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Local Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Augusta
City of Augusta
The Office of Economic and Community Development provides a full range of services to businesses considering expanding or relocating to Augusta, including site location assistance, regulatory...View details

Augusta
Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community
WWC operates out of seventeen local sites statewide to help individual business owners build skills, gain confidence, and develop networks. Services include business planning, training, and other...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 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 Hydro Electric Company
The state's second largest electric utility, serving 110,000 customers in eastern and east coastal Maine. The company serves an area encompassing 5,200 square miles.Bangor Hydro provides a wide...View details

Bangor
Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
The Center serves family business owners, managers and employees through a wide variety of seminars and workshops. Also assists individuals in accessing business counseling and financing programs,...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

Bangor, Lewiston,
& Portland

Maine International Trade Center (MITC)
The Maine International Trade Center is Maine?s center for international business assistance. Formed in 1996, the Trade Center provides technical assistance and trade counseling, import and export...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

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

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
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

Dover-Foxcroft
Piscataquis County Economic Development Council
Countywide economic development organization developed to foster economic development in Piscataquis County. Services offered include: business counseling, market development, and licensing and...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
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments
Services offered include business counseling, assistance in business plans, cash flow projections, and market analysis. The KVCG also offers supplemental financing for businesses for the purpose...View details

Gorham
Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Established by the University of Southern Maine to serve entrepreneurs and small businesses by offering easy access to educational courses, workshops, and research projects at the University...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
Maine Quality Center
Sponsored by Maine's Technical Colleges, the Quality Center offers education and training for new or expanding businesses at no cost. contact: Diane Dostie, contact...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

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

Mechanic Falls
Mechanic Falls Development Commission
A private, non-profit economic and community development agency. Its mission is to attract and retain business in Mechanic Falls and to improve the community's appearance, infrastructure and...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

Naples
Lake Region Development Council
A full-service economic development organization supporting the towns of Bridgton, Casco, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Windham. Business assistance and advocacy is free and confidential for...View details

Portland
Center for Business and Economic Research
Run by the students and staff of the University of Southern Maine to provide economic modeling, technical assistance, detailed research on Maine's labor force, and measurements of Maine's economy. contact:...View details

Portland
Greater Portland Council of Governments
Administers various loan programs throughout Cumberland Country. Programs include the Development Fund, which can provide up to $200,000 to communities to loan to businesses for the purpose of...View details

Portland
Maine Grants Center
Offers information on programs, resources, grant opportunities, grant writing tips, Maine consultants, and grant workshops. contact: Tom Bickford, Director...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

Portland
Southern Maine Economic Development District (SMEDD)
Provides businesses in York and Cumberland Counties with business information, financing programs, procurement assistance, research, and technical assistance. contact: Neil Allen, Economic...View details

Presque Isle
City of Presque Isle
Offers various low interest loan programs ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 for acquisition, equity capital, working capital, and other business activities needing gap financing. Business must...View details

Rockland
City of Rockland
Operates a micro-business loan program for the City of Rockland, and the Towns of Thomaston, Union, Rockport and Warren. The funds were provided from two CDBG grants. Direct loan for up to $15,000...View details

Saco
Biddeford-Saco Area Economic Development Corp.
A non-profit partnership between the Cities of Biddeford and Saco, and the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Services offered include: Business counseling, business information,...View details

Skowhegan
Skowhegan Economic Development Corporation
Provides various loan programs to businesses up to $200,000, tax increment financing, business counseling, and market assistance to businesses in Skowhegan. ...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

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

Winterport
Freedom Group
Operates Freedom Park, an industrial and commercial incubator in Hermon, Maine. Freedom Park houses over 70 businesses in 54 buildings and also offers sites ranging from .5 to 9.48 acres for...View details

Wiscasset
Lincoln County Economic Development Office
A service delivery organization for business assistance in Lincoln County. LCEDO provides access to a full menu of assistance services through its affiliations with the Lincoln County Commissioners,...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
BusinessFinancing.org
A non-promotional website built to help guide business owners with simple and straight-to-the-point facts about financing....View details

Statewide
Maine Business Works
Offers information on business assistance agencies, business resources, loans and financing programs, labor force profiles, census information, help with a business plan, and technology assistance....View details

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
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
MicroMentor - Mercy Corps
MicroMentor is a free online service that connects small business owners with business mentors. MicroMentor puts experience to work by offering business professionals meaningful volunteer opportunities...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

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