SKOWHEGAN – Skowhegan, Lisbon and Monson have been selected by the Maine Community Foundation to participate in the Community Entrepreneurship Program.
The program will use resources from the National Main Street Center and provide the towns workshops and training on how to start and grow local business.
In total, $70,000 will be invested in each town, including $50,000 worth of grant money.
It’s something leaders in Skowhegan said they are excited about.
“This is kind of a glimmer of hope for the future even though we’re in a pretty terrible crisis right now. And small businesses, of course, near and dear to Skowhegan, and we hope to be able to use this to help our small businesses come out of this and start thriving. And actually we hope that it’s going to welcome some new businesses to Skowhegan which will then bring some new jobs as well.
Cannon said a planning board is in place to decide what the grant money will go toward.
She expects it will be focused on Skowhegan’s assets, such as outdoor recreation and local food.