(Manchester, N.H., Sept. 20) — York IE, a vertically integrated strategic growth and investment firm, today announced it has been approved as a consulting advisor in the new Maine Entrepreneurial Resource Corps (MERC) program at Maine Technology Institute (MTI). The program provides Maine startups the tools and expertise they need to achieve sustainable growth.
York IE is now an approved and vetted provider for MTI’s MERC program, which offers a database of startup consultants spanning 40-plus business-building categories. York IE’s advisory services provide hands-on help to startups across three core areas:
- Product Development and Strategy;
- Marketing and Communications; and
- Go-to-Market and Revenue Operations.
The firm has already worked with several Maine-based startups, including Defendify, VETRO and 40GRID.
“In the startup world, it’s not realistic for founding team members to have mastery in every area of business growth,” said Emily Braley, the new manager of the MERC program at MTI. “Partnering with a firm like York IE, which takes a hands-on approach to guiding its clients, ensures that our MERC database is filled with qualified consultants to help Maine’s startup leaders address critical gaps and maximize their growth potential.”
Growing companies can use MERC to match with reliable, affordable consultants that assist in developing short-term projects to address specific skill shortcomings. Maine-based startups in MTI’s seven technology sectors with under $2 million in annual revenue are eligible for the program.
“York IE and MTI have the shared goal of enabling sustainable company growth through affordable, hands-on services and expertise,” York IE CEO Kyle York said. “Especially in uncertain economic conditions, it’s crucial for growing companies to still have access to the resources that can help them reach new milestones. We’re excited to offer our advisory services to more Maine startups, helping them succeed and ultimately give back to the community.”
MERC projects ideally last no more than three months, with defined milestones, and are not to exceed a project fee of $20,000. MTI pays 50% of the fees for approved projects.
Businesses seeking to participate in the MERC program can apply to be matched with a prospective consultant beginning in September. Those seeking more information on the application process can email Emily Braley or call 207-481-7047.