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The Maine Technology Institute, Bangor Savings Bank, MaineStream Finance, SCORE – Portland and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development are teaming up to deliver a series of workshops on valuable business financing and resources in Maine.
Whether you have a new innovative technology idea, are launching a startup business or have a growing, established business these free workshops will answer your questions about sources of funding and services available to help innovative businesses in Maine.  Representatives from the organizations will discuss the array of financing options and other resources available, and help find the right solutions for each business.
The Portland workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  at the Wishcamper Center on the USM campus. The Bangor workshop will be held at the offices of the Eastern Maine Development Corp on Thursday, March 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. The midcoast workshop will be held at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, March 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required.
MTI offers early-stage capital and commercialization assistance in the form of competitive grants, loans and equity investment for the research, development and application of technologies that create new products, processes and services. The goal of MTI’s investment in the seven key technology sectors is the formation of new high value businesses, generation of high-quality jobs and developing sustainable value for the Maine economy. MTI will present information about the various funding and business support services it offers, eligibility for those programs, and how to take advantage of this critical piece of Maine’s dynamic innovation economy.
According to Robert Martin, President of MTI, “this series of workshops shows the strong collaboration that exists between the public and private sector in supporting formation of new innovative businesses in Maine, and helping grow our existing businesses.” “There are more resources available to support businesses of all types in Maine than people realize,” he said. “This kind of collaboration is essential to help Maine build a stronger entrepreneurial business community, and realizing all the potential that exists in Maine,” he said.
The workshops are open to the public and are free. However, due to limited space pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in attending should register by going to the MTI Web site at www.mainetechnology.org.
The Maine Technology Institute is a publicly-funded, not-for-profit, independent venture fund whose mission is to identify and invest in entrepreneurs and companies in Maine who engage innovative technologies.

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