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Milo’s own Jim Macomber named Maine & New England SBA Business Champion

April 21, 2008 - TRC

James Macomber, Microenterprise Consultant for MaineStream Finance, has been named the U. S. Small Business Administration’s 2008 Home-Based Business Champion of the Year for both Maine and New England. The award is presented annually to an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to advancing small home-based businesses in Maine.

The SBA made the award in recognition that, “Through his personal business ownership experience, professional education and tireless efforts to improve quality of life in rural Maine, Macomber has become one of the region’s most entrusted individuals in the area of microbusiness development.” Macomber will be honored along with other small business award winners at an awards luncheon in Lewiston on May 16th.

“We are pleased that the SBA has recognized Jim’s tremendous contributions to the region’s microenterprise development efforts,” said Kevin Washburn, Executive Director for MaineStream Finance. “His dedication and steadfast support of home-based businesses make him not only well deserving of this award, but also an inspiration to those who know him.”

As Microenterprise Consultant for MaineStream Finance, Macomber provides microenterprise training and technical assistance in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox and Waldo Counties, coordinates an annual Rural Maine Small Business Conference for rural entrepreneurs, and organizes an annual MarketPlace to showcase products and services of area microenterprises. He also owns his own web design business, MainesBest.com, and is heavily involved in regional activities, most recently joining the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council Board of Directors in December 2007.

“I am honored to have been selected as Home-Based Business Champion of the Year,” said Macomber. “I am fortunate to be in the business I am in and to work with so many talented entrepreneurs who are contributing to the economic health of the region and state.”

MaineStream Finance is a Community Development Financial Institution and wholly owned subsidiary of Penquis. For more information on microenterprise services provided by Macomber and MaineStream Finance, call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 210.

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