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#9: Don Gooding of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development

Don Gooding is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs.  From his days founding the single largest supplier of a capella music resources inDon recording the cast the US, to his current dual role as Executive Director of Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Vice Chair of Maine Angels, Don is the center of Maine’s entrepreneurial universe.  He’s also one of the most engaging people to talk to that you will ever find.  So listen in as I screw up his title, and the name of his organization; yet Don still favors us all with a dose of Ol’ Blue Eyes by the end of the show.

Here’s a link to the Business Model Canvas model mentioned in the ‘cast.

Don moved to Maine to sing.  Let’s sing along.  Don’t be afraid to be awesome.

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#8: John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire

John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire does the Grow Maine show logo!John Lee Dumas is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs.  Just over 365 days ago, John launched Entrepreneur on Fire, a daily podcast for entrepreneurs.  That show now has more than 400,000 listeners per month.  If you are a podcaster like me, it’s hard to get your arms around his success – it’s in a different league.  He has listeners like Breaking Bad has viewers.

I actually did my first podcast in 2007, for CorrectDeck.  I just found those episodes the other day – about 7 minutes long, recorded by putting my mp3 player on the desk and just talking about composite decking for a few minutes, and posted on our company website.  Not horrible, really  (I specifically remember recording one in my room at a La Quinta – I used to stay in cheap hotels).  But those old recordings sure don’t give you the idea that 6 years later, John Lee Dumas will have shown the true potential of podcasting.  John is a military man and a systems guy, and behind his success is a precision and execution that the podcasting world hasn’t seen before.   And he has done it in a niche the experts told him didn’t exist, producing quality content at a rate practically unmatched by anyone by building a system around producing daily interviews with a set roster of questions that has him on top of the podcasting world in just one short year,  .

I kept this episode short because were in a borrowed conference room at a busy trade show.  But we cover a lot of ground – hope you enjoy it.  And if you have a Maine resource that people absolutely should know about, like Propel or the Social Media Breakfasts that John mentions, please get that to me!

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