Partner Services

Maine offers a robust network of support services for manufacturers.
AVOG provides a broad array of planning services and support for municipal officials and businesses in the development of community and economic development related projects. Staff can assist member communities with project development, planning and budgeting for infrastructure development, as well as accessing state and federal economic development programs. A Maine MEP senior project manager is co-located at AVCOG.
CMCC’s mission is to provide quality, accessible college education and opportunities in career and technical education and credits that transfer to baccalaureate programs. CMCC provides an educational experience and leadership team building that allows graduates to be productive and successful individuals in the workplace, upper-division programs of study, or any other endeavor they pursue.
CWMWDB is the primary coordinator for providing comprehensive, professional and timely workforce development services for job seekers and employers in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset Counties. Their initiatives consider and address the needs of local employers, business, educators and trainers, as well as the skill and education gaps of the available local workforce.
CCWI is a non-profit that administers and oversees the delivery of the workforce system’s services for Local Area 4, which includes Maine’s six coastal counties: York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo and Knox. CCWI also implements regional workforce development programs and services and strives to provide access to jobs, skill development, and business services vital to the social and economic well-being of the communities.
CEI is an expert in rural business funding, development and financing. CEI develops job-creating natural resources and small business ventures in rural regions of Maine, and has grown to serve all of Maine, its primary market, and areas of northern New England and upstate New York. CEI funds, lends and invests in small and medium sized businesses, and provides business support and technical counseling services to those who need them. Its mission is to help create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.
The E2Tech Council seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sectors. The Council acts as a catalyst to stimulate growth in this sector by facilitating networking, serving as a clearinghouse for objective information and leading efforts to promote the sector.
Bioscience Association of Maine (BioME) is a trade organization which promotes the industry’s steady growth, interprets its benefits to the public, and influences public policy. BioME aims to advance economic growth and opportunities within the life sciences community in Maine by allocating equal involvement in life sciences advocacy, education, economic development, workforce development, and attracting out-of-state business.
The Maine Composite Alliance is comprised of small and mid-sized businesses who work together to recognize and promote Maine’s leadership in the international composite industry. The Alliance enhances the competitiveness of this industry and its members in Maine by providing opportunities, education and training.
DECD’s mission is to help communities and businesses prosper. The DECD offers programs providing everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to tourism marketing. Whether a business is looking to produce a film in Maine, bring a Maine-made product to market, expand an aquaculture project, or explore financing when moving a business to our state, the experienced DECD staff can help. DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R&D credits, capital loans, event direct investment. DECD helps Maine communities attract jobs and grow their infrastructure with unique financing programs. (Maine MEP is a program of DECD.)
Maine DOL is dedicated to leveraging the State’s skilled workforce to help Maine compete in the global economy and ensure that employees have career paths that pay good wages. Their website offers employers information on labor laws, hiring, training and more.
MITC offers customized consulting and research, affordable trade show participation, and an extensive network of connections across Maine and around the world to help businesses expand global markets for their products and services. A public-private partnership, MITC activities are supported by annual membership dues of nearly 300 businesses and organizations, corporate sponsors, and the Maine DECD.
Maine Marine Trades Association’s mission is to promote growth, prosperity, and cooperation within the marine industry in Maine; to encourage and publicize educational opportunities leading to and furthering careers in the marine trades; and to encourage and assist in the development of best practices in the marine industry with a focus on the environment, and health and safety.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce works to ensure a business climate in which Chamber members, large and small, can compete successfully in the local, regional, national, and world marketplaces. The Chamber advocates on behalf of their interests before the legislature and regulatory agencies, and through conferences, seminars, and affiliated programs. Its advocacy efforts focus on seven central themes: tax reform, health care, workers’ compensation, economic development, environmental, education, and government spending/budget.
MTI is an industry-led, publicly-funded, nonprofit corporation that offers early-stage capital and commercialization assistance in the form of competitive grants, loans and equity investment for the research, development and application of technologies that create new products, processes and services, generating high-quality jobs across Maine.
