Maine Tastemakers Request for Proposals

The Maine Tastemakers Initiative helps food and beverage companies grow by offering financial resources, market analysis, tailored consulting and investor networking opportunities.  

Please respond by Friday, February 8 at 5pm.

Tastemaker resources include
>Up to $10,000 per company to retain expert consulting 
>Workforce development tools and strategies
>Process and equipment planning to expand production
>Confidential market data specific to your product and sales channels
> Opportunties to showcase your products in Boston at the Maine Tastemakers Showcase (Spring 2019 TBD).

Participating companies will be selected through a competitive application process.  All proposals will remain confidential. 

Preference will be given to projects submitted by a partnership of multiple Maine companies that work together as a supply chain.  Development awards will be finalized during a project scoping meeting between the Tastemakers project team and applicants. 

Companies and projects selected for awards will:
+ Tie requested Tastemakers resources directly to a projected job creation plan
+Develop a compelling product with a strong value proposition
+Advance an established business plan
+Be led by a proven leadership team
+Pursue ambitious long-term growth goals
+Rooted in a Maine-based supply chain

Questions?  Contact Brett Richardson at brett.richardson@ceimaine.org or (207) 504-5881

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* 1. What is the name of your company?

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* 2. Who is your primary contact for this proposal?

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* 3. How many years have you been in business?

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* 4. How many employees do you currently have?

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* 5. What primary business development need does your proposed project address?

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* 6. Please describe the project you would like to implement with Tastemakers support?  Please keep your response to 500 words.

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* 7. How many full time jobs will your project create?

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* 8. How will your proposed project advance your business goals?

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* 9. Please list your product(s) in order of importance.

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* 10. What was your company's annual revenue in 2018

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* 11. Do you have a current business plan with growth projections for the next three years?

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* 12. What percent of your revenues come from the following streams?

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* 13. What role do Maine producers play in your supply chain?

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* 14. Preference will be given to proposals submitted by a partnership of multiple  Maine companies that form a supply chain.  If you are submitting your proposal with partners, please list the company and point of contact.

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* 15. What is the budget for your project?

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