2017-07-12 / Community & Local News

Free BikeMaine 2017 business training offered

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer


For more information or to sign up for the training, visit www.bikemaine.org or call 623-4511. There will be a second training that day in Skowhegan at Franklin Savings Bank beginning at 3:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up for the training, visit www.bikemaine.org or call 623-4511. There will be a second training that day in Skowhegan at Franklin Savings Bank beginning at 3:30 p.m. KINGFIELD — Franklin Savings Bank and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be offering a free Bicycles WelcoME training in Kingfield Tuesday, July 18. The workshop will offer businesses insight into what sets bicycle riders apart from other market segments, and how to tap into their enthusiasm for the sport in order to attract and hold their business.

The training is being held in preparation for BikeMaine 2017, a bicycle tour that starts in Skowhegan Sept. 9. Over the course of a week, 400 riders will travel 335 miles throughout the Western Mountains with overnight stops in Pittsfield, Kingfield, Rangeley, Harford and Farmington.

“With BikeMaine 2017 and its 400 bicyclists coming to the lakes and mountains region for the week, now is the perfect time to learn more about what your business can do to attract bicycle tourists,” explained Kim True of Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

The training will feature extended question and answer sessions with topics including:

 Becoming a “Bicycles WelcoME” Business

 What Opportunities Does BikeMaine 2017 Provide?

 Easy Steps to Attract and Keep Bicycle Tourists as Customers

 The Economics of Bicycle Tourism

 Types of Bicycle Tourism

“Bicycles WelcoME certification is about recognizing and serving the needs of bicycle riders at a level that makes sense for your business, in order to help your business attract and keep this valuable market,” True said.

The training will be held Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m. at Rolling Fatties, 268 Main Street and is open to any business.

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