Best Small Business Resources in the Auburn Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Maine has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Auburn area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Maine.

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Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising

Offers Free Service

Description

The LAEGC is a point of contact for entrepreneurs and local business owners looking to start or expand a business. They can directly mentor and assist with some topics, and will do their best to connect clients with local resources. These services are offered for free and are a great way to talk to an experienced advisor about launching a business.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Suite 400, 415 Lisbon St.
Lewiston, ME 04243
(207) 784-0161

HOURS OF OPERATION:

M-F 9am to 5pm


Auburn SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Maine SBDC Auburn

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


New Ventures Maine

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

New Ventures Maine is a non-profit economic development organization, offering free workshops and one-on-one counseling to adults seeking financial security. This statewide organization has several locations offering classes about starting a business (as well as personal finance and career preparation). The classes are free and offered online and/or in person.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

207.753.6622