Grow Your Business

Economic Development

The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping our communities thrive – that’s why in 2018, we added economic development capacity that’s focused on private sector investment and job creation. Here’s how we help companies to Make It Here:

  • Commercial Financing – We offer commercial loans up to $350,000 for business acquisition, site purchase & development, construction & rehabilitation, machinery & equipment, and working capital.
  • Entrepreneurial Development – Startups and early stage companies undertake our intensive four-month ‘Top Gun LA’ program, featuring weekly learning sessions and regular consultations with experienced mentors. Top Gun LA culminates with a pitch competition and the opportunity to vie for a cash prize.
  • Foreign Trade Zone – Duty deferrals, reductions and exemptions for manufacturers that import raw materials to be used in the manufacture of finished products sold domestically or internationally. 
  • Site Search Assistance – We work with a network of commercial real estate brokers and developers to gather site information for companies seeking land or buildings to support their expansion or relocation.
  • Business Referrals – We are experienced in connecting new and existing companies with the technical and financial resources available to support business growth. 

Start it here, grow it here…..Make It Here!