Help for Businesses

Find support for businesses, the self-employed and nonprofits

NEW! Unemployment Benefits for Self-employed People The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program provides unemploment benefits to people who are self-employed. Learn more about the program. See if you are eligible to receive benefits. Click HERE to apply.

NEW! Resources, Checklists, Forms, Guidelines, and Badges for Business Reopening in compliance with the Governor's plan for Restarting Maine's Economy

Resources for Businesses, the Self-Employed and Nonprofits The Town's new Resource Guide for island businesses–fishermen, landscapers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, artists, craftsmen, consultants, and more! Downloadable PDF. View online for active links to resources. Contact Gabe McPhail, Community Outreach Coordinator for more information.

Rent Relief for Mainers! The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is designed to provide a one time bridge payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them. Learn more and APPLY HERE.

Helpful Resources

Resources for the Aquaculture and Fishing Communities compiled by the Island Institute

Resources for Small Businesses, Artists, and Nonprofits compiled by the Island Institute

Resources for Farmers and Agricultural Producers complied by MOFGA

Covid-19 Resource Page compiled by the Island Institute

Maine Association of Nonprofits Covid-19 Resource Page

Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Guidance & Loan Resources

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Information and resources from the State  

How to Request Designation as an Essential Business

US CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers

US CDC Community Faith Organizations

Maine Bureau of Unemployment Compensation Apply for Unemployment Benefits

Plan for Restarting Maine's Economy including rules and checklists for compliancy
Fact Sheets and Infographics
Paycheck Protection Program Guide from the Island Institute

List of Essential and Non-Essential Businesses for the State of Maine. Downloadable PDF

Guidance for Making Safe Deliveries from the CDC Downloadable PDF

Guidance for Keeping the Home and Workplace Safe from the CDC Downloadable PDF

Safe Food Handling A Guide for Vinalhaven Restaurants and Food Businesses Downloadable PDF

FDA's Summary of Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services Downloadable PDF
CDC Covid-19 Fact Sheet Downloadable PDF
DIY Face Coverings A Guide for Making Homemade "Masks" from the CDC. Downloadable PDF