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The premier podcast for Maine business – conversations about starting, running, and growing a business in Maine.








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...


Kay Aikin, CEO of Introspective Systems

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...


Entrepreneurial Motivation in the form of Poetry

It might seem odd, but I saw this poem by Gretchen Berg in the Sunday paper, and thought it would make a good episode of The Grow Maine Show. It's part of a column by Portland, Maine's poet laureate, Gibson Fay-Leblanc. As I read it, I thought of all the flip charts and breakout rooms I've been a part of, and how it feels like a road to nowhere. Maybe you feel the same way too. So I put that together as a quick episode, together with some updates on upcoming events from ScratchPad...


Sean Sullivan, Executive Director of Maine Brewer’s Guild

Sean Sullivan, executive director of Maine Brewer's Guild, is a great speaker and entrepreneur who happens to think that Maine craft beer is key to growing our economy. Brewing is a manufacturing business, and everything from ocean freight to a good local malthouse is in our favor. This episode of The Grow Maine Show is brought to you by The Dunham Group. The real estate market is tight. Even if you're not outgrowing your space now, if you think you will, why not check their property...


Maddie Purcell of Fyood Kitchen

Fyood Kitchen of Portland, Maine is a social cooking competition. Maddie Purcell is founder and ceo. Fyood's team sets you up in a professional kitchen with a full pantry and gives you a mystery basket with four secret ingredients. Your challenge is to make it into something that will impress your friends. If you've never participated, you've really got to give it a try - either as a judge or as a cook, it's a blast. This episode is brought to you by The Dunham Group. To get on that Inc...


Heather Blease, CEO of SaviLinx

Heather Blease (rhymes with "skis") is CEO of SaviLinx. SaviLinx is a contact center – that’s them on the other end of the phone when you want to enroll in a new dental plan or have problems with your student financial aid. Savilinx was just ranked #28 on the Inc. 500. May I say, that is just incredible. One of the highest listings achieved by any Maine company ever. This episode is brought to you by The Dunham Group. To get on that Inc 500 list, you need to grow your business fast. That...


Zak Ringelstein, Democratic Candidate for US Senate

Zak Ringelstein is a former teacher who has a strong background in entrepreneurship, and now he's running for US Senate. While I generally don't do politics on the Grow Maine Show, I've had Angus King on twice, and so it's only fair I have Zak on. I will have the Republican candidate Eric Brakey on as well if he asks. Today's episode is brought to you by The Dunham Group. Buying my own building was the single best thing I ever did in entrepreneurship. If you're outgrowing your space,...


Kate Dickerson of Maine Science Festival

Kate Dickerson is the founder and director of the Maine Science Festival. Featuring Robert Krulwich of Radiolab as keynote speaker, this three-day event attracts 12,000 plus students to Bangor's Gracie Theatre. This episode is brought to you by The Dunham Group, commercial real estate brokers. If you're an entrepreneur, one of the best ways to control your own destiny is to own your own building. If that's not an option, structure the best lease you can. Get started with The Dunham Group....


Listen to Bisson

Keith Bisson is president of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) in Brunswick. If you've heard of a startup in Maine, they probably had a hand in getting it going. They are willing to take a risk on early stage innovators that conventional lenders and investors won’t, calculating good jobs and environmental benefits in addition to dollars, as core to return on investment. He's pictured here with ceo Betsy Biemann. Together they lead this organization that is core to Maine's entrepreneurial...


Kevin Cain of MaineSole

MaineSole is bringing handcrafted shoemaking back to Dexter, Maine. It is a remarkable startup story of founders that had no factory, no customers, and nothing but the idea that the proud heritage of a Maine town deserves to be handed down to the next generation. It's like we entrepreneurs do, jump off the cliff and put the airplane together on the way, right? Enjoyed this episode? Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, ....or Stitcher here.


Ben Davis of True Course Yachting and Portland Container Co.

This is our second time having Ben Davis on. His first visit was one of our most popular episodes ever and we're glad to have him back to talk about his new venture Portland Container Company. What I think is amazing about Ben is that he seeks advice and counsel, and he listens to it, and pivots. Frankly, I don’t think I did that well enough as an entrepreneur, so it makes me really appreciate it when I see it. Ben has been relentless in seeking out advice and wisdom, and has done it in an...


