Category: Press Release

CEI Announces New U.S. Market Data to Benefit Maine’s Aquaculture and Seafood Companies

April 20, 2021 (Brunswick, ME) –Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) announced that it has acquired and is sharing competitive national seafood industry sales information with Maine’s aquaculture and seafood businesses. The syndicated broadline sales data for key Maine species identifies regional and metropolitan markets in the U.S., taking the guesswork out of where Maine businesses have the best prospects for expanding sales. CEI purchased the data as part of its Maine Seafood Marketing Initiative, a pilot effort to establish a state seafood marketing association promoting all of Maine’s seafood products. The data will be made available upon request to Maine businesses free of charge.  

Madison Park Development Corporation, Bright Community Capital, And Resonant Energy Join Forces to Bring Low-Cost Renewable Energy to Nonprofit Commercial And Multifamily Housing Properties

APRIL 14, 2021 – ROXBURY, MA – As of February 1st, 2021, a unique portfolio of 17 rooftop solar installations totaling 580 kW is now providing a steady stream of low-cost, renewable energy to 430 households in Roxbury, Massachusetts, providing nearly a million dollars in estimated utility cost savings to buildings serving older adults and families with low incomes. Collectively, the panels will produce 16,185,625 kWh over the next 25 years, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 11,470 metric tons.

$1.49 Million Maine New Markets Capital Investment from CEI Capital Management Brings Additional Resources To Saddleback Mountain Ski Resort, Helping To Create Good Jobs And Expand Economic Activity In The Region

April 13, 2020 (Brunswick, ME)—CEI Capital Management LLC announced its $1.49 million Maine New Markets Capital Investment Tax Credit financing to support the ongoing revitalization of Saddleback Mountain Ski Resort (Saddleback) a four-season resort and leading northeastern travel destination in Rangeley, Maine. The tax credit investment will be managed by Arctaris Impact Investors (Arctaris), a Boston-based firm.

CEI Ventures, Inc. Announces Initial Closing of Coastal Ventures V LP, the Good Jobs Fund, at $14.85 Million

March 10, 2021 (Brunswick, ME) – CEI Ventures, Inc. finalized the initial closing of its fifth fund on March 1, 2021 with a capital raise of $14.85 million from 32 accredited investors. A subsidiary of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a non-profit community development financial institution (CDFI) and innovative leader in rural business development, CEI Ventures is one of the only venture capital firms in the U.S. with a mission focus and proven strategy to help create good jobs. Since 1996, including last week’s closing, CEI Ventures has raised over $60 million and invested in 64 companies across five funds, helping to create 2,700 new jobs in geographic regions and with demographic populations often overlooked by traditional venture capital investors.  

CEI Announces Six Businesses Selected for 2021 Maine Tastemakers Initiative

Nichole and Leon Sargent, Owners of Southpaw Packing dba Windham Butcher Shop. Photo: Coastal Enterprises, Inc. February 23, 2021 (Brunswick, ME) – Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) today announced the names of the six Maine food companies selected for the 2021 Tastemakers Initiative: Bristol Seafood in Portland, Luke’s Lobster in Saco & Portland, Good to Go in Kittery, Maine Crisp Company in Winslow, Ocean’s Balance in Biddeford and Southpaw Packing dba Windham Butcher Shop in Windham. The selected companies will receive specialized consulting and investor networking opportunities. This is the fourth year of the Tastemakers Initiative, part of an ongoing partnership between CEI and FocusMaine to support the growth of Maine’s food economy.

Woodforest National Bank Named 2020 BAI Global Innovation Awards Finalist for Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 4, 2021 — Woodforest National Bank® (Woodforest) is selected as a finalist in the Societal & Community Impact Innovation category for the 2020 BAI Global Innovation Awards, a prestigious awards program recognizing financial services organizations that have gone beyond the conventional to bring creative ideas to life, especially during a time of unprecedented change.

Historic Hotel Reopens in Selma, Alabama with Investment from Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund

THE WOODLANDS, TX / January 26, 2021 / The Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund, a high-impact commercial real estate Opportunity Zone fund established by Woodforest National Bank® and CEI-Boulos Capital Management, announced its $2 million equity investment in the redevelopment of the historic, long-shuttered St. James Hotel in Selma, Alabama. The St. James Hotel, the only hotel in downtown Selma, will support the city’s growing civil rights tourism industry and help revitalize the local economy, creating 45 permanent jobs with training, health insurance and other benefits (42 of these jobs will be accessible to people with low incomes). The Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund is the only outside investor in the redevelopment project, spearheaded by Birmingham-based Rhaglan Hospitality, which renovated and expanded the iconic St. James Hotel into a boutique 55-key, Hilton™ Tapestry, full-service hotel.

New Recipe Cookbook for Maine Farmed Sea Scallops

December 17, 2020 (Stonington, Maine) – “Farmed sea scallops from Maine.” That has a nice ring to it and now consumers will have some expert culinary guidance on how to prepare these delicious shellfish. Recipe Ideas for Farmed Sea Scallops. The Whole Story is a new cookbook released today co-authored by local fisherman Marsden Brewer and natural history writer Marnie Reed Crowell, both Stonington residents. CEI announced the release of the publication as part of a three-year initiative funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to further develop scallop farming efforts in the state of Maine.

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