If you believe in your heart, that you have a calling in life to share this what you have to offer, then what you are doing is the light.
— Kerem Durdag | COO GWI

The Immigrant Business Hub was created to help immigrants understand, navigate and thrive as an integral part of the Maine business community. We are building programs to support the development and success of new and established immigrant-owned businesses and offer seminars with experts from different business professions, access to co-working space and other IWCs resources, and the opportunity to connect with the others in the business community.

The first initiative at IBH is the Immigrant Entrepreneur Greenhouse, a six-month, intensive training and development program for five qualified immigrant entrepreneurs in Portland, Maine. Graduates of the program will leave with a deeper understanding of developing and running a successful business, as well as a coherent and actionable business plan.

The Greenhouse provides multiple benefits including:

  • One-on-one mentoring from experts to help start and grow your business;

  • Advice and training on important business topics from professionals in the marketing, legal, financial and technology fields;

  • Office space at our location in downtown Portland and all the other benefits the IBH has to offer;

  • Connections to other immigrant entrepreneurs and the Maine business community at large.

We encourage all immigrant entrepreneurs to apply to our program whether they are seasoned or new to business. For those who are not selected for the 2019 Greenhouse we encourage them to take advantage of our events and seminars.

You will need to sign in to your free Google account to fill out the application form.

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Facts About New Mainers






people employed by immigrant-owned businesses


$69.6 Million

in business income for immigrant-owned businesses.