Importance of Outreach
Gabe Rand, DBE Supportive Services Specialist

While social media marketing is important to marketing your business, products and services, it’s just as important to attend in-person networking events. Meeting business owners face-to-face often holds more value than digital impressions. Attending local events like chamber breakfasts, after-hours, or getting involved in industry groups can open the potential for opportunities you would never have been aware of otherwise. Go ahead, put yourself out there!
Having a hard time finding events to attend? Check the bottom of this newsletter. Each month I try to highlight three to four meaningful events throughout the state that provide you an opportunity to learn and/or network. If you don’t see anything local to you, or don’t see a good fit for your industry, reach out to me at As the DBE Supportive Services Specialist I can dig deeper.
Client Spotlight
This month’s client spotlight highlights Stefanie Trice Gill at IntWork! Becoming DBE certified in the fall of 2019, IntWork is a boutique diversity recruiting firm that performs recruiting, executive search, and outplacement services. IntWork serves all of Maine as a DBE in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. If you have a recruiting challenge and need help building and diversifying your team, contact IntWork's Founder & Lead Recruiter, Stefanie Trice Gill at or sign up here!
Come Join Us!
Inclusion Maine Conference
May 1st-3rd, 2024
8:00am-5:00pm (Start time of 3pm for May 1st)
Sheraton Portland
200 Sable Oaks Dr, South Portland, ME

The Inclusion Maine Conference is a multi-day conference focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion to enhance talent attraction and retention in Maine. This training provides attendees with the skills and knowledge to be able to implement these enhancements within the state of Maine. Attendees will also gain insights into innovative programs aimed at addressing Maine's workforce needs, as well as learn how HR professionals and organizational leaders can effectively attract, recruit, and retain talent in Maine. DBE Supportive Services will be attending and set up as a vendor at this year’s Inclusion Maine Conference! 

Upcoming Events
Subcontracting Strategies & Opportunities
April 18th, 2024

Join Maine APEX counselor Jessica Crowley as she discusses how to build your business and decrease your risk through subcontracting with a prime government contractor.
AVCOG Spring General Assembly
April 24, 2024
Martindale Country Club
527 Beech Hill Rd, Auburn, ME

Join the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments for this meeting featuring lunch, recognition awards, as well as a speech from Phoenix Mclaughlin from DECD.
The Mainebiz Women's Leadership Forum 2024
May 1st, 2024
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine

The Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum brings together a panel of women leaders who will share their unique experiences and perspectives. Their panelists will tell their personal stories and key learnings. This year's topic is on Mindful & Fearless Leadership!
Introduction to Maine APEX: Assisting Small Business in the Government Marketplace
May 8th, 2024
Zoom & In Person
8 Venture Way, Brunswick, ME

Join us for an informative workshop led by Maine APEX Accelerator Marissa Henkel, designed to empower small business owners with the knowledge and tools needed to access government contracting opportunities.

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