Starting and running a small business requires resources. There are businesses, government groups, and nonprofits ready to help you.
We’ve compiled a list of Bangor small business resources and created tools and guides to help you operate a successful business in Maine.
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Local Resources for Small Business in Bangor
Using local resources can make a big difference. Here are some of the best local resources for small businesses in Bangor.
To get more Maine business resources, visit our Maine Small Business Resources guide.
Upstart Maine is a non-profit partnership that offers the Top Gun Accelerator and an incubation program for promising entrepreneurs. Top Gun is an annual program with a competitive selection process and a low fee for teams. The program entails weekly mentoring, workshops, and talks on relevant topics. The incubator is a monthly lease that provides physical office space, conference rooms, and reception services. Incubator services include ongoing training and access to facility staff.
415 Lisbon St.
Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone Number: 207-866-2406
SCORE Northern Maine
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 at CEI
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.
One Cumberland Pl.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone Number: 207-942-1744
MaineStream Finance offers small business consulting and separate seminars on starting a small business. MaineStream Finance also works with Incubator Without Walls to offer a series of 7 classes teaching the skills needed to grow a successful business. The course is intended for companies that have just launched and are navigating their initial growth period and involves local business leaders to offer one-on-one counseling.
Must be a small business with 5 or fewer employees to register for incubator.
262 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04402
Phone Number: 207-973-3500
New Ventures Maine
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.
VME, UMA at Bangor
1 University Drive
Bangor, ME 04401-4367
Phone Number: 207-262-7843