Stop in to meet the staff in the towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel, or contact by phone or email.  The Kennebunk Economic Development Committee is available to help identify resources and business opportunities while securing required town approvals and introducing business owners to key town officials.

Licensing & Permitting
Opening a business in Kennebunk – Kennebunkport – Arundel may require licenses, permits and approvals from the towns. Approval requirements will vary depending on the nature and location of your business, as well as the scope of needed improvements to real estate. The following departments are the first points of contact for issuing Town approvals.

Town Clerk
Town clerks issue licenses, vendor permits, and more. Check with the local town clerk to learn the legal requirements for your business.

Planning Department
Planning departments issue building permits, electrical and plumbing permits, sign permits and conduct review processes for new businesses, business expansion and more. Contact the local planning departments before pursuing changes, expansion and/or new construction. 


The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has a wealth of information and is a valuable resource in bringing new business into our region. Resources and tools are available to help with business expansion, grant programs, Pine Tree Zones and more. 

Want to learn how to develop a business plan?  Need assistance?  Look into the Maine Small Business Administration where a wealth of information is available at your fingertips.

The Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission is another valuable resource located in nearby Saco.

The Southern Maine Finance Agency (SMFA) helps businesses throughout York County, large and small, by providing gap financing for projects that require cash, fixed asset financing, start-up/working capital and real estate acquisitions and development.


For IRS questions and information, the links below provide useful information for small businesses.

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
Access to tax information useful to small businesses with assets of $10 million or less.

IRS Resources for Entrepreneurs
Resources that summarize information for small business owners, especially new entrepreneurs.

IRS New Media
The IRS uses social media tools to share the latest information on tax changes, initiatives, products and services. Connect with the IRS through their social media tools.

Subscribe to e-News for Small Businesses
e-News for Small Businesses is a free electronic mail service designed to provide tax information to small business owners and self-employed individuals.

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