Coastal Enterprises Inc

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Capital for opportunity and change

Food Systems
Consulting Services
General info

In the past five years, CEI provided $10.4 million in loans and investments to 87 agricultural and food-related enterprises. This activity leveraged an additional $37.2 million, created and/or retained 634 jobs, and helped to maintain 8,377 acres of farmland in production.

Free Business Counseling
CEI’s agriculture and food system staff coordinate team-based business planning with the Maine Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Women’s Business Center (WBC), and StartSmart, a microenterprise program for immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs. In addition, CEI connects clients to external resources such as consultants or grant opportunities as appropriate.


To Apply for Financing
CEI offers short and long term financing from $10,000 or less, to greater than $500,000. Please contact us for more information or to discuss your financing needs. To apply, fill out CEI’s general loan application. Loan applications must be accompanied by complete, investment-grade business plans. Email the completed and signed application, or mail to: CEI Lending Department, 30 Federal Street, Suite 100, Brunswick, Maine 04011.

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).


Contact Duncan Hilchey with any questions or comments.