MRRA implements the reuse of the Naval Air Station Brunswick and the Topsham Annex, manages the transition of base properties from military to civilian uses, and redevelops base properties, thereby helping to create new high-quality jobs for Maine.
MAMe is a non-profit organization comprised of over 400 companies and 100 students in Maine. We serve our membership by providing business development, member services, legislative advocacy, scholarship programs, career connections for students and job seekers and networking opportunities and events.
The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. As a NIST MEP approved Center, Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Maine.
NMDC provides federal and state services at the regional and local levels within the Northern Maine Economic Development District and works with the communities to create the capacity needed to support development.
SMCC is a comprehensive community college providing workforce training and non-credit workshops. SMCC offers higher education programs and business partnerships that prepare people for high-demand and high-wage careers.
TechPlace supports the business development needs of early stage companies in a shared workspace. TechPlace gives entrepreneurs a place to network with others, research and develop ideas, build prototypes, test products, assemble, grow, and become successful manufacturing and technology companies.
AMC is part of the University of Maine’s College of Engineering. Its mission is to link the University of Maine’s traditional education and research activities with its active industrial support and economic development programs. AMC maintains a first-class facility equipped with the latest manufacturing technologies, design and build prototype, and development projects ranging from large scale fabrications to machined parts with micro-millimeter tolerances. The Center has the ability to expand its range of expertise by working with engineering faculty, other UMaine research centers, and partners in private industry.
The UMaine Office of Innovation and Economic Development helps support new and existing businesses; links businesses and industry experts; facilitates commercialization activities such as new innovations developed at UMaine; and helps transfer university research and development into marketable products and services.
The AME is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Members come together to explore lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.
The AME is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Members come together to explore lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.
CHP TAP offers complimentary screenings, technical assistance, and expert advice to help determine if Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is a good fit for your site. CHP—sometimes referred to as cogeneration—provides a cost-effective, near-term opportunity to improve our nation's energy, environmental, and economic future. CHP is an efficient and clean approach to generating on-site electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. As leading experts in CHP—as well as microgrids, heat to power, and district energy—we work with sites to screen for CHP opportunities as well as provide advanced services to maximize the economic impact and reduce the risk of CHP from initial screening to installation.
EMDC is dedicated to establishing a competitive business climate that embraces free enterprise, encourages entrepreneurship, promotes innovation, develops a quality workforce, and supports infrastructure investment, all of which lead to a thriving economy. EMDC advances economic opportunity throughout Maine, including underserved individuals, communities, and businesses.
Efficiency Maine is the independent administrator for energy efficiency programs in the state. Efficiency Maine’s mission is to lower the cost and environmental impacts of energy in Maine by promoting cost-effective energy efficiency and alternative energy systems. Efficiency Maine does this primarily by delivering rebates on the purchase of high-efficiency lights and equipment to help customers save electricity, natural gas and heating fuels throughout the Maine economy.
FAME helps lead the creation of good paying jobs for Maine citizens by working at the nexus between economic and workforce development. The organization is charged with supporting the start-up, expansion and growth plans of Maine’s business community. FAME also works closely with Maine’s lending community to improve access to capital as well as to help fill gaps that exist in the State’s capital delivery system.
KVCOG helps its members deliver cost effective and efficient municipal services to create a more stable, growing, and diversified regional economy; to improve transportation and communication; and to preserve our natural environment through conservation of resources and wise land use planning and decision-making.
APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain and operations management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard.
Maine & Company provides free and confidential consulting services to businesses looking to relocate to Maine or expand within Maine. Services include real estate site searches, data collection and analysis, incentives identification and valuation, site visit coordination, workforce analysis, and financing coordination.
The MDF is a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the State of Maine. MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues by: empowering leaders; strengthening communities; and guiding public policy with trusted economic research.
MEMIC is a super-regional specialist organization in workers compensation insurance which has a strong financial profile and is growing in many new territories. MEMIC provides employers with safety training services and the best workers’ compensation products at the lowest possible cost and promotes fair and equitable treatment for all workers.
