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 a §501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.   For further information, contact Beth Stickney at bstickney@mainebic.org or at 207-200-6725.


MeBIC's Advisory Board provides advice and support to ABIC on issues relevant to advancing reforms in Maine to help Maine's immigrants succeed and to advance ABIC's mission and work for common-sense federal immigration reforms to strengthen our communities and economy.

David Barber, President
Barber Foods/Tyson Foods
Portland, ME

Cathy Lee, Vice-President
Lee International Business Development
Westbrook, ME

Susan LoGiudice, Esq., Secretary
Preti Flaherty
Portland, ME 

Carla Dickstein, Treasurer
Wiscasset, ME 

Dana Connors
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Augusta, ME 

Adele Ngoy
Adele Masengo Designs
Portland, ME 

Quang Nguyen
Win Financial Strategies
Portland, ME

Mark St. Germain
St. Germain
Westbrook, ME

Rebecca Swanson-Conrad
RSC Consultants
Auburn, ME


Beth Stickney, Executive Director, has specialized in Immigration and Nationality law and related policy since 1986, and formerly was the founding executive director of  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.

MeBIC is a partner of the American Business Immigration Coalition.