Starting a Business

Find more here about the Skowhegan Business Incentive Package: This information is for the Town of Skowhegan, for all of the other communities that we cover, please contact us to see what may be possible.

Thinking about expanding your business or starting a new business?Consider the Skowhegan Area for your new venture. Our town has much to offer professionals and families.

A welcoming business community, The Skowhegan Area is an amazing place to live and work.

Our robust business incentive package includes the following:

  • Planning for Your Business
  • Checklist for starting a business
  • Self-evaluation to determine business-readiness
  • Info sheet about starting your business in Skowhegan
  • Info sheet on beginning farmer services available from Maine Farmland Trust
  • Info sheet on business resources available through Small Business
  • Development Centers
  • Business planning assistance
  • Information about Skowhegan s current business climate and business needs
  • Assistance with and access to funding through micro loan programs and a revolving loan fund (RLF)
  • Additional funding opportunities available through CEI, USDA Business Programs, additional USDA programs and services, FAME, and financing resources listed on the Maine Angels website
  • Assistance with finding available space; facilitated meetings with owners
  • Seminars and trainings for entrepreneurs
  • Welcome tour of Skowhegan
  • Tour of industrial park(s), Northgate and/or Southgate, upon request
  • TIF Credit Agreement and Omnibus Clause
  • Foreign Trade Zone information
  • Business mentors program and networking opportunities
  • Contact information for financing/banking, insurance, law firms, service providers (electric, water, internet, phone, etc.), and other services including local plumbers, carpenters, snow removal services, and more

Did you know? The Town of Skowhegan doesn’t charge sewer fees.

Starting Your Business

    • Paperwork completed online, with assistance
    • Assistance/suggestions for locating labor force
    • Assistance with marketing and advertising
    • Grand opening celebration including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, press release, and social media attention

Achieving Business Success

    • Facade grant opportunities to spruce up your storefront
    • Opportunities to engage with the community via events including Small Business Saturday, Maple Festival, River Fest, the Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival, and the Holiday Stroll
    • Regular marketing and sponsorship opportunities through co-op advertising programs
    • Opportunity to join the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce for additional business support
    • Grant opportunities communicated via email
    • Business seminars and trainings
    • Job shadow/apprenticeship program through local schools including Somerset Career & Technical Center (SCTC)and the Cornville Regional Charter School
    • Healthy Workplaces Toolkit