It’s no surprise to Mainers that Maine’s outdoor space is a treasure, but it has the added benefit of boosting Maine’s economy. For the first time ever, the Department of Commerce‘s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released initial statistics showing the role that outdoor recreation plays in each state’s economy. According to the data, Maine’s outdoor recreation industry makes up a larger percentage of the state’s economy than in almost any other state – ranking third only behind Hawaii and Montana. If you have a business idea that could find a place in the thriving outdoor space in Maine, don’t wait and don’t hesitate. Get your idea in front of the expert entrepreneurs of Greenlight Maine and make your move this year.
Have you seen the L.L. Bean campaign Bean Outsider? Be An Outsider. Get it? It’s a homegrown brand with a global reach and it is an important tentpole of Maine’s economy. There is so much more than Bean these days, but it’s a good jumping off point to discuss the business of outdoor adventure, and where you, as an intrepid entrepreneur might make room to develop and grow a business in your own, beloved state. Do you have an idea for a cool campground? Know a way to innovate the consumer gear that campers have to have? Do you make a killer nutritious trail mix or energy bar? Are you an entrepreneurial adventure guide? Could you be a cook who thrives over an open fire? Do you have a passion for fishing? There are so many ways to get on the renewed national interest in the outdoors.
Many of us are looking for a more authentic life. We want to reconnect with nature and slow down for a while in our constantly-connected fast-paced mostly digital world. And that’s where Maine really makes its mark. Vacationland has always been where much of the Northeast escapes their busy lives in the wild woods and open ocean. Now more than ever individuals and families are making a point to carve out time to be away from it all. As a business person with pine in your blood, you can capitalize on the trend. Those of us who live in Maine all the time are happy to support and invest in a fellow Mainer. Those from away who spend time here in the summer appreciate the locally-made goods and self-starting spirit and love showing off their affinity with Maine. And there’s definitely room on the internet to sell your outdoor products and nature services to people all over the world.
The Greenlight Maine judges and support team would love to see your outdoors-related creative business ideas. We love to get outside and think it’s so important for mind, body, and spiritual health, as well as a way to keep our Maine economy thriving and growing.