MeBIC is Maine’s only resource dedicated to providing information, education and advocacy on immigration and related issues from and for the business and economic perspective.
The Maine Business Immigration Coalition (MeBIC) recognizes the value of immigration and promotes initiatives, laws, and policies to attract, integrate, and retain immigrants in Maine's economy and communities as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens.
MeBIC engages in education, advocacy and action to support initiatives, laws and policies promoting economic growth and strong communities throughout Maine that are consistent with our principles.
We believe in:
- Providing consistent, reliable access to the talent Maine needs to sustain our global competitiveness in industries including healthcare, research, high-tech, manufacturing, construction, forestry, seafood, agriculture, retail, and hospitality/tourism.
- Providing opportunities for immigrants and foreign students to enter the U.S. and our workforce legally, attracting and keeping the best, the brightest, and the hard-working.
- Removing barriers that prevent immigrants from accessing employment, launching businesses, or working to their full potential.
- Providing mechanisms that facilitate the hiring of foreign-born workers in response to market demands while also fully protecting the wages and working conditions of U.S. and immigrant workers, as outlined in joint principles issued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organized labor.
- Establishing a path to citizenship for the undocumented currently living in Maine and the United States, to leverage their talent and to facilitate their complete integration as community members, consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs.
- Promoting stability within Maine’s immigrant communities and families and thus our workforce and our immigrant consumer base.
MeBIC was incorporated in 2017 with the support of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Enterprises, Inc., and is in the process of applying for nonprofit status. For further information, contact Beth Stickney at [email protected] or at 207-200-6725.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark St. Germain, President
St. Germain Collins
Carla Dickstein, Treasurer
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Dana Connors, Secretary
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Maine Community College System
Maine Healthcare Association
Lee International Business Development
Ed McKersie, CPC
Pro Search, Inc.
Adele Masengo Designs
Win Financial Strategies
Presque Isle, ME
Beth Stickney, Executive Director, specialized in Immigration and Nationality law for twenty-six years, and founded the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Maine’s only statewide nonprofit immigration law provider. Through ILAP, Beth met employers all over Maine who increasingly rely on immigrant employees, in high tech, farm work, and every sector in between. A Maine native and daughter of business owners, Beth has worked on immigration and related policy issues both in Washington D.C. and in Augusta, and is well versed in how initiatives, policies, and laws can influence whether Maine is able to attract and keep the global workforce it needs for a vibrant economy and thriving communities.