We support fishermen, artists, makers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs in Maine’s coastal and island communities.
By providing business and financial planning services, professional development opportunities, industry and marketing connections, and loans and grants, the Island Institute helps fishermen, artists, makers, and other entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of starting and growing a business. We work closely with private, local, state, and federal business counseling resources to ensure that these entrepreneurs have access to an extensive network of industry experts, advisors, and mentors.
Sponsored by the John T. Gorman Foundation.
Other Launchpad Services
The Island Institute connects fishermen, artists, makers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to resources that can help improve income stability, business efficiency, and economic productivity, and allow businesses to expand and reach new markets.
To inquire about any of our services, please contact Craig Olson or other staff contacts as listed below:
- Aquaculture Business Development Program — Peter Piconi, Marine Business Specialist
- Archipelago, retail store for artists & makers, and the annual Artists & Makers Conference — Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director
- Digital Education Workshops and Financial Planning Workshops — Craig Olson, Senior Community Development Officer - Business