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Twin Villages Business Forum


Photo Credit: Tyler Plummer - Lincoln Academy graduate, Men’s Buyer for
Renys, Inc. Newcastle, and founder of Maine Aerial Photography Services, LLC.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED the conversation!

Friday, September 22, 2017
Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm, Damariscotta
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


"A collaborative showcase of businesses, fueled by a common regional thread, a bootstrapping Maine mentality, a history of legacy businesses, and a new generation of upcoming entrepreneurs."
- Topher Mallory, Mexicali Blues, CEO Split Rock Distilling, Co-Founder


Guest Speakers Include:
Eliot Cutler / Director and Senior Advisor, Thornburg Investment Management, Inc. &

founding CEO of the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies

Amanda Hill & Lee Goldberg / Multimedia Journalists at WCSH6

Video message from Angus King, U.S. Senator


Twin Villages Business Forum

Host Committee:

Bob Topper, Wilt Jones, Rick Hagen & Lorraine Faherty – Rotary Club; Matt Lutkus, Town of Damariscotta; Jon Duke, Town of Newcastle; Mary Kate Reny, Twin Villages Alliance; Stephanie Gallagher, Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce; Matt Goetting, Lincoln Academy; William Card, Small Business Administration; Mary Ellen Barnes, Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission; Karen Filler; David Lawrence; Randall Manning, Tidewater Telecom

Program of Events

8:00 - 8:25

Registration / Check - In

8:25 - 8:30


8:30 - 9:00


Welcome and preview of the day

Plenary Session

The Competitive Advantage of Here and Now

Steven Hufnagel, Executive Director, Damariscotta River Association


9:00 - 10:15

Break-Out Sessions


Participants choose one:

  • Trades, Manufacturing and Technology
  • Business Innovation in Health Services
  • Women Drivers - Women-owned Businesses
  • Growth in Communications, Media and Hyper-Local Business Promotion

10:30 - 12:00

Plenary Session

How Social Media is Driving Customers, Brand & Marketing

Kris Folsom - Marketing Director, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Shannon Kinney - Founder, Dream Local Digital

Amanda Hill and Lee Goldberg - Multimedia Journalists & WCSH NOW team

12:00 - 12:45

Taste of the Twin Villages Lunch

12:45 - 1:45

Plenary Session

Opening Remarks - Derek Langhauser, President, Maine Community College System

Developing