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Recovery: Carolyn Delaney of Journey Magazine

Carolyn Delaney of Journey Magazine

Carolyn Delaney is the founder and publisher of Journey Magazine, the state’s first printed magazine devoted entirely to the topic of recovery from addiction.

Carolyn and her team are on a mission to amplify hope and celebrate freedom from addiction and are doing that by sharing local stories of community support, personal recovery stories and informative articles. She is known for inspiring hope and celebrating positive stories with the line, “people like us live like this.”

Copies of Journey can be found at over 500 locations from York to Bath.

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Josh Broder of Tilson

Josh Broder

Joshua Broder is CEO of Tilson, a telecommunications deployment and IT consulting firm based in Portland, Maine. Under Josh’s leadership, Tilson has grown from 10 to more than 600 employees nationwide, achieving listing on the Inc 5000 nine consecutive times (likely a record for any Maine company). Josh is an Army veteran and earned the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, where his team ran the tactical communications network for US forces.
Don’t miss this story of a man and a company on a mission!

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Beth Shissler, President of Sea Bags, Inc

Insignia Sea Bags

Beth Shissler is President of Sea Bags in Portland. Starting from making just a few of the iconic tote bags made from recycled sails each year, she and the Sea Bags team have grown the business into one of Maine’s largest manufacturing companies, and saved over 700 tons of sails from the landfill while doing it.

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Louis Waterhouse of LAW Calibration

Louis Waterhouse

Louis Waterhouse, founder of LAW Calibration of Saco, learned his craft in the US Air Force, and founded his growing company right here in Maine. Starting out in his basement, he began calibrating torque wrenches – the kind make sure the wheels don’t fall off school buses. Now, he leads a team of nine that service the paper and high technology industry across the northeast. Plus the school buses.

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Dan Dinsmore of PineTreeWatch.org


Dan Dinsmore is executive director of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, an independent news outlet that publishes at pinetreewatch.org. The episode is a bit of a departure for me, in that it’s the first nonprofit startup that I’ve profiled, but it’s very interesting and it’s clearly an area of growth and opportunity, something that any startup wants.

If you’re interested in how the news works and love true in-depth reporting, this episode is for you.

Speaking of startups, there’s a lot of great stuff coming up. First, now’s the time to apply to Gorham Savings Bank’s annual Launchpad pitch competition:


And, go ahead and grab a ticket to Startup Maine – where everything startup in Maine comes together. These tickets are only $48 and now is the time to buy one. We are not doing discount codes or anything like that this year – it is a great deal so grab a ticket to help us out!


That’s it! Stay tuned after the bumper music for a little bonus content with Dan!

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Tom Rainey of Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, on WGAN’s Inside Maine

Tom Rainey and Marty Grohman on WGAN

WGAN’s “Inside Maine” airs on Saturday morning. I had the honor of hosting the program on March 2. I booked several guests with the theme of “Service”, starting with Tom Rainey of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs. MCE provides many important services to Maine startups. The Top Gun program is (deservedly) the best known, but MCE also runs many other important programs, which are covered in this interview. It’s great to be able to publish it here for those who missed it live – I hope you enjoy and give your feedback and suggestions in the comments – my first go around as a live radio host!

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Michelle Neujahr, Business Growth Consultant, Faculty at Southern Maine Community College

Michelle Neujahr

Michelle Neujahr is a business growth consultant and member of the faculty at Southern Maine Community College. As a consultant she specializes in helping businesses that have plateaued around a million dollars in sales scale to the next level. Michelle also works with executive teams helping them to create and execute visionary strategic plans.

She’s from Minnesota, see if you can catch the accent 🙂 and don’t miss Michelle’s TEDx talk “The Power of Perseverance“. And be sure to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 

And don’t forget to the subscribe to The Grow Maine Podcast and leave a 5-star review. We’re making a difference in Maine’s startup community and you can help in just 30 seconds. Thanks!

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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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Kay Aikin, CEO of Introspective Systems

Kay Aikin

Kay Aikin is CEO of Introspective Systems, a developer of electrical grid management software based in Portland, Maine. The company takes on complex systems and makes them simpler. Somewhere between the internet of things and artificial intelligence, there is an immense opportunity to reduce costs and gain efficiency in electrical systems, communications, medicine, and smart homes. And just about everything else.

This is clearly an immense opportunity. What is not immediately obvious is that Introspective Systems doesn’t seek to take on those complex problems themselves, but rather to build the systems that let others do it. It’s like running the trading post at the gold rush.

If this topic is for you, Introspective Systems is convening a series of artificial intelligence and cutting edge software tech get togethers called ‘Edge Talk’. Kay and others will lead the discussion. The next Edge Talk, “AI is the New Bacon” will explore differences between general and specific artificial intelligence applications and some of the many ways it can be used to solve complex problems in business. The event will take place on May 15 at noon. For information and to register click here.



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