Rank #1: #1: Martin Grimnes of Harbor Technology
Learn about Martin's first bike, how to cook a lobster, and how to form an industry consortium to bring in new business you can't handle on your own.
Rank #2: Dawn Reshen-Doty of Benay Enterprises
For almost 30 years, Dawn Reshen-Doty has been running Benay Enterprises, a business support company that provides back office accounting and management support. Under her leadership, the company is expanding its Maine presence.
In this appearance recorded on 7/27/19 on WGAN’s Inside Maine, we explore what is driving growth for Benay and Dawn’s impressions and plans for growing the business in Maine.
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.
Rank #4: Ed McKersie of ProSearch and LiveandWorkinMaine.com
I’ve been looking to get Ed on the show forever. He’s founded a large successful Maine company, and now he helps other Maine companies find talent, so he’s got a heck of a perspective.
Don't forget: If you believe in firsts, and startups, and want to put a startup guy in Congress, visit my campaign website and make a contribution at martygrohman.com.
Make sure to check out Ed's amazing project liveandworkinmaine.com, which he runs together with Nate Wildes. This site is one of Maine's best workforce recruiting tools, and includes a job board and success stories.
Rank #5: Kai Adams of Sebago Brewing Company
And the impetus for Kai to become an entrepreneur gets even more interesting: diagnosed with lymphoma as a young man, Kai realized that it was now or never to pursue his dream. With 250 employees, six locations and as one of Maine's leading breweries, I'd say it has worked out. What is holding you back from kicking it in?
My brother Owen, the family beer aficionado, met and recorded this interview with Kai at Sebago's new destination brewery on Main Street in Gorham. This is a great spot to meet and I highly recommend it. You can get a free tour of the working brewery, taste some new beers (and fan favorites), and even grab some lunch or dinner.
And if you'd like to put an entrepreneur in Congress to represent you, please check out my campaign page at martygrohman.com!
Rank #6: Lynn White of Vet-to-Vet Maine
Lynn White is a Vietnam Veteran who is the board chair of Vet-to-Vet Maine, an all volunteer veteran led organization that helps address loneliness and service needs of Maine’s veterans. He’s also a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grad (like me!). This is a recording of an appearance we put together on WGAN’s Inside Maine.
Rank #7: 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
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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.
Rank #8: Derek Volk, President of Volk Packaging Corp. on business in Maine and Heroes Wall Project
He's also a passionate supporter of many local causes, including the Heroes Wall, which is a tribute to veterans.
Rank #9: Mainebiz New Ventures/Start-up Forum
Eliah Thanhauser of NorthSpore
Allison Lakin of Gorges ("Gorgeous") Cheeses
Becky McKinnell of iBec Creative
Bill Keleher of Kennebec River Biosciences
Sean Sullivan of Maine Brewers Guild
David Stone of Forager
The panel is moderated by the incomparable Betsy Biemann of CEI.
Promo: the New England Venture Summit in Boston coming right up in Boston on December 12. I have a really nice discount code, $100 off registration. Here it is: GMSVIP. If you choose to attend or pitch, I expect you to kick ass on behalf of Maine!
Great advice from Eliah of NorthSpore: get your systems down. And case in point, as you heard, the battery on my Zoom H4N recorder died in the middle of the panel, so I missed a piece of it – right when Allison talked about her cooler dying – must have been karma. It does give me a chance to thank, and recommend, Headlight Audio Visual. I record a lot of events and they are top notch, and Trevor from Headlight bailed me out with a couple of AA’s at this event.
Get your systems down! Please like share and subscribe, I want to push this episode and others like it far and wide. The Grow Maine Show is on Facebook, go there and like the page to hear about the next episode, which is coming right up! Don’t be afraid to be awesome!
Rank #10: Jason Harkins of Scratchpad Accelerator
Dr. Jason Harkins is the co-head, together with Lisa Liberatore, of Scratchpad Accelerator, which is based in the Bangor region. Jason has some serious startup chops and cred and what I think is a good (and surprising) take on the whole “jump off the cliff and put the plane together on the way down” thing.
Scratchpad has benefited from the support of MTI and founding corporate partner Bangor Savings (which has the enviable URL www.bangor.com), both of which are great organizations.
Rank #11: Katie Shorey of Startup Maine
Katie Shorey is the Business & Community Liaison for People’s United Bank, and President of Startup Maine, an organization with the mission to inspire & elevate entrepreneurs. She’s a connector; enabler of entrepreneurs & startups, and gives a great interview.
Startup Maine’s annual conference is coming up in June – and it’s not to be missed.
Now’s a great time to get involved! Submit a workshop proposal, go ahead and register, or volunteer.
Rank #12: MEREDA Event – Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work
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.
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
Rank #13: Sarah Parnell of Groups Recover Together
To learn more about Groups Recover Together, visit their website.
To learn more about Marty Grohman for Congress, go to MartyforMaine.com.
Rank #14: Dan Dinsmore of PineTreeWatch.org
Dan Dinsmore is executive director of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, an independent news outlet that publishes at pinetreewatch.org. The episode is a bit of a departure for me, in that it’s the first nonprofit startup that I’ve profiled, but it’s very interesting and it’s clearly an area of growth and opportunity, something that any startup wants.
If you’re interested in how the news works and love true in-depth reporting, this episode is for you.
Speaking of startups, there’s a lot of great stuff coming up. First, now’s the time to apply to Gorham Savings Bank’s annual Launchpad pitch competition:
And, go ahead and grab a ticket to Startup Maine – where everything startup in Maine comes together. These tickets are only $48 and now is the time to buy one. We are not doing discount codes or anything like that this year – it is a great deal so grab a ticket to help us out!
That’s it! Stay tuned after the bumper music for a little bonus content with Dan!
Rank #15: 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!
Rank #16: Tom Rainey of Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, on WGAN’s Inside Maine
WGAN’s “Inside Maine” airs on Saturday morning. I had the honor of hosting the program on March 2. I booked several guests with the theme of “Service”, starting with Tom Rainey of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs. MCE provides many important services to Maine startups. The Top Gun program is (deservedly) the best known, but MCE also runs many other important programs, which are covered in this interview. It’s great to be able to publish it here for those who missed it live – I hope you enjoy and give your feedback and suggestions in the comments – my first go around as a live radio host!
Rank #17: Michelle Neujahr, Business Growth Consultant, Faculty at Southern Maine Community College
Michelle Neujahr is a business growth consultant and member of the faculty at Southern Maine Community College. As a consultant she specializes in helping businesses that have plateaued around a million dollars in sales scale to the next level. Michelle also works with executive teams helping them to create and execute visionary strategic plans.
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Rank #18: Carla Harris speaks at Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute
Carla Harris is VP and managing director of Morgan Stanley down in New York City. She delivered a great keynote address at the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute. We all have advice we’d give our younger self – that’s Carla’s topic, and it’s a great one. And as you’ll hear in the recording, it was very timely advice for me.
Carla Harris is remarkable, and the fit is perfect with this audience. The Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute is a great program for young women, started by Senator Olympia Snowe. Olympia doesn’t do anything small, and this program already has 500 young women from across Maine enrolled. What’s different is the young women selected for the program are the ones who are a little less likely to step forward themselves – but have a lot of potential. Maybe a little bit like the future Senator was at that time.
I hope you enjoy this recording and will support the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.
Rank #19: Michael Sauschuck on Thrive 2027
Michael Sauschuck is the former Portland Police Chief, current Assistant City Manager (and nominee for Maine’s Commissioner of Public Safety). Speaking at the Portland Regional Chamber Kegs n Issues event in a talk I grabbed live on my phone, he walked through policing and substance use disorder recovery. Policing approaches to low level drug users have changed, and for the better – this is a very good review of how and why.
Also covered is the Thrive2027 collaborative organized by United Way. Get involved here.
Rank #20: Gorham Savings Bank 2017 Launchpad Recap with Pitching Tips
Now, register! It's free and not to be missed:
Watch Five Maine Businesses Compete for $50,000.
Live LaunchPad Event
TUESDAY, JUNE 5th
Interested in my campaign for US Congress? Learn more and get involved at martygrohman.com.