Business Counseling Resources

Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission: The SMPDC houses the Maine SBDC and the Business Resource Information Center (BRIC). The BRIC provides information, reference material and computer service, including high speed Internet access, for those looking to start up new businesses. In addition, they provide technical assistance on State and federal grant programs.
Phone: 207-571-7065 

Maine Small Business Development Center – Phone: 207-780-4420

SCORE Southern Maine - Free small business counseling in Portland and the Kennebunks. Workshops on subjects ranging from Website Development to Writing a Business Plan scheduled on a regular basis. Phone: 207-536-1143

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Business Development: The Office of Business Development is available to help Maine businesses get started, grow, and tackle everyday challenges. They offer resources on capital investments, workforce questions, marketing assistance, and everything in between. Contact the office for further information at (207) 624-9847 or via email

Greater Portland Council of Governments: Provides business financing in the Kennebunk area. Phone: 207-774-9891

Biddeford-Saco Area Economic Development Corp. assists with gap financing for projects that require cash, fixed asset financing, start-up and working capital and real estate acquisition and development. Phone: 207-282-1748 

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce: Phone: 207-967-0857 

Maine & Company: Provides free and confidential site selection assistance to out-of-state companies considering Maine as a business location. Phone: 207-871-0234

US Small Business Administration: Provides financing and services to small businesses. Phone: 207-622-8551

Maine International Trade Center: Provides international trade assistance. Phone: 207- 541-7400