SBA Participating Event
Aug 21
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New Ventures: Ideas and advice for entrepreneurs and startups

Business Planning

August 21, 2018 | 11:30 am EDT - 6:00 pm EDT

Location Name:
DoubleTree by Hilton

363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME,

Diane Sturgeon

SBA, MaineBiz, MTI, MITC, Maine Angels


Keynote Speaker: CO-AUTHOR OF “THE START-UP EQUATION” Ja-nae Duane For over 20 years, Ja-Naé Duane focused on one mission: make life better for as many people as possible. This award-winning innovator has done that by focusing on revolutionary ideas and develop programs that impact our world. Currently, Ja-Naé is the co-founder of The Revolution Factory, a global network that enables innovation ecosystems in corporations, governments, and universities. This co-author of the bestseller, “The Startup Equation,” excels at innovation strategy, connecting CSR with innovation efforts, and open innovation that connects with startups. She has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Samsonite, Constant Contact, Natixis, John Hancock, and AIG. Ja-Naé is on faculty at Northeastern University, Emerson College, Clark University, and is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross. Timeline 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 - select when registering) 1. Other people’s money: A guide to fundraising, crowdsourcing, and finding equity capital to start or expand your business. Speakers: • 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? Speakers: • Andrea Suter | Pierce Atwood • Matthew Pore, CPA | Baker Newman Noyes 3. Mine. Mine. Mine: How to protect your ideas with patents and trademarks. Speakers: • Matt Stein | Pierce Atwood 2:00pm - 2:55pm - Workshop Session II (Three to choose from - select when registering) 1. You can’t do it yourself: Innovative ways to recruit and hiring rules to keep you out of trouble. Speakers: • 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. Speakers: • 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. Speakers: • 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. MODERATOR Betsy Biemann, CEI PANELISTS Sean Sullivan, Maine Brewers Guild and founder of Buoy Local Becky McKinnell, iBec Creative Bill Keleher, Kennebec River Biosciences Allison Lakin, Lakin's Gorges Cheese LLC. David Stone, Forager 4:15pm - 6:00pm - Networking reception Enter code "Partner2018" when registering to receive a $10 discount