Resources for Businesses

Note: See the attachment at the bottom of the page for more resources.

 

Whether you are relocating, expanding your business or starting a new business in Bowdoinham, Nicole is available to help you. Please contact her at nbriand@bowdoinham.com or 666-5531  to set up an appointment.

Below are some organizations that can provide technical, professional and financial assistance.

Midcoast Economic Development District

The role of the Midcoast Council of Governments (MCOG) as a secondary lender is to work with banks and other private and public funding sources to leverage the capital available to small businesses. Business and micro-loans are available to eligible businesses. The business must be located in Sagadahoc County, or in the towns of Brunswick or Harpswell. The business must be unable to finance the proposed project from its own resources or through commercial credit or other Federal, State or local programs at reasonable rates and terms.

Southern Midcoast Chamber

Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber's vision is to increase prosperity in our region. Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber's mission is to champion the growth, success, and quality of life in our region.

Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc.

CCWI’s vision: To meet the changing workplace needs of business and job seekers by creating economic opportunities through developing workforce skills in demand. CCWI supports the regional economy by advancing a range of workforce training services that meet current business needs.

CCWI’s mission: To accomplish our vision of creating economic opportunities, CCWI is committed to the effective use of available resources to improve workforce skills throughout the region. Existing resources are leveraged and enhanced through strategic partnerships with organizations of similar vision, thereby raising the economic capacity of our regional community, its businesses and citizenry.

Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP)

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) is committed to advancing and strengthening Maine's nonprofit sector.

MANP is a membership organization offering professional skill development programs, affordable healthcare and benefits plans, discounts on related programs and services and advocacy resources, and is part of a national network of state associations.

Maine Business Works

Mission: A resource for people who drive Maine's economy: small business, employees, and the service providers who support them.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community

Their mission is “Helping Women succeed in the Maine Economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families.” They offer guidance, classes and workshops at no cost to individuals.

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA)

The Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) is an organization whose mission is to promote an environment for responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the State.

MEREDA accomplishes its mission through legislative advocacy, regulatory oversight, sponsorship of programs and conferences, and by serving as a unified and proactive representative for real estate and economic development interests.

Maine Small Business Development Centers

Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) provide comprehensive business management assistance to the small business community through a network of professional, certified business counselors.

Business owners meet with counselors to address their concerns - from starting, managing and diversifying, to marketing, growing and financing.

Workshops and seminars expand small business know-how and practical applications.

No-cost and confidential - over 90% of clients would recommend the MaineSBDC to other businesses.

SCORE

SCORE ("Counselors to America's Small Business") is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative

BCDI stimulates, grows and sustains healthy local enterprises, creates resilient local jobs, and facilitates collaboration among the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors in the local community. BCDI’s focus is on farms, food, forests, the music the art and the artisans that accompany them and the local businesses that support them.

Resources for Artists and Craftpeople

Hello Bowdoinham Craftspeople and Artists,

I am writing today to touch base with you and pass along some interesting leads I have found. I would also like to begin the process of increasing the awareness of all of the talented artists we have in the Town of Bowdoinham and the bottom line, increasing your business.

Some of these resources you may be well aware of, or be a part of already, some may be new. Feel free to send other interesting things to me, and periodically I will forward them to the group.

Local Arts Organizations:

Five Rivers Art Alliance This is our regional arts organization who just celebrated their 11th year. As well as many other great things, they organize the Friday artwalks in Brunswick and Bath and the Arts Downtown and all around that occurred last weekend. Contact Harriet Mosher at info@fiveriversartsalliance.org

Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans. Going into their 5th year is a group of local artists who do an annual show each December at the Town Hall. Kathy Goddu has done a great job leading this group the last few years. She can be reached at kgoddu@suscom-maine.net

Merrymeeting Arts Center: Created in September 2007 and located in the heart of Bowdoinham has a gallery with rotating exhibits, a Bryce Muir Gallery, and a shop with arts and crafts for sale on consignment. (30% to the center and 70% to the artist). Below is a letter from Kathleen Kenney, the Board of Directors Subdivision on ways to get involved

The Maine Crafts Association has just opened The Center for Maine Crafts off 295 and the Maine Turnpike at the new Gardiner rest stop. This could be a venue for many of you to have your wares seen by thousands of visitors.

The State of Maine Department of Economic and Community Development hosts a website called http://www.mainemade.com/

Listing your business is easy and FREE and you can get marketing materials such as made in Maine tags and logos.

The Maine Arts Commission is the government sponsored arts group in Maine, they have some great resources and list serves for artists. 

Sell online

There are a lot of places on the web where you can sell your items with very small  commissions. Café Press allows you to customize merchandise with your artwork and set up your own store. Etsy.com does a great job marketing their site and has a low commission charge.

I would love to sit down this winter with you and discuss your business and brainstorm ways to help it expand.

Nicole Briand
Director of Planning & Development
Town of Bowdoinham
13 School St
Bowdoinham, Maine 04008
666-5531 
nbriand@bowdoinham.com

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