An independent agency of the United States federal government formed to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns
The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) is a private non-profit founded in 1997 that helps Maine’s most promising entrepreneurs to grow through innovation. Historically a traditional business incubator that offered entrepreneurs space located on an academic campus, MCED is now a leading edge virtual resource for the most promising growth oriented companies. Their particular strength is enabling non-debt financing through training, coaching, mentoring and connections.
For more information contact Don Gooding
Or visit their website at www.mced.biz
Economic & Community Development helps to promote the Town of Brunswick as a great place to do business, a great place to live, and a great place to visit. They strive to facilitate capital investment, job creation, business activity and property tax base expansion by attracting prospective businesses and supporting the expansion and retention of existing local businesses. They work to connect business and community development projects with available state and federal grant opportunities, such as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The Town of Brunswick, supports the initiatives of and works with the Brunswick Downtown Association (BDA), in fostering a vibrant downtown.
For more information, contact Linda Smith
Or visit their website at www.brunswickme.org
The Town of Yarmouth, Maine epitomizes the best in Maine communities – a New England style main street (known as the “Village”) with a combination of old homes and small businesses, a beautiful parkway along the picturesque Royal River, a sheltered port in Yarmouth Harbor and a diversified commercial base along U.S. Route 1. What makes Yarmouth special is that so many of their 8,300 plus residents contribute their time and efforts to make Yarmouth a warm and welcoming community of caring individuals, thus exemplifying their motto, "Our Latchstring Always Out."
For more information, contact Denise Clavette
Or visit their website at www.yarmouth.me.us
Located in the historic city of Portland, Maine and founded in 1969, the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is a voluntary non-profit organization with a distinguished history of service to the municipalities, public service agencies, and citizens of the Greater Portland region. GPCOG’s members include 26 municipalities and stretching from Casco Bay to western Cumberland County, and the County of Cumberland. Organized pursuant to state enabling legislation, GPCOG is governed through a Board of Directors composed of elected and appointed officials from its membership. Through its professional staff and guided by a set of Sustainability Principles as adopted by the GPCOG Board in September 2008, GPCOG offers a range of planning and municipal services and programs.
For more information contact Caroline Paras
Or visit their website at www.gpcog.org
Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) is a mission-driven lender and investor specializing in rural economic development in Maine and throughout the U.S. CEI combines financing, advising services and policy leadership to help create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.
CEI works closely with small and medium-sized businesses that drive sustainable local economies and quality jobs, including natural resource-based industries in the farm, fishery, aquaculture, forestry, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism sectors; as well as community facility and affordable housing development.
For more information contact Jennifer Sporzynski
Or visit their website at www.ceimaine.org
Like many Maine coastal communities, Topsham is defined by the woods and waters that surround it. Topsham borders Merrymeeting Bay, one of the Northeast's natural wonders. The town encompasses nearly 44 square miles and is a suburban residential community with a strong and growing business base. Historic neighborhoods and houses can be found in many areas around town. Drive a mile or so and you will find yourself surrounded by lush green fields, open farmland, the beautiful views of the Bay and many more spectacular views. Most importantly, what you will find is home. Topsham's progressive school system, low crime rate, several defined historical neighborhoods and beautiful tree lined streets make it the ideal place to raise a family.
For more information, contact John Shattuck
Or visit their website at www.tophshammaine.com
The Community Development Office is responsible for research, application and administration of a majority of the City's grants and serves under the City Manager. The Community Development Office is responsible for the following: Improve the City through community involvement and investments in affordable housing, neighborhood renewal, public infrastructure and facilities, and downtown revitalization; Assist with securing economic development opportunites through the management of City owned and managed properties; Manage nearly $1 million in Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds that have been awarded to the City by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the assessment and clean-up of Brownfields sites.
For more information, contact Scott LaFlamme
Or visit their website at www.cityofbath.com
FEDC is a private, non-profit corporation that provides free and confidential assistance to current businesses looking to establish or expand in Freeport, Maine. Simply stated, they pursue the economic development goals set by the Freeport community. Their staff is dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs, business owners and residents in any way that fulfills their mission. FEDC partners with the community to promote sustainable economic growth that strengthens and diversifies the economic base and enhances the quality of life and unique character of Freeport.
For more information, contact Keith McBride
Or visit their website at www.freeportecon.com
The SBA’s new ScaleUp America Initiative is designed to help small firms with high potential “scale up” and grow their businesses so that they will provide more jobs and have a greater economic impact, both locally and nationally. The SBA has structured this community-focused initiative with local entrepreneurial ecosystems in mind: a key emphasis of the program is building and strengthening entrepreneurial networks within a particular community, so that firms can grow by leveraging and complimenting the existing resources and expertise in their areas. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp initiative supports community efforts to deliver cohort-based, intensive assistance to established high-potential small businesses and entrepreneurs that are primed for growth beyond the start-up or early stages. The initiative provides funds to organizing entities in local communities to:
- Deliver a proven entrepreneurship education curriculum for growth-oriented entrepreneurs and small businesses
- Provide on-going one-on-one support
- Provide mentoring and technical assistance
- Facilitate connections to growth capital
- Identify opportunities to build and strengthen connections and networks in their community
Learn more about the ScaleUp Program