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April 28, 2016

27 Maine small business nab $690K in grant funding

On Thursday, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development announced that seven communities across the state have been awarded $690,300 in funding under the Community Development Block Grant Program.

That program is administered by the Office of Community Development within DECD. The latest round includes funding from the Micro-Enterprise Assistance grant program.

"These awards have a direct impact on the economic stability and sustainability of Maine's small businesses," DECD Commissioner George Gervais said in a release. "The investments made in these communities not only benefit the individual businesses; they also help create new career opportunities for Maine people. The grants represent the LePage administration's commitment to becoming better partners with the private sector, leveraging new private investment to achieve greater prosperity across Maine."

  • Lubec: $75,000 in assistance to four businesses: The Lubec Brewing Company, for expansion of two 80-gallon fermenters and inventory; Love at First Light, for store lighting and inventory tracking system; Old Crow Gardens, to add a greenhouse, tilling tractor and the addition of poultry products; Gove Point Farms, for the addition of a tiller, mechanical seeder and a greenhouse.

  • Lisbon: $150,000 in assistance to seven businesses in the Lisbon Falls village area for fašade improvements.

  • Carrabassett Valley: $135,000 in assistance to four businesses: Harmony House, for equipment and training; Carrabassett Cedar Works, for a new finishing room and equipment; All Points Transportation, for the purchase of a seven-passenger SUV; KC's Kreativity Center, for the purchase of a new kiln and administrative assistance.

  • Ashland: $150,000 in assistance to eight businesses in the village core area and Route 163 and Route 11 corridor for fašade improvements.Greenville: $100,000 in assistance to two businesses: Maine Mountain Soap and Candle, to replace computer, point-of-sale system for tracking inventory, new signage; Porter's Garage, for the replacement of three garage bay doors, windows and to retrofit the office area for customer service.

  • Sangerville: $50,000 in assistance to Martin Cleaning Service, for the purchase of a reconditioned propane buffer and auto scrubber, in addition to the purchase of a commercial van with equipment racks and a pullout loading ramp.

  • Brunswick: $30,300 in assistance to Pathways Rehabilitation Services, for the purchase of adaptive equipment and technology for a special needs driving program.

The Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program provides grant funding to communities to assist micro-enterprise businesses. Assistance to businesses may be in the form of grants or loans at the discretion of the community, including a match from the benefiting business.

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