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SBA’s New Hire, Workplace Safety Information for Your Business, and More From the SBA


Maine District Office  – July 22, 2021

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SBA Maine Welcomes New Hire

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has named David Culp as Outreach and Marketing Specialist for the Maine District Office.

“We are truly excited to have David joining our team at the Maine District Office. His experience in Federal lending programs, combined with our existing partnerships provides an excellent opportunity to reach more small businesses in Maine,” said Diane Sturgeon, SBA’s District Director for Maine.

Mr. Culp joins the SBA from the Maine National Guard, where he worked as a civilian employee. Previously, he had worked at the USDA Farm Service Agency, which supports small farmers and value-added food producers, and is a U.S. Navy veteran with 20 years of service.

In his role as Outreach and Marketing Specialist, Mr. Culp will be responsible for conducting training on SBA’s financial assistance, entrepreneurial development, and contracting programs throughout the state of Maine and working with local lenders to ensure small businesses have access to the financing they need.


Safe Business

7 Steps to a Safer Workplace

When: Thursday, July 29th, 10:00am-11:00am
Register: HERE

Is your workplace safe?

Creating a safe work environment is not only the right thing to do, but it’s essential for any small business to be successful.

Employers who implement best safety practices can significantly reduce the risk of workplace injuries.  

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company, is pleased to present “Seven Steps to a Safer Workplace”  webinar.

 In just one hour, you’ll learn:

  • The essential components of a workplace safety policy
  • How to identify your company’s safety training needs
  • Methods for identifying and controlling workplace hazards
  • Systems for recordkeeping and injury management

This webinar will be presented by Arielle Karageorge and Megan Vernon, Loss Control Consultants at MEMIC, and Diane Sturgeon, SBA District Director for Maine.

Attendees can post workplace safety questions for our panel to answer during the live event.

There is no cost to participate in this webinar, but registration is limited – Please Reserve Your Space Now


How to start a business

Basic Business Startup

When: Thursday, July 29th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Register: HERE

Are you thinking about starting a new business or purchasing one but do not have the knowledge or experience? The U.S. Small Business Administration can help you start, grow, expand, and recover your business.

Many people consider business ownership as an alternative to employment. Do you have a great idea to fill a need? Are you a subject matter expert in your field? Have you been working in your industry and are now interested in branching out on your own? Do you need to know more about the ins and outs of operating a business?

This workshop will help you start out on the right path! This two (2) hour workshop will provide an overview of SBA programs and service, and cover the basics of starting a business.