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Starting a Business in Eastport, Maine

Thinking about starting a business in Eastport, Maine? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Eastport.

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read How to Evaluate a Business Idea.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Southwestern Restaurant guide or our Starting a Steps Business guide.

Don't forget that Eastport is the place where you are starting a business. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Eastport. A critical consideration is whether Eastport demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Eastport, Maine Demographic Information

Eastport has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Eastport demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Eastport.

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Eastport Businesses

As a new Eastport entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Eastport for each business category. By looking at this chart, you can get a general sense for how much competition there is in the business niche that you are pursuing.

Business Type
# of
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Boat Dealers
Child and Youth Services
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Fabric Coating Mills
Finfish Fishing
Fresh and Frozen Seafood Processing
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
Hardware Stores
Heating Oil Dealers
Homes for the Elderly
Libraries and Archives
Limited-Service Restaurants
Marine Cargo Handling
News Dealers and Newsstands
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Residential Property Managers
Savings Institutions
Seafood Canning
Site Preparation Contractors
Solid Waste Collection
Solid Waste Landfill

Should You Buy an Existing Eastport Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Maine. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Eastport.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Naming the Company

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Eastport, it's very important that you make sure no other Maine company is using the business name you want to use.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Writing a business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Maine.

Promoting Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Eastport customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your successs.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Transit Advertising is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Never Give Up

You have a dream -- starting a business in Eastport. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Eastport and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Eastport, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Eastport, Maine

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Eastport.

  • Resources for Eastport, Maine Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Eastport entrepreneurs.
  • Maine Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Maine.
  • Maine Small Business Development Center - Maine Small Business Development Centers and its technology-focused group, the Maine Small Business & Technology Development Centers, provide comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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