Since 1977, the Maine SBDC has been recognized as a leader in the small business economic and development arenas. We are here to answer your questions, big or small!
We’ve compiled key information to consider as you move forward. But as always, never hesitate to reach out to a Maine SBDC advisor for one-on-one assistance.
Maine SBDC is here to support the launch, growth, and success of Maine’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. We are your cheerleaders and your sounding board as you make critical decisions that impact the future of your (new or existing) business. With over 40 years of experience, the goal of the Maine SBDC is to “teach you to fish”, helping you more confidently navigate the challenges (and rewards) of business ownership.
Business advising is provided at no charge to small business owners thanks to the support of funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Maine Department of Community and Economic Development, the University of Southern Maine, and others.
Maine SBDC has locations throughout the state, including a center on the University of Southern Maine Portland Campus. To find a location near you, please visit our site location finder. Meetings with a business advisor can be arranged in person and virtually.
Yes, all SBDC representatives agree to abide by the federal guidelines within the Privacy Act of 1974. Information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be released to any parties outside of the Maine SBDC network. Your information will not be sold or provided to other organizations. Specific information on you and the nature of your engagement with the SBDC will not be released without your consent. No information that you provide will be used to the commercial advantage of any SBDC representative or to the advantage of a third party.
In most cases, grants for for-profit businesses are not widely available and those that are can be very difficult to obtain. Most grants are funded by your tax dollars and are set up to address a particular economic or social concern or issue. They come with strict qualifications, eligibility, record-keeping, and reporting requirements. Read more in our blog here.
The SBDC does not have any money to loan but your business advisor can suggest appropriate sources for funding that meet your business’s needs. The best funding for your business will depend on your situation. Sources of funding might include commercial bank loans, local community lenders, venture capital, equity investments, grants, or special loan insurance/guarantee programs.