Just two hours north of Boston and with easy access to Canada and Europe, Portland offers a sophisticated, vibrant community in which to expand or start a business.

We offer a business-friendly environment and entrepreneurial spirit that encourages businesses and startups of all kinds. That’s why American City Business Journals ranked us number one in the nation for small business vitality.

We also have the nation’s lowest estimated local and state tax on new capital investment. That’s because we don’t believe in barriers – but in supporting dynamic businesses to successfully grow.

Key Metrics



With more than 160,000 people over 25 with a degree, and more than half of the total for all Maine, Portlanders are smart. That includes more than:


in Science and Engineering degrees


in Education and Business


in Arts and Humanities

At 5.2% Portland has more people enrolled in Graduate school than the national and Maine averages.


A cost effective workforce: 20 – 30% savings on wages of both manual and highly skilled staff, compared to the rest of New England.

Case Studies

Here is just a sample of our international investors

Crossing between our key sectors of Life Sciences and Food & Drink, UK-based Fish Vet Group We are the world’s leading dedicated aquaculture health provider. The company supports aquaculture producers around the world achieve sustainable, healthy and profitable farming by providing evidence-based veterinary consultancy and diagnostic technologies.

In September , the firm set up its U.S. headquarters in Portland, to provide aquaculture health services to producers of farmed fish, shellfish and crustaceans across the Americas.

Fish Vet is now working with and for a range of people including industry leaders, fish farmers, veterinarians, principle investigators and research technicians.

Our growth in the US is demand led… Positioning a team of top aquaculture health experts at the heart of America’s aquaculture region, within Portland’s marine science district at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, brings us closer to our customers.

David Cox
Fish Vet Group Director

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Integral Consulting Inc. is an international science and engineering firm providing multidisciplinary services in the fields of health, environment, technology, and sustainability.

Founded in 2002, Integral has a proven track record of developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to the complex technical challenges. Integral works across a wide variety of public and private sectors, assisting them in project planning and management, regulatory strategy development, technical peer review, and expert services for litigation.

Integral set up in Portland in March 2010, expanding its environmental and health services to the New England region.

Opening the Maine office allows us to reach our customers in yet another part of the eastern seaboard.

Judi Durda
Integral Regional Director and Principal

Boston based Digital Impulse is a web design & digital marketing agency. The firm takes pride in helping clients strategize, design, implement, and manage innovative digital marketing campaigns and websites that generate leads and sales.

From total website redesigns to localized search marketing campaigns, the firm’s solutions are custom fit to clients’ true needs. They focus on understanding your business, identifying short- and long-term goals, and crafting the right roadmap for digital success.

In May 2015, the firm set up a new 95 sq m office in Portland.

We want to be working where are clients are working. We needed additional marketing and production positions to meet client demand and felt that Portland, with a combination of great quality of life and talent should be our next regional office beyond the greater Boston area.

Having grown up in Portland and maintaining ties to the area, I’m very cognizant of the growing number of creative minds there….to us, it was no-brainer decision when looking to expand, geographically.

Jeff Mitchell