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Worldwide Resources

  • Ashoka - global leaders in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Links to resource libraries.
  • TED - thousands of talks on design, creativity, business, technology, and more.
  • IDEO’s Design Kit - dozens of tools to spark innovation, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. Also, check out and for more on innovation.
  • Strategyzer - home of the Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas.
  • Abundance Cycle - designed by our own Jay Friedlander, a business framework to help unlock innovation. Check out the tactics to help inspire new opportunities.
  • The Solutions Journalism Network's Story Tracker - Well-researched, credible database of journalistic stories about responses to the world’s challenges.

Resources in the U.S.

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) - a cabinet-level federal agency helping small businesses start, grow, expand, and recover. Links to data and research tools. 
  • National Council of Nonprofits - the nation’s largest network of nonprofits. Links to various resource libraries.
  • Institute for Local Self Reliance - champions of locally-owned businesses and local banking. Fact sheets, case studies, reports, podcasts, and more.
  • RuralRISE - conferences, speaking series, and a national calendar of events focused on building rural entrepreneurial ecosystems, and supporting innovators in rural communities across America.
  • The Balance Small Business - an interactive online library that provides clear, practical advice on entrepreneurship and management

Resources in Maine

  • Small Business Development Centers - no-cost confidential business advising and training for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Links to lots of research resources.
  • Maine Startups Insider - a regular roundup of all the startup-related news in Maine. Great for inspiration and networking.
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits - a comprehensive resource for nonprofit tools, knowledge, and connections 
  • Institute for Family Owned Business - supporters of family-owned businesses throughout Maine. Great for inspiration and networking, and to learn about the unique challenges and opportunities of family business.
  • SCORE  - a network of volunteer business mentors with loads of experience. Click here for the nationwide network. 

Check for local versions of these resources in other places

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Trade and Professional Associations

Most professions have a trade association or other type of professional peer organization. These are great resources for starting up a new venture or innovating in the field. Here are a few examples of the resources they can provide:

Search for trade or professional associations in your field of interest to see what they have to offer.