The Town of Paris offers a wealth of services for people who need education, jobs, or other resources.
From networking events to business-to-business trade shows, from member discounts to directory listings, the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce is a great resource to get noticed and attract new business!
First and foremost, Oxford Hills SCORE knows the business fundamentals, based on real world experience. Our counselors have experience in managing and leading companies both large and small. Our volunteers have been both business owners and employees. We share our wisdom and experience through free face-to-face mentoring sessions. A SCORE counselor can help you think through business challenges and opportunities, help you with financial analysis and projections, help you with marketing plans and help you in many more areas. We can be a sounding board for your new ideas.
AVCOG is another organization which has a wealth of information for municipalities and businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.
We have the DHHS Office where people can access various services and programs such as TANF or food stamps. We have Community Concepts based here in Paris, and they provide a broad array of services including fuel assistance, home repair programs, homeless shelters and child care classes and services. We have the Maine Career Center right in Town, where they help people determine what their vocational interests are, their educational and skills levels, and can refer them to training programs designed to make vocational goals a reality. We have New Ventures (formerly Women, Work and Community), local organizations which help people on the road to financial stability and offer advice and resources for those who want to start up their own small business. We have Oxford Hills/Buckfield Adult Ed, which not only helps people get their GED’s, but also offers vocational training such as CDL training and CNA classes, and enrichment classes in many different areas from photography to cake decorating to nutrition. Western Maine University and Community College Center, also of Paris, is a place where people can pursue secondary education and degrees, receiving support while working towards educational goals at their own pace. For those who need transportation, Western Maine Transportation Services can take riders to and from work, pharmacies, shopping, hair and personal care, libraries, visits with family and friends, food pantries, meal and warming centers and, as always, eye, dental and healthcare appointments. These resources, and many others, are all consolidated in our Town, and they are designed to help people succeed. If you haven’t checked them out, what are you waiting for!