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Incubator Without Walls

Down East Business Alliance

small business education groupSenator Susan Collins joined a group of IWW students for a graduation event in April. (Robin Farrin Photo) join us at facebook

DBA's Incubator Without Walls (IWW) is a no-cost business training course for small business owners, start-ups, and people developing their business idea. It offers: 

  • Interactive training by Nx LeveL certified instructors
  • Business counseling
  • Financing

Participants have the opportunity to network with their peers and to attend presentations by experts in various aspects of business.

Participation in the Incubator Without Walls series is a 6 month commitment in a group setting. Classes typically meet for 3 hours weekly or bi-weekly as indicated by your instructor.  Anyone looking to start or grow their small business is encouraged to apply.

The goal of our IWW program is to increase business viability and strengthen micro-enterprise throughout our region. Past IWW series have been offered in Calais, Eastport, Lubec, Bucksport, Deer Isle-Stonington, Ellsworth, Machias, and Schoodic to over 450 businesses. We've helped create over 350 jobs.


IWW application (includes IWW fact sheet and business planning worksheet). 

IWW fact sheet.

Business planning worksheet.

For more information contact:


Small Business AdministrationIWW is funded in part by a grant from the US Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


IWW is funded in part by a grant from the US Small Business Administration (SBA). (See below for more information.)

What WHCA's
Clients Say...

We need more of what it takes to help people become something other than low income, to my mind, the kind of training Incubator Without Walls and Down East Business Alliance have. Down East Business Alliance is one of the strongest programs I've seen."

-- Will Hopkins

It was good for somebody who was just getting started. I would recommend IWW to anybody who has a small business."

-- Bonnie Foss, Bonnie & Clyde's Gently Used Furniture


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