Start And Grow Your Business This Summer With These Great Events

Maine District Office  - June 5, 2018

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New Ventures: Ideas and Advice for Entrepreneurs and Startups

When: Thursday, June 14th, 11:30am - 6:00pm
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME
Register: HERE Enter the code "Partner2018" when registering to receive a $10 discount.

An expanded half-day forum designed to help and inspire entrepreneurs who want to startup, grow and be successful in business.


11:30 - 12:00pm - Registration, Networking, and lunch

12:00pm - 12:55pm - Keynote address & Q&A

1:00pm - 1:55pm - Workshop Session I
(Three to choose from)

1. Other people’s money: A guide to fundraising, crowdsourcing, and finding equity capital to start or expand your business.

·        Sandra Stone | Maine Angels
·        John Burns | Maine Venture Fund
·        Joe Migliaccio | MTI

2. Partnerships, LLCs, and ESOPs, oh my: What’s the best way to set up your company?


  • ·        Andrea Suter | Pierce Atwood
  • ·        Matthew Pore, CPA | Baker Newman Noyes

3. Mine. Mine. Mine: How to protect your ideas with patents and trademarks.


·        Matt Stein | Pierce Atwood

2:00pm - 2:55pm - Workshop Session II
(Three to choose from)

1. You can’t do it yourself: Innovative ways to recruit and hiring rules to keep you out of trouble.


  • ·        Katy Rand | Pierce Atwood
  • ·        Ed McKersie | Pro Search, Inc & Live and Work in Maine

2. Show me the money: What investors and banks looking for.


  • ·        Steve Gurin | Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
  • ·        Diane Sturgeon | US Small Business Administration

3. To market, to market: What you need to know about logistics, shipping, and exports.


  • ·        Wade Merritt | Maine International Trade Center
  • ·        Derek Volk | Volk Packaging 
  • ·        Drew Graham | Ship-Right Solutions

3:00pm - 4:15pm - 10 Best Ideas for entrepreneurs and new ventures: a panel discussion with Maine CEOs who will share their experience of what works and what didn't work for them in their startup experience.

4:15pm - 6:00pm - Networking reception 

Boots to Business - 2 Day Entrepreneurial Training

When: July 17th and 18th, 2018, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Where: Pease Air National Guard Base, Building 145, Portsmouth, NH

Boots to Business is a two-step training program developed to introduce all Veterans and transitioning service members to business ownership. This 2-day workshop helps ensure that every participant has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and the small business resources in their local communities.  Any veteran, spouse and/or dependent children over 18 are welcome to participate!

After completing the 2-day Boots to Business session, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local small business resources, and launch their small business.  If you have any questions, please contact William Card at or 207-622-8555