Island and Coastal Business Launchpad

The Island Institute connects businesses to local, regional, state, and federal resources in order to improve economic productivity and allow businesses to expand and reach new markets. By providing business and financial planning services, professional development, marketing connections, and loans and grants, we help entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of starting and growing a business.
Featured Resources

April 5, 2019

The 6th annual Artists & Makers Conference took place Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5, 2019, welcoming close to 200 ar

May 31, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the Maine Broadband Coalition hosted a statewide broadband conference at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.

April 6, 2018

The 2018 Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference took place on Friday, April 6, 2018, welcoming close to 200 artists and makers from across the state to Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport for a full day of information, networking, and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses. Learn more here!

September 15, 2017

Maine has the potential to be a leader in U.S.-grown edible seaweed products. This summary report includes an overview of market potential for seaweed in Maine, a detailed description of the purpose behind the research conducted, and the benefits the results could have on the coastal economy.

June 1, 2018

By working closely with island and coastal residents, we've identified that improved access to high-speed internet is an essential tool for encouraging economic growth in line with the culture of coastal communities. Check out this resource page to learn more about this challenge and access resources to address it.

March 28, 2016

If you visit one of Maine's year-round islands on the ferry or with a personal boat, be sure to visit the local markets, restaurants, and other shops. Check out this list of businesses which cater to visiting boaters with gas, dock space, food, beverages, and more.