#11: Ry Russell of The Saco Drive In
This week, we’re joined by Ry Russell of The Saco Drive In, another awesome entrepreneur 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.