Starting a Business
Business Answers Program
Provided by the Department of Economic & Community Development, Maines online Business Answers service provides free information about doing business in Maine. The online Business Licensing Assistant will lead you through a series of questions about the type of business you are trying to start, and provide a list of licenses, permits or qualifications you need.
Business Answers also includes a searchable directory that allows you to find a specific business license or permit by keyword, category or agency.
MaineBusinessWorks, a program of Maine Small Business Development Centers and the Department of Economic & Community Development, provides access to a broad array of business development assistance available throughout the State of Maine including business education, financing programs, and small business information and/or assistance.
- Business Plan Basics
Tips and sample forms from Finance Authority of Maine
- Capital Sources for Your Business (fact sheet)
- Financing Glossary
- Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
If you decide to incorporate or become a limited partnership or a limited liability company, you will need to register your entity with the Bureau of Corporations at the Office of the Secretary of State. If you form a sole proprietorship or a general partnership, you do not need to register your business entity with the state. However, there may be state, city, or town permits or licenses that are required to operate your business. Business Answers can help you determine the forms you need.
- Register online for Maine sales & use tax and/or income tax withholding
- Business Licensing
Find out about workshops, financing, and small business assistance.
- Basic FAQ
Registering your business, getting a business license, registering as an employer.
- How to Organize Your Business
- Registering Marks with the State of Maine
- DOT Official Business Directional Signs
Apply for a permit to post a directional sign to your business on a public roadway.
- Driveway/Business Entrance Permits
Constructing a new driveway to your business? Find out the regulations and permit process.
Construction, Electrical, and Plumbing Codes/Permits
Construction permits and inspections, including electrical and plumbing, are managed at the town level in Maine. Contact your town office for information. To obtain contact information for your town office or locate a municipal website, visit the Maine.gov Local Government portal.