Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 community development financial institution (CDFI) founded in 1977 with a mission to build a just, vibrant and climate-resilient future for people and communities in Maine and rural regions by integrating finance, business expertise and policy solutions in ways that make the economy work more equitably.
Over the past 45 years, the CEI family of organizations has invested $1.53 billion in 3,222 businesses and projects that are changing Maine’s employment landscape and creating positive economic ripple effects in rural regions throughout the U.S.
Grow good jobs, livelihoods and diverse small business ownership
Advance a just transition to a climate-resilient future
Deepen and broaden our impact by advancing a deliberate systems change agenda
CEI works to build a just, vibrant and climate-resilient future for people and communities in Maine and rural regions.
CEI staff and board members are united and motivated by our mission to build an economy that works for everyone. We are proud of our history and roots in the Civil Rights Movement, and dedicated to working in partnership with organizations, businesses, legislators, and communities to create economic opportunity for all.
Careers at CEI
Work with an incredible team of skilled professionals focused on economic development in rural regions.
Incorporated in 1977, CEI made its first loan to the Boothbay Fish & Cold Storage Facility.