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LePage Administration Celebrates Small Business Week; DECD Commissioner Gervais to Visit Several Small Businesses in 5 Counties
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AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has signed a proclamation celebrating Small Business Week in Maine the week of June 17. To recognize the week-long celebration of the important role small businesses play in Maine’s economy and employment, commissioners from several state departments will take time out of their schedules to visit with several small businesses across the state.
“Capital goes where it is welcome and stays where it is appreciated,” said Governor LePage. “Maine appreciates its small businesses. Thank you for creating and keeping your business in Maine.”
According to the latest figures provided by the Small Business Administration, 97 percent of businesses in Maine have fewer than 500 employees, which classifies them as a small business. According to the Maine Department of Labor, 95 percent of all Maine business in 2012 employed 50 or fewer employees.
Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais will be visiting a number of small businesses in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Penobscot, Somerset and York counties; including a stop at Bourgeois Guitars in Lewiston on Monday.
“Small businesses drive Maine’s economy, and it’s important to recognize the critical role they play,” said Commissioner Gervais. “And that’s why the LePage administration has placed such a great emphasis on pursuing legislative policies that allows the state’s job creators to do what they do best: create jobs.”
Other commissioners taking part in the Small Business Week celebration include Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher, and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Walt Whitcomb.
Schedule of Visits
Monday, June 17 2 p.m. – DECD Commissioner Gervais visits with Bourgeois Guitars, Lewiston.
Tuesday, June 18 9:30 a.m. – DOL Commissioner Paquette visits with Main Street Waterville, followed by a walking meet and greet with small businesses along Main Street.
Wednesday, June 19 10 a.m. – DECD Commissioner Gervais visits with Cousineau Wood Products, N. Anson. Noon – 2:15 – DECD Commissioner Gervais visits with businesses along Rt. 7 in Corinna.
Thursday, June 20 All Day – ACF Commissioner Whitcomb will visit several businesses, including Royal Rose, Biddeford, (9:30 a.m.); Acorn Kitchen, Kittery (11 a.m.); Cape Seafood, Saco (1 p.m.); Cozy Acres Greenhouses, North Yarmouth (2:30 p.m.); and Maine Custom Woodlands, Durham (4 p.m.).
Friday, June 21 Noon – DECD Commissioner Gervais visits with Boathouse Hotel/David’s KPT, Kennebunkport (time tentative). 1:30 p.m. – DECD Commissioner Gervais visits with Huston and Company, Kennebunkport (time tentative). 1:30 p.m. – DMR Commissioner Keliher visits with Nova Seafood, Portland. 3 p.m. – DECD Commissioner Gervais visits with Bayley’s Campground and Resort, Scarborough (time tentative). 4 p.m. – DMR Commissioner Keliher visits with Potts Harbor Lobster, Harpswell.