Events & Announcements

The Sanford 250th Anniversary planning team, in collaboration with the Sanford Performing Arts Center, is seeking Sanford’s best talent for “Sanford On Stage,” a curated showcase of local talent. The showcase, to be held on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00pm, will serve as the capstone event to a year-long celebration of Sanford’s 250th Anniversary.  Participation in the event will be by invitation following auditio... read more
Click here for a printable PDF of the events calendar. ... read more
August 18th will feature the first annual Sanford on Tap, a highly-anticipated signature event for the city's 250th Anniversary, featuring craft beer and hard cider from 14 regional breweries, and food from a host of gourmet food trucks. Goodall Park is the venue for the event, which will feature family entertainment including music, lawn games and inflatables in addition to the fantastic food truck fare and craft brews.  ... read more
As part of the celebration of Sanford's 250th anniversary, McDougal Orchards is hosting a barn dance in their historic barn Friday, July 20th from 5:00 - 10:00 PM. With live music, food and drink for sale, and lawn games for those who get tired of dancing, this event will be fun for all ages! Space is strictly limited, so buy your tickets now: on-line at or in person at Nasson Little Theatre or at the City M... read more
Click here for a printable PDF of Sanford 250th Anniversary Events.... read more
As part of the 250th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Sanford, the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 9 from 10 AM - 2 PM.  There will be activities, food and fun for the entire family, including a skydive demonstration, touch-a-truck event with a huge array of vehicles for kids to get hands-on with, a vintage car show, antique airplanes, raffles, demonstrations and much more!  Entry i... read more
The perennially popular "Let's Dance with the Stars" competition featuring local "celebrities" paired with local professional dancers, is scheduled to return on November 4th at Memorial Gym. The event benefits the Maine Children's Cancer Program. Doors will open at 6:00 and the competition kicks off at 7:00. Information on this year's teams, along with ticket prices and details on where to purchase them, can be found in this flyer.... read more
Earlier this week, a Community Listening Session gathered information, ideas and comments from local residents, developers, businesses, municipal officials and others on what they would like to see happen in the area of the Stenton Trust mill building. You can view a recording of the entire session on-line. Since then, a professional team of developers, architects and designers has been working on drawings and designs that... read more
Sanford is the place to be on Saturday, September 30 if you are looking for a fun family outing! There will be not one, but TWO free events that will offer fun for the whole family: The Great Pumpkin Festival at Number 1 Pond in central Sanford 10AM - 4PM The Great Pumpkin Festival kicks off at 10:00 AM and runs until 4:00 PM, with something for everyone: Kids' zone featuring games, crafts, and other fun activities Car show Crafte... read more
(Photo by Jesse Phillips) This week there will be an opportunity for the Sanford community to explore opportunities to revitalize a key part of its downtown and to create housing for people who work in the Sanford region. The workshop events will focus on the Stenton Mill site (the location of a major fire in late June) and nearby properties and are intended to help the community imagine and discuss the type of redevelopment it would ... read more
The City of Sanford, which owns and operates the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is soliciting proposals from qualified restaurant operators to enter into a lease and operating rights agreement to provide a wide variety of food and beverage support for the traveling public. Proposals must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. EST on September 15, 2017 to be eligible for consideration. The airport has a dedicated space for food ser... read more
Sunday July 23,  2017 8 AM - 9:30 AM:Breakfast at McDougal Orchards 9 AM - 2 PM:Self-guided walk The annual Springvale Farm Walk is a great opportunity for the whole family to experience the variety of Maine agriculture while walking through fields, orchards, woods and pastures.  It is a four-mile, self-guided walk that connects to ten local farms. Featured farms raise sheep, Christmas trees, mushrooms, ... read more
LifeFlight of Maine is having an open house this weekend, Sunday May 21 from Noon to 2pm at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport. The event is being hosted by Southern Maine Aviation, located in the terminal building at 199 Airport Road in Sanford. Come meet the crew and check out the aircraft! Click on the image at right to view the event flyer. Sunday is the kickoff day for National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrat... read more
  Due to the weather, the Young Eagles Flight Rally scheduled for May 6th has been rescheduled for May 20. Kids will still have the opportunity to take to the air on the new date at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport. The event aims to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation, and gives youth aged 8-17 the chance to meet a pilot in person and see what they do, both on the ground and in the ... read more
