If you think local and cheap resources for Maine businesses are nonexistent, it’s only because you haven’t yet looked in the right places! We’ve compiled 6 of our very favorite.
Meetups are great opportunities to network with other Maine businesses, learn, and share. Whether your interests lie in Russian culture or urban farm foraging.. There’s a Meetup in Maine for you!
Here at OSC, we’re frequent attendees at the Southern Maine WordPress Meetup in Westbrook, Maine. This Meetup features presentations and discussions on all things WordPress.
With WordPress now powering over 28% of all websites, it’s a valuable tool for businesses of all sizes. Whatever question you may have regarding your website, someone at the Southern Maine WordPress Meetup will probably have an answer.
2. Buy Local Groups
If your business is based in Maine, chances are that there’s a Buy Local group in your city. Getting involved will not only allow you to network and support local businesses, it will also land you with benefits such as:
- Voting in local decisions.
- Getting your business, description, and website listed in their online directory (think local SEO!).
- Participate in member-only local events.
- Bragging rights.
Are you based in Scarborough, Maine like us? Consider joining Scarborough Buy Local!
3. MaineToday Calendar
MaineToday is a truly useful resource for keeping up with all things Maine. Their calendar lists a large number of statewide events and you can filter by category.
By selecting ‘business’, you can take your pick from low-cost and no-cost opportunities. This month includes a QuickBooks workshop for small businesses and an eCommerce webinar.
4. Job Fairs
Finding dependable employees can sometimes prove difficult.. Job fairs make the process easier for both employers and employees.
Just by meeting applicants face-to-face, you can already determine a few things:
- They’re motivated enough to attend.
- They know how to dress appropriately.
- They’re sociable.
- They likely have dependable transportation.
..all without scheduling (often inconvenient) individual interviews. In most cases these events are free for both parties, take a look at upcoming Maine job fairs here.
5. WordCamp Portland, ME
Put on yearly by volunteers at local tech companies, WordCamp Portland, ME is centered around all things WordPress. WordPress is an open source website creation tool and one of the most popular platforms in the world.
Even if your business’s website is not built on WordPress, there will probably be something of value for you at this event. Talks are on marketing, web development, and entrepreneurship – for beginners and experts alike. Tickets usually range from $10-$30, a steal considering all the perks they include.
Be on the lookout for WordCamp Portland, ME 2018!
6. Maine Business Leadership Network
The Maine Business Leadership Network connects businesses with tools that help leverage disability inclusion in the workplace. Joining this organization includes the following benefits:
- A network of businesses to share information on disability employment.
- Business resources and forums on best practices and workforce solutions that increase diversity.
- Partnerships with businesses, government, and people with disabilities.
The resources are out there, all you have to do is take advantage of them for your business!