American Author Howard Mansfield, on home and community

Howard Mansfield is an American author who writes about history, preservation, and architecture. He has a particular understanding of what makes a house a home, and a town a community. Learn more about Howard at howardmansfield.com and purchase his books on Amazon. You can ask a question or leave a comment for a future show at (207) 423-8260. Subscribe to the podcast feed right here using your favorite podcasting app or subscribe using iTunes.


Singer-Songwriter Sara Trunzo

Sara Trunzo is an independent singer-songwriter who was Maine food famous before she became Maine singer famous. She was the director of the Veggies For All program, part of Maine Farmland Trust, and she worked hard on that career for many years before she decided to make a big change and dedicate herself to her music full time. I was very interested in that change and how and why she went about it. Before I forget: be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. By subscribing,...


Angela Ferrari of Story Spectacular

Have you ever wondered if you could go for it, and make a living as an artist? Angela Ferrari is a children's book author & illustrator based in Portland Maine, and the host of the of Story Spectacular podcast. We discuss how she got her business off the ground, what the first steps were, and Maine business resources like CEI and Small Business Development Centers. I loved the ‘finding your routine’ advice. Here's a link to the Simple Habit app. Find out more about Angela and listen to her...


PJ Rose and Haj Carr of TrueLine Public Relations

Do you know why you do what you do? Have you found your why? We've had Haj Carr on before. Through his entrepreneurship journey he has pivoted away from purely focusing on making money to running a business with a purpose. He creates believers, naturally and intuitively. That partnership has been part of TrueLine Publishing, which tends to work with national clients. But how can Maine businesses amplify their online presence? That's the intention of his new venture, TrueLine Public...


Steve Woods, CEO of TideSmart Global

Steve Woods is CEO of TideSmart Global, a Falmouth, Maine based experiential marketing company. Seems like someone in marketing could come up with a shorter term for the field, but anyway, it's a growing and important area of marketing – actually experiencing and interacting with a product, in a live setting in which you have to put down your phone. It's what many CMO's in the world of automotive and retail are looking for, and TideSmart Global provides it, all over the world. The company...


Adam Burk of Treehouse Institute

Adam is a social innovator and cultural architect. His life and work is dedicated to living well in this place with others. He creates spaces – physical and programmatic – that raise the level of resilience, and improve communication in communities. Adam made a big leap by launching TEDxDirigo in 2010 and hasn't stopped since, also producing MaineLive and other events in conjunction with his nonprofit Treehouse Institute. Listen to the episode for an offercode to register for TEDxDirigo...


Helping people with big ideas to know where and how to start: Mike Sobol, CEO of Venture Hall Startup Accelerator

Mike Sobol has been growing businesses of all kinds, everything from SEO to dog training, for close to 20 years. Together with Jess Knox and Elizabeth Buckley (local startup/venture legends in their own right), he recently launched Venture Hall, a new educational nonprofit in Maine. It's built on the premise that no one owns the best ideas. Here's the concept: the power to innovate and create rapid, large-scale change is not a magical quality of the chosen few. It’s a process that can be...


Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation

Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation is one of Maine's most remarkable entrepreneurs. He's taking on a different problem than most entrepreneurs - he wants to create a national park in Maine's north woods. We explore how he did it, and the decisions he made along the way. Whatever you may think of the idea (which I support), Lucas' efforts and approach are a model for taking on a big challenge. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did, and if you want to support a fund for...


Sara Whalen Shifrin of the IDEAS Center

Got an intractable problem you need to break loose? Looking for some fresh ideas and new approaches? Design thinking could be the tool you need. My good friend Sara Whalen Shifrin, Director of the IDEAS Center, is your guide and expert. Rather than the solution you think might work, get to the innovation that your customers actually want. Sara's design thinking camp, known as Field Guide, is coming up. You can arrive on Tuesday morning June 27 with a formless, empty darkness of an idea...


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