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Maine Products Marketing Program Overview

The Maine Products Marketing Program builds recognition for hundreds of exceptional Maine made products, their producers, and Maine's industries in general. MPMP is also very proud to provide marketing assistance and to discover and create new and expanded market opportunities for Maine's many producers.

The Maine Products Marketing Program is open to all qualified Maine producers. A selection process is in place to ensure that high quality, Maine products from reliable producers are part of the program. Furthermore, through an application process, companies must show adequate production capabilities and sound customer service practices appropriate for their level of participation in the program.

There is NO FEE to apply to the Maine Products Marketing Program. Once enrolled, the following program activities are available at a very modest cost.

• Producers are entitled to use the MAINE MADE hand tags or adhesive labels associated with the Maine Products Marketing Program. The "Maine Made - America's Best" logo appearing on the tags and labels is used consistently in all marketing activities of the program. Tags and labels are issued in conjunction with certain program activities or may be ordered separately.

Maine Made web site participation is available as an automatic free member benefit to any member who wishes their contact information on-line, and producers that already have an email address and their own site to link to will especially benefit. The searchable database allows users to easily find your company on the well-indexed web site, and autopublishing tools allow you to update product and contact information. This feature is easy to use! Simply type in /admin after www.mainemade.com. It will ask for your user name and password, which will then allow you into the workscreen. After you make the changes in the fields on the workscreen, just click on ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the page to save your new work. That's it!
• Kiosk display opportunities are offered to program participants. Displays are rotated periodically through the State Office Building and the Department of Economic and Community Development common areas as a benefit to interested program members.
• Scholarship opportunities are provided to MPMP members who are first year exhibitors at the New England Products Trade Show (NEPTS). This wholesale business to business trade show is held each spring in Portland and offers Maine manufacturers and producers great opportunities to increase sales. Please call Giraffe Events in Falmouth at 207-781-5756, email: info@giraffeevents.com, or visit www.nepts.com for more information about this event.
• Educational seminars and workshops are offered through the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the Maine International Trade Center (MITC). Announcements about these business education opportunities are made in a timely fashion through the MPMP newsletter, which is emailed monthly. Small business counseling is also available at no charge through the statewide SBDC network. Visit their web site at www.mainesbdc.org or call 207-780-4420 for information.

Inquiries about the Maine Products Marketing Program should be addressed to:

Tammy Knight
Maine Product Marketing Program
Dept. of Economic and Community Development
#59 State House Station
Cross State Office Building, 3rd Floor
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059
Tel (207) 624-7489
Fax (207) 287-8461
Tammy Knight

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