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Lifespan Opportunities in Washington and Hancock Counties

Business - Job Start Loans


Job Start offers loans up to $10,000 to start or expand a small business.

  • Interest rate - Prime plus 1%
  • Flexible repayment terms

Requirements: To qualify for a loan you must be:

  • Unable to obtain financing from a bank
  • Have income at or below the region's median income
  • Net worth (excluding home and business assets) must be below $25,000
  • Complete a loan application for loan committee review

It is the responsibility of the borrower to complete the application with all necessary data attached. The loan committee staff need not consider the application until it is determined complete by program staff.

For more information, call 610-5928

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DCP Offices

Toll-Free: 800-834-4378

Bucksport Road Office

248 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Avery Lane Office

18 Avery Lane, PO Box 648 , Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Machias Office

7 VIP Drive, Machias, ME 04654
207-259-5015 | Email

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