The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association is a business trade association representing main street businesses: independently owned and operated grocery stores, supermarkets, food and beverage producers and processors, wholesalers and distributors and allied service companies. They offer members access to health insurance, energy programs, scholarships and more.
Maine PTAC is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. PTAC works with Maine-based companies that are interested in selling their products and/or services to local, state or federal government agencies, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. PTAC's experienced counselors provide a wide range of counseling services to assist Maine clients.
The Maine Quality Centers provide customized workforce training grants for Maine employers seeking to locate or expand their operations in Maine, or who are interest in providing training to their incumbent workers. Training programs are coordinated and delivered through Maine’s seven community colleges, and assistance is provided to design a program that delivers the training needed, when and where you need it.
The Maine SBDC concept is a simple but effective one: assist entrepreneurs and small businesses through no-cost confidential business advising and training. The SBDC program helps build and strengthen small businesses through business advising, training and educational resources. Certified business advisors provide guidance on topics such as business feasibility, business plan development, capital acquisition, financial management, marketing and sales, e-commerce, customer service, personnel management, small business strategic planning and more.
MSGC is an affiliate member of a national network with a mission to improve research infrastructure in areas of mutual interest to NASA and Maine; encourage more students to consider careers in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and enhance NASA’s presence throughout Maine.
The Maine Venture Fund is a professionally managed venture capital fund that invests exclusively in Maine companies that demonstrate a potential for high growth and public benefit. The mission of the fund is to provide resources to attract, support, and help develop eligible small businesses with the potential for substantial growth and success that will contribute to the prosperity of Maine.
Since 1961, the MFPC has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy, representing its diverse needs of anyone who has an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource. We serve our community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground. We represent our members at the Maine Legislature, across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the nation.
The New England Council of State Governments is a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in this region. The Council identifies and supports federal public policies and articulates the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England. The Council works to foster positive working relationships between its members and key federal policy makers, including members of Congress and leaders of key federal agencies.
NETAAC offers cost-shared assistance for import-impacted manufacturers through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. NETAAC was established to aid New England manufacturing companies that have been negatively impacted by import trade. Qualifying businesses receive financial assistance through a cost-sharing model that helps to fund business-building consulting projects. These projects can include marketing and positioning strategies, e-commerce, lean manufacturing implementation, and ISO compliance and registration initiatives.
New Ventures has an all-inclusive mission to help individuals venture in new directions with their careers, businesses, and personal finances. New Ventures’ tuition-free programs help individuals recognize strengths, overcome barriers, find resources, develop a plan, take action towards their goals, start a business, find a career, return to school, build assets, and be active in the community.
The Northern Forest Center's mission is to build economic and community vitality while fostering sound forest stewardship across the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The Center offers network-based programs to create jobs, leverage investment and conserve forests for community benefit.
SafetyWorks! is an outreach program of the Maine Department of Labor designed to reduce job-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. SafetyWorks! is a voluntary program and provides free services and materials to public and private employers, workers, educators, and the general public. While SafetyWorks! will help businesses regardless of size, priority is given to small businesses.
SCORE provides mentoring to individuals in business, or to those thinking about starting a business. SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals, both actively employed as well as retired, with time-tested knowledge and perspective to help you succeed. Because the program is supported by the US Small Business Administration, SCORE is able to deliver free mentoring whether you are starting, growing or experiencing problems with your business. A diverse array of workshops is offered for the new or seasoned business owner, manager or employee.
Maine SBA’s provides access to capital in an inclusive manner. Whether a business is seeking financing or government contracting opportunities, education and training assistance, or making sense of federal or state regulations, the SBA has resources available to help. Together with its partners, the Maine SBA offers free or low cost confidential, one-on-one counseling, classroom and web-based training, assistance in obtaining business loans, venture capital, surety bonds and government contract.
The Women’s Business Center at CEI offers experienced, knowledgeable business specialists who can help female entrepreneurs at any stage of their business, from start-up to expansion. Within a setting that respects your experience, skills, and learning style, WBC specialists can assist you in building business skills through access to timely, accurate, tailored information and resources.

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