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Maine Center for Entrepreneurs Announces Inaugural Class of Compass Outdoor Industry Program

PORTLAND, Maine, March 10, 2022 – The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) together with its partner Maine Outdoor Brands (MOB), announced the participants in the inaugural MCE Compass training program launched this month. The new ten-week program provides Maine businesses in the outdoor industry with valuable learning sessions, contacts and insights from subject matter experts […]

Outdoor Recreation Industry Experts to Support Emerging Maine Outdoor Businesses and Entrepreneurs through New Compass Program

PORTLAND, Maine, February 2, 2022 – The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) announced today that it is partnering with Maine Outdoor Brands (MOB) to provide in-depth training and networking to outdoor industry product, service, and retail companies seeking to expand their businesses. The new ten-week program called MCE Compass, is made possible by a grant […]

24 Companies Selected for Annual Statewide Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

January 17, 2022 Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and Partners Announce the 2022 Top Gun Class (Portland, ME) The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) along with its partners, the University of Maine, the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College, announced today the 24 businesses selected […]

Tom Rainey “Bullish on Entrepreneurship” Article by Mainebiz

PHOTO / TIM GREENWAY Tom Rainey, executive director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, says diversifying and having a back-up plan are important strategies for entrepreneurs. By Laurie Schreiber Tom Rainey is executive director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs in Portland. Through training, connections, coaching and mentorship, MCE helps innovators fill the gaps between their industry […]

MCE Expands Seafood/Aquaculture Business Support

August 10, 2021 (Portland, ME) – The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) announced today that Emily Lane, President, Blue Lobster Consulting, Vinalhaven, Maine, has been engaged to support a growing number of seafood and aquaculture clients in MCE’s food industry programs. The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) will expand services for Maine’ food industry by […]

Maine Continues to Emerge as a Great Place to Start a Business – 207 Maine

Many Mainers are finding that their home state is becoming a strong and supportive location for getting their small businesses off the ground. “One reason for the growth of startups in Maine is the support from organizations like the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs,” says Sam Rogers, from News Center Maine. Watch the video here.

$1M Committed to Kickstart Bioscience Cluster Programs for Entrepreneurs

Maine’s growing bioscience industry will get some additional support with the formation of a new “bioscience cluster” initiative. Launched yesterday by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs in Portland, the initiative will aim to support bioscience innovators, entrepreneurs and startup companies involved in human and animal biology, pharmaceutical, marine and agricultural science, and healthcare innovations, according to […]

“Top Gun” Entrepreneur Showcase Winner 2021 Announced

PORTLAND, Maine, May 27, 2021 – The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) along with its partners, the University of Maine, Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College announced today that The Cubby, from the Waterville Region cohort has won the annual Top Gun Showcase pitch […]

Newly Released Numbers Offer Positive Sign for Maine’s Food and Beverage Companies

First Increase in Total Food and Beverage Sales Since the Start of the Pandemic (Portland, ME – May 7, 2021) New data shows the first positive trend in Foodservice since the start of the pandemic. Numbers from Brian Todd Associates of Census Bureau Data shows March 2021 had the first increase (+5.4% over previous year) […]