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








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

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...


Dan Dinsmore of

Dan Dinsmore is executive director of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, an independent news outlet that publishes at 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,...


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

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...


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

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...


Katie Shorey of Startup Maine

Katie Shorey is the Business & Community Liaison for People’s United Bank, and President of Startup Maine, an organization with the mission to inspire & elevate entrepreneurs. She's a connector; enabler of entrepreneurs & startups, and gives a great interview. Startup Maine's annual conference is coming up in June – and it’s not to be missed. Now's a great time to get involved! Submit a workshop proposal, go ahead and register, or volunteer.


Michael Sauschuck on Thrive 2027

Michael Sauschuck is the former Portland Police Chief, current Assistant City Manager (and nominee for Maine's Commissioner of Public Safety). Speaking at the Portland Regional Chamber Kegs n Issues event in a talk I grabbed live on my phone, he walked through policing and substance use disorder recovery. Policing approaches to low level drug users have changed, and for the better - this is a very good review of how and why. Also covered is the Thrive2027 collaborative organized by United...


Carla Harris speaks at Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute

Carla Harris is VP and managing director of Morgan Stanley down in New York City. She delivered a great keynote address at the Olympia Snowe Women's Leadership Institute. We all have advice we'd give our younger self - that's Carla's topic, and it's a great one. And as you'll hear in the recording, it was very timely advice for me. Carla Harris is remarkable, and the fit is perfect with this audience. The Olympia Snowe Women's Leadership Institute is a great program for young women, started...


Mainebiz New Ventures/Start-up Forum

Hey, I’m back with The Grow Maine Show. I’m working hard after a really intense run, and loss, in a contest for US Congress. But I’m jumping right back in with this recording of the really great Mainebiz New Ventures/Start-up Forum held August 21. This is content too good to be forgotten, so I'm really glad to present it to you here: It features: Eliah Thanhauser of NorthSpore Allison Lakin of Gorges ("Gorgeous") Cheeses Becky McKinnell of iBec Creative Bill Keleher of Kennebec River...


Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet

Chris Claudio is CEO of WinXNet of Portland, Maine. He is an extremely impressive entrepreneur that has built a company, together with his partner Mike Williams, into a national leader in the IT services and security space. The company has more than 125 employees and is at the top of many national rankings in their field. Speaking of national leaders, did you know I’m running – yes, that’s me, Marty – am running for United States Congress? It is time we put an end to the partisanship that is...


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

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 And here are those great coupon codes:


Ed McKersie of ProSearch and

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...


Sarah Parnell of Groups Recover Together

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...


Kai Adams of 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...


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.


Gorham Savings Bank 2017 Launchpad Recap with Pitching Tips

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...


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 that...


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 500...