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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.

To receive services from CMGC, please fill out one or both of the forms below. 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

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.


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

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