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Local Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Augusta
Central Maine Power Company
CMP helps businesses grow through incentives, partnerships with other organizations, and a commitment to stability in electric delivery prices. CMP is Maine's largest electric utility, serving...View details

Augusta
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
DECD is the umbrella organization for business development, tourism, community development, innovation, film and international trade for the State of Maine. To access myriad business development...View details

Augusta
Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Part of a nationwide network of more than 70 not-for-profit centers whose sole purpose is to provide small and medium-sized businesses with access to more than 2,000 manufacturing and business...View details

Augusta
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Augusta
Small Business Administration (SBA)
An independent Federal agency and provides extensive information, counseling, and programs for businesses. Contact: Maurice L. Dube, District Director...View details

Augusta
Small Business Development Centers Augusta Office
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Bangor
Bangor Region Development Alliance
Works to promote business in the Bangor region. Services that are provided include: detailed information on the Bangor area economy - population, production, labor, wages, income, retail sales,...View details

Bangor
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Bangor
Small Business Development Centers Bangor Office
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Belfast
Small Business Development Centers Hutchinson Center
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Bingham
Small Business Development Centers Bingham Office
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Brewer
City of Brewer
Owns and operates its own Industry Park and can supply lots ranging in size from 1 acre and up. Assistance with financing, business plans, site plans development and permitting is also available. ...View details

Brunswick
Mid-Coast Council for Business Development and Planning
A public-private non-profit development corporation that supports business retention, expansion and attraction to improve the regional economy of Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, Richmond, Bowdoinham...View details

Brunswick
Small Business Development Centers Brunswick Office
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Bucksport
Bucksport Office of Economic Development
Bucksport is offers free land to qualifying businesses. Services provided include Various loan, grant, and tax financing programs that offer financing to businesses serving the town of Bucksport,...View details

Calais
Small Business Development Centers Washington County Technical College
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Caribou
Northern Maine Development Commission
A regional economic development agency whose purpose is to make significant contributions to sustain and improve the quality and standard of living for the region and the people of northern Maine....View details

Caribou
Small Business Development Centers Caribou Office
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Ellsworth
Down East Business Alliance (DBA)
DBA assists individuals in Washington and Hancock counties with starting and growing small businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one business counseling, and networking opportunities. Programs...View details

Ellsworth
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Fairfield
Central Maine Regional Information
Sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, services offered include: Business assistance (counseling, business plans, cash flow projections, and market analysis), and business financing...View details

Fort Kent
Ft. Kent Office of Planning and Economic Development
Offers loans ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to businesses located in Fort Kent. Also provides business plan development and small business counseling for existing and proposed businesses in Fort...View details

Fort Kent
Town of Fort Kent
contact: Charles Rudelitch , Dir. Economic Development...View details

Gardiner
Maine Technology Institute
A non-profit organization created by the Maine Legislature to stimulate research and development activity leading to product commercialization throughout the state. contact: Janet Yancey-Wrona,...View details

Hermon
Town of Hermon
contact: Ron Harriman, Economic Development Coordinator...View details

Houlton
Southern Aroostook Development Corporation
A non-profit, private organization dedicated to marketing the 22 towns of southern Aroostook County to businesses from outside of the area that are interested in expanding and/or relocating....View details

Houlton
Town of Houlton
The Town of Houlton believes in being an active participant in the future health and success of its business residents. Incentives at both the local and state level are aggressively utilized...View details

Kittery
Small Business Development Centers Kittery Office
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Lewiston
Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council
The central economic development agency serving Lewiston and Auburn. It is a nonprofit public/private partnership that assists emerging and expanding businesses in the Cities of the Androscoggin....View details

Lewiston
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Limestone
Limestone Development Foundation Inc. (LDF)
Acts as a liaison for the Greater Limestone area and the Limestone Chamber of Commerce. The corporation also surveys and researches community development block and infrastructure grants for the...View details

Lisbon
Town of Lisbon
contact: Rosie Bradley, Director of Economic Development...View details

