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W W W. M A I N E B I Z . B I Z 61 Fact Book / Doing Business in Maine B U S I N E S S R E S O U R C E S University of Maine Office of Innovation & Economic Development e 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 mar- ketable products and services. Other resources Coastal Enterprises Inc. CEI is an expert in rural business funding, development and financing. It is a private, nonprofit Community Development Corporation and Community Development Financial Institution based in Brunswick. Eastern Maine Development Corp. EMDC is dedicated to establishing a competitive business climate that embraces free enterprise, encourages entrepreneurship, promotes innova- tion, develops a quality workforce, and supports infrastructure investment. Efficiency Maine Efficiency Maine is the independent administrator for energy efficiency programs in Maine. 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. Finance Authority of Maine FAME helps lead the creation of good paying jobs for Maine citizens by working at the nexus between eco- nomic and workforce development. Kennebec Valley Council of Governments KVCOG is a municipal services cor- poration owned and operated by and for the benefit of its members. Maine APICS APICS is a professional association for supply chain and operations man- agement and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. Maine Center for Entrepreneurs Established in 1997, MCE's mission is to build and lead a community of growth-oriented businesses in Maine by providing the training, connec- tions, coaching and mentorship needed to commercialize and grow ideas, products and services — all to drive the growth of Maine's economy. Maine & Co. Maine & Co. provides free and confi- dential consulting services to busi- nesses looking to relocate to Maine or expand within Maine. Maine Development Foundation e MDF is a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the state of Maine. Maine Employer's Mutual Insurance Co. MEMIC is a super-regional specialist organization in workers compensation insurance which has a strong financial profile and is growing in many new territories. Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association e Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association is a business trade association representing main street businesses: inde- pendently owned and operated grocery stores, supermarkets, food and beverage producers and processors, wholesalers and distributors and allied service companies. Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center Maine PTAC is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. is statewide program is hosted by Eastern Maine Development Corp. Maine Quality Centers training/maine-quality-centers e 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 train- ing to their incumbent workers. Maine Small Business Development Centers Maine SBDC concept is a simple but effective concept: assist entrepreneurs and small businesses through no-cost confidential business advising and training. Maine Venture Fund e Maine Venture Fund is a profes- sionally managed venture capital fund that invests exclusively in Maine com- panies that demonstrate a potential for high growth and public benefit. Maine Wood Products Association e Maine Wood Products Association seeks to improve the competitive position of its members and build quality employment in the state by sharing technical, marketing and business expertise. New England Council of State Governments e New England Council of State Governments is a non-partisan alli- ance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations. New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center Inc. NETAAC is a government funded non-profit organization that offers cost- shared assistance for import-impacted manufacturers through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. New Ventures Maine New Ventures has an all-inclusive mission to help individuals venture in new directions with their careers, businesses and personal finances. Northern Forest Center e Northern Forest Center's mission is to build economic and community vitality while fostering sound for- est stewardship across the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. SafetyWorks! SafetyWorks! is an outreach program of the Maine Department of Labor designed to reduce job-related inju- ries, illnesses and deaths. Society for Manufacturing Excellence SME is a non-profit association of professionals, educators, and students committed to promoting and sup- porting the manufacturing industry. Slow Money Maine e mission of Slow Money Maine is to build a diverse network of individ- uals, philanthropists, businesses, non- profit organizations and government entities that are focused on investing in farms and fisheries, and the ecosys- tems that sustain them. SCORE SCORE, the nation's largest volunteer business mentoring service, is a nonprofit association dedicated to provide mentor- ing to individuals in business, or to those thinking about starting a business. Small Business Administration Maine Maine SBA's core mission is to provide access to capital in an inclusive manner. Small Business Administration Maine Women's Business Center business-counseling-development/ womens-business-center e Women's Business Center at CEI offers experienced, knowledgeable busi- ness specialists who can help female entrepreneurs at any stage of their busi- ness, from start-up to expansion. University of Maine Cooperative Extension UMaine Cooperative Extension brings knowledge from the university to you. In 2019 the USS Sequoia, former presidential yacht, was brought by barge to the French & Webb boatyard in Belfast to undergo an extensive restoration. On Mount Desert Island, Hinckley Co., Southwest Boat Corp. and Mount Desert Yacht Yard built over 650 armed services boats during World War II. Maine Maritime Academy in Castine was established in 1941, devoted to nautical training. Bill Coperwaithe, born 1930 in Monticello, Maine, adapted a global shelter, the yurt, to the back-to-land movement. 200 200 IDEAS FOR MAINE'S BICENTENNIAL

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