Living as a person of color in the U.S. is not easy. This is true whether one is a new arrival or was born here. Maine offers a growing number of resources to help people thrive, including nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and immigrant-led associations and community organizations. Five such organizations are described below. Stay tuned to Amjambo Africa to keep in touch with services directed at helping people.  

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The mission of Black Owned Maine is to sustain and innovate an ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs in Maine. Our programming is available to U.S.-born and foreign-born entrepreneurs. We host a Black business directory, and offer free business advising, entrepreneurial training, and connections to the many resources across Maine. 

We are accepting business advising requests from existing businesses and nonprofits that identify as racially, ethnically, or linguistically diverse. Our advisors are here to support your business with tasks such as LLC formation, EIN, UEI, business plans, marketing, etc. Advisors are currently working in English, French, and Lingala, with other languages available via our interpretation partners.  

For English inquiries, please reach out to Rose Barboza rose@blackownedmaine, (207)849-0008 (call/text/WhatsApp). For French or Lingala inquiries, please reach out to Heritier Nosso at [email protected], (207)200-9109 (call/text/WhatsApp). 

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