Each year, the Growth Council creates a brochure highlighting some of Sanford's attractions and events for visitors. From locally produced foods to home grown sports teams, restaurants, museums, trails and more, our little city has a lot to offer the over 12 million people who visit our region each year! The 2017 guide is available from the Growth Council office, the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce or the City Manager's office. Click on the i... read more
Are you ready to kick off the Holiday season? Sanford's annual Holly Daze parade is this Friday, December 2 starting at 5:30 PM on Main Street in Sanford. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be lighting the tree in Central Park following the parade. The festivities will continue on Saturday with activities for the whole family, including horse drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating and ornament making, and much more! For details of activities and tim... read more
Sanford and Springvale residents were invited to attend a public information meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Sanford Junior High School regarding Sanford’s K-8 Elementary School Construction Project. A straw poll to gauge support for the proposed project was held and the project received unanimous support from attendees. Sanford has received approval from the Maine De... read more
Saturday, October 1 is the first annual Great Pumpkin Festival near Number One Pond in Sanford, Maine.  The festival will run rain or shine from 10 AM - 4 PM and will feature a host of pumpkin-related activities including a giant pumpkin weigh-off, a pumpkin regatta race (we know there will be at least one pirate-themed craft!), a pumpkin catapult, and giant pumpkin carving. There will be activities for kids, pony rides, a car show, live music... read more
It is common knowledge that the Sanford High School and Technical Center construction project is well under way (if you haven't viewed the weekly videos of the project's progress, it is well worth doing so on the school's Construction News page.) But Sanford has also been approved by the Maine Department of Education for an additional school project that will incorporate the reuse and renovation of the existing Sanford ... read more
To learn more, view the Maine Jet Rally 2016 FAQs or visit the Airport's Events Page.... read more
The Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) was developed at the State level in part to provide marketing funding for targeted tourism marketing efforts within the State of Maine. The Maine Beaches Association (MBA) used MTMPP 2013 funds to contract with Joe Genender of At Your Service Video Production, to develop a series of fifteen (15) short videos, including one for each MBA chamber and growth council, as well as the fol... read more
Small Business Myths
April 13, 2016
There are some common misperceptions that people starting a small business often fall prey to. This article from Small Biz Survival highlights some of those myths and sets the record straight. Read the article "Beware of Small-Business Myths".... read more
The third annual Sanford International Film Festival will be held this year from May 25th - 29th. The festival committee is looking for additional volunteers to help with the planning and coordination of the festival both ahead of time and during the event.There will be an informational meeting and pizza party for prospective committee members and volunteers: Thursday, March 31st6:00 PM - 7:00 PMSanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerc... read more
SANFORD - Author and columnist Alan Caron will discuss Maine's economy during a special presentation at the Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club's evening social at the Sanford Town Club on Thursday, March 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and enjoy refreshments and Caron's presentation.  Caron is a lifelong Mainer, who grew up in Waterville in a family of mill workers and farmers. He has been a small b... read more
York County Community College's monthly Eggs & Issues forum this Friday, March 18 will feature a panel of speakers from Sanford, Maine, including Mayor Tom Cote, City Manager Steve Buck and Director of the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council, Jim Nimon (shown top to bottom at right). Under the heading: Sanford, Maine: Broadband and New Schools and Tourism Attractions, Oh My! the three will speak about a group of initiatives cu... read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced last week that it is accepting applications for funds through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  The program provides assistance with energy efficiency improvements for agricultural businesses and for small businesses in "rural areas" - defined, for this program, as communities with fewer than 50,000 residents. REAP funds can be used for ... read more
Sanford's Holly Daze celebration starts on Friday, December 4th with the Holly Daze Parade and continues afterward with the lighting of the tree in Central Park.  On Saturday, December 5th there will be wagon rides, a chance to visit with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, ornament making, and a "Character Hunt", where children and their parents can visit various locations to meet characters like Batman, SpongeBob Squarepants... read more
What if, this holiday season, instead of each small business marketing its own products with its own advertising, all of the small businesses joined together and used the same marketing theme to help market the community and get people to shop locally?  "Shift Your Shopping" is a great idea on the SmallBiz Survival website.  The website is running a timely series of articles on how to run a "Shift Your Sho... read more
