Business Development for Refugees and Immigrants

StartSmart is a free business development program that helps immigrants start or grow a business with:

Expert Advice

  • Evaluate your business idea
  • Develop a business plan
  • Review location choices
  • Help identify sources of financing
  • Organize your bookkeeping
  • Strengthen marketing and advertising


Legal and Regulatory Requirements

  • Permits and licenses
  • Taxes
  • Insurance

Call 207-775-1984 and ask for John, or email to schedule your first appointment. Interpreters are available.

Portland Office:2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 201Portland, ME 04101


Directions: At the intersection of Commercial Street and Center Street, turn onto the Portland Fish Pier. Follow to the end (past Bristol) until you come to the Marine Trade Center. We are on the second floor.


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