Those individuals starting a small business often lack the full knowledge of all the skills required for success. Even those with extensive education or experience in business still need to update their entrepreneurial responsibilities. This includes employee management, tax issues, business development and accounting.

Fortunately, the range of small business-oriented learning opportunities and training programs has never been broader for veteran and novice entrepreneurs alike. Seeking help is simply smart. No business owner can be adept at every aspect of operating successfully. Plus, conditions change, so keeping yourself informed is vital to long-term success.

Central Maine SCORE mentor Maurice Dube recommends referencing probably the single-most popular program, the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Learning Center.

“With nearly a million users each year, the Small Business Learning Center is a web-based conglomerate that can link you to online courses, workshops, publications, learning tools, informational resources and access to electronic counseling and other types of technical help,” Dube said.

To reach the program, go to and click “Get Training.” Free online courses are offered on many topics.

Dube also notes, “Local colleges and training organizations, including SCORE chapters, offer various seminars, workshops and free business assessments. Some business training courses can be taken online as well as in the more traditional classroom environments. Most require a fee, and some may also have educational prerequisites.”

For more information and/or an appointment to meet with a volunteer mentor, contact Central Maine SCORE at 782-3708 or at [email protected] In Oxford Hills call 743-0499; in Rumford-Mexico call 364-3123. Or contact SCORE at

This column is provided by the Central Maine SCORE chapter.

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