Business Resources

The Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council wants to connect you with the many public and private resources that are ready to assist you in your plans to start, grow or locate your business.

Contact information for each organization is listed below. If you have any questions about other resources please contact the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council at 207-608-4176 or


Maine International Trade Center (MITC):

Maine International Trade Center (MITC) provides assistance to businesses involved or interested in international trade. Training programs, conferences, counseling and technical assistance are available. The Trade Center also coordinates foreign trade missions to develop export markets for Maine businesses.

Contact: Maine International Trade Center, 207-541-7400.

Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP):

Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) helps small and medium sized manufacturers in Maine succeed in the modern market place. Experienced Maine MEP project managers can help transform manufacturing enterprise from traditional to world-class by providing assistance with lean manufacturing, technology transfer, ISO 9000/12000 certification and energy and environmental assessments as well as offer expanded opportunities to do business in the supply chains of original equipment manufacturers and other customers.

Contact: Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, 207-623-0680 or 1-800-MEP-4MFG.

Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Maine PTAC):

Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Maine PTAC) offers procurement technical assistance and counseling to help market products and services to federal and state governments. Access to contract opportunities, information, resources and education on government prime contracting and subcontracting is available.

Contact: Maine PTAC, 1-800-339-6389.

Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC):

Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC), at no cost to potential and existing business owners/managers, provide comprehensive business management assistance, training , and information services to Maine’s small business community. Maine SBDC business counselors are qualified small business professionals, have diverse educational and business experience and are dedicated to helping Maine’s small businesses succeed. Maine SBDC operates a network of service centers and outreach offices located conveniently throughout the state.

Contact: Maine Small Business Development Centers, 207-780-4420.

Business Answers:

Business Answers, Maine’s business information resource, provides assistance in most areas of starting and operating a business in Maine. In addition to providing information about state small business development resources, this program offers one stop business licensing assistance over the phone or internet. This service helps businesses identify state licensing requirements that pertain to them and provides applications and information needed for business operation.

Contact: Department of Economic and Community Development, Business Answers Program.  In Maine, call 1-800-872-3238.  Outside Maine, call 1-800-541-5872.


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