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Small Business Development Center

Over 98% of the firms in Maine are classisfied as small, yet they provide 85% of the jobs. CEI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides technical services which help strengthen the companies that are vital to the state's economy. The SBDC operates one of the seven subcenters of the Maine Small Business Development Center (MSBDC).

With considerable experience in manufacturing, construction, research, or service sectors, all SBDC counselors understand the challenges of daily operations, finances, marketing and personnel. SBDC counselors also bring professional qualifications in certified public accounting, engineering, law, electronics and management.

In 1998, the SBDC at CEI held over 1,000 meetings with 440 clients, averaging over two meetings per client. Numerous workshops were held on such subjects as "Starting Your Own Business" and "Marketing Your Small Businesses."

Statewide, SBDC clients increased their sales revenue by almost $50 million and have accessed almost $40 million in financing as a result of SBDC assistance.


  • Telecommunications Assistance
  • The Small Business Learning Center
  • Library Resources
  • Federal, State and Local Resources
  • Maine Small Business Development Centers

    The MSBDCBusiness Assistance Program helps small businesses grow through business counseling, training, conferences, seminars, trade shows and business research. Headquartered at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, this statewide network has seven subcenters and 15 satellite offices.


  • SBA 504 Program: A flexible business finance program.
  • Green Fund
  • Financing your Business Start-Up: Examples of several possible ways to finance your business.
  • Business Plan Worksheets

  • Feasibility Study
  • Marketing Plan
  • Business Plan Checklist
  • Cash Flow Worksheet
  • The Business Entity

    Brief outlines of the various types of business entities.

    How to Reduce Your Business Costs

    For more information, please contact:
    Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
    Small Business Assistance Center
    Tyrell A. Russell, Business Technician,
    P.O. Box 268
    Wiscasset, Maine 04578-0268
    207/882-4340; FAX: 207/882-4456