New Resource Directories Offer Easy-To-Find Help For Maine Entrepreneurs
A Mount Desert Island nonprofit has launched an online directory of business development resources in a searchable table format.
And Susan Morris, a founding organizer of Startup Maine, this month released the fifth edition of the “Resource Guide for Maine Entrepreneurs” in a downloadable PDF format.
Mount Desert 365, a nonprofit organization in the city of Mount Desert, has aimed beyond a single city with the creation of its new directory, which includes resources throughout Maine that support businesses.
The directory lists at least 350 different entities in Maine offering a variety of services, the organization’s executive director, Kathleen Miller, told Mainebiz.
Entries are grouped into various categories and each entry has a link to that entity’s website. The directory is “a living resource” that evolves with updates, additions and deletions, Miller said.
Director of Operations Alex Birdsall created the directory in cooperation with organizations and individuals across the state. Birdsall credited Morris and his repertoire as a valuable reference that sped up the process of creating the Mount Desert 365 guide.
He also credited Shannon Byers, Certified Business Advisor from the Maine Small Business Development Center of Coastal Enterprises Inc., Judie Sproule of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Martha Bentley of the Department of Economic and Community Development, and Suzanne Hamlin of the Transformative Knowledge Group, who have all reviewed and helped shape the repertoire, he said.
The directory displays information on supporting organizations, programs and opportunities available to assist at any stage of business development. Birdsall presented the directory at the Startup Maine conference in June. Mount Desert 365 shared the directory through Facebook, a newsletter, and the Maine Community Foundation’s Downeast Innovation Group.
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Since the inception of the “Resource Guide for Maine Entrepreneurs” in 2014, Morris wrote in his introduction, “I wanted it to serve as a starting point for entrepreneurs looking for resources in the State of Maine. . It is also designed to help individuals and organizations who support and guide entrepreneurs and startups and seek ways to match resources with those in need. “
Others are welcome to share the guide as a resource on their websites, she added.
Since 2019, the guide has been produced in partnership with Startup Maine.
Resource categories include:
• Training, technical assistance and mentoring
• Funding and capital
• Libraries and chambers of commerce
• Networking and advocacy
• State and regional economic development
• Conferences and events
• News sources
The directory also cites the Maine Small Business Guide, published by the Small Business Administration, as another valuable resource for entrepreneurs and startups.
Morris is an angel investor from Maine, a founding organizer of Startup Maine and TEDx Dirigo, co-founder of NewHeight Group and founder of Susan V. Morris LLC.