Join us on May 1 in Portland! On May 1, Coastal Enterprises (CEI) welcomes guest speaker, Will Rosenzweig, founder of the Republic of Tea, to keynote our annual celebration. We’ll return to Brick South, in Portland, to host an early evening program and showcase of over 60 businesses that have received advice or financing from us. These portfolio companies represent industries vital to Maine’s economy, including food and beverage, textile, renewable energy, technology, nature-based tourism, healthcare, childcare and more. We will provide a compelling presentation, refreshments, networking opportunities, and a shopping bag!
10 Business Owners Make up Entrepreneurship Class in Katahdin Region
Melissa Law of Bumbleroot Organic Farm asks congressional appropriators to support conservation, local/regional food, and beginning farmer programs that help producers thrive
Of the eleven winners of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2019 Maine Small Business Awards, four worked with CEI to plan and finance their growing enterprises. They are Ahmed Abbas of Ameera Bread in Portland, Rebecca and Troy Delano of Alfred’s Upholstery & Co. in Alfred, Kathleen O’Heron of Jynx Productions in Yarmouth and Amber Elliott of Alternative Wellness Services in Biddeford.
Machias, Maine- Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) has named Ruth Feldman as Program Director of the Women’s Business Center at CEI with a focus on rural Maine. She joins a team providing advice to women entrepreneurs across the state since 1995, when the Women’s Business Center at CEI was founded.
Augusta, ME – From shellfish growers and farmers to doctors and home-grown clean energy businesses, a wide range of Mainers testified today in support of a bipartisan bill to spark action on climate change.
Maine business owner Mariama Jallow arrived in the U.S. from The Gambia with a dream of opening her own business. With business advice from CEI’s Startsmart program, Mariama not only opened her business, Mariama’s Beauty Supply, but also led the charge to pass legislation allowing hair braiders to work in Maine without a cosmetology license. She recently received a CEI Wicked Fast loan. Last month, Mariama was invited to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about her experience starting and growing her business. Mariama recently testified before The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Growth, Tax, and Capital Access in Washington, DC.
The overall outlook is promising for Maine to develop scallop aquaculture.
Three capital providers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine come together to support renewable energy.
New Report from The Nature Conservancy and Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Recommends Strategies to Make Renewable Energy More Available, Accessible and Affordable Across the Region
A collaboration between CEI and The Nature Conservancy helps municipalities install solar arrays with no money down as developers are able to pass along better project pricing.