Rank #1: Mahesh Ramanujam of US Green Building Council
Mahesh is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day.
A graduate from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering, Ramanujam couples a strong background as a data scientist with his goal of building healthier communities and democratizing sustainable living.
Transformative thought programs, partnerships, and initiatives continue to be at the heart of Mahesh’s work today. He leads hundreds of employees and thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly as the backbone of the green building movement. He believes that sustainable living is not just about the physical building and rebuilding of our communities, but ultimately about our willingness to reimagine the way we treat each other. He envisions a world where construction is as much about compassion as it is about the convenience and efficiency of the structures themselves. And most importantly, behind every strategy, he emphasizes our universal responsibility to prioritize health and wellness, to make a commitment to the longevity of our planet, and to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
Mar 23 2020
Rank #2: Ben Davis of True Course Yachting and Portland Container Co.
What I think is amazing about Ben is that he seeks advice and counsel, and he listens to it, and pivots. Frankly, I don’t think I did that well enough as an entrepreneur, so it makes me really appreciate it when I see it. Ben has been relentless in seeking out advice and wisdom, and has done it in an a really egoless way, which is a lot harder than it looks, isn’t it?
What advice are you looking for, what are the challenges you’re stuck on right now? Let me know at email@example.com, and subscribe and follow on Facebook. Don’t be afraid to be awesome!
Jan 19 2018
Rank #3: Jess Knox of Maine Startup and Create Week
MSCW is full of opportunities. If I had to pick just one (besides my talk), I would go with Maine Technology Institute's Tech Walk, which is the networking opportunity of the year. From there, fill out your schedule with workshops and keynotes. If you stay in the coffee shop and do email, I guarantee you'll regret it - in this case, the entrepreneurial opportunities are going to come to you, and since there are so many to choose from, most of the events are not crowded and you will have a chance to deeply engage.
Due to my work as a legislator at budget crunch time, I cannot participate as fully as I would like, but I know you'll enjoy it, and I'm jealous of you.
May 31 2017
Rank #4: Topher Mallory of Mexicali Blues, Split Rock Distilling and Royal Rose Simple Syrups
And if you’d like to put a startup guy in US Congress, learn more about me at martygrohman.com
And here are those great coupon codes: RoyalRoseSyrups.com for 20% off simple syrups: growmaine
And one for MexicaliBlues.com (online only) coupon is 15% off: growmaine
And as promised, here's a link to Rich Brooks and Agents of Change conference; a link to Tim Ferriss and Tools of Titans, and a Link to the Book Essentialism.
Aug 24 2018
Rank #5: Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet
Speaking of national leaders, did you know I’m running – yes, that’s me, Marty – am running for United States Congress? It is time we put an end to the partisanship that is crippling Congress. If you’d like to put a startup guy in Washington to represent you, I’d appreciate your support at martygrohman.com.
So back to the interview: what an amazing entrepreneur Chris is. It takes some serious chops to ‘install’ a business process in the way that WinXNet has, and I believe the company is an example of the success that dedicated, focused leadership can deliver. Enjoy!
Sep 28 2018
Rank #6: Sean Sullivan, Executive Director of Maine Brewer’s Guild
This episode of The Grow Maine Show is brought to you by The Dunham Group. The real estate market is tight. Even if you're not outgrowing your space now, if you think you will, why not check their property listings right now?
Breweries also revitalize Maine's downtowns, especially in rural Maine, by creating destinations and building supply chains that spur other business growth. After listening to this... you know what you need to do to help out!!
Apr 06 2018
Rank #7: Rural Maine’s Next Economy
Amanda Beal, President of the Maine Farmland Trust
Lucas St. Clair, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.
George Smith, Author, Hunting/Fishing Activist
Bonnie Rukin, Slow Money Maine
Leah Cook, Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative
Nancy Smith, GrowSmart Maine
Vaughan Woodruff, Insource Renewables
On the One Big Idea Segment
Ron Brown on Broadband
Matt Delaney from Millinocket Library
Ken from Arrowsic
Matt Polstein from New England Outdoor Center
Robin Zinchuk, Executive Director of Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
Kay from Lexington Township (note: what Kay wants to do is closely aligned to what Maine Farmland Trust's Farmlink program does)
Martha Bentley of Maine Technology Institute
Mike Wilson of Northern Forest Center
Jonah Fertig of Cooperative Development Institute
Eric from Appleton with a cool idea: Uber for canoes. Or Zipcar for canoes. Zipcanoe.
Scott Vlaun of Center for an Ecology Based Economy
Brooks Winner of Island Institute
Ivy from College of the Atlantic
Hope you enjoyed the episode - it was fun to do - which of the big ideas was your favorite and why?
