Economic Development Resources

Business Associations

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce https://lametrochamber.com/

Maine Chamber of Commerce http://www.mainechamber.org/

Maine Assoc of Non Profits http://www.nonprofitmaine.org/

LAEGC-https://laegc.org/

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments- http://www.avcog.org/

State and Federal Information

Doing Business in Maine https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/businessanswers/index.pl

Internal Revenue Service https://www.irs.gov/

Maine Dept of Corporations http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/corp/index.html

Maine Dept of Economic & Community Dev. http://www.maine.gov/decd/

Maine Dept of Labor http://www.maine.gov/labor/

Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership http://www.mainemep.org/

Maine Small Business Development Center http://www.mainesbdc.org/

Maine Tax Information http://www.maine.gov/revenue/salesuse/salestax/salestax.html

Small Business Administration https://www.sba.gov/

US Patent and Trade Mark https://www.uspto.gov/trademark

Funding Sources and Helpful Business Assistance Sites

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments http://www.avcog.org/

BusGate http://buzgate.org/8.0/me/state_home.html

Community Concepts http://www.community-concepts.org/for-businesses/business-assistance/

Maine Small Business Development Center http://www.mainesbdc.org/

New Ventures http://newventuresmaine.org/find-a-center-2/western/

Small Business Administration https://www.sba.gov/

SCORE https://androscoggincounty.score.org/

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. - https://www.ceimaine.org/

Other Financing

EB-5 program- https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-fifth-preference-eb-5/about-eb-5-visa-classification

Historic tax credit and other tax credits- http://www.maine.gov/mhpc/tax_incentives/

Workforce development tax credit- http://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/cdbg/programs.shtml?id=1438

Maine technology and development grants

Foreign trade zone- https://laegc.org/services/business-services/#business-incentives

https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/cargo-security/cargo-control/foreign-trade-zones/about

Pine Tree Zone-  http://www.maine.gov/decd/start-grow/pine-tree/