Auburn’s business services include business financing, resources, and incentives. The city offers interactive information systems for current and prospective businesses, which can be accessed by following this link.


Additional resources currently being offered are included below:


Third Space Incentive Program

The Third Space Incentive Program (TSIP) is designed to incentivize the creation of privately owned locations or regularly organized events in public spaces, fostering a sense of belonging and connection among residents. TSIP supports the development of unique spaces that go beyond work and home, providing open areas that promote community gathering and facilitate the formation of genuine relationships. These spaces, driven by various forms and business models, serve as inclusive hubs for hosting community-building activities and programs. Application accepted until August 1.

Third Space Incentive Program

Commercial Agriculture Incentive Program

The Commercial Agriculture Incentive Program will provide up to $5,000 in forgivable loans to assist new or existing agriculture operations start or expand their local food production. This initiative aligns with goals established within the city Comprehensive Plan which aim to “ensure that fresh, local food is equitably accessible to everyone regardless of income or geography” (Objective K.1.1) by “supporting practices that facilitate access to healthy food in residential settings” (Objective K.1.3).

Completed applications and supporting documentation can be submitted to the Business & Community Development Department at

Click here to download the application

Neighborhood Corner Store Grants

The purpose of the Neighborhood Corner Store program is to support the establishment or expansion of essential corner stores which derive most of their revenues from the sale of food and groceries. Find more information for this program below and follow the link to start a new application online (complete the Community Development Grant application).

Program Summary

Click here to start a new application


Micro Enterprise Business Loan

This program is designed to provide access to small businesses and start-ups. It is a streamlined, low barrier program designed to provide access to capital for businesses not traditionally bankable. 

Micro Enterprise Business Loan Program

ARPA Business Loan

The objective of the ARPA Business Loan Program is to increase opportunities for current and future business owners in the City of Auburn area to integrate into the community.

Program Summary

Click here to download the application


Glen E. Holmes

Director of Business & Community Development

207.333.6601 ext. 1159

Zachary W. Maher

Deputy Director of Business & Community Development

Phone:  207.333.6601 ext. 1336

Holli Olivier

Executive Assistant to the Director of Business & Community Development

207.333.6601 ext. 1157

Jamie Longley

General Assistance Manager

207.333.6601 ext. 1411

Kevin Bean

LEAD Coordinator

207.333.6601 X1337 

Jen Morin Edwards

Public Health Manager


Amy Hatter

Community Development Manager

Phone:  207.333.6601 ext. 1332

Cindy McNeil

Business & Community Development Finance Manager

207.333.6601 X1330