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Margo Walsh of MaineWorks

Margo Walsh with crew

Margo Walsh is the founder and CEO of MaineWorks, which provides day labor to industrial construction sites. The company is growing quickly, not just in spite of – but because – it has a developed a specialty in working with people in recovery. Finding success by helping to solve a difficult, pressing problem. Remarkable. I hope you enjoy this episode.

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Maine Technology Institute’s Tech Walk

I walked into MTI’s Tech Walk with the ol’ Zoom H4N at the ready and conducted some on the spot interviews. It was fun to do, and I met some powerful entrepreneurs created success statewide. In this episode I also put in a plug for a Biddeford based pitch contest called Pitch York County, which I hope you’ll participate in.

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Ben Sprague, Bangor City Councilor, Host of The Maine Show, and VP at The First

Ben Sprague

I very much enjoyed my conversation with fellow podcaster Ben Sprague. In addition to hosting The Maine Show, a podcast which features entrepreneurs and thought leaders from around the State, Ben is a Bangor City Councilor and VP of Business Development at The First (a Bangor-based community bank).

Ben is a much admired city councilor with excellent perspective and an interesting background. His podcast is highly recommended. It was a great pleasure to have him on the show. Here’s the episode:

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Neil Spillane, CEO of Fork Food Lab

Martin Grohman and Neil Spillane

This episode is focused on the food business scene in Portland, Maine. Neil Spillane is co-founder and CEO of Fork Food Lab, a food entrepreneur’s incubator space that will be open 24/7 and feature a tasting room.

The goal is to host more than 40 companies to operate in the space, which features a full commercial kitchen, helping all of them to grow and support each other.

Please join me in supporting this innovative project via Fork Food Labs’s Kickstarter campaign – let’s push it across the finish line!

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Ben Davis of True Course Yachting

This is officially the first episode of The Grow Maine Show that has mentioned The Northwest Passage.

Ben Davis of True Course Yachting has combined an upbringing on the ocean, a natural understanding of his client’s needs, and Maine’s yachtbuilding and refitting industry into a fast-growing Portland-based business.

And you’ll never guess who his first customer was.

Links mentioned in the show include the Gorham Savings Bank Launchpad and Envision Maine breakfast with David Herring.

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Ten Big Ideas from Dreamers and Doers at The Envision Maine Summit

Dream something big with Kerem Durdag of Biovation, Shannon Kinney of Dream Local, Shawn Moody of Moody’s Collision Centers, Melissa Smith of WEX, Jess Knox of Blackstone Accelerates Growth, Lisa Pohlmann of NRCM, Dana Connors of Maine Chamber of Commerce, John Piotti of Maine Farmland Trust, and Sean Sullivan of the Maine Brewer’s Guild.

Like what you hear?  Register to hear Shawn Moody on Tuesday Dec. 16.

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Dan Kerluke of Double Blue Sports Analytics

Dan Kerluke is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bangor, Maine based Double Blue Sports Analytics.  He is a former pro hockey player and UMaine hockey coach who recognized a need for easier ‘moneyball’ type statistics tracking in hockey.  Download and try a free demo of the 360 Save Review System for your iPad from the App Store!  (And give it a 5-star review).

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Susan MacKay: Give me a cutting edge technology and a risky market

…if the idea is innovative enough, risky enough, novel enough, and has the potential to impact an entire market, then Dr. Susan MacKay of Cerahelix is ready to take it on!

Susan is founder and CEO of Cerahelix Corp. of Orono, Maine.  The company has developed and commercialized a ceramic membrane technology that provides high purity filtration under harsh conditions.

Sounds like a typical Maine high-tech business to me.  Making holes in ceramic with DNA.  Not.  But this isn’t even Susan’s first ‘big bet’ in high tech materials, and she and her team have the technical background to make this happen.

Susan was previously CEO of Zeomatrix, another materials-based startup. She has more than 20 years’ experience in materials research and characterization, including 6 years in corporate R&D at 3M Corporation. She was a member of the inaugural MCED “Top Gun” class in 2009, and a Mass Challenge finalist in 2011. Susan holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and was named a “Woman to Watch” by Mass High Tech in 2011.

 

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#18 Karin Gregory of Furman Gregory Deptula

Karin Gregory of Furman Gregory Deptula

Karin Gregory of Furman Gregory DeptulaKarin Gregory and her law firm Furman Gregory Deptula provide legal counsel to entrepreneurs,  and are known for their tag line ‘We Jump Start Start Ups’.  They’ve developed an active specialty in health care and university spinouts, but provide services to all types of entrepreneurs, including tech and transportation.   The firm has offices in Biddeford, Maine and Boston, Mass.

Key takeaways you will learn from this cast:

-Don’t let legal concerns prevent you from thinking bigger
-A university network and ecosystem exists from Bangor to Boston, and you can take advantage of it
-How to use your lawyer

Would you like to arrange a free one hour consultation with Karin and her team?  Fill out this contact form and mention The Grow Maine Show!

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