CANTON — Community Concepts’ Finance Corp. Manager Mia Purcell told selectmen at their meeting Thursday that the corporation makes loans to many startup businesses.

Since July 2015, CCFC has helped finance 26 businesses in Oxford county towns, creating more than 100 jobs and retaining over 30 jobs, she said.

“One of the main things that we do is make loans to businesses,” she said. The agency encourages any business interested in a loan to go to the bank first if they haven’t already, because Community Concepts’ interest rates are higher.

“We make the more risky loans and we work with the banks; if the bank will make part of the loan we’ll make the rest of it,” Purcell said. If the bank can’t make the loan to the business “we’ll look at them pretty hard and we potentially will make the loans,” she said.

Purcell also said she wants to have forums about broadband services in the area in order to find out about residents’ and businesses’ internet needs. “Maine is one of the two states in the country that actually offers planning grants for broadband and I feel like if we could get a picture of what we have and what we want and need, that would give us the ammunition to go forward and apply for some grants to actually improve our services,” she said.

In other news, Administrative Assistant Scotty Kilbreth gave Selectmen Don Hutchins, Malcolm Ray and Robert Walker, and others a copy of an email from Cynthia Wardwell of Maine State Housing Authority.

The email said the agency has committed $250,000 to provide drought relief to income eligible households without potable water.

The effect of the drought is most significant in Cumberland, Androscoggin, Oxford, Sagadahoc and York counties, it said.

Funds are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis. For a list of community action agencies and telephone numbers visit www.mainehousing.org or call 2-1-1 Maine, a service of United Way.

Also, Recreation Committee member Phyllis Ouellette updated the board about the committee’s preparations for the Canton Town Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15. It will be held at the ball field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Twenty-two crafters and vendors, including one vendor selling Italian ice and a Mr. and Mrs. Sausage vendor, will be on hand, she said. Entertainment will include a magician, a band, and games for children. An exhibit of children’s arts and crafts will also be displayed.

Selectmen Russell Adams and Brian Keene were absent from the meeting.

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