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:
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.
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 CDBG@AuburnMaine.gov.
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).
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.
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.
207.333.6601 ext. 1159
Deputy Director of Business & Community Development
Phone: 207.333.6601 ext. 1336
Executive Assistant to the Director of Business & Community Development
207.333.6601 ext. 1157
General Assistance Manager
207.333.6601 ext. 1411
Housing Resource Coordinator
Public Health Manager
Community Development Manager
Phone: 207.333.6601 ext. 1332
Business & Community Development Finance Manager