Feb 16 2017
Rank #8: Maddie Purcell of Fyood Kitchen
If you've never participated, you've really got to give it a try - either as a judge or as a cook, it's a blast.
This episode is brought to you by The Dunham Group. To get on that Inc 500 list, you need to grow your business fast. That means a good office, a good building. Don’t wait around – visit our custom link to straight to the property listings.
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I love how Maddie is #allin on this concept of Fyood Kitchen. I think it's especially valuable how she talks about doing everything herself, when it could better be done by someone who is a specialist. Man, I made that same mistake getting this podcast going. I continually make the mistake of not asking for help – I think we all do. My ask today is that if you enjoyed this episode and got something from it, share it with one other person who will benefit from it too!
Mar 23 2018
Rank #9: Nancy Strojny of Portland Maine SCORE
Benefit from the experience of a SCORE mentor - sign up for a mentoring session today.
Aug 07 2017
Rank #10: Janine Cary of the Maine International Trade Center
If your growing business is looking to begin exporting, Maine International Trade Day on May 25, 2017 presents a unique opportunity to get a rocket start. Sign up here.
Apr 29 2017
Rank #11: Topher Mallory
Dec 30 2019
Rank #12: Adam Burk of Treehouse Institute
Listen to the episode for an offercode to register for TEDxDirigo RISE coming up on Saturday November 4, and take a look here for guides to creating comfortable spaces for challenging conversations.
Sep 13 2017
Rank #13: Josh Broder of Tilson
Nov 15 2019
Rank #14: Entrepreneurial Motivation in the form of Poetry
As I read it, I thought of all the flip charts and breakout rooms I've been a part of, and how it feels like a road to nowhere. Maybe you feel the same way too.
So I put that together as a quick episode, together with some updates on upcoming events from ScratchPad Accelerator, Gorham Savings Bank Launchpad, and StartupMaine.
I'm taking my own advice too – I'm running for US Congress for Maine's 1st district – and that is going to take all of the entrepreneurial chops I've got and more. See my launch video.
Apr 22 2018
Rank #15: Angela Ferrari of Story Spectacular
I loved the ‘finding your routine’ advice. Here's a link to the Simple Habit app.
Find out more about Angela and listen to her show here.
Also here is a sneak peek of what she has in store for the Story Spectacular Thanksgiving Special. It's the "Quirky Turkey" Music Video!!! Enjoy😎
Nov 16 2017
Rank #16: Elizabeth Ross Holmstrom of Mindful Employer
Nov 04 2019
Rank #17: MEREDA Event – Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work
Great startup events are coming up. Don't forget to sign up for Gorham Savings Bank Launchpad and Startup Maine.
MEREDA events are very worthwhile. Here is one I recommend that is coming right up.
Apr 09 2019
Rank #18: Bill Seretta of Fork Food Lab
Bill is founder and President of the Sustainability Lab which created and hosted for 4 years the New England Food System Innovation Challenge. In October of 2018 the Sustainability Lab took over operations of Fork Food Lab. Under Bill’s leadership Fork has grown from 24 members to 43 today. He is now implementing plans to make Fork Food Lab a sustainable business that will provide 60 food entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their businesses in a new 10,000 s/f facility.
Bill holds a BA in Psychology and Anthropology, an MEd and ABD in Education from UMass Amherst.
Jan 04 2020
Rank #19: Listen to Bisson
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In 2017, CEI or its subsidiaries assisted almost 2,000 Maine entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, including these high profile examples: Paul and Theresa Lancisi of Dove Tail Bats in Shirley Mills; Julie Swain of Dog Not Gone in Skowhegan; Jim Chattley of Meineke Topsham Car Care Center; Ten Ten Piè in Portland; and Corrin and Shirley Conforte of Kindred Farms Market and Bakery in Casco, and of course my favorite, Hyperlite Mountain Gear in Biddeford.
The community nonprofit helped to finance the completion of eight historic redevelopment projects from Biddeford to Waterville, made a first-in-the-nation loan from the innovative USDA Community Facilities Relending Program to support the expansion of a YMCA in Central Lincoln County, supported the design and commercialization of innovative technologies at companies such as Pemaquid Mussel Farms and Ocean Renewable Power Company, and successfully exited an equity investment in the software company Certify. They've been busy.
But we don't talk about any of that stuff. Instead, we learn about Keith's first bike, his passion for taking on investments that others turn away, personal guarantees and second positions, plus a little bit of gelato.
Forty years ago, remarkably, CEI was a startup too. Now it's time for their 40th Anniversary Celebration, which will be held on April 25, 2018 at Brick South on Thompson's Point in Portland. I hope you will register and I hope to see you there. I expect it will be the #1 entrepreneurial event of the year in Maine.
Feb 08 2018
Rank #20: Beth Shissler, President of Sea Bags, Inc
Nov 10 2019