Start Your Own Business

for New Mainers

The New Mainers Resource Center supports foreign-trained professionals to restart their careers in the US.

Job Opportunities for New Mainers

Starting Your Own Business

If you’re ready to go it alone and launch your own business, find resources below to help guide you on your journey.

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StartSmart is a free business development program run by Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) that helps immigrants start or grow a business with:


  • Evaluate your business idea
  • Develop a business plan
  • Review location choices
  • Help identify sources of financing
  • Organize your bookkeeping
  • Strengthen marketing and advertising


  • Rebuild your credit
  • Apply for a business loan


  • Permits and licenses
  • Taxes
  • Insurance

Interpreters are available.

CEI’s StartSmart Program
2 Portland Fish Pier
Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 775-1984

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New Ventures Maine

New Ventures Maine interactive classes and workshops are available online. Choose a Class to sign up for free online workshops and classes. We are not offering in-person classes at this time. Individual appointments are available by video conference or phone.

New Ventures Maine (NVME) can help you:

  • Research your idea — can you do it? Is it worth it? Can it bring the necessary income?
  • Get organized and put a plan together.
  • Turn your dream into reality.

Core classes include:

  • Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs
  • Business Basics
  • Introduction to Self-Employment

Other resources include:

  • FDA matched savings for business expenses
  • Individual business advising
  • Introduction to Self-Employment

New Ventures Maine — South Portland
175 Main Street
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: (207) 799-5025

“There is no question that the foreign-born population is key to being able to grow Maine’s economy.” 

Dana F. Conners,
President of the Maine Chamber of Commerce