Welcome to CEI, a national leader in rural business development.

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) is a nonprofit lender and investor specializing in rural business development and financing. One of the nation’s premier Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), CEI was founded in 1977 in Wiscasset, Maine, to help create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.

CEI supports small and medium-sized businesses, natural resource-based industries including the farm, fish and forest sectors, community facilities, renewable energy, commercial real estate, eco-tourism, and affordable housing. CEI serves communities in Maine, New England, and rural regions throughout the U.S. CEI is Aeris rated.

If you need business advising or financing or want to be a part of investing in your community, we want to work with you.