Partners & Resources
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Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG)
AVOG staff provides a broad array of planning services and support for municipal officials and businesses in the development of community and economic development related projects. Staff is available to assist member communities with project development, planning and assistance with existing financial resources for infrastructure development. Staff provides assistance to communities and businesses on accessing state and federal programs for economic development. A Maine MEP senior project manager is also co-located at AVCOG.
Central Maine Community College (CMCC)
CMCC’s mission is to provide quality, accessible college education and opportunities in career and technical education and for transfer to baccalaureate programs. CMCC provides an educational experience that allows graduates to be productive and successful individuals, be it in the workplace, in upper division programs of study, or in any other personal or professional endeavor they pursue.
Central/Western Maine Workforce Development Board (CWMWDB)
CWMWDB is the primary coordinator for providing comprehensive, professional and timely workforce development services for job seekers and employers in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset Counties.
CWMWDB initiatives have been designed to consider and address the demands and areas of focus for local employers, business, educators and trainers, as well as the skill and education gaps of the available local workforce.
Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc (CCWI)
CCWI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded to administer and oversee the delivery of the workforce system’s services for Local Area 4, which includes Maine’s six coastal counties: York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo and Knox.
CCWI also implements regional workforce development programs and services through grant funding and strives to provide access to jobs, skill development, and business services vital to the social and economic well-being of the communities.
Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2 Tech Council)
The E2Tech Council seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sectors. The Council acts as a catalyst to stimulate growth in this sector by facilitating networking, serving as a clearinghouse for objective information, and leading efforts to promote the sector.
Maine Bio Science - Bioscience Association of Maine (BAM)
BAM is a membership organization devoted to building and accelerating biotech and medical device industry, research and education in Maine.
BAM is the lead organization for the bioscience community in the state, representing Maine's largest employers, emerging start-ups, universities, research institutions, service companies, students, and individuals.
Maine Composite Alliance
The Maine Composites Alliance is comprised of small and mid-sized businesses who work together to recognize and promote Maine’s leadership in the international composite industry. The Alliance enhances the competitiveness of Maine’s existing composite industry and its members by providing opportunities for new commercial ventures and by providing education and training for members and their employees.
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
DECD’s mission is to help communities and businesses prosper through a variety of programs providing everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to tourism marketing. Whether a business is looking to produce a film in Maine, bring a Maine-made product to market, expand an aquaculture project, or explore financing when moving a business to our state, the DECD experienced staff can help.
DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R&D credits, capital loans, event direct investment. DECD helps Maine communities attract jobs and grow their infrastructure with unique financing programs.
Maine MEP is a program of DECD.
Maine Department of Labor (Maine DOL)
Maine DOL is committed to providing quality service and ensuring that the workforce gain the right skills to meet the needs of current and future employers. Maine DOL is dedicated to leveraging the State’s skilled workforce to help Maine compete in the global economy and ensure that employees have career paths that pay good wages.
Maine International Trade Center (MITC)
MITC is Maine’s leading source for international business assistance. Its mission is to expand Maine’s economy through increased international trade in goods and services. MITC is a public-private partnership, funded through membership dues of nearly 300 businesses and organizations, corporate sponsor contributions, and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
Maine Marine Trades Association
Maine Marine Trades Association’s mission is to promote growth, prosperity, and cooperation within the marine industry in Maine; to encourage and publicize educational opportunities leading to and furthering careers in the marine trades; and to encourage and assist in the development of best practices in the marine industry with a focus on the environment, and health and safety.
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII)
MOWII represents companies’ expertise within the Maine ocean and wind energy supply chain, works proactively to promote the expertise of member companies, and provides solutions to local, national and international market participants.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Maine State Chamber of Commerce works to ensure a business climate in which Chamber members, large and small, can compete successfully in the local, regional, national, and world marketplaces. The Chamber advocates on behalf of their interests before the legislature and regulatory agencies, and through conferences, seminars, and affiliated programs. Its advocacy efforts focus on seven central themes: tax reform, health care, workers’ compensation, economic development, environmental, education, and government spending/budget.
Maine Technology Institute (MTI)
MTI is an industry-led, publicly-funded, nonprofit corporation that offers early-stage capital and commercialization assistance in the form of competitive grants, loans and equity investment for the research, development and application of technologies that create new products, processes and services, generating high-quality jobs across Maine.
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA)
MRRA's mission is to implement the Reuse Master Plans for Naval Air Station Brunswick and the Topsham Annex, manage the transition of base properties from military to civilian uses, redevelop base properties, and create new high-quality jobs for Maine.
Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAMe)
MAMe is a non-profit organization comprised of over 300 companies and 100 students in Maine. It provides its membership with education and workforce training, business growth services, cluster initiatives, legislative advocacy, scholarship programs, networking opportunities and industry partnerships.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The national MEP system is a network of manufacturing extension centers that provide business and technical assistance to smaller manufacturers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through MEP, manufacturers have access to more than 2,000 manufacturing and business professionals whose job is to help firms make changes that lead to greater productivity, increased profits and enhanced global competitiveness.
Maine MEP is a program of NIST.
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC)
NMDC is comprised of participating communities and counties in the Northern Maine Economic Development District. NMDC provides federal and state services at the regional and local levels and works with the communities to create the capacity needed to support development. A Maine MEP project manager is co-located at NMDC.
Southern Maine Community College (SMCC)
SMCC is a comprehensive community college providing workforce training and non-credit workshops. SMCC offers higher education programs and business partnerships that prepare people for high-demand and high-wage careers.
TechPlace - Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator
TechPlace supports the business development needs of early stage companies in a shared workspace. TechPlace gives entrepreneurs a place to network with others, research and develop ideas, build prototypes, test products, assemble, grow, and become successful manufacturing and technology companies.
University of Maine Foster Center/Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC)
AMC is part of the University of Maine’s College of Engineering. Its mission is to link the traditional University of Maine activities of education and research with the University’s active industrial support and economic development programs.
AMC is committed to maintaining a first-class facility equipped with the latest manufacturing technologies, design and build prototype, and development projects ranging from large scale fabrications to machined parts with micro-millimeter tolerances. The Center has the ability to expand its range of expertise by working with engineering faculty, other UMaine research centers, and partners in private industry.
University of Maine Office of Innovation & Economic Development
The UMaine Office of Innovation and Economic Development helps support new and existing businesses, links businesses and industry experts, facilitates commercialization activities, such as new innovations developed at UMaine and helps transfer university research and development into marketable products and services. Its work helps grow innovation across Maine, which creates future innovators and new jobs, and enhances the state’s economy.
Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)
The AME is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Members come together to explore lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)
CEI is an expert in rural business funding, development and financing. A private, nonprofit Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Wiscasset, Maine, CEI was founded in 1977 to develop job-creating natural resources and small business ventures in rural regions of Maine, and has grown to serve business funding all of Maine, its primary market, and areas of northern New England and upstate New York.
CEI does its work by funding, lending and investing in small and medium sized businesses, and providing business support and technical counseling services to those who need them. Its mission is to help create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.
Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC)
EMDC is dedicated to establishing a competitive business climate that embraces free enterprise, encourages entrepreneurship, promotes innovation, develops a quality workforce, and supports infrastructure investment, all of which lead to a thriving economy. EMDC is dedicated to advancing economic opportunity throughout Maine, including underserved individuals, communities, and businesses.
Efficiency Maine is the independent administrator for energy efficiency programs in Maine. Efficiency Maine’s mission is to lower the cost and environmental impacts of energy in Maine by promoting cost-effective energy efficiency and alternative energy systems. Efficiency Maine does this primarily by delivering rebates on the purchase of high-efficiency lights and equipment to help customers save electricity, natural gas and heating fuels throughout the Maine economy.
Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
FAME helps lead the creation of good paying jobs for Maine citizens by working at the nexus between economic and workforce development. The organization is charged with supporting the start-up, expansion and growth plans of Maine’s business community. FAME also works closely with Maine’s lending community to improve access to capital as well as to help fill gaps that exist in the State’s capital delivery system.
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments
KVCOG is a municipal services corporation owned and operated by and for the benefit of its members. KVCOG helps its members to deliver cost effective and efficient municipal services, to create a more stable, growing, and diversified regional economy, to improve transportation and communication, and to preserve our natural environment through conservation of resources and wise land use planning and decision-making.
APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain and operations management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard.
Maine & Company
Maine & Company provides free and confidential consulting services to businesses looking to relocate to Maine or expand within Maine. Services include real estate site searches, data collection and analysis, incentives identification and valuation, site visit coordination, workforce analysis, and financing coordination.
Maine Development Foundation (MDF)
The MDF is a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the State of Maine. MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues by: empowering leaders; strengthening communities; and guiding public policy with trusted economic research.
Maine Employer’s Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC)
MEMIC is a super-regional specialist organization in workers compensation insurance which has a strong financial profile and is growing in many new territories. The company maintains a dominant market share in Maine and has executed a careful growth strategy along the Eastern Seaboard in recent years. The MEMIC Group is the fifth largest underwriter of workers' compensation business in New England and is among the fastest growing workers' comp insurers in New York and Florida.
Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association
The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association is a business trade association representing main street businesses: independently owned and operated grocery stores, supermarkets, food and beverage producers and processors, wholesalers and distributors and allied service companies. The Association is vibrant and recognized as the leader in the advancement of Maine’s grocery and food producer industry.
Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Maine PTAC is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. This statewide program is hosted by Eastern Maine Development Corporation. PTAC works with Maine-based companies that are interested in selling their products and/or services to local, state or federal government agencies, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. PTAC's experienced counselors provide a wide range of counseling services to assist Maine clients.
Maine Quality Centers
The Maine Quality Centers provide customized workforce training grants for Maine employers seeking to locate or expand their operations in Maine, or who are interest in providing training to their incumbent workers.
Training programs are coordinated and delivered through Maine’s seven community colleges, and assistance is provided to design a program that delivers the training needed, when and where you need it.
Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Maine SBDC is recognized as a leader in the small business economic and development arenas. The SBDC concept is a simple but effective one: assist entrepreneurs and small businesses through no-cost confidential business advising and training.
The SBDC program helps build and strengthen small businesses through business advising, training and educational resources. Certified business advisors provide guidance on topics such as business feasibility, business plan development, capital acquisition, financial management, marketing and sales, e-commerce, customer service, personnel management, small business strategic planning and more.
Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)
MSGC is an Affiliate member of the national network of Consortia in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Its mission is to improve MSGC’s Affiliates research infrastructure in areas of mutual interest to NASA and Maine; encourage more students to consider careers in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and enhance NASA’s presence throughout Maine.
Maine Venture Fund
The Maine Venture Fund is a professionally managed venture capital fund that invests exclusively in Maine companies that demonstrate a potential for high growth and public benefit. The mission of the fund is to provide resources to attract, support, and help develop eligible small businesses with the potential for substantial growth and success that will contribute to the prosperity of Maine.
Maine Wood Products Association
The Maine Wood Products Association seeks to improve the competitive position of its members and build quality employment in the State by sharing technical, marketing and business expertise. The Association recognizes opportunities to maximize the growth and success of its members through pro-active stewardship of the natural resource and Maine's quality image.
New England Council of State Governments
The New England Council of State Governments is a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the New England region.
The Council’s mission is to identify and support federal public policies and articulate the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England. The Council works to foster positive working relationships between its members and key federal policy makers, including members of Congress and leaders of key federal agencies.
New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC)
New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC) is a government funded non-profit organization that offers cost-shared assistance for import-impacted manufacturers through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. NETAAC was established to aid New England manufacturing companies that have been negatively impacted by import trade. Qualifying businesses receive financial assistance through a cost-sharing model that helps to fund business-building consulting projects. These projects can include marketing and positioning strategies, e-commerce, lean manufacturing implementation, and ISO compliance and registration initiatives.
New Ventures Maine (New Ventures)
New Ventures has an all-inclusive mission to help individuals venture in new directions with their careers, businesses, and personal finances. New Ventures’ programs help individuals recognize strengths, overcome barriers, find resources, develop a plan, take action towards their goals, start a business, find a career, return to school, build assets, and be active in the community.
Northern Forest Center
The Northern Forest Center's mission is to build economic and community vitality while fostering sound forest stewardship across the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The Center advances its mission through network-based programs to create jobs, leverage investment and conserve forests for community benefit. Our program strategy focuses on locally grounded projects to secure tangible benefits for the region’s people, communities and ecosystems.
SafetyWorks! is an outreach program of the Maine Department of Labor designed to reduce job-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. SafetyWorks! Is a voluntary program – it is not OSHA and cannot issue citations or fines. SafetyWorks! provides free services and materials to public and private employers, workers, educators, and the general public. While SafetyWorks! will help businesses regardless of size, priority is given to small businesses.
SCORE, the nation's largest volunteer business mentoring service, is a nonprofit association dedicated to provide mentoring to individuals in business, or to those thinking about starting a business. SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals, both actively employed as well as retired, with time-tested knowledge and perspective to help you succeed.
Because the program is supported by the US Small Business Administration, SCORE is able to deliver free mentoring whether you are starting, growing or experiencing problems with your business. A diverse array of workshops is offered for the new or seasoned business owner, manager or employee.
Small Business Administration Maine (SBA)
Maine SBA’s core mission is to provide access to capital in an inclusive manner. Whether a business is seeking financing or government contracting opportunities, education and training assistance, or making sense of federal or state regulations, the SBA has resources available to help. The Maine SBA, together with partners like SCORE, the Maine Small Business Development Center and the Women’s Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. offer free or low cost confidential, one-on-one counseling, classroom and web-based training, assistance in obtaining business loans, venture capital, surety bonds and government contract.
Small Business Administration Maine Women’s Business Center (SBA WBC)
The Women’s Business Center at CEI offers experienced, knowledgeable business specialists who can help female entrepreneurs at any stage of their business, from start-up to expansion. Within a setting that respects your experience, skills, and learning style, WBC specialists can assist you in building business skills through access to timely, accurate, tailored information and resources.