This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When you think of the State of Maine, what comes to mind? Lobster? Bob Marley? Moxie? It seems that lately I have seen all sorts of articles about the State of Maine floating around the internet. They are all pretty much the same, and go on to say how we are unique and different from the rest of the country by giving examples of the different foods we eat, the way we talk, etc. I think people are truly interested in learning more about our way of life here.
Having lived in Maine my entire life, I definitely agree that we have some very interesting and unique foods and traditions here. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the fact that I can buy lobster at super low prices pretty much any time I want, or that I can stuff my face full of the very best whoopie pies, or indulge in fresh fiddleheads every spring. We are so lucky, aren’t we?!
Above all of these things, though, I think of community and togetherness when I think of Maine. I grew up in East Millinocket, a very small and close-knit town. My graduating class only had 67 students. Every one in town knew each other. I worked at the local Mom & Pop grocery store for a while during high school, and then I worked for a lawyer in the next town over for a while after that. When I finally did spread my wings and move an hour south, I worked for another small town lawyer, whose office was located right smack dab in the middle of about a dozen other small businesses.
Small, local businesses are a common theme around the State of Maine. No matter what town you drive to in Maine, you will likely find a business that’s owned by someone local. Us Mainers just love that close, personal touch. We have a great entrepreneurial spirit, and we love doing business with the same people over and over again, for years and years. We crave that trust and connection that we get from the people that have served us so well for so long, and we don’t really do well with change.
Did you know that 97% of Maine’s employers are small businesses? Amazing, right?! It really doesn’t surprise me, though. We truly love our home state. We are incredibly proud of it, and we love to put our roots down here and let them grow.
Even us old fashioned, set in our ways Mainers have to get with the times, though, and bring our businesses online, whether they be brand new, or even already well established. It only makes sense to get your business information online, where everyone is searching for information these days. Creating a small business website and being active on social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, can really do a lot to help your business grow and flourish.
Whenever I am looking for someone new to do business with, I search the internet to try to find a small local business first. I would really rather keep my money right here in the State of Maine and help my fellow Mainers. We have some amazingly talented people here, and it is so important for us to support each other.
My husband and I actually bought our car from a local mechanic, born and raised in Maine. He owns a very small second-hand auto business that is operated out of his home, and even though he was located in the next town over from us, we would never have even known about it if he had not had a website!
If you’re wondering how exactly you can keep that close, personal feel of your business while bringing it online, Domain.ME is a great place to start!
Domain.ME is a domain name provider that allows anyone (personal and/or business) to create a unique, safe identity online with a domain ending in .ME. They operate as a B2B, which means that people can register a domain name through one of 190 accredited registrars that operate as .ME resellers. Domain.ME is dedicated to building strong relationships with its community members, just like we are here in the state of Maine!
Can you imagine anything better than offering your local Maine customers a website that ends in .ME? It is such a fantastic way to spread that small town feel of your Maine business to the online world, even if it is not technically the official domain name of Maine. I know whenever I see ME, I automatically think of my beloved home state, and so many other people do too.
Just like our beautiful home state, Domain.ME is unique and will make your small business stand out online. After all, for Maine residents, it’s all about the #StateOfME!