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Local Economy
F. LOCAL ECONOMY

Most businesses in Sebago are small, family run operations, with only a few year-round employees. Many businesses operate seasonally.  There are 82 small businesses in Sebago, most of which are listed on the Town’s web page.  All are small, and, with the exception of the two summer camps, have fewer than eight employees other than the two summer camps.~

Typical commercial establishments are summer camps, cottages and bed-and- breakfasts, variety stores, restaurants, and small construction companies. There is no industry, and most residents work in other towns in the Lakes region or in the Portland area. The seasonal tourist trade supports most of the businesses. In addition, many people operate small businesses from their homes. These home occupations generally give flexibility to families trying to earn a living locally.

In terms of Sebago’s largest employers, the community has one seasonal sit-down restaurant, two small grocery stores, and one realtor who deals with summer rentals for camps. The types and numbers of other businesses include:

Auto and Engine Repair, Gas Station - 6
Carpenters, Cabinetmakers, Building and Earthmoving Contractors - 19
Farms, Farm Products, Farm Stands, and Pick-Your-Own Operations - 8
Firewood, Logging Contractors, and Sawmills - 6
Groceries, Caterers, and Dining - 8
Lodging and Camping - 7
Marinas, Boat Builders, and Boat Rentals - 6
Summer Camps - 2
Other Local Businesses – 20

The local economy is based on services to seasonal residents and tourists, has been for the past century, and probably will continue to be so in at least the near future. Regional and national trends that affect recreational patterns have a large potential impact on Sebago's economy.
Because most residents do not work in Sebago, the health of the regional economy is of great importance to the financial well-being of local citizens. However, Sebago residents are employed in a wide variety of occupations, in a diversity of locations. This factor lends some stability to the economic health of the community, because a downturn in a single business sector or closing of one business will not have an overwhelming effect on the Town.










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OCCUPATIONS AND INDUSTRIES EMPLOYING SEBAGO WORKERS


Occupation      Percent

Technical, Sales, Administrative Support        26%
Operators, Fabricators, Laborers        21%
Managerial/Professional 19%
Precision production, Craft, Repair     16%
Service 14%
Farming, Forestry, Fishing        3%


Industry        Percent

Manufacturing   29%
Professional Services   21%
Retail  12%
Construction      9%
Wholesale         5%
Public Administration   4.5%            
Transportation  4.5%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate    4%   
Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Mining           4%
Business and Repair Services       3%
Communications/Utilities           2%
Personal, Entertainment, Recreation Services