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Dawn Reshen-Doty of Benay Enterprises

Martin Grohman and Dawn Reshen-Doty

For almost 30 years, Dawn Reshen-Doty has been running Benay Enterprises, a business support company that provides back office accounting and management support. Under her leadership, the company is expanding its Maine presence.
In this appearance recorded on 7/27/19 on WGAN’s Inside Maine, we explore what is driving growth for Benay and Dawn’s impressions and plans for growing the business in Maine.

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MEREDA Event – Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work

Greg Payne of Avesta

Ever since I was a state rep and worked repeatedly on senior housing bonds, I’ve been interested in the issue of the lack of affordable housing in Maine. Following up on that interest, I attended and recorded a conference put on by the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on affordable housing. It was a very well done talk and I’m publishing it here, in hopes that you’ll enjoy it. It’s kind of a dry topic but it’s very meaningful. It features Greg Payne of Avesta and the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition; Jess Maurer of the Maine Council on Aging, and Dana Totman, CEO of Avesta Housing.

Great startup events are coming up. Don’t forget to sign up for Gorham Savings Bank Launchpad and Startup Maine.

MEREDA events are very worthwhile. Here is one I recommend that is coming right up.

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Topher Mallory of Mexicali Blues, Split Rock Distilling and Royal Rose Simple Syrups

Topher Mallory

Topher Mallory has three roles: he’s CEO of Mexicali Blues, and co-owner and co-founder of Split Rock Distilling, which also owns Royal Rose syrups. So it’s three interviews in one, for Maine entrepreneurs! We recorded the interview at Topher’s office at Mexicali Blues in Newcastle, after a quick visit to one of the Mexicali Blues stores.

And if you’d like to put a startup guy in US Congress, learn more about me at martygrohman.com

And here are those great coupon codes: RoyalRoseSyrups.com for 20% off simple syrups: growmaine

And one for MexicaliBlues.com (online only) coupon is 15% off: growmaine

And as promised, here’s a link to Rich Brooks and Agents of Change conference; a link to Tim Ferriss and Tools of Titans, and a Link to the Book Essentialism.


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Ed McKersie of ProSearch and LiveandWorkinMaine.com

Ed McKersie

Ed McKersie is the founder and CEO of ProSearch Inc., which has been locating talent for Maine based companies – from across the street and across the country – since 1994.

I’ve been looking to get Ed on the show forever. He’s founded a large successful Maine company, and now he helps other Maine companies find talent, so he’s got a heck of a perspective.

Don’t forget: If you believe in firsts, and startups, and want to put a startup guy in Congress, visit my campaign website and make a contribution at martygrohman.com.

Make sure to check out Ed’s amazing project liveandworkinmaine.com, which he runs together with Nate Wildes. This site is one of Maine’s best workforce recruiting tools, and includes a job board and success stories.

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Sarah Parnell of Groups Recover Together

Sarah Parnell

Sarah Parnell is regional manager at Groups Recover Together, which is an intensive Medication Assisted Treatment practitioner with multiple locations throughout New England, including nine in Maine. I am passionate about opioid recovery and am always looking to learn more, and to do more. I have the results that group therapy plus medication can deliver on the road to long term recovery from substance use disorder.

To learn more about Groups Recover Together, visit their website.

To learn more about Marty Grohman for Congress, go to MartyforMaine.com.

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Kai Adams of Sebago Brewing Company

Kai Adams Sebago Brewing Company

Sebago Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years in business, a remarkable thing in any industry. But it didn’t happen by chance – the founding partners have relentlessly worked on their business and their partnership, finding ways to work together that have made them all successful.

And the impetus for Kai to become an entrepreneur gets even more interesting: diagnosed with lymphoma as a young man, Kai realized that it was now or never to pursue his dream. With 250 employees, six locations and as one of Maine’s leading breweries, I’d say it has worked out. What is holding you back from kicking it in?

My brother Owen, the family beer aficionado, met and recorded this interview with Kai at Sebago’s new destination brewery on Main Street in Gorham. This is a great spot to meet and I highly recommend it. You can get a free tour of the working brewery, taste some new beers (and fan favorites), and even grab some lunch or dinner.

And if you’d like to put an entrepreneur in Congress to represent you, please check out my campaign page at martygrohman.com!

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Derek Volk, President of Volk Packaging Corp. on business in Maine and Heroes Wall Project

Derek Volk is the third generation of the Volk family to run his successful Biddeford packaging business. He has led the company through significant changes and challenges to the company culture, all the while driving growth and acquiring parts of the company’s supply chain.

He’s also a passionate supporter of many local causes, including the Heroes Wall, which is a tribute to veterans.

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Gorham Savings Bank 2017 Launchpad Recap with Pitching Tips

GSB Launchpad Logo

Ok, so this episode is really amazing. It’s just the five pitches from last year’s GSB Launchpad and the judges questions, that’s it. Nothing in between, all killer no filler, with the winner announced at the end. Be sure to register for this year’s Launchpad, which is June 6. And stay tuned to the end, when I’ll give my pitch tips based on having listened to hundreds of pitches now. Add your own pitch tips in the comments, too, I’d love to compile a fuller list.

Now, register! It’s free and not to be missed:

Watch Five Maine Businesses Compete for $50,000.

Live LaunchPad Event


Interested in my campaign for US Congress? Learn more and get involved at martygrohman.com.

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Matt Jacobson of Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

Now, want to learn about lobster? What is new shell, what you can make besides the traditional lobster bake? You’ve come to the right place.

Matt Jacobson is the executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. But he’s also an experienced executive and nonprofit leader. Among other roles, he ran Maine & Co, which focuses on encouraging businesses to relocate to Maine.

There’s lots of lobster stuff coming up to promote, too. The MLMC plans a live event in NYC – an in-house broadcast with chefs and lobstermen talking about Maine Lobster. It will be on July 16 (at the start of the season). They expect more than 100,000 to watch from all over the world. It’ll be live on our social channels – lobsterfrommaine on Twitter and F/B and Insta. We’re really excited about it.

And don’t forget National Lobster Day is Sept 25, and sometime this summer we’re due to get the new lobster emoji! About time!

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