Financing Your Business Startup
Understanding What Lenders & Investors Want
Looking to start a business? Worried you don’t have the money necessary to bootstrap it yourself? Approaching a commercial lender or an investor can be difficult if you don’t know what they’re looking for – come join our discussion to learn how things like your Personal Financial Statement, Credit Score, and Business Plan work together to present you and your business concept in the best way possible.
Presenter ~ Raynor Large, Small Business Advisor
Raynor began his career with a small tech firm in Philadelphia, building skills in Human Resources, Design & Communications, and Finance. After getting married & returning to Maine, he worked as a Financial Analyst for a firm that came alongside struggling businesses & assisted with turnaround management, re-financing, transitional ownership, or bankruptcy. He also provided services to the largest listing business brokerage in the state, assisting with business transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and valuation. He transitioned to the SBDC slightly over a year ago, and has a deep appreciation for the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in Maine. In his free time, he’s an avid runner and hiker, and proud father of two.
The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) offers a variety of services and programs targeted to residents and businesses of participating towns, townships, and municipalities in the tri-county area. These services include transportation, regional tourism promotion, and a variety of resources for existing and aspiring small businesses. One of these resources is hosting two full-time Small Business Advisors through the Small Business Development Center program (SBDC), who provides no cost, confidential business advising to Maine’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. Maine SBDC business advisors are cross-trained to help you as you navigate the challenges your business faces.