Start or Grow a Business

#1 State in New England to Start a Business
-WalletHub, 2019

#1 in the nation for Employment Vitality of women-owned businesses
-The State of Women Owned Businesses, 2019

149,355 Small Businesses call Maine home
-US SBA, 2020

Maine has been named the best state in New England to start a business, which is no surprise considering that our state has a long history of entrepreneurship and supporting businesses. “Yankee Ingenuity” runs in our blood, as evidenced by our fifth-generation fishermen and fisherwomen, innovative forest products manufacturers, and advanced biotechnology companies.

As part of our 10 Year Strategic Economic Plan and our recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, Maine is making historic investments in innovation and Maine businesses to continue this legacy. This includes an $8 million investment in advancing diversity in the business community and $21 million to expand broadband access throughout the state. Now is the perfect time to launch or expand your business in Maine.

Here at the Office of Business Development, helping you start or grow your business is our number one priority. 

We understand that creating or expanding a business is a big undertaking – do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions.

Tell Us About Your Business

Whether you’re starting a business, expanding operations, or interested in moving your company to Maine, the OBD team is ready to connect you to the resources you need to help meet your business goals. Start by sharing information about your business with Maine DECD.  Fill out a Maine Business Information Form (BIF) here. It’s fast and easy!

Note: Information that you wish to keep confidential should not be included in your BIF submittal.


“DECD is helping Ready Seafood bring new technology to our state-of-the-art lobster processing facility in Saco.”

– John Ready, Ready Seafood (Saco)