James Donald of Springvale, a second-year student at York County Community College (YCCC) has been awarded a scholarship from the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for study during the current academic year. Mr. Donald is one of eight Maine community college students to receive a scholarship from MEREDA. This is the third year the organization has provided scholarships for college students in Maine. To qualify fo... read more
MaineBiz reported this week that Women Presidents' Organization, an international advisory group for women entrepreneurs, is launching a new chapter in Portland, Maine. Read the MaineBiz Article here and learn more about the Women Presidents' Organization on their website.... read more
We often think of small Main Street businesses as being at a disadvantage to bigger retailers. This great series from the Small Biz Survival website points out all the advantages that small businesses have.  Each of the links below will take you to one of the articles in the series. #1: Get to Know You #2: Make Customers Feel Loved #3: Fewer Layers #4: More Flexible #5: More Knowledgeable #6: Innovative #7: Benefiting the Local Community   &... read more
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in Saco recently received $1.1 million of new funds through the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) – the largest amount granted to any organization in the state - to make available through loans directly to York County businesses. Jim Nimon, Executive Director of Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council, said: "We are very pleased that FAME has provided revolving... read more
Greenlight Maine is a statewide collaboration of entrepreneurial catalysts and corporate leaders, designed to promote and mentor the development and growth of business in Maine. Through this program, 26 Maine entrepreneurs are competing for a $100,000 cash prize. Prize money for Greenlight Maine is being provided by Maine Accelerates Growth through a grant by The Maine Community Foundation. The competition ... read more
If you haven’t yet seen this great video of the Maine Attraction Water Ski Show team by Navadise Media, check it out!  We are fortunate that this amazing team makes Sanford its home.  ... read more
York County Community College has been awarded a Maine Quality Center (MQC) grant for a FREE training program to prepare unemployed or underemployed Mainers for interviews for open positions at Maine companies. The MQC grant will fund 320 hours of pre-hire training at NO COST to trainees.  Trainees must be Maine residents, have a high school diploma or GED, and have reliable transportation. The training starts October 19th. Training will be offe... read more
How do you turn an empty lot into an opportunity?  This community took a unique approach and made a mini retail village!  Have a look at this article from Small Business Survival.... read more
Does your business provide the "Wow" in its routine transactions?  Finding ways to stand out with your customers - and getting them to share their stories of their experience with you - is great marketing. Check out this article from Small Business Survival for one example that impressed.... read more
Get up in the air!
July 28, 2015
Have you always dreamed of getting a bird’s eye view of the Sanford area and Southern Maine’s rocky coastline? Now you can! Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport offers many different options to get you up in the air. Take a scenic tour in a restored 1933 open cockpit bi-plane or enjoy amazing views from a conventional airplane where everyone gets a window seat. If you crave even more excitement, a helicopter ride may be for you! Don’t want to just sit ba... read more
A co-working space is much more than an office. It is a community of productivity, creativity and support. Learn how a co-working space can help businesses grown in small towns by reading this Small Biz Survival article. ... read more
In this SmallBiz Survival article, learn how important storytelling is to your small business. Read the Article Here ... read more
A recent article posted on Small Biz Survival outlines how to save money while increasing your small business sales. Does this sound like something that might interests you? Read more here!... read more
Don Gooding, executive director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development has launched an online learning platform called that offers courses for entrepreneurs. The course, which costs $50, lets students go through its 25 online learning modules on an "as-time permits basis," and it may be applied to MCED's Top Gun Prep program. Don Gooding, M... read more
Sanford Trails System
July 1, 2015
Did you know there are three trail systems that run through the heart of Sanford and Springvale? The Mousam Way trail is a pathway that goes through woodlands, streets, parkland and back again through the heart of Sanford and Springvale. It follows the general course of the Mousam River through town. Motorized vehicles are prohibited from using the Mousam Way Trails System. Urban Walks are pedestrian routes along the streets of Sanford and Springvale. Historical points o... read more
