A place your business can call home in Franklin County, Maine

Greater Franklin Business Advisors

Through our partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) and the Women's Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc., private, confidential business advising sessions are offered. Advising includes business/market planning, financial forecasting, and cash flow budgeting, facilitating access to credit and capital, internal management, loan packaging, workshop/seminar production, and connections to resources. Please contact one of our business advisors for more information.

Betty Gensel

Betty Gensel

Business Advisor with the Women's Business Center at CEI
Betty Gensel

Betty Gensel is a Business Advisor with the Women’s Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI). Individuals meet with her for assistance in starting, maintaining and growing their businesses. Her specialties include business planning, facilitating access to credit and capital, and connections to resources. Her recent clients include small business owners who are growing their businesses by setting goals and streamlining their systems to increase efficiency.

She offers workshops on a variety of topics and conducts a Women’s Business Owners Networking Group. Education includes a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Thomas College and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine at Farmington.

If you would like to contact Betty about starting, maintaining, or growing your business, she looks forward to hearing from you. You can reach her by phone or email.

Women's Business Center at CEI
165 Front Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Larry Giroux

Larry Giroux

Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Larry Giroux

Larry provides business advising services through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program at AVCOG. Assistance includes business/market planning, financial forecasting and cash flow budgeting, internal management, loan packaging and workshop/seminar production.

Larry has worked with clients in all stages of business development that include: Starting a new business; Assisting clients with development of a commercial loan package; Existing businesses in distress; Expansion of current business

As an SBDC advisor, Larry is aware of other resources that are in place to help our small business owners in the state of Maine.

Both of Larry's degrees in business are from the University of Maine and he has had a career in procurement in manufacturing for Technology, Pulp and Paper, and Consulting. He holds a lifetime designation of C.P.M. (Certified Procurement Manager) through the Institute for Supply Management. He can be contacted at:

Maine Small Business Development Counselor AVCOG
125 Manley Road Auburn, ME 04210
Phone: 207-783-9186
Fax: 207-783-5211
Email: lgiroux@avcog.org