State Reps. Denise Tepler, D-Topsham, and Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, will co-host a small business resource forum at the Topsham Public Library on Jan. 19.

The event, which will feature a panel discussion, open question-and-answer forum and opportunities for networking, will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Representatives of several local businesses, including Frosty’s Donuts, Wicked Joe Coffee, Grandpa’s Garden, Kennebec River Biosciences and start-up incubator Tech Place, will serve as panelists.

“This is an opportunity for local businesses to find out what is out there that can help them grow and succeed,” said Tepler. “It’s a chance for people to learn from one another and make useful connections. Everyone wins when our business community thrives.”

The forum will also include representatives from the Small Business Association, Coastal Enterprises Inc., New Ventures Maine, the Maine Extension Partnership, the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, the Maine Technology Institute and the Maine State Library.

“Strong small businesses are the cornerstone of our community’s economic recovery,” said Daughtry. “We want to help in any way we can, and I hope that local entrepreneurs of all ages will join us.”

Other sponsors of the forum include the Department of Economic and Community Development for both Brunswick and Topsham as well as the Topsham Public Library.

In the event of severe winter weather, the alternative date Feb. 2, also 6:30 p.m. at the library.

For more information, contact Tepler at (207) 729- 4018.

Tepler, a member of the Taxation Committee, is serving her first term in the Legislature and represents Topsham.

Daughtry, a member of the Education Committee, is serving her second term in the Legislature and represents part of Brunswick.

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