Machias
Small Business Development Centers Dover/Foxcroft Office
Appointments will be held at client's business Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite...View details

Machias
Sunrise County Economic Council
Assists local businesses that need financial or technical resources to help them succeed and add jobs to the area, and also works with local organizations involved in economic development, connecting...View details

Mexico
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Millinocket
Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council (MAGIC)
The Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council (MAGIC), a nonprofit tricommunity economic development organization, has mobilized resources to assist in site selection and has helped develop...View details

Orono
University of Maine Department of Industrial Cooperation
Acts as a liaison between business, industry, and the University of Maine. Offers the skills, technology, facilities, and equipment of the University of Maine to industry, government, and the...View details

Portland
City of Portland Economic Development Center
Offers comprehensive business assistance focusing on financing, business development, business recruitment, site selection, and marketing. Gives existing companies and start-ups free access to...View details

Portland
Resource Hub
A collaborative economic development initiative that supports and cultivates the growth of the Greater Portland business community by providing a one-stop location for business assistance and...View details

Portland
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Portland
Small Business Development Centers Portland Office
Provides comprehensive business assistance and information services to the small business community through eight centers and sixteen satellite offices. Services include: high-quality, no cost...View details

Presque Isle
Aroostook Band of Micmacs
A Federally recognized indian tribe that provides numerous health, education, housing, and social service programs to Micmac Indians and other Native Americans in Aroostook County. The Economic...View details

Presque Isle
Aroostook County Action Program
Services offered include: Job Start Loan Program; Loans to start or expand a small business. Maximum Loan $10,000, Business Counseling; assisting small business with growth and expansion planning,...View details

Saco
City of Saco
The Saco Economic Development and Planning office and the Saco Economic Development Commission are able to provide businesses with assistance in site searches, to assist in permitting of all...View details

Sanford
Town of Sanford
contact: Mike Ralston & Candice Noble, Community Development...View details

Scarborough
Scarborough Economic Development Corporation
SEDCO is a non-profit development corporation providing site location, business & economic development, and government liaison services for individuals and business seeking either to create...View details

South Paris
EnterpriseMaine
EnterpriseMaine is a family of community-based non-profit organizations and for profit subsidiaries dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in rural western...View details

South Paris
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

South Portland
City of South Portland
The City of South Portland is a coastal community in southern Maine encompassing an area of 12.93 square miles. The city has been referred to as two cities, with the western half of the city...View details

Springvale
Business Information Center
Offers public access to a wide range of information and resources for those starting, running or growing their business including the latest in computer technology, sample business plans, one-on-one...View details

Waterville
City of Waterville
contact: Ron J. Singel...View details

Windham
Town of Windham
contact: William Tracy, Economic Development Director...View details

Wiscasset
Women's Business Center
CEIs Women's Business Center (WBC) is a membership-based organization supporting new and existing women in business. WBC offers access to certified business counselors for both women and men...View details



Statewide and Nationwide Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Statewide
Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans...View details

Statewide
Small Business Administration(SBA) Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)
OVBDs mission is to assist veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors by helping them to learn about, access and effectively utilize all...View details

Statewide
Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP)
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans...View details

Nationwide
Foundation for the Advancement of Marketing Excellence in Entrepreneurs ( FAMEE)
FAMEE is a nonprofit organization that offers online marketing courses tailored to the interests and needs of small and medium sized businesses. Access to online courses, support materials and...View details

Nationwide
SBDCGlobal.com
SBDCGlobal.com is a free, multicultural, web-based trade platform that links the advisors and small business clients of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks in the United States,...View details

Nationwide
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE offers free, confidential small business advice for anyone looking to start, grow and succeed in business. With a national volunteer network of over 13,000 business mentors and 350 chapters,...View details

Nationwide
Veterans Virtual Incubator (VetBizGo)
VetBizGO is a resource and referral community tailored to supporting Veterans in Business. Content promotes awareness, access and use of thousands of no and low-cost federal, regional and local...View details

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