We at MaineStream Finance, a 20-year old, mission-driven nonprofit community development lender and part of the Penquis CAP family, are open to serve you. There are so many concerns on how Mainers will access cash, be able to purchase goods, and make their budgets work, especially if paychecks are suspended. We are here to help you as much as we can. We have put together several resources and news on different personal finance below.
Here are our Top links to News and Tools for Personal Finance Topics. We have much, much more below on banking, donations, health insurance, COVID-19 scams (unfortunately), student loans, taxes, and unemployment.
- More than 11,500 Mainers filed for unemployment last week (BDN, May 21)
- Maine Department of Labor – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Page for the self-employed (Opens Friday, May 1)
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits for [Maine] Workers Impacted by the Covid-19 Virus (Main Equal Justice Project)
Federal Aid – Stimulus Checks
General Resources – Protecting Your Finances
- Your money and the pandemic: We answer your most pressing personal finance questions on the economic fallout of Covid-19 – Washington Post, Apr 17 (We’re fans of Michelle Singletary.)
- US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – COVID-19 Resources
- How to save money if you’re struggling during the coronavirus pandemic (Bangor Daily News)
- Anton LeMieux Financial Group Virtual Event: The Psychology of Investing – Portland Chamber of Commerce – June 2
- My Money Works – New Ventures
- Jobs in Maine Virtual Job Fair – July 23
- Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) webinars on government contracting and workforce training
- New Ventures Maine has several upcoming workshops through the summer on starting and growing a business, money management and building your career.
- Southern Maine Community College – Metrix Learning – free training/certificate programs – mostly business services