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is being praised for their role in the local economy. We are proud that 13% of their employees are from Sanford, Maine and are an entrical part of the Shipyard's success. Association President Paul O’Connor stated in a recent news article that he: "added up the economic totals from 2006 to 2014, the last nine years, and the shipyard has added more than $5.1 billion to the local economy. If we didn’t ha... read more
Take a look at this months company profile on Eco Baby Boutique, located in downtown Sanford. Click Here to View Profile... read more
The Sanford International Film Festival is back from May 27th to the 31th!  There is an incredible line-up this year: the cast of North Woods Law will be at the Family venue and Gunnar Hansen, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is appearing at the Horror venue. There will be over 130 films shown during the festival and there is even a screen dedicated completely to French language films!  Family-frien... read more
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. During National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Bus... read more
Does your business need help developing a plan for expansion or financing? Are you a start-up looking for support or wondering what the next steps are to begin your business? The Maine Downtown Center and Women, Work and Community are partnering to bring resources to downtown businesses. Together, they offer some great educational sessions for small businesses, and they may be able to help you! Women, Work and Community offers trainings online, i... read more
There will be a Public Forum on Sanford's high school and tech center construction project this Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 PM in the SHS Cafeteria.  The discussion will focus on the new school’s athletic fields and facilities. For more information on this event or to learn more about the school construction project, visit the school department’s School Construction News page.... read more
Online magazine Maine Eater, part of a nationwide website, has named Sanford's own Mill 67 the best looking new restaurant in Maine!  The photo at right was taken just before Mill 67's opening in March. Read the complete article from the Sanford News here or view the Maine Eater award announcement here.... read more
Does your small business have a marketing plan?  It should - and it doesn't have to be complicated! Read more and learn how to simplify your marketing plan in this article from Small Biz Survival.... read more
If you own a small business and you find you are often "too busy," it may mean you need to examine your time management. Read this article from SmallBiz Survival.... read more
The Importance of Broadband
September 29, 2014
The Growth Council’s Executive Director, Jim Nimon, recently spoke with Bill Nemitz from the Portland Press Herald about the importance of Broadband to our economy. Read the full article from the Portland Press Herald, including Mr. Nimon's comments, here.... read more
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Maine Mentor Network
August 22, 2014
The Maine Mentor Network is a program run by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development that matches entrepreneurs with vetted industry experts who volunteer their time to help them accelerate their success. Want to learn more? Visit the Maine Mentor Network page on MCED's website for more information.... read more
If you a small business owner, or if you are thinking of starting a business, you need to check out one of the best "business basics" resource pages that we have found.  It is on the website and includes free informative “how to” articles, toolkits, links to some excellent free resources and lots more.   View the page here.... read more
How do you know if you should start your own business? Learn 50 signs that point to "yes".... read more
We all struggle at times to motivate ourselves to complete certain projects. This article has some great tips on how to get your project across the finish line.... read more
Sometimes the little things really do matter.  Have you ever thought about how your small compliment might have a big impact on someone else? Read here about “Little Things Leadership”.... read more
We’ve all heard there is a connection between workplace productivity and employee satisfaction – but could there also be a connection between how satisfied people are with where they live and the productivity and economic health of their community?   Check out this interesting article and read the full study from the Knight Foundation.... read more
What is the difference between a small business and an entrepreneur – and is one more important than the other? Check out this article from Small Biz Survival and find out!     (Thanks to Sanford resident Mitch Michaud for his photo of Main Street.)... read more
Have an idea for a new business but don’t feel ready to quit your day job? Check out this article to learn three advantages of starting your own side business. ... read more
If you stand in the right place and line up the courthouse, you will see all of the other buildings that were there in 1920. Sign by Doug Mackenzie.   Check out this sign, located in Marshall, North Carolina, that allows visitors to get a glimpse of what the historic downtown used to look like! View the full article here.  ... read more
In the business world it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture. Have you taken a moment to consider the little things lately? Small actions like crossing you arms and not dusting your office shelves can have affects on your business! Learn how the little things can make a big difference in this Small Biz Survival article!  ... read more