AUBURN — The Maine Small Business Development Centers recognized business adviser Larry Giroux for receiving his core competencies professional certification from the New England Professional Development group on May 11.

The Maine Small Business Development Centers is a statewide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

Giroux is a certified business adviser in Auburn and has been with the Maine Small Business Development Centers at the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments for three years. He provides no-cost, confidential business advising to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin Counties.

New England Professional Development is a collaboration of the Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Small Business Development Center programs. It provides a comprehensive, core knowledge training program that business advisers must complete to receive certification. To maintain certification, the adviser must complete a minimum of 24 hours of professional development each year.

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