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List of Resources

Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition - 2.3

You can view the interactive map or create a report based on your industry and business locations. Try search your town or city first, if it provides limited data, try county or state. (Instruction on how to use this website)

Maine County Profile


Click Advanced search under "Find a Business" column. The State selection provides whole state-level data. If you need city-level data, select city only and then choose the State ME. 

RKMA Market Research Handbook
Consumer Marketing (RKMA Market Research Handbook)


Click industry financial report for financial statement data. If keyword search doesn't work, try to drill down. If it doesn't have data for your city, try compare with similar cities in other states. If you have time, try to explore other reports (industry market reports, Mirco Firm Profit-loss reports) as well. Refer to NAICS  Code to find your industries.

Maine Business Science Technology Library Portal (MBSTL)

The website is designed for small business owners with almost all free resources. It collected content from important national and local small business sources (SCORE, SBA, etc.) and organized them by topic. It links to webinars, handbooks, guides, templates and more. 

Design Tools for Business Promotion (free graphic design tool)
Inkscape (Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator) (free images)

Pexels Video (free video clip)

Guide to Research


Librarian, Head of Reference & Information Literacy

Google It!

Additional Resources for Employee Research

Salary Finder (find salary for the position)

Work Design/Classification

Resources for advertising your job opening and find an employee:

  • Maine JobLink: List your job opportunities at no charge and get matched with job seekers in your area.
  • CareerCenters:Use CareerCenters as a hiring resource, including space to recruit, interview and train new hires
  • Job Fairs: Meet with hundreds of prospective employees throughout the state.

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