Greetings. This guide is a starting point for entrepreneurs seeking resources in the state of Maine. It is also designed to help individuals and organizations that support and guide entrepreneurs and startups and are looking for ways to match resources with those in need. The following categories of resources are included:
Training, Technical Assistance & Mentoring
Financing & Capital
Incubators & Workspaces
Networking & Advocacy
State & Regional Economic Development
Recurring Conferences & Events in Maine
The Maine Small Business Guide, published by the Small Business Administration (SBA), is another resource of value to entrepreneurs and startups. It includes resources for all small businesses, success stories and how-to’s along with additional industry-specific resources.
June 12, 2018, primary election will be conducted using a system of ranked-choice voting for the offices of U.S. Senate, Governor, U.S. Congress, State Senate and Representative to the Legislature, in those races that have three or more candidates. Those races include; The Democratic and Republican nominations for the office of Governor; the Democratic nomination for the Representative to Congress in Congressional District 2; and the Republican nomination for Representative to the Maine Legislature in House District 75. (See sample ballots below). In these races, voters will have an opportunity to vote for their first-choice candidate and to rank the remaining candidates in order of preference (i.e. second choice, third choice, etc.). The June primary will mark the first time that ranked-choice voting has been used in a statewide election in the United States.
For more on:
Ranked-choice voting in Maine (explainer animation)
How do I properly mark the ranked-choice ballot?
All municipalities in Congressional District 1 Republican Primary Sample Ballot RCV 1
All municipalities except for Leeds, Turner, and part of Livermore (House District 75) Democratic Primary Sample Ballot RCV 2
All municipalities in Congressional District 2 Republican Primary Sample Ballot RCV 2
House District 75 (Leeds, Turner, and part of Livermore)
The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has released its Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for the June 12 primary election. This is the League’s 11th Voter Guide and its first guide for primary elections. This guide covers the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor, federal races for the U.S. House of Representatives in Districts 1 and 2, and the U.S. Senate race. It also covers the special referendum election, open to all voters regardless of party affiliation, featuring one ballot question that will be decided by voters on June 12th.
The 2018 primary also marks the first time in our nation’s history that ranked choice voting will be used in a statewide primary election. Maine voters will use RCV to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representative race in Congressional District 2. (There is also an RCV primary in state legislative district 75, although that race is not covered in the statewide voter guide.)