Tomorrow marks Black Owned Maine’s 3rd Giving Tuesday and what makes for BOM’s 2.5-year anniversary. What started as a project in June 2020 has turned into a life-changing endeavor. We are in deep gratitude for the support of this amazing community. A community that believed in us when we were still getting our footing.
Today we humbly ask for your continued support. If you have used our directory, partnered with a Black business in Maine, purchased from a Black business, or volunteered with a Black-led nonprofit – we ask you to consider making a reoccurring or one-time gift to our work. Each dollar will get us closer to our goal of raising $250k before April 2023.
BOM exists to sustain and innovate an ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs. As we know it – we are one of very few Black-led and Black-serving organizations dedicated to assisting Black entrepreneurs. Our work builds a more robust Black business ecosystem but also contributes to the larger Maine and global business ecosystems.
To date we have grown our membership from 68 businesses to 400, redistributed $85,000 to businesses and families that were not eligible for other COVID relief measures, hosted over 15 business workshops with over 200 attendees, partnered on a pilot business incubator and a hair braiding academy, as well as hosted a Hair Show with 150 attendees from 10 different countries.
We must do away with the systemic withholding of information that holds back Black entrepreneurs from success. By giving to BOM you can take a step toward economic liberation for Black Mainers and their families!
Thank you and take care,
Thank you to everyone that applied for the Black Owned Maine Board of Directors. We are pleased to announce that four new directors have joined us. Check out our Staff + Board page for more info.
We have teamed up again with Amjambo Africa! to curate a 2022 Black-owned holiday gift guide. We welcome all product-based businesses to apply with a limited section available for service-based businesses that sell gift cards. Deadline to submit is Monday, October 31st. Review page four below to check out last years gift guide. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.
Applications are open for MTI’s Prime Fund
Deadline to apply is May 24, 2022
Multiple Zoom workshops will be held in the coming days/weeks to help potential applicants determine eligibility and apply. See below.
MTI has established the Pandemic Recovery for an Innovative Maine Economy (PRIME) Fund to distribute $39M in federal funding approved through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This initiative provides grant funding to help Maine businesses recover from the harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic via business development and innovation in our state’s technology sectors.
MTI wants to make PRIME Funding available to all eligible small businesses in every corner of Maine including traditionally underrepresented, rural and BIPOC founders.
Businesses must be a tech-specific company, tech-enabled, or provide a tech-solution. This ranges anywhere from traditional technology companies such as Saas to restaurants looking to enable online ordering to agriculture and forestry companies.
Businesses must fit within MTI’s 7 tech-sectors. We encourage business owners to attend a workshop even if they aren’t sure they fit.
Please share this information with any businesses that meet the following qualifications:
1. In operation before October 1, 2021
2. Negatively effected by the pandemic
More information can be found in the documents below as well as https://www.mainetechnology.org/recovery-funding/prime-fund/prime-faqs/
Saturday, May 14, 9:00am – 11:00am (Hội thảo về Quỹ PRIME / ورشة عمل PRIME Fund)
Tuesday, May 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Atelier sur le fonds PRIME / Taller Fondo PRIME)
Thursday, May 19, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (BIPOC Micro-Businesses) (English-only)
Saturday, May 21, 9:00am – 11:00am (Hội thảo về Quỹ PRIME / ورشة عمل PRIME Fund)