I carried my podcast recorder to the Rural Maine’s Next Economy Envision Maine conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday February 10. The temperature outside was in the single digits, but inside the ideas were flowing. I captured two segments – the Rural Sparkplugs segment of four minute talks, and the One Minute Big Ideas, an off-the-cuff opportunity to pitch the crowd on your idea. Here the guests in order of appearance:
Kerem Durdag, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Maine Technology Institute, gives his impassioned take on Maine’s business community, in what I think is one of my best episodes. Envision Maine, pitch contests, Department of Economic and Community Development, FocusMaine, you name it, we talk about it.
And, you (and I) get to figure out how to say ‘Kerem Durdag’.
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.
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.
It could happen to you. One day, you’re running your medical billing office in Machias, Maine, and you find out that your clients in Boston have faster broadband for less money. And you think, “I can do that”.
No, actually, Susan Corbett’s kind of tenacity is unusual. Listen to Susan’s story, and register for the next Envision Maine event with Mary Allen Lindemann of Coffee By Design on May 14.