Welcome to the Maine Office of Business Development's Domestic Trade program, a new resource to help Maine businesses better access U.S. domestic markets to sell their goods, products, and services. In alignment with Maine's 10-Year Economic Development Strategy, the Domestic Trade Program also aims to support innovators and entrepreneurs as they scale-up their operations.
This program builds on existing domestic trade efforts across the state and attempts to address the strategy and data gaps in the current ecosystem. DECD, the University of Maine, and consulting firm Camoin 310 have partnered to identify critical market data needs to shape our Domestic Trade Program. This partnership and evaluation of Maine's domestic trade efforts occurred between June-December 2020. This work was incredibly helpful in identifying the gaps in Maine's system and where additional resources are needed. Prior to Camoin's work, we also surveyed Maine business owners about domestic trade challenges. The results of that survey are here.
For an overview of how Maine is performing overall with respect to domestic trade, see Camoin's recent work product.
Using the results of the Domestic Trade Baseline Study performed by Camoin and the University of Maine, the Office of Business Development is in the process of ramping up its program to directly assist businesses with domestic trade. Part of this work will include supplying businesses with market data (and analysis) to help inform critical business decisions with respect to domestic markets. We will be complementing and collaborating with existing groups and organizations in Maine, not duplicating others' efforts.
The Office of Business Development is eager to talk with you and meet at your place of business (or virtually) to learn more about your domestic trade efforts and help you navigate existing resources and access new data. For domestic trade assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.