
    lotuscats@aol.com; www.Maine-lyCats.com

    HAZEL LITTLEFIELD, owner, Shards Glass Studio
    PO Box 218, Brooks, ME 04921; (207)722-3653
    haluna@fairpoint.net

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  • Producer/Host: Jane Haskell, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne
    Topic: Recordkeeping
    Why do you keep business records? How do records help you run your business? What types of records do you keep in your businesses?
    Guests:
    Pamela Hansberry, owner, Maine-ly Cats
    86 Muskrat Farm Rd. Stockton Springs, ME 04981; 207-567-3249
    lotuscats@aol.com; www.Maine-lyCats.com
    James McConnon, Business and Economics Specialist,
    UMaine Cooperative Extension, Orono ME 04473-5741; 207-581-3165; jimm@umext.maine.edu

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