Lisbon is ready to host the first ever entrepreneurship program at the Moxie Hub, created to help local entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
The digital advertising program is part of the Urban Entrepreneurship Ecosystem’s initiative to help business owners and entrepreneurs across Maine expand their e-commerce skills and grow their online presence.
“The digital marketing program is the first step in adding programs to the Moxie hub,” said Brett Richardson, director of business and community development in Lisbon. “We have a community that we are building there and offering resources to people who want to build and expand their business.”
The city and Ancient York Lodge 155 signed a letter of intent to develop the hub in July after receiving a $ 60,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Downtown Center of the Maine Development Foundation last year.
The hub is intended to serve as a low-cost platform for starting a business for young entrepreneurs.
According to the city’s website, there are currently 36 companies in Lisbon.
While the hub is still being developed, Richardson said they’d like to take advantage of the space and have regular meetings where business owners can come together, share their products with the community, and learn from experts.
They also work with the Masons at Ancient York Lodge to provide resources to local entrepreneurs through the center.
“We’re moving in two different ways,” added Richardson. “One is the slower, physical improvement of the facility and the other is the use of space. Even if the hub is not yet ready for permanent regular use, we want people to know that a place is available for them. “
Richardson mentioned that one of the challenges in rural states like Maine is that there aren’t that many people and the only way to reach the more important markets is through digital advertising.
The program and hub are promoted across the state through a variety of resources and social media platforms.
However, Richardson did not provide any indication of when the development of the hub will be completed.
“This marketing series is intended to initiate the use of the area at the hub, but in the sense of a formal opening and the offer of co-working office spaces or pop-up details. We’re not quite there yet, ”he said.
To date, 12 entrepreneurs from across the state have signed up for the program. The program takes place every third Wednesday of the month from October 20, 2021 to March 16, 2022.
The program is offered by Rockland’s Dream Local Digital, a digital marketing agency. While the first and last training takes place in the hub, the rest is done online via Zoom.
In addition, at the end of the program, the Lisbon entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs will receive one-on-one advice from the representatives of the marketing agency Dream Local Digital of Rockland.
More information is available at www.lisbonmoxie.org
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