Business Resource Information Center (BRIC)
Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission is responsible for the implementation and operation of the Business Resource Information Center (BRIC). This facility is federally recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Business Information Center (BIC).
The BRIC is a resource center available at no charge to individuals interested is starting up, expanding or improving small businesses. The services and resources available at the BRIC include a reference library, videos, computers with high speed Internet access, color laser printer, business counseling and workshops and seminars. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission partners with the University of Southern Maine to provide a Small Business Development Center Counselor to individuals and businesses in the region. The SBDC Counselor, Gordon Platt, is available at no charge to offer business counseling services to individuals interested is starting up, expanding or improving small businesses.
Southern Maine Economic Development District (SMEDD)
Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission partners with the Greater Portland Council of Governments to administer and operate the Southern Maine Economic Development District (SMEDD). This organization is federally recognized by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as the Economic Development District for York and Cumberland Counties. SMEDD is responsible for overall economic development planning, technical assistance regarding grants from EDA, and the implementation of special projects to improve and stabilize the economy of the region. In addition, SMEDD has two revolving loan funds that are available to businesses located in York and Cumberland County.