Welcome to the new home of the

Town Of Limestone Chamber of Commerce!

For 2018 we’ve moved to the new Town of Limestone website to make it easier to find us. We are launching our annual membership drive and would like to include your business among our valued members. We need to hear from you as soon as possible so that we can update our member list and include your business on it.  Call us or email us if you want to join or renew and we’ll send the form to you. When you join/renew you will be appearing on the Town of Limestone website in two places to help promote your business and if it’s appropriate for you we have a members only business card holder at the town hall that members are encouraged to place a supply of business cards in so that visitors to Town Hall will also become aware of your business. We encourage you to come Chamber events and you are always welcome at our monthly board meetings.  The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Town Office at 6:30. It’s a great chance to make your voice heard and we welcome your input. If you really want to get involved then come to the meetings and when the time is right consider joining our Board of Directors. We would also appreciate it if you were to volunteer your time and effort at any of our fine annual events.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call me at 325-4025. I’m in the Town Hall office between 8AM and 12PM Monday thru Friday and calls are forwarded to me when I’m not there. You can also email me at chamber@limestonemaine.org

Thanks in advance for your support! Together we can make Limestone a great place to live and work!

Dennis McCartney

Economic Development Coordinator

Limestone Chamber of Commerce

Important News for Businesses for 2018

Aroostook County qualifies as HUBZone

HOULTON, Maine — Businesses in Aroostook County have another tool to increase sales, according to officials at the Northern Maine Development Commission.

The federal government recently announced a change in the Small Business Administration’s Historically Underutilized Business Zone, or HUBZone, program, which should benefit northern Maine. All of The County is now a designated HUBZone.

“This is great news for Aroostook County,” said Dana Delano, NMDC’s Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center business counselor. “The designation helps small businesses in the area gain access to federal programs.”

The status came after the County’s median income fell below the state’s median income. Maine’s median income is $57,617, according to the latest statistics released by the American Community Survey, which is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.The median income in Aroostook County is $38,087.

“This designates us as an economically distressed area,” said Delano. “We will get preferential treatment on government contracts, which will help bring jobs to the area.”

Those preferences to HUBZone-qualified companies include competitive and sole source contracting, 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities. The federal government has a goal of awarding three percent of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small businesses.

Amy Bassett, district director of the Maine Small Business Administration, said that the organization understands “the challenges Aroostook County small businesses are facing,” and the HUBzone status would help stimulate the region’s economy by getting federal contracts flowing to eligible small businesses.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997.

The program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones through the establishment of preferences.

  • Other Notes
  • The Federal Government must purchase 3% of its goods and services from businesses in Hub Zones. What this means is that if a Limestone business bids on a government contract and a business from other than Aroostook County bids the same the Limestone business wins the bid!
  • 35% or more of the employees of The HubZone business must live in the Zone (Aroostook County) where the business is located.
  • Limestone businesses that want to learn more should contact Dennis McCartney  chamber@limestonemaine.org  An informational meeting is planned for the near future.