Business Planning

Seeking resources to assist you in planning, financing and managing your aquaculture business? You’ve come to the right place.

Below is a comprehensive list of resources to assist you in all facets of planning, financing and managing your aquaculture business.

Business Startup Guide for Young Entrepreneurs, developed by IgniteSpot, is full of great resources for young people looking to start a business.

Coastal Enterprises Inc. provides financing and business consulting services from its principal office in Brunswick.

Eastern Maine Development Corporation provides a variety of business resources in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and portions of Waldo County

Efficiency Maine offers a variety of business incentive programs to help reduce energy costs

Finance Authority of Maine helps businesses access capital to grow, expand and succeed

Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to advocacy, education, and leadership in promoting responsible aquaculture practices.

Guide to Federal Aquaculture Programs and Services The National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 2801, et seq.) section 4(e)(5) requires that a catalog be developed and made available describing all Federal programs and activities that directly or indirectly encourage, support, or assist U.S. aquaculture.  The Guide was prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture under the National Science and Technology Council’s Life Sciences Subcommittee with the goal of fulfilling this requirement.

Maine & Company works to help out of state businesses to move to Maine

Maine Angels help entrepreneurs by investing in and mentoring early stage companies

Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center Established in 1988 by the Maine Legislature with a mission to assist in developing economically and environmentally sustainable aquaculture opportunities in Maine. MAIC sponsors and facilitates innovative research and development projects involving food, pharmaceuticals, and other products from sustainable aquatic systems; invests in the enhancement of aquaculture capacity in Maine; serves as a source of educational information to enhance public visibility and acceptance of aquaculture; and encourages strategic alliances tasked with promoting research, technology transfer, and the commercialization of aquaculture research.

Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development is a private non-profit founded in 1997 that helps Maine’s most promising entrepreneurs to grow through innovation

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry both provides assistance in developing new markets for aquaculture products and manages several grants programs to assist aqua farmers

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development provides a variety of business development services through their Governor’s Account Executive Program

Maine Department of Marine Resources manages the aquaculture leasing program

Maine International Trade Center is Maine’s leading source for international business assistance

Maine Small Business Development Centers provide comprehensive business management advice and education services to Maine from six locations throughout the state

Maine Technology Institute 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

Maine Venture Fund is a professionally managed venture capital fund that invests exclusively in Maine companies that demonstrate a potential for high growth and public benefit

Resources for Maine Entrepreneurs June 2018 provides a starting point for entrepreneurs seeking resources in the state of Maine.

SBIR/STTR Programs provide federal research funding and technology transfer solutions for small businesses

SCORE Maine is a volunteer organization of retired executives providing counseling and assistance to those wishing to start or improve their business.

US Army Corps of Engineers, 2014 guide to working in a waterway or wetland