• Business News & Resource Blog

    Check here for a roundup of information, news, workshops, financial assistance opportunities, and more to help your business survive and thrive.
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    $5000 Business Grants still available for micro-enterprises

    The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the SBDC will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The second round of funding to this program is now available and can be accessed by individuals across the state who meet eligibility criteria.

    Jessie Perkins

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    Maine Department of Labor seeks input from employers

    The Maine Department of Labor is in the process of enhancing the employment services that they provide. As part of the state’s 10 year economic development plan, increasing Maine’s workforce participation rate is one of the plans goals. One strategy being explored, that may have some impact in boosting employment in Maine, is making MDOL's services more accessible to both employers and job seekers.

    Jessie Perkins

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    Pledge to Protect ME for Visitors to Maine

    DECD has launched the Pledge to Protect ME, an online alternative to the Certificate of Compliance form required for visitors before booking lodging. The Pledge is linked from the VisitMaine.com Travel Protocols page for visitors. FAQs for businesses with detail on how the Pledge is implemented is available at MOTPartners.com.

    Jessie Perkins

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    Updates and Workshops from SBA about PPP, EIDL, and more

    Learn more about the latest developments on key business assistance loans and grants.

    Jessie Perkins

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021
    IRS Update on Economic Stimulus Payments

    The Internal Revenue Service today urged people to visit IRS.gov for the most current information on the second round of Economic Impact Payments rather than calling the agency or their financial institutions or tax software providers

    Jessie Perkins

    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Local Initiative Support Corporation: Rural Relief Small Business Grants

    As part of LISC’s continuing commitment to elevate its impact in rural America, OneLISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants program.

    Jessie Perkins

    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Take the 2021 Moving Forward Business Survey by Dec 23

    Take the survey by Dec. 23 to create a broad picture of the state of business in Maine as we enter the new year after 9+ months of living and working through the pandemic.

    Jessie Perkins

    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Labor Laws & Ordinances to know about

    Minimum wage increase, paid leave laws,

    Jessie Perkins

    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    News and workshops from the SBDC

    Maine's Small Business Development Center offering grants, planning resources, and workshops on buying a business, Quickbooks, PPP Forgiveness, and turning your side hustle into a small business.

    Jessie Perkins

    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Face covering/masks now required in all indoor public settings regardless of size or location

    With widespread community transmission and increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Maine, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order (PDF) that simplifies and strengthens the enforcement of the State’s face covering requirement. Moving forward, owners and operators of all indoor public spaces – regardless of the type of entity or size – must not allow those who refuse to wear a face covering to enter or remain in their venue. Previous Executive Orders had required enforcement in some but not

    Jessie Perkins