June 3, 2020 (Brunswick, ME) – Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) stands with millions of people worldwide who will not tolerate racially motivated brutality and injustice. To those who spread hate, fear and violence in order to divide us, we say: stop now.
September 24, 2020 (Brunswick, ME)—The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Treasury today awarded $600,000 in financial assistance to Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) for its lending and development services for small businesses. Specifically, $500,000 will be used to expand CEI’s Wicked Fast loans and complementary business advice, financial counseling and workforce development in Maine. An additional $100,000 is restricted for lending in federally designated “persistent poverty” areas that have had poverty rates of 20 percent or more for the past 30 years, none of which are located in Maine. To deploy the latter funds, CEI will partner with peer organizations that serve these places. In 2019, 78 percent of the people and places receiving loans or business advice from CEI had low or very low incomes.
September 23, 2020 (Brunswick, ME) – A new $300,000 grant award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will support Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) in developing its Catalyst Fund, a pool of capital for equity investments to be deployed by CEI’s lending and investment team in collaboration with its food systems program. The fund is designed to grow Maine’s food economy by offering early-stage, patient equity investments paired with business advice and technical support. CEI was selected as one of 52 award recipients out of a nationwide pool of 600 applicants.
Identifies 46 bills, encourages future legislatures to continue critical racial equity work*
Maine Legislature urged to protect its historic preservation tax incentive by coalition of historic preservation advocates and industry leaders
Free training classes to begin early November 2020 in the Downeast region
September 2, 2020 (Brunswick, ME) – CEI recently hired six new professionals to join their accounting, lending and business advice teams. They include: Molly Gerencer, loan and investment officer; Mary Cay Harrington, fund accountant; Grace Mo-Phillips, business advisor; John Michael Nadeau, senior accountant; Nikki Yanok, associate loan and investment officer; and Jenn Stein, business advisor & food systems specialist with our Small Business Development advising team.
Charles J. Spies, III Announces Retirement; Traci R. Vaine to Succeed as CEO on October 1, 2020
August 17, 2020 – The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).The money is part of the $11 million Maine received from the federal CARES Act for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Approximately $2 million of the allocation is being made available through the Micro-Enterprise Grant Program in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Center. The funds for the program are being distributed through Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG), Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), and Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission (SMPDC).
June 15, 2020 (Brunswick, ME) – The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently donated $100,000 to Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) to assist in providing services to those impacted by COVID-19 in Maine.