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#11: Ry Russell of The Saco Drive In

This week, we’re joined by Ry Russell of The Saco Drive In, another awesome Ry Russell of The Saco Drive Inentrepreneur making it in the worst state in the USA for business!  Ry took over the Saco drive in two years ago, and turned it from dying to profitable in just one season by showing first run films.  But then, movie studios issued an ultimatum: no more film, we’re going digital. So with 30 days to save the theater, Ry, a facebook branding expert, leveraged his more than 25,000 fans to win a national prize from Honda Motor Company to pay for the conversion.

Like they say about entrepreneurship, jump off the cliff and put the plane together on the way down.  It was either Shut Down and Cry, or go all out.  And plus, as you’ll see, when you’ve got a portable jump starter, you’ve going to create raving fans with your customer service.

Something new this week – we’re collecting a master list, an EPIC list of resources for Maine entrepreneurs.  Of course we’ve got MTI, MCED, MITC, and MVF, but actually we’ve got more than 50 so far, and counting.   But you’ve probably got a great resource for Maine entrepreneurs that I don’t know about, so tweet it to me @growmaine, and I’ll add it to my list, and when it’s done I’ll tweet it back out with a map and contact information.

And as you may have heard, I’ve been saying ‘Don’t Be Afraid to be Awesome’ on my casts for the last few episodes.  So, I’m taking my own advice, and going to ONCE a WEEK in 2014.  The cast has been great, but it’s a little harder to promote between episodes, so I’m going for it!  Cheers!  DBATBA!

And if you want to hire Ry to work his magic for YOU, click here.

 

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#10: Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes Magazine

Kurt_Badenhausen_picYou’ve probably heard that Maine has been ranked the worst state in the union for business, but you may not know much about what’s behind those rankings. This week we dig deeper into the topic, with Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor of Forbes magazine, developer of the best known ranking. Kurt’s been doing this ranking for many years, really dives deep into the analysis, and offers lots of valuable perspective.
Maine is not actually last in any category, and scores better than New Hampshire in business costs, something that may surprise you. And what really surprised me was that a low cost of living won’t get you high in the ranking; and that access to education, arts and culture are among the most important factors in scoring well.
But still, I don’t know about having a worse quality of life than New Jersey.

So, do you think Maine deserves to be 50th?  Leave a comment below.

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