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The Premier Podcast for Maine Business

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Great podcast

By Marty's Podcast is great! - Feb 20 2019
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Great podcast! Down to earth talking with real people on the ground in growing Maine's economy.

Fantastic!

By Dr Dave D - Oct 17 2017
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What a tribute to Maine and the wonderful people and businesses there...

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
1
0
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Great podcast

By Marty's Podcast is great! - Feb 20 2019
Read more
Great podcast! Down to earth talking with real people on the ground in growing Maine's economy.

Fantastic!

By Dr Dave D - Oct 17 2017
Read more
What a tribute to Maine and the wonderful people and businesses there...
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The Grow Maine Show

Latest release on May 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Mahesh Ramanujam of US Green Building Council

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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

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Rank #2: Ben Davis of True Course Yachting and Portland Container Co.

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This is our second time having Ben Davis on. His first visit was one of our most popular episodes ever and we're glad to have him back to talk about his new venture Portland Container Company.

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 marty@growmaineshow.com, and subscribe and follow on Facebook. Don’t be afraid to be awesome!

Jan 19 2018

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Rank #3: Jess Knox of Maine Startup and Create Week

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Jess Knox is the co-founder and chair of Maine Startup and Create Week, an amazing and visionary convening of everything startup for the week of June 19-23 in Portland, Maine. Jess has a long background with startups and economic development, having worked for President Obama's Small Business Administration. He's a big thinker and not afraid to swing for the fences. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

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

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Rank #4: Topher Mallory of Mexicali Blues, Split Rock Distilling and Royal Rose Simple Syrups

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Topher Mallory has three roles: he’s CEO of Mexicali Blues, and co-owner and co-founder of Split Rock Distilling, which also owns Royal Rose syrups. So it’s three interviews in one, for Maine entrepreneurs! We recorded the interview at Topher’s office at Mexicali Blues in Newcastle, after a quick visit to one of the Mexicali Blues stores.

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

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Rank #5: Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet

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Chris Claudio is CEO of WinXNet of Portland, Maine. He is an extremely impressive entrepreneur that has built a company, together with his partner Mike Williams, into a national leader in the IT services and security space. The company has more than 125 employees and is at the top of many national rankings in their field.

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

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Rank #6: Sean Sullivan, Executive Director of Maine Brewer’s Guild

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Sean Sullivan, executive director of Maine Brewer's Guild, is a great speaker and entrepreneur who happens to think that Maine craft beer is key to growing our economy. Brewing is a manufacturing business, and everything from ocean freight to a good local malthouse is in our favor.

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

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Rank #7: Rural Maine’s Next Economy

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I carried my podcast recorder to the Rural Maine’s Next Economy Envision Maine conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday February 10. The temperature outside was in the single digits, but inside the ideas were flowing. I captured two segments - the Rural Sparkplugs segment of four minute talks, and the One Minute Big Ideas, an off-the-cuff opportunity to pitch the crowd on your idea. Here the guests in order of appearance:

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
Mike Turcotte
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

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Rank #8: Maddie Purcell of Fyood Kitchen

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Fyood Kitchen of Portland, Maine is a social cooking competition. Maddie Purcell is founder and ceo. Fyood's team sets you up in a professional kitchen with a full pantry and gives you a mystery basket with four secret ingredients. Your challenge is to make it into something that will impress your friends.

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.

Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher.

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!

Cheers!

Mar 23 2018

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Rank #9: Nancy Strojny of Portland Maine SCORE

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The Portland, Maine office of SCORE is one of the top chapters in the country, and much of the credit is due to chair Nancy Strojny. Following a successful career in product management at Procter & Gamble, Nancy has been running our local chapter since 2009, successfully advising a who's who of Maine startups and growing the mentorship base to cover multiple areas of expertise.

Benefit from the experience of a SCORE mentor - sign up for a mentoring session today.

Aug 07 2017

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Rank #10: Janine Cary of the Maine International Trade Center

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In 2016: 2,264 Maine companies exported $2.8 billion in goods and services to 168 countries. International trade supports nearly 1 in 4 Maine jobs. The Maine International Trade Center, led since 2005 by my guest Janine Cary, makes it all happen by advising Maine companies on both the technical and the operational sides of exporting.

