Helping You Build a Business You Love.

You have big ideas. Our business experts and lenders have advice and capital to help you succeed. Together, we can build a brighter future, one business at a time.

What We’re About

Just like you, we want to be a part of vibrant communities that support their residents and can weather a changing climate. Places where race, gender or rural location don’t limit your ability to access a good job or start a business. Boosting community-centered business like yours — that consider people and planet — is our way of getting there.

Whether it’s providing a good job, a gathering spot, or a great product, entrepreneurs and small businesses owners are core to their communities, especially in Maine and other rural areas. 

Flexible Financing Options for Your Small Business

Bank loans aren’t for everyone. If you’ve gotten a “no” or don’t even know where to start — our friendly lenders work with you, and our advising team, to get you “loan ready.” Then our range of flexible financing options lets us pick a product that meets the needs of your business.

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Maine Ocean Farms 

“The oysters produced by Maine Ocean Farms are regarded as some of the best on the East Coast and are served across Maine…”

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The Good Crust

“Heather Kearner opened The Good Crust in September of 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop her…”

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Crown Fried Chicken & Kebab

“Visit Crown Fried Chicken & Kebab any day of the week and you’re likely to find an eclectic mix of patrons there. Since…”

Business Advisors That Have Your Back

Starting or running a business isn’t always easy. Whether you would like to connect with peers, need in-depth training, or just want to ask a simple question, our team of advisors is committed to help you succeed — from “just an idea” to grand openings and beyond.

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House of Languages

“Dolgormaa Hersom has spent years serving Maine communities as a talented and passionate interpreter, but she consistently dreamed of something more. In 2011,…”

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Brodis Blueberries

“For nine generations, the Brodis family have tended to their lands in Hope, Maine. Over the years, their immense efforts have slowly turned…”

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OystHERS Raw Bar and Bubbly

“In the summer of 2022, in the midst of the immense grief of losing their father, Sadia and Lauren Crosby set out to…”

Get in Touch

We’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions, want to start a loan application, or simply want to learn more about CEI, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We have offices in 13 locations to better serve your community.


30 Federal Street
Suite 100
Brunswick, ME 04011


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