• July 6, 2017

    If you own a business, you know that nothing is free. Well, we're here to tell you that every once in a while, good advice comes at no cost (like this blog series)! The Small Business Development Centers of Maine offer free and extensive business support services to entrepreneurs through their Small Business Development Advisors. To get a better idea of how SBDC can help small businesses, we sat down with David Hill from Chebeague Island who has been an advisor for 16 years.

    Economic Development

  • June 23, 2017

    We are now into our second year of our Aquaculture Business Development (ABD) program, and we continue to be inspired by the impressive men and women who are looking to diversify their incomes through shellfish and seaweed aquaculture. Following a trip through Southern New England, the ABD 2017 participants came back extremely motivated and eager to start their own businesses within the next two years.

    Economic Development, Marine Programs

  • June 15, 2017

    Our government’s decisions project a story to the world about who we are as people. When we step off a plane in another country, we encounter these stories, as the people we meet repeat them back to us. We find that we are asked to personally represent and explain the United States, whether we want to or not.

    When our leaders’ decisions do not represent us, we have the opportunity—and indeed, the responsibility—to tell our own stories.

    Marine Programs

  • June 14, 2017

    Tess Beem, our TLC Project Coordinator, reflects on the past year and what she's learned about the elusive mixing and melding that happens when the TLC island schools get together for at an in-person field trip, and the importance of downtime, free play, or unstructured time — what she calls magical mix time.


  • June 8, 2017

    Richard Nelson has been a commercial fisherman for over 30 years. He is a member of the Maine Regional Ocean Planning Advisory Group and talks about the recent regional ocean planning meeting in Gloucester, MA.

    Marine Programs

  • June 7, 2017

    Two weeks ago, I attended the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) meeting in Gloucester, MA. The purpose of the meeting was to hear from members about how their organizations are using the Northeast Ocean Plan and Data Portal, review the progress of implementing the plan, obtain public input, and decide on next steps.

    Marine Programs

  • June 1, 2017

    Are you looking for funds to try out a new idea or expand your business, or would you like to improve your chances of getting that loan or grant? Whether you’re currently in need of financing or not, these top five actions will help strengthen your business as well as present it as financially ready for investment.

    Economic Development

  • Representatives from Maine teamed up with Rhode Island stakeholders during the DC fly-in event
    May 25, 2017

    Early last week Marine Programs Director Nick Battista and I traveled to Washington, D.C., for an ocean planning "fly-in" event hosted by the Ocean Conservancy.

    Marine Programs

  • May 23, 2017

    As a new member of the Island Institute, Mott Feibusch shares what he loves about living on an island, stories about Monhegan, and what being a member means to him.