AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage says Maine needs to provide more support to its small businesses, which are a vital part of the state’s economy.

The Republican governor met with about 20 owners of microbusinesses at the Blaine House on Tuesday to discuss challenges they face and ideas for making their businesses run more easily.

Microbusinesses have five or fewer employees. The state says Maine has more than 133,000 microenterprises.

Nicole Snow owns Darn Good Yarn, a yarn fiber importer and retail company in Piscataquis County’s Sebec. She said one of the ideas the group discussed was to have consultants travel throughout the state in motorhomes to help small businesses in rural Maine with things like Internet connectivity.

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