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If you would like one of our business advisors to contact you, please fill out the following intake form.

Make an Inquiry/ Contact a Business Advisor

For updates for your small business during COVID-19, click here. We will also be constantly updating information on business relief programs here. For information on our business workshops, click here.

MaineStream Finance offers free one-on-one consultation and advising to help create a business plan for a new business or refine one that could use some analytical help. We provide technical assistance for starting a business, business strategy, new product launches, improved marketing, financial questions, loan preparation, and many other business issues.

We understand that the business plan is a living document, an essential aspect of building or growing a business. We bring another set of eyes to your existing operation or to your ideas for a new enterprise. Our services help stimulate economic activity and grow employment. We generally work with businesses with ten employees or fewer, many of whom are self-employed, and our advisory services are free to Maine businesses (new and old). Our funding comes from a variety of sources, including Federal, State, and local funds, including banks and foundations.

For more information about our business consultation, or for help with a business plan or to inquire about a business loan, you can contact one of our business advisors. We ask that you fill in the intake form above first.  

If you are near Penobscot or Piscataquis counties, please contact:

If you’re closer to Knox, Lincoln, or Waldo counties, contact:

For all other areas, inlcuding Washington-Hancock/Downeast, please contact:

Still not sure where to go or who to turn to? Visit Maine Business Answers, call 1-800-872-3838 or email

Your business may also be eligible to save through a matched savings account, called a Family Development Account (FDA).