Are you ready to expand your business in Maine? Are you looking to hire more workers and increase production? Whether you’re hiring five employees or 50, trying to tap into new markets, or seeking to increase your revenue, the Office of Business Development is here to support you and your business. Feel free to reach out with any questions; we’re here to help.
The State of Maine does not vet or endorse any specific resource, but we are confident you will find supports that match your needs.
Maine Resource Compass
Filterable database of 350+ resources from across the state
Resources for Entrepreneurs
Download Startup Maine’s Guide to Resources for Maine Entrepreneurs (PDF) for Maine-specific resources for business financing, local economic development partners, networking, and more.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA offers a variety of resources to help business owners grow their company, including funding resources, technical assistance, support for selling to the federal government, and disaster relief programs.
Download the SBA’s Small Business Resource Guide for Maine (PDF) to learn more about SBA and other federal programs to help small businesses. Also includes a list of Maine funders, Chambers of Commerce, and more. Get in touch with the Maine SBA District office.
Research and Development Resources
List of R&D resources to help you develop your next product, improve an existing product, and grow your business through innovation.
List of Business Accelerators throughout Maine that can help your business get to the next stage with funding, mentoring, and a spirit of collaboration.
Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Maine MEP can assist with plant layout, equipment arrangement, and lean manufacturing flow recommendations to streamline your manufacturing process and help you grow production as efficiently as possible.
Maine Mentor Network
The key to unlocking your business’s growth potential may be learning from a more experienced business owner. The Maine Mentor Network at the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs creates space for this by giving entrepreneurs access to experienced mentors who want to help them succeed.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) Business Advising
CEI offers a variety of business advising programs for business owners that are looking to grow, including one-on-one consultations, training workshops, industry-specific advising, and resources for women-owned businesses.
ACE (Association for Consulting Expertise)
ACE maintains an online directory of members who provide consulting services to businesses. There is no vetting of these consultants, so any potential client needs to do their own due diligence.
Brownfield Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP)
VRAP is a Department of Environmental Protection program that allows applicants to voluntarily investigate and clean up brownfield properties in exchange for protections from Department enforcement actions.
Governor’s Award for Business Excellence
These awards recognize Maine businesses that are models of success, innovation, and excellence as the state works to realize its strategic economic development plan. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply.
SBA partner that provides free business mentoring for small businesses, including help with business planning, early-stage financing, and critical operational support. SCORE has chapters around the state which offer access to volunteer mentors and business education workshops.
Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
SBA partner that offers a wide array of business advising for Maine entrepreneurs. They also have great resources on their website, including funding options, this Startup Checklist and this helpful FAQ (PDF).
StartSmart at CEI
Free business development program that helps immigrants start or grow a business with expert advice, financing, and assistance navigating legal and regulatory requirements. Interpreters are available.
New England Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
SBA partner that provides free entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.