Maine’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges and opportunities for Maine’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. CEI helped them navigate financial aid, pivot their operations, expand their business and start-up new ventures. Now, they face ongoing supply/demand problems, workforce issues and record high inflation.  

From business advice to financing and policy advocacy, we are working hard and creatively to help Maine’s entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome these challenges to ensure that Maine emerges stronger and with a more inclusive economy. 

The work we do is only possible with the support of our donors and funders. The leadership and humanity of Mainers, our small businesses—and you—are more important than ever.

Please consider a donation to CEI this year as you plan your annual gifts. With you, we are building an economy that lifts all people.

On behalf of our team and the entrepreneurs, families and communities we serve, thank you.

CEI is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CEI’s tax identification number is EIN 01-0347504.

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Stewardship, of both of natural and fiscal resources, is a core CEI value. You can support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our Nonprofit profile on GuideStar