Vicki Bessette, vice president of business banking at Bangor Savings Bank, recently presented Jayne Crosby Giles, CEO of MaineStream Finance with a $5,000 check to increase the technological capacity of MaineStream Finance’s Microenterprise Services.

Microenterprise services, according to a press release from MaineStream Finance, help individuals start and expand businesses with 10 or fewer employees through classes, workshops, trainings, one-on-one technical assistance, and microbusiness lending.

“This grant will help MaineStream Finance expand the use of web-based technology to offer courses online, increasing access to classes and services making it possible to serve a greater number of people,” said, Giles.

The grant will also be used by MaineStream Finance to redesign its website for greater functionality, according to the press release.

Bessette said the grant award from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation to MaineStream Finance signifies a commitment to improving Maine communities. Bessette said Bangor Savings understands Maine’s small businesses are the key to the state’s economic well-being, and that the company works hard to provide many types of support.

In addition to trainings and workshops, MaineStream Finance offers microbusiness loans in the amount of $50,000 or less. Loans are available for renovations, equipment purchase, working capital, inventory, and other commercial purposes.

With offices in Bangor, Dover Foxcroft, and Rockland, MaineStream Finance maintains its focus on serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox and Waldo counties, yet its geographic scope is the entire state of Maine and the organization welcomes participation from throughout the state. For more information on services offered through MaineStream Finance, call 1-800-215-4942.