at Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) in Auburn, Maine, United States

Job Description

The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) which serves small businesses located in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties is looking to fill the position of Small Business Advisor for Maine Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at AVCOG.  

Are you looking for an opportunity to share your business expertise and knowledge? Have you had experience owning, running, or working closely with start-ups and small business enterprises? Would you find counseling, educating, and advising small business owners and entrepreneurs to be challenging and rewarding? 

Put your skills to work as a Business Advisor with the Maine Small Business Development Center at AVCOG. The SBDC is an organization whose mission is to provide counseling and educational services to both existing businesses and start-ups in the AVCOG region.

Responsibilities include providing one-on-one advising to small businesses in the following areas:  business start-up assistance, financing your business and loan packaging, marketing, accounting cash flow analysis and other related small business activities. 

Within the assigned territory, the Business Advisor conducts market research, develops local partnerships, and represents the SBDC and AVCOG within the communities we service. The Business Advisor may participate in panel discussions and in presentations as appropriate, as well as organize and present at workshops on a variety of business-related topics. 

Qualified candidates should be knowledgeable in all aspects of business management, planning and business financing; are client focused, professional, results-driven, excellent listeners and communicators, work collaboratively, are comfortable presenting in front of small and large groups, and are proficient with business and Microsoft office software and technology.

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business management or significant related business and/or professional experience. An advanced degree, especially an MBA, is highly desirable. Candidates should have a minimum of five years' related business and/or professional experience. Prior business ownership or management is also desirable. Experience with Microsoft Office applications required and experience with QuickBooks is highly desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills, self-motivation and self-direction are essential. Candidate must be willing to travel within the tri-county region and assist clients at AVCOG’s various advising locations within the region.

AVCOG offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits to include medical insurance, health savings account with company contribution, health reimbursement account with deductible reimbursement; dental and vision insurance; life and voluntary disability insurance available; medical and dependent care flexible spending; member of Maine Public Employees Retirement System; paid time off including vacation and sick time, 13 paid holidays; flexible schedule with 37 ½ hour workweek, and a hybrid remote work schedule. Interested individuals should submit cover letter, resume and a list of three references to 

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Job Posting: 989314

Posted On: Sep 22, 2023

Updated On: Oct 22, 2023

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