BIDDEFORD — Entrepreneurs are invited to downtown Biddeford for York County Entrepreneurs Week starting Friday and running through Feb. 23.

Programs offered during E-Week will promote discussion, collaboration, education and awareness of key business resources that can help entrepreneurs start and grow their business in Maine and beyond.

E-Week is sponsored by four entities that are building the local entrepreneur scene in Biddeford: the law firm of Furman Gregory Deptula, or FGD, Engine, Heart of Biddeford, and Think Tank.

Karin Gregory of FGD, says she initiated the idea to hold E-Week as a chance to celebrate business owners and their entrepreneurial spirit.

The week will be in interest of entrepreneurs at all stages of business execution.

“Small business owners don’t always think of themselves as entrepreneurs but they take the same risks to bring a new product or service to the marketplace as do founders of a technology based company,” Gregory said.

The week kicks off Friday with Business Boot Camp at FGD, 116 Main St., Biddeford. Drop-in sessions range in topic from buying and selling a business to tax reform and human resource issues. 

The following day, Saturday. Feb. 17, Engine at 128 Main St. will host an event with Dorothy Royle from the Maine Crafts Association about creative businesses with multiple income streams. This will be followed with a tour of Engine’s FabLab.

On Feb. 20, “Secrets of Business Success” will feature the founder of Banded Horn Brewery, Ian McConnell, at the brewery from 4-5 p.m., followed by a networking get-together. McConnell will be joined by Will Armitage, director of the Economic Development Corporation and Roy Hebert of the Maine Small Business Development Center. This session will present a hands-on discussion about the realities of financing your business.

Finally on Feb. 22, Mat Eddy, Biddeford’s new Economic Development director, will host a lunch and learn at Think Tank, 40 Main St. Stop by to enjoy Portland Pie pizza and learn about city resources.

For more information, see the website: http://www.innovateyorkcounty.com/events/, or contact Heart of Biddeford at 284-8520, Engine or Furman Gregory Deptula.


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