DECD's 'Business Answers' Sees Impressive Growth Year Over Year

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Drew Morris; 207-624-9812

AUGUSTA – Business Answers, an online service designed to make it easier to start and conduct business in the State of Maine and provided by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, has seen tremendous growth since 2010.

Unique visits to the Business Answers site for 2010 (5,559 visits) compared to 2012 (13,263 visits) shows an increase of more than 138 percent. In 2010, data also shows that 32 percent of visitors began or completed the process. In 2012, that number jumped to 54 percent.

“Programs like Business Answers help make Maine a more competitive, more business friendly state,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Government is not in the business of creating jobs; rather, we’re in the business of helping the private sector create the jobs that are welcomed in our state.”

Updated in 2011 as part of Governor LePage's effort to simplify doing business in the state, Business Answers helps individuals determine the business licenses and permits they need to start a business by walking them through a series of questions. Once all questions are answered, a list of licenses and permits is provided with additional information on who to contact for each of the permits.

“The success of Business Answers is evidence that more people are entertaining the idea of starting their own business and that the state can be a partner in helping them,” said DECD Commissioner George Gervais. “Two factors lead directly to this: an improving economy and a more business friendly state.”

Business Answers can be found online at

Complementing the online Business Answers service is a toll-free number available for entrepreneurs to call for information related to opening a business in the state. A member of the DECD staff is available by calling 1-800-872-3838 during normal business hours.

The online Business Answers was developed with assistance from the state’s information technology partner, InforME.