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Economic Recovery Implementation Hub

Mid-Maine Economic Recovery

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) has been selected to serve as a regional and state economic development corporation to spearhead Maine’s Economic Recovery Hubs initiative. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) created the initiative to stimulate economic development collaboration and mitigate the lasting economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All eligible businesses in Somerset and Kennebec County need to fill out the ERIH Intake form to receive assistance.

Funding Mid-Maine’s Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

In addition to supporting the state of Maine’s project requirements, CMGC will deploy approximately $708,000 in non-dilutive grant funding for early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs. The grants will be deployed across four categories, including specifically designed funding for technology and innovation-based businesses. Similarly, as part of the commitment to supporting Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, CMGC will provide startup and entrepreneur training and resources, including advanced pathways into Dirigo Labs’ competitively selected accelerator program. CMGC’s Economic Recovery Hub will operate under four project areas:

• Technical assistance to small businesses
• Technical assistance to small businesses with a lens of racial, ethnic, and linguistic minority-owned businesses
• Administration of new business grants
• Entrepreneurial training through Dirigo Labs

Congratulations to our ERIH Grantees!

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) is pleased to announce the awardees of its ERIH grant program. CMGC has awarded twenty grants to businesses within Kennebec and Somerset County. 

To date, CMGC has competitively awarded the following businesses ERIH funding: 

The Nexus Gaming Lounge – WinslowErica’s – Waterville
Maine Laboratories – NorridgewockSledTRX – Waterville
Perennial Renewables – HallowellLoon Cove Family Campground – Skowhegan
Sunrise Bagel – AugustaNatalie B. Imagery – Readfield
Morgan Camp Care – NorridgewockMaine Plywood – Bingham
New England Karting Challenge – VassalboroPair Technologies – Waterville
The Good Crust – CanaanA Coffeehouse – Waterville
Main Street Provisions – WatervilleBlack Travel Maine – Waterville
Swish LLC. – WatervilleBaking with Danielle – Waterville
Flynn’s Tree Service – GardinerR & S Marine Repair – Belgrade
Oliver and Friends Bookshop and Reading Room – Waterville

Prospective Businesses & Grant Applicants

For an overview of the Economic Recovery Hub Initiative, please contact Central Maine Growth Council at sabrina@centralmaine.org.

Please watch our June Dirigo Labs Speaker Series discussing ERIH’s scope of services, program guidance, and eligibility.

ERIH Grant Resources

ERIH Program Resources

Garvan Donegan
Director of Planning, Innovation, & Economic Development
Gabe Gauvin
Assistant Director of Economic Development & Strategic Projects
Nicole Timmins
Grant & Finance Manager
Sabrina Jandreau
Development Coordinator
Susan Ruhlin
Managing Director, Dirigo Labs
Emalee Hall
Program Manager, Dirigo Labs

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