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FAME Loan Insurance Assists Kingfish Maine, Inc. Aquaculture Facility in Washington County

MAC Financial of Waterville also approved for direct loan AUGUSTA — At its monthly meeting held on February 16, 2023, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved loan insurance financing for Kingfish Maine, Inc., an aquaculture company based in Franklin with plans to construct a land-based facility in Jonesport. FAME […]

Updated Notice of Public Hearing

The members of the Board of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2023.  This will be an online meeting via Zoom only.  Members of the public can participate by conference call. As of February 3, 2023 action items to be considered are as follows (1) Loan […]

FAME Financing to assist Augusta Precision Tool Manufacturer

AUGUSTA — At its monthly meeting on November 17, 2022, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved a $1.2 million term loan for KV Tooling Systems, LLC, a precision tool manufacturer located in Augusta. The funds are comprised of a $600,000 FAME Direct Loan and $600,000 from the Grow Maine Program, which FAME […]

FAME Board Elects Officers for 2022-2023

On November 17, 2022, the FAME Board of Directors elected new officers for 2022-23. Their terms will run from November 2022 through November 2023.

FAME Celebrates Successful Partnerships at Showcase Maine

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) celebrated successful business and educational partnerships at its annual meeting and awards event, Showcase Maine. Held this year on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Portland’s Holiday Inn By The Bay, it was the organization’s first in-person Showcase Maine event in two years. The evening featured a reception, including a showcase of exhibits by Maine businesses and educational organizations; dinner and awards presentations; and entertainment by comedian Juston McKinney.

Request for Proposals: Loan Origination Services for FAME’s Private Education Loan Program

Overview: FAME is requesting proposals to secure innovative, high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective origination solutions for a $68 million alternative student loan portfolio consisting of The Maine Loan® and The Maine Medical Loan® in accordance with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.  Annual new originations average $13 million. Download RFP

Over 42,000 Students to Receive Free Books from FAME to Promote Lifelong Financial Wellness

As part of its continuing efforts to strengthen financial capability in Maine, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has once again partnered with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to offer Invest in ME Reads, a program to support family financial education by empowering families to engage in conversations about future goals, saving money, and the […]

Request for Proposals: Marketing of Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program for Calendar Year 2023

Project Overview: One-year contract in the amount of $73,000 to be awarded in two installments of $36,500 each (first disbursement at the beginning and second occurring six months into the contract) by the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) to help market the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program, formerly known as the Educational Opportunity Tax Creditand now known as the Student Loan Repayment Tax Credit. Vendor will be expected […]

First Free, Virtual, On-Demand Financial Education Training Offered to Maine Educators

In partnership with Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and its sponsors; Finance Authority of Maine (FAME); the Office of the Maine State Treasurer; and Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College is offering free online and on-demand training for Maine teachers. The Financial Educator Virtual Academy will train Maine educators on how to successfully teach personal finance in their classrooms and communities.

Governor Mills Announces Opening of “Thrive Maine” Program to Support Small Businesses

Governor Janet Mills announced that the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will begin accepting applications for $58 million in forgivable small business loans through the “Thrive Maine” initiative of her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan starting next Tuesday, October 4. Under the program, eligible Maine small businesses who experienced losses, increased costs, or market interruptions as a result of the pandemic may receive a forgivable loan of up to $2 million if selected. Awardees that follow program terms may have their loans fully forgiven over a four-year period.

Public Service Workers Can Potentially Save Thousands of Dollars Through Public Service Loan Forgiveness Expanded Temporary Waiver

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program forgives the remaining balance on a borrower’s federal direct loans after the borrower has made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For a limited time, eligible borrowers may receive credit for past periods of repayment on student loans that had not previously qualified for PSLF. Under this temporary waiver, payments made while working for a qualifying employer may count as a qualifying payment, regardless of the loan program, repayment plan, or whether the payment was made in full or on time.

Governor Mills Announces $120 Million Initiative to Support Maine Small Businesses

Thrive Maine will offer $58 million in forgivable loans for Maine small businesses; Grow Maine will offer $62 million in direct loans, commercial loan insurance, and equity investments for Maine small businesses. Governor Janet Mills recently announced a $120 million initiative to support Maine small businesses. The initiative features two separate programs: Thrive Maine and […]

FAME Financing to Help Atlantic Great Dane, Inc. Maintain Maine Operations

At its monthly meeting on April 21, 2022, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved 50% pro rata loan insurance on a $5.1 million loan by Gorham Savings Bank for borrower Atlantic Great Dane, Inc. to help finance the purchase of the company by one of its employees and retain […]

This Financial Literacy Month, FAME Promotes Financial Wellness Opportunities for Maine People

 Financial instability can lead to feeling stressed, and stress, especially over time, can have a negative impact on our overall health and well-being. The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has solutions. tTo support Mainers on their path toward financial wellness, FAME recently launched an Employer Financial Wellness Roadmap and continues to support online financial wellness for all Maine people through an innovative tool powered by Enrich.

FAME Approves Financing for Fork Food Hub, L3C

FAME financing will help Fork Food Labs cooperative to relocate to South Portland and provide larger commercial space for its members’ needs. AUGUSTA — At its monthly meeting on March 17, 2022, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved 90% pro rata loan insurance on a $3.6 million commercial real estate […]

FAME Approves Additional Saddleback Financing

At its monthly meeting on January 20, 2022, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved additional financing to Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC (Arctaris), the owner/operator of the Saddleback Ski Resort in Rangeley. FAME approved 50% pro rata commercial loan insurance on $5.5 million in financing (or $2.75 million) by Arctaris. […]

FAME Honors Maine Businesses, Educators, and Lenders

Annual “At Work” awards bestowed virtually Although FAME did not host its annual Showcase Maine event in person this year, it bestowed the annual “At Work for Maine” awards virtually. FAME presented the awards to business, lending, and higher education partners in order to recognize their meaningful contributions to the state. Video profiles of each […]

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