Resources for our New Businesses

Many resources are available for new businesses and for those who are interested in a new business.  Please contact Town Manager Jacob R. Gran at 487-3136 or e-mail  for assistance.  A very short description of what you are interested in is very helpful along with areas of the town of interest for your business, if applicable.  If you do not have any specific areas of interest, we will find some locations for you.  The Town also offers many opportunities for people to work in their home and actively promotes home occupations and residence type businesses.

We have many partners who assist with business counseling and planning as well as other services.  All of these resources and services are free.  As there is such a myriad of resources, it will save you time and energy if we talk with you briefly first so that we can point you in the right direction! 

The Town is certified business friendly so we have a Governor's Account Executive available to us to assist you with your new business as well as business counseling and business planning resources.  The State of Maine also provides a resource site for state permitting and resources which is available at Business Answers

Pittsfield is a great community with a wonderful quality of life so we hope that you can join us today or in the near future!


Somerset Economic development Corporation SEDC

Somerset Economic Development Corporation's mission is to improve the economic condition and quality of life for all residents of Somerset County.

Somerset County, located in Central Maine, is a fantastic place to grow your business and your family.

Our county boasts a vibrant economy that leverages and preserves our natural assets, supports strong communities, and creates a high quality of life for all residents.

If you are looking to start a business here, Somerset County offers supportive municipalities, access to a skilled workforce, and an unparalleled quality of life.

Explore our site to learn more about our key projects and goals for Somerset County residents and businesses.

SEDC Business Loan Application


Maine Small Business Development Center

Since 1977, the Maine SBDC has been recognized as a leader in the small business economic and development arenas. The SBDC concept is a simple but effective one: assist entrepreneurs and small businesses through no-cost confidential business advising and training.



Maine Rural Development Authority MRDA

The Maine Rural Development Authority (MRDA) was established by the Maine Legislature in 2002 to assist Maine communities in realizing their economic development goals.

MRDA provides financial assistance to communities and their development partners to help develop speculative commercial and industrial buildings and to help develop/redevelop underutilized commercial industrial properties.

The primary focus of MRDA’s activities is in the rural areas of Maine that have traditionally not experienced the same level of economic development success as other regions of the state, have experienced major economic losses such as plant closings and downsizings or are economically distressed.

MRDA Loan Application

MRDA Personal Financial Statement

MRDA Environmental Questionnaire



Maine Apprenticeship Program

The Maine Apprenticeship Program assists in setting up structured yet flexible training programs designed to meet the specific needs of Maine employers through on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship Programs can be sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.



Beginning Farmer Resource Network

The Beginning Farmer Resource Network is a coalition of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working together to connect aspiring and beginning farmers to resources for farm business success. They can help you create a business plan, do market research, find financing and much more.



Maine Department of Economic and Cummunity Development MDECD

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development works with statewide and local partners, private industry and small businesses to enhance and sustain economic prosperity in Maine.

DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R&D credits, capital loans, even direct investment. Every year, we help Maine communities attract jobs and grow their infrastructure with unique financing programs.

Visit us for information on: Starting or Growing a Business, Building Codes and Standards, Rules and Regulations and Tax Incentives and credits.




Maine International Trade Center MITC

The Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is MDECD’s official international trade and investment office, a public-private partnership supported by the contributions of member companies and the state. MITC provides technical assistance, trade counseling and workshops, import and export leads, and international credit reports, as well as organizing and facilitating international trade shows and missions abroad.



Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Maine PTAC provides training and technical assistance to local businesses statewide so they can find, win and perform on government contracts. As part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), our partnerships and in-depth knowledge of government contracting gives businesses the tools to sell their goods/services to local, state and federal governments.



Maine Technology Institute MTI

The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is an industry-led, publicly funded nonprofit organization whose mission is to stimulate the growth of technology-intensive companies that create quality jobs across the state. Funded directly through MDECD, MTI offers capital and commercialization assistance, loans, and grants, partnering to finance technology development projects as well as collaborative activities to strengthen Maine’s high-potential technology clusters. MTI also administers the Maine Technology Asset Fund, the State’s $53 million bond program boosting research and economic development across Maine.



Maine Stream Finance

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penquis, MaineStream Finance (MSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to economic development by providing credit, capital and financial services that are often unavailable from traditional financial institutions. Since 1999, MSF, a nonprofit community financial development institution (CDFI), has served Maine homeowners, homebuyers, consumers, and entrepreneurs in securing the needed advice and financing they need to grow and thrive. We deliver these services through lending, savings products, classes, and 1:1 advisory support. MSF works closely with federal & state agencies, foundations, and local financial institutions, including in insurance, on their strategies for meeting Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) goals through financial education programs, providing loan capital, and volunteering opportunities for both small businesses and homeowners (current and aspiring).



Maine Development Foundation

The Maine Development Foundation connects businesses, policymakers, educators, community leaders and other non-profits through programs and initiatives in three critical economic development areas: trusted research, leadership development and creative partnerships.



Eastern Maine Development Corporation EMDC

EMDC can assist you with your business needs. We can provide capital for:

Real Estate                                                         Equipment

Business Acquisition                                            Gap Financing

Inventory                                                           Working Capital

Start Up Costs                                                    New Construction

Renovations                                                       Debt Refinancing

We work closely with you and your bank to help determine what EMDC loan program can assist in your project. Loans range from small loans of $10,000 to $5,000,000. The lending programs include:

Direct Loans

Bank Participation/GAP Loans

SBA Community Advantage 7(a) Loans

SBA 504 Loans



Efficiency Maine

The Efficiency Maine Trust is the independent administrator for programs to improve the efficiency of energy use and reduce greenhouse gases in Maine. The Trust does this primarily by delivering financial incentives on the purchase of high-efficiency equipment or changes to operations that help customers save electricity, natural gas and other fuels throughout the Maine economy. The Trust is a quasi-state agency governed by a Board of Trustees with oversight from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Serving the Education, Grocery & Convenience, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Multifamily, Office, Public Sector, Restaurant, Small Business and Warehouse sectors.

Solutions include: Agricultural, Commercial Kitchen, Compressed Air, Cooling, Distributed Generation, Heating, Lighting and Water Heating through fixed, Prescriptive Incentives, to reduce costs or through custom incentives up to 50% of project costs, from $10,000 to $1,000,000 per customer.

Programs also include: Screw-In LED Bulb Program and Electric Vehicle Program.




United States Department of Agriculture USDA

The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

We have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Our strategic goals serve as a roadmap for the Department to help ensure we achieve our mission and implement our vision.

USDA Direct Loan Application

USDA Youth Loan Application

USDA Microloan Application


USA Grants

Search for grants. Grants may be given to individuals, small businesses, businesses, non-profits registered with the IRS and non-profits not registered with the IRS. Learn about the grants process and how to apply.

What is a grant? A grant is a way the government funds your ideas and projects to provide public services and stimulate the economy.



The Kresge Foundation

Through the Capital Challenge Grant Program, the Kresge Foundation supports organizations’ immediate capital needs, such as building construction or renovation, the purchase of real estate, and the purchase of major equipment. Grants are awarded on a challenge basis, usually one-third to one-fifth of the amount an organization has to raise to complete its campaign goal. Applications are accepted throughout the year.



Maine Grant Watch

Maine Grant Watch provides a database of available grants now taking applications. Maine Grant Watch  lets you know what government and foundation grants are currently available through their user friendly grants search and grant summaries. They also provide information about grant writing and have a grant writing team to help you out.