Developing a Market

developing a marketThe success to any business is having a market for its product or service. This involves identifying your market and determining how to promote that product or service.

The following are resources to help you solve the market development puzzle. There are also resources on selling to the government and exporting your product or services .

Maine Made — Organization that markets and promotes the development of products “made in Maine”.

Marketing Maine Agricultural Products — Listing of farmers markets, fairs, and marketing techniques for Maine agricultural products.

Marketing Profs Marketing FAQs — FAQs that cover a wide range of market development topics.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Publications — Publications to help you market your Maine-made products.

Selling to the Government

System Award Management — Searchable federal procurement opportunities for small-businesses.

Maine Division of Purchases — Information on doing business with the State of Maine. This site includes forms, guides, and helpful links to other resources.

SBA Government Contracting — Programs, FAQs and general information tailored to small-businesses interested in doing business with the federal government.

Small Business Administration’s HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program — Programs and services for businesses located in a HubZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) such as Washington County.

SBA Subcontracting Network (SUBNET) — Offers information and a searchable database for potential Federal subcontractors.

Maine Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers — Helps businesses across the state market their products to the government with hands-on technical assistance, workshops and other resources. Washington County businesses can receive these services free-of-charge through the Maine PTAC located at Northern Maine Development Commission.

Exporting — US Government export hub with trade resources including one-on-one assistance, financing opportunities, FAQs, market research assistance and other export related services.

Maine International Trade Center — Resources for Maine businesses looking to access international markets.

Port of Eastport — The nation’s easternmost deep-water port is located in Eastport, Maine. Learn more about the Port of Eastport and how it can benefit your business.

TradePort — A collection of trade resources including export and import guides, country portfolios, and a trade library with reports and resources.

World Trade Web Resources — Directory of worldwide international trade resources