Why do business in Southern Midcoast Maine? Reasons include:
- The lowest cost of doing business in New England (source Milken Institute)
- 10 year tax incentives via the Military Redevelopment Zone Program
- Superior quality of life
The Southern Midcoast Region is an ideal location for doing business. The combination of a qualified labor force, superior healthcare, and strong public and higher educational systems, combined with Maine’s renowned quality of life and place, create the perfect setting for business.
A centralized location on the I-295 and Route 1 corridor, coupled with easy access to Portland International Airport and Brunswick Executive Airport, and the realization of Amtrak service to downtown Brunswick, make transportation and access easy. Visit Southern Midcoast Maine, and learn what we have to offer both for your business, and your life.
The Southern Midcoast region welcomes business attraction. There are also fiscal advantages to locating in the Southern Midcoast. Companies can benefit from the numerous Military Redevelopment Zones, which create 10 year tax incentives for qualified businesses. The recent closure of NASB in May, 2011 has created significant opportunities for cost effective land re-use and development. Contact the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) for information on how to acquire land or facilities at Brunswick Landing: Maine's Center for Innovation.
Businesses looking for other locations can consider the Brunswick Commerce Center for developable space. Another great resource would be any one of our local commercial Realtors or Developers, who have the knowledge and understanding to help you find the space that’s right for your business.
A strong academic environment, including Bowdoin College, Southern New Hampshire University, branches of University College and Southern Maine Community College create the skilled labor force necessary to meet business’s needs.
Midcoast Region Business Information
Midcoast Council of Governments (207-443-5790. Supports business retention, expansion and attraction to improve the regional economy Brunswick, Harpswell and towns in Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties.
Topsham Economic Development 207-725-6200
Town of Brunswick 207-721-0793
Coastal Enterprises 207-882-7552
Lincoln County Economic Development Office 207-882-7564
Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. 207-725-5472. Helps businesses and individuals meet changing workplace needs This is done by: (1) helping reduce dependency on state/federal resources, (2) developing business oriented services and products that fill identified gaps, (3) strengthening and expanding local, regional and statewide partnerships, and (4) ensuring a pipeline of skilled and "ready to work" workers to meet the needs of area businesses. Because of its unique relationships with the Maine Department of Labor, Educational Institutions, and Small Business and Economic Development entities, Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. is uniquely positioned to provide the leadership and expertise to help build Maine's mid-coast region into a system for success.
Information When Starting A Business Or For An Existing Business:
Maine Small Business Development Centers, SBDC at CEI: 504-5886
Maine Business Works is an on-line resource with information on training programs, funding options and general resources for small business owners.
Maine Dept. of Economic & Community Development promotes and facilitates access to state financing and training resources. (locally located with MCBDP, 443-05790)
Women's Business Center Women's Business Center
Maine Business Works (207) 780-4949
For young entrepreneurs SBA Teen Web site
U.S. Chamber of Commerce partnering with U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bring you the Ready Business Mentoring Initiative which is designed to offer practical assistance in preparing your organization for a broad range of hazards.
Veterans Business Development Offices serve the veteran entrepreneur by formulating, executing and promoting business plans.