Business Development Plan Program
Gabe Rand, DBE Supportive Services Specialist

Have you been struggling to implement a business plan into your daily work-life? Look no further. One of the benefits of the DBE program is assistance in assembling a two-year Business Development Plan (BDP) that offers guidelines in multiple areas of everyday business development.

This two-year plan will be curated by the DBE Specialist, that’s me! We will talk through 26 different categories of potential learning opportunities to see which topics are meaningful to your business. Categories like, bookkeeping, taxes, government contracting, networking, marketing, etc. Following suit, we will establish goals and deadlines in the plan for all tasks to either be implemented or completed by. Once the BDP is finalized I’ll continue to follow-up with you through your BDP journey, to keep you focused and on track. As always, I will offer assistance in additional fields as they are identified.

Interested in learning more or opting into this great opportunity? Simply just reach out to me by email, or give me a call at 207-949-6177. Let’s work together on this!
Spotlight on New Maine DBE Business
December’s featured client goes to Jessica Sargent of Primrose Research Group, LLC! Jessica became DBE certified on September 13, 2023 so she could utilize the services the DBE program has to offer. She is a sole proprietor that operates out of Scarborough, ME, who has a high-level of experience in research consulting. Her daily work consists of supporting public, community, and non-profit partners with their work on land conservation research, analysis efforts, while wearing many other hats. We are happy to have Jessica as a certified DBE, and look forward to continuing work with her! You can find her website here!                                  
Come Join Us!

What is Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence?
December 20th, 2023
Join APEX Counselor, Jessica Greeley, as she discusses FOCI and how it pertains to your business. We will discuss what FOCI is, how to analyze FOCI and what risk factors you should be aware. We will also talk about security clearance and the steps needed to take to attain a security clearance.

Upcoming Events
Selling to the State of Maine: A Collaboration with the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
January 9th, 2024

Join Maine APEX Counselor Christopher Paradis, in collaboration with the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, as he shares the ways you can do business with the State of Maine. With hundreds of millions dollars in purchases each year, this is a great opportunity to expand your business. Let us help you out find out what opportunities are out there and how to take advantage of them.
Climate Panel by WTS Maine
January 11th, 2024
08:00am - 09:30am
136 State Street, Augusta, ME

Join the Maine Chapter of WTS on a panel all about climate change initiatives held at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta!
Construction Supervision Fundamentals
January 25 & 26, February 1 & 2, 2024
188 Whitten Rd, Augusta, ME

Join the Maine Branch of the Association of General Contractors on this four-day course on fundamentals for construction supervision. This could be beneficial for those stepping into a supervisory role with less knowledge than they'd like.
Basic and Advanced Erosion Control
February 8, 2024
188 Whitten Rd, Augusta, ME

Join the Maine branch of the Association of General Contractors on this one day course on all things erosion control. Spend this day learning about the necessity of it, methods to be used, along with proper selection, installation, and maintenance of practices.

About the Maine DBE Program

EMDC's Maine DBE Program helps women and minority-owned small businesses by providing individualized assistance. By working with a DBE Supportive Services Specialist, Maine businesses receive the tools and resources to sell their goods or services to the Maine Department of Transportation. We create a level playing field and remove barriers to help businesses statewide. Maine DBE Supportive Services is an EMDC program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and administered by the Maine DOT. 
Contact Us Today!
Gabe Rand
DBE Supportive Services Specialist, EMDC

40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401

Office Phone: (207) 949-6177