Small Business Advisor

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? 

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.  

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, sources of financing, 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 on 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 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 and MBA, is desirable. Candidates should have a minimum of five years' related business and/or professional experience. Prior business ownership or management is also very desirable. Experience with Microsoft Office applications required and experience with QuickBooks is desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills, self-motivation and self-direction are essential. 

The position is primarily located our Auburn office. Advising will be provided both virtually and in person and the candidate must be willing to travel within the tri-county region to assist clients at AVCOG’s various advising locations. The position will remain open until filled.

AVCOG provides a competitive salary and benefits package. Interested individuals should submit cover letter, resume, minimum salary requirements, and a list of three references by email to Lisa Bonney at or by mail: 

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
Attention: Lisa Bonney
125 Manley Road
Auburn, ME 04210

Equal Opportunity Employer