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

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Rank #11: Topher Mallory

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Topher Mallory has three roles: CEO of the iconic Maine retailer Mexicali Blues, co-founder of Split Rock, Maine's first Organic Distillery, and owner of Royal Rose Simple Syrups, organic drink mixers. These businesses together represent more than 100 employees and many millions in sales revenue. Starting from a summer job selling skateboards, Topher has built this remarkable "only-in-Maine" career. Learn how, and why, in this compelling interview!

Dec 30 2019

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Rank #12: Adam Burk of Treehouse Institute

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Adam is a social innovator and cultural architect. His life and work is dedicated to living well in this place with others. He creates spaces – physical and programmatic – that raise the level of resilience, and improve communication in communities. Adam made a big leap by launching TEDxDirigo in 2010 and hasn't stopped since, also producing MaineLive and other events in conjunction with his nonprofit 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

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Rank #13: Josh Broder of Tilson

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Joshua Broder is CEO of Tilson, a telecommunications deployment and IT consulting firm based in Portland, Maine. Under Josh's leadership, Tilson has grown from 10 to more than 600 employees nationwide, achieving listing on the Inc 5000 nine consecutive times (likely a record for any Maine company). Josh is an Army veteran and earned the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, where his team ran the tactical communications network for US forces. Don't miss this story of a man and a company on a mission!

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #14: Entrepreneurial Motivation in the form of Poetry

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It might seem odd, but I saw this poem by Gretchen Berg in the Sunday paper, and thought it would make a good episode of The Grow Maine Show. It's part of a column by Portland, Maine's poet laureate, Gibson Fay-Leblanc.

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

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Rank #15: Angela Ferrari of Story Spectacular

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Have you ever wondered if you could go for it, and make a living as an artist? Angela Ferrari is a children's book author & illustrator based in Portland Maine, and the host of the of Story Spectacular podcast. We discuss how she got her business off the ground, what the first steps were, and Maine business resources like CEI and Small Business Development Centers.

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

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Rank #16: Elizabeth Ross Holmstrom of Mindful Employer

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Elizabeth Ross Holmstrom is Founder & President of Mindful Employer of Portland, Maine. Here’s her pitch: employees are choosing purposeful work over standard pay and benefits, and they are staying with companies invested in their professional development and wellbeing. By working with Mindful Employer, you can quickly learn about your employee experience and improve recruitment & retention through simple daily practices.

Nov 04 2019

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Rank #17: MEREDA Event – Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work

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Ever since I was a state rep and worked repeatedly on senior housing bonds, I've been interested in the issue of the lack of affordable housing in Maine. Following up on that interest, I attended and recorded a conference put on by the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on affordable housing. It was a very well done talk and I'm publishing it here, in hopes that you'll enjoy it. It's kind of a dry topic but it's very meaningful. It features Greg Payne of Avesta and the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition; Jess Maurer of the Maine Council on Aging, and Dana Totman, CEO of Avesta Housing.
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.
https://mereda.org/event/meredas-annual-real-estate-spring-conference/?platform=hootsuite

Apr 09 2019

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Rank #18: Bill Seretta of Fork Food Lab

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Bill Seretta is a serial social entrepreneur with over 50 years of experience in launching new enterprises and rebuilding old ones in both profit and non-profit sectors.
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

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Rank #19: Listen to Bisson

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Keith Bisson is president of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) in Brunswick. If you've heard of a startup in Maine, they probably had a hand in getting it going. They are willing to take a risk on early stage innovators that conventional lenders and investors won’t, calculating good jobs and environmental benefits in addition to dollars, as core to return on investment. He's pictured here with ceo Betsy Biemann. Together they lead this organization that is core to Maine's entrepreneurial community.

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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

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Rank #20: Beth Shissler, President of Sea Bags, Inc

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Beth Shissler is President of Sea Bags in Portland. Starting from making just a few of the iconic tote bags made from recycled sails each year, she and the Sea Bags team have grown the business into one of Maine’s largest manufacturing companies, and saved over 700 tons of sails from the landfill while doing it.

Nov 10 2019

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