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The Issues: Small Business

Hannah Pingree Addresses the Issues

Creating Economic Opportunity for Small Business

Did you know that if every small Maine business was able to expand to add just one employee, we would create 50,000 new jobs in Maine?

Over the course of the last year I have been working with a team of legislators who were concerned about the ongoing "squeeze" on Maine's small businesses. Whether it is new regulations from Maine Revenue Services or rising healthcare, workers comp, and insurance costs— there is much we could improve on to make Maine an easier place to run a small business.

We have worked with small business owners across the state on a "Maine Small Business Bill of Rights" as well as a platform for action for the next legislative session. The idea for our effort has been referred to as Growth From Within: the more we can help Maine small businesses prosper, the more healthy we can make Maine's economy, especially in our small towns and islands.

Small Business & Economic Resources

Midcoast Magnet
Learn more about the efforts a group of midcoast young people have been focusing on to encourage Maine's creative economy and job opportunities for young people in Maine.

Starting a Business
Information on everything from initial business planning tips and financing advice to forms, fees and licensing details provided by the state and other local business development agencies.

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Offering programs in business, tourism and community development and making policy that advances the state's position in the global economy.

Maine Small Business Development Centers
Providing comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's micro, small and technology-based business communities.

Small Business Administration: Maine
Providing comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's micro, small and technology-based business communities.

Dirigo Health Plan for Small Businesses
Maine's Healthcare Plan for businesses with 50 or fewer employees, the self-employed, and individuals providing better quality care at more affordable rates.

Dirigo Health Plan for Small Businesses
Maine's Healthcare Plan for businesses with 50 or fewer employees, the self-employed, and individuals providing better quality care at more affordable rates.

Growth from Within
The Small Business Initiative's web site focusing on the needs of small businesses because, "by working to create a better support system for our local businesses, we are investing in an economic prosperity that can be shared by all the people in our state."

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Hannah Pingree OnlineHannah Pingree is the House Representative of Maine District 36 covering Brooklin, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, part of Mount Desert, North Haven, Stonington, Swans Island and Tremont and Vinalhaven. Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect Hannah Pingree, Foy W. Brown, Treasurer. Logo by Amy Fischer Designs of Camden, Maine.