Tae Chong is a business advisor with Coastal Enterprises, Inc.’s StartSmart Program. StartSmart is a nationally recognized economic development program that assists immigrants and refugees to start and manage their businesses. Tae has over twenty years experience working with the immigrant and refugee populations in Maine as an educator, advocate, policy maker, social service provider and now as a business advisor. He has also held leadership positions as co-chair of the Refugee Advisory Council for the state of Maine’s DHHS Department, as a board member of the NAACP, LULAC, Asian American Heritage Foundation, and the University of Southern Maine’s Department of Social Work. Currently, Tae is serving on Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services advisory board and is a board member of the Friends of Portland Adult Ed. He holds a BS in Political Science and a MBA from the University of Southern Maine.