Start / Grow / Relocate Your Business

The Housing & Economic Development  Departments wants your business to succeed. A call or email to us can set in motion informational, educational, financial, regulatory, and advocacy assistance, opening up new opportunities for your business.

Staff provides business advising and referrals, as appropriate, to other local and national business assistance agencies and organizations.

Guide to Doing Business In Portland


The Guide to Doing Business in Portland is full of useful information you’ll need to know to get your business up and running in Portland. It contains a business start-up checklist, steps involved in obtaining building permits and site plan approvals as well as business licensing and loan information. 

Free Business Counseling IN PORTLAND Links:

- Small Business Development Center
- SCORE
- CEI Women's Business Center
- StartSmart (Provides Assistance to Non-English Speakers)
- New Ventures Maine
- Maine Center for Entrepreneurs
- Maine International Trade Center