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The ABCs of Business Loans and Grants in Washington County’s Unorganized Territories

Posted Feb. 27, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.

Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) and the Women’s Business Center at CEI (WBC) have scheduled a workshop for those interested in starting or growing a business within Washington County’s Unorganized Territories. Sessions of “The ABCs of Business Loans & Grants in the Unorganized Territories” will be held Tuesday, March 18 at the Whiting Community Center and Tuesday, March 25 at Washington County Community College’s St. Croix Hall (lower level of building nearest to Route 1) in Calais. Both sessions run from 4 to 6PM with snow dates set for March 19 and 26 respectively.

SCEC Program Manager Ken Daye will introduce attendees to the county’s UT Tax Increment Financing (TIF) loan and grant programs, which his organization administers on behalf of county government.

“We’ll explain how the county’s UT TIF district loan and grant programs work, discuss eligibility, provide tips on how to prepare a competitive application, and cover recent updates to the program that impact everyone looking to apply,” Daye said. “We’ve also set aside time during the second half of the workshop to meet with you one-on-one.”

“There are a lot of resources out there to help you start and/or grow your business,” Women’s Business Counselor Ruth Cash-Smith added. “We’ll talk about those resources, and discuss why they’re important, especially if you’re looking for money.”

While the workshop is free to attend, space is limited to 15 people at each location. Please reserve your space with SCEC Communications Manager Will Tuell. Tuell can be reached at 207-255-0983 or by email at wtuell@sunrisecounty.org. Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the workshop session you are planning to attend.

WBC at CEI workshops are funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

For more info about the Washington County UT TIF program, visit www.washingtoncountymaine.com/tif

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