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Rural Maine’s Next Economy

Vaughan Woodruff speaks at Envision Maine

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:

On the One Big Idea Segment

Hope you enjoyed the episode – it was fun to do – which of the big ideas was your favorite and why?

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Colin Woodard, Steve Bromage, Cathy Renault, and Don Gooding

Maines Next Economy Book

Colin Woodard, Steve Bromage, Cathy Renault, and Don Gooding: a dream team weighing in on the history and future of the Maine economic ecosystem. As recorded at the Envision Maine conference.

Purchase the Envision Maine book, from which these talks are excerpted, at this link.



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David Shaw, Founder of IDEXX, at Envision Maine

David Shaw Speaks at Envision Maine

David Shaw, founder of IDEXX Laboratories, speaks at Envision Maine. Featuring the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra (really!).

Links mentioned in the audio:

Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad

Hellocycle (my recycling startup)

Envision Maine (and the book Maine’s Next Economy)

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Turkish Delight

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’.

Cheers and enjoy!

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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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Shawn Moody speaks at Envision Maine

Shawn Moody from Moody’s Collision Centers, speaking at the Envision Maine ‘Dreamers and Doers’ series hosted by Alan Caron.

Note that the Gorham Savings Bank Launchpad contest starts Jan 15.  And you can register for Heather Sanborn of Rising Tide Brewery here.

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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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How can we grow without wrecking the place?

Alan Caron and his nonprofit Envision Maine seek to answer these three questions:

  1. What is the engine of Maine’s next economy?
  2. How do we grow without wrecking the place?
  3. What are we gonna do about it?

The group (of which I’m a board member) is hosting a conference called the Envision Maine Summit on Friday September 26 to explore just these three questions.  Please join me there.

PS: I keep forgetting to mention in my intro and outro how much I appreciate WMPG 90.9 carrying excerpts of The Grow Maine Show as part of their entrepreneurial programming.

Listen to the episode:

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#23: Susan Corbett of Axiom Technologies speaks at Envision Maine

Susan Corbett

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.

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