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The Premier Podcast for Maine Business

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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

49 Ratings
Average Ratings
48
1
0
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0

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

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The Premier Podcast for Maine Business

Rank #1: #1: Martin Grimnes of Harbor Technology

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Martin Grimnes is one of Maine's most remarkable entrepreneurs.  In 1980, he founded Brunswick Technologies, which went on to be publicly traded.  After the acquisition of the company, he brought his same skill set to a new composites company, Harbor Technologies.

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.
Jul 22 2013
22 mins
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Rank #2: Dawn Reshen-Doty of Benay Enterprises

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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.

Aug 04 2019
20 mins
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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
37 mins
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Rank #4: Ed McKersie of ProSearch and LiveandWorkinMaine.com

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Ed McKersie is the founder and CEO of ProSearch Inc., which has been locating talent for Maine based companies – from across the street and across the country – since 1994.

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.
Jul 29 2018
38 mins
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Rank #5: Kai Adams of Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years in business, a remarkable thing in any industry. But it didn't happen by chance - the founding partners have relentlessly worked on their business and their partnership, finding ways to work together that have made them all successful.

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!
Jun 26 2018
32 mins
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Rank #6: Lynn White of Vet-to-Vet Maine

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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.

Jul 08 2019
15 mins
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Rank #7: 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
38 mins
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Rank #8: Derek Volk, President of Volk Packaging Corp. on business in Maine and Heroes Wall Project

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Derek Volk is the third generation of the Volk family to run his successful Biddeford packaging business. He has led the company through significant changes and challenges to the company culture, all the while driving growth and acquiring parts of the company's supply chain.

He's also a passionate supporter of many local causes, including the Heroes Wall, which is a tribute to veterans.
Jun 05 2018
34 mins
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Rank #9: Mainebiz New Ventures/Start-up Forum

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Hey, I’m back with The Grow Maine Show. I’m working hard after a really intense run, and loss, in a contest for US Congress. But I’m jumping right back in with this recording of the really great Mainebiz New Ventures/Start-up Forum held August 21. This is content too good to be forgotten, so I'm really glad to present it to you here:

It features:

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!
Nov 15 2018
42 mins
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Rank #10: Jason Harkins of Scratchpad Accelerator

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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.

May 03 2019
22 mins
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Rank #11: Katie Shorey of Startup Maine

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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.

Jan 30 2019
41 mins
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Rank #12: 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
49 mins
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Rank #13: Sarah Parnell of Groups Recover Together

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Sarah Parnell is regional manager at Groups Recover Together, which is an intensive Medication Assisted Treatment practitioner with multiple locations throughout New England, including nine in Maine. I am passionate about opioid recovery and am always looking to learn more, and to do more. I have the results that group therapy plus medication can deliver on the road to long term recovery from substance use disorder.

To learn more about Groups Recover Together, visit their website.

To learn more about Marty Grohman for Congress, go to MartyforMaine.com.
Jul 19 2018
31 mins
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Rank #14: Dan Dinsmore of PineTreeWatch.org

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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:

gorhamsavings.bank/launchpad/

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!

startupMaine.org

That’s it! Stay tuned after the bumper music for a little bonus content with Dan!

Mar 17 2019
45 mins
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Rank #15: 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
35 mins
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Rank #16: Tom Rainey of Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, on WGAN’s Inside Maine

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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!

Mar 11 2019
23 mins
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Rank #17: Michelle Neujahr, Business Growth Consultant, Faculty at Southern Maine Community College

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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.

She’s from Minnesota, see if you can catch the accent 🙂 and don’t miss Michelle’s TEDx talk “The Power of Perseverance“. And be sure to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 

And don’t forget to the subscribe to The Grow Maine Podcast and leave a 5-star review. We’re making a difference in Maine’s startup community and you can help in just 30 seconds. Thanks!

Feb 20 2019
50 mins
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Rank #18: Carla Harris speaks at Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute

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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.

Dec 12 2018
15 mins
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Rank #19: Michael Sauschuck on Thrive 2027

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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.

Jan 06 2019
11 mins
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Rank #20: Gorham Savings Bank 2017 Launchpad Recap with Pitching Tips

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Ok, so this episode is really amazing. It’s just the five pitches from last year’s GSB Launchpad and the judges questions, that’s it. Nothing in between, all killer no filler, with the winner announced at the end. Be sure to register for this year’s Launchpad, which is June 6. And stay tuned to the end, when I’ll give my pitch tips based on having listened to hundreds of pitches now. Add your own pitch tips in the comments, too, I'd love to compile a fuller list.

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.
May 30 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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