Business Counseling

Community Concepts Finance Corporation

is a single source of regional information for business relocation, expansion or start-up in Oxford County. CCFC facilitates, coordinates and leads collaborative countywide economic development efforts to attract and retain high-quality employers and employees. It is a single point of contact for data research, site selection, grant access, assistance with permitting, financing and funding options as well as tax and business incentives. CCFC also provides a key connection point to local and state level officials.

Contact:

207-739-6545

Community Concepts’ Small Business Center

provides one-on-one business counseling, loan packaging, and assistance in developing and evaluating a business plan to start-up and expanding small businesses located in Oxford County and surrounding areas.

Contact:

Community Concepts
207-333-6410 (o) or 312-4181 (c)
Zakk Maher
ZMaher@community-concepts.org

Business Answers

is a comprehensive source of information about local and state business assistance programs, Maine’s regulatory and licensing requirements, and other business-related issues. Business Answers can be accessed by phone or the internet.

Contact:

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Amy Landry, Business Development Specialist, AVCOG
207-783-9186 or alandry@avcog.org

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments

in partnership with the US Small Business Administration staffs outreach officesin Rumford, Bridgton and South Paris that offer assistance with business start-up/acquisition, sources of credit and financing, marketing and sales, market research, government procurement, accounting, record keeping and cash flow analysis, operations, personnel management, loan packaging, business liquidation/sale, international trade and other business issues.

Contact:

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
Small Business Development Center
207-783-9186
Larry Giroux mailto:lgiroux@avcog.org
and
Jane Mickeriz jmickeriz@avcog.org

Internal Revneue Service

can provide businesses with information about tax credits and other tax benefits as well as assistance in resolving tax issues .

Contact:

Internal Revenue Service
Business and Specialty Tax Help Line
(800) 829-4933
Shawn Savage, Business Liaison
shawn.s.savage@irs.gov

Maine Department of Agriculture

provides technical assistance on irrigation, new crop development, labor, business planning, and market development and promotion.

Contact:

Maine Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Business and Market Development Program
207-287-3491

New Ventures Maine

offers training for those wanting to explore self-employment, write a business plan, start or sustain business success, or network with peers.  One-on-one assistance, information and referral are available by appointment for start-up, new and emerging entrepreneurs.

Contact:

New Ventures Maine
207-753-6622 (South Paris Outreach Center)
307-753-6505 (Lewiston)
1-800-442-2092 (In State)

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

is a national organization of retired executives and business owners who offer their time, knowledge and resources at no charge to US citizens and Green Card holders wishing to start or improve their business. SCORE counselors provide general business advice from how to write a business plan to cash flow management, investigating the market potential for a product or service, assessing the capital needs to start a business, operating a business, buying a franchise or business, selling a business, and developing a small business advisory board. Local chapters provide free counseling and low-cost workshops in their communities.

Contact:

SCORE Chapter 479 (Oxford Hills in S. Paris)
207-743-0499

Small Business Administration’s website

The Small Business Administration’s website can be a helpful first step in planning, starting, managing as well as selling a business. Go to the website below and click on the tab and entries below the tab to find information and resources that can be helpful at any stage of the business lifecycle.

Small Business Advocate

Maine’s Small Business Advocate serves as an independent voice for Maine small businesses within the state’s regularly system, ensuring it functions fairly and effectively.  The Advocate works directly with small businesses of 50 employees or fewer that have specific grievances with one or more regulatory agency’s enforcment actions.

Contact:

207-215-5871
Peggy Schaffer, Small Business Advocate
Peggy.Schaffer@maine.gov

Women’s Business Center

provides general business support on how to start a business, market a product or service, apply for a loan, improve cash flow, measure progress, increase sales or manage a growing staff. The Center also offers targeted assistance in website use including computer technology, business internet use, website development issues, and website marketing and sales.

Contact:

Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Women’s Business Center
207-778-6529
Betty Gensel, Business Counselor
bjg@ceimaine.org

Business USA

is a centralized, one-stop website to equip small businesses and exporters with the best tools and information available from federal agencies to support innovation and job growth.

Canada Business Network

is an excellent online resource for start-up businesses with “how to” information for starting, planning, financing, managing and growing a business.