A network of organizations working together to achieve more.

Our partners include:

The Maine Technology Institute (MTI)

The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is an industry-led, publicly-funded, nonprofit corporation that offers early-stage capital and commercialization assistance in the form of competitive grants, loans and equity investment for the research, development and application of technologies that create new products, processes and services, generating high-quality jobs across Maine.

MTI partners with MCE and other organizations across the state to ensure that Maine innovators and small businesses get access to a complementary system of supports that will enable them to successfully start, sustain, and grow profitable enterprises.


FocusMaine was established to strengthen and revitalize opportunity and prosperity in Maine by accelerating the creation of quality jobs within a few select, traded sectors that have high growth potential, based on global growth projections and Maine’s competitive advantages in those sectors.

These target industries include:

  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Biopharmaceuticals

Using a fact-based, disciplined approach to industry development, FocusMaine acts as a catalyst for the accelerated and sustainable growth and business confidence that energize Maine’s economy. MCE’s partnership with FocusMaine was instrumental in the development of the Cultivator food, beverage and agriculture accelerator program.

University of Maine

The University of Maine System’s primary goal is to provide education and skills for a high-quality and job-ready workforce, along with science and technological innovations to diversify the Maine economy. The university also offers multiple “on-ramps” for private sector collaboration.

The Office of Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Maine helps support new and existing businesses with access to industry experts, sponsored research and development, technology transfer and commercialization. Their work helps innovation across Maine grow, which creates future innovators and new jobs, and enhances the state economy.

MCE works closely with the university and the Office of Innovation and Economic Development to help new and established businesses to grow and contribute to the improvement of Maine’s economy.

Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation

Named for Maine’s premiere entrepreneur and innovator, the Harold Alfond® Institute for Business Innovation has been established to spur economic vitality in Central Maine by nurturing the very talent that will assist in the creation of both jobs and wealth for the area.

The institute provides the platforms from which instruction, training, events, mentoring, and access to talent are all made available within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is an organization of community-minded businesses that serves the greater Lewiston Auburn metropolitan area and beyond. An engine for economic vitality and enhanced quality of life, we challenge business and community to build, lead, and thrive.Through networking events, professional development opportunities, educational scholarships, and practical resources, we help professionals advance and businesses of all sizes grow. Our membership, representing more than 1200 area businesses, is the largest of its kind in Maine. The strength in our numbers allows the LA Metro Chamber to provide a collective voice, advocating for issues, influencing ideas, and facilitating conversations in support of business, commerce, and community.


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.


At DECD, they are more than two dozen experts whose broad mission is to help communities and businesses prosper through a variety of programs providing everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to tourism marketing. Whether your business wants to make a film here, bring a Maine-made product to market, expand an aquaculture project, or explore financing when moving a business to our state, their experienced staff can help.

DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R & D credits, capital loans, even direct investment. Every year, DECD helps Maine communities attract jobs and grow their infrastructure with unique financing programs.