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New Business, New Country

Case Study Friday | 11:15 am–12:30 pm | Osher

A new report from the Partnership for a New American Economy found more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. For those from (far) away, several social, economic, legal, and funding challenges can limit immigrants from starting or growing a business in Maine. How often are companies started out of necessity compared to desire? Is Maine’s community open and supportive of immigrant founders and is there equal access to resources? This case study details their stories and experiences to provide lessons on how to tackle the specific issues and obstacles faced by immigrants when starting a company.