Helping immigrants and refugees start or grow a business

We have assisted immigrants and refugees from over 101 countries of origin transfer their skills and experience to business ownership in Maine. Let us help you start or grow your Maine business too.  

Interpretation services are available upon request. Click on the links below for a description of CEI’s services in your language.

We work to help you transfer your skills and experience to business ownership in Maine.

We provide no-cost access to:


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


  • Rebuild your credit
  • Apply for a business loan


  • Permits and licenses
  • Taxes
  • Insurance

Let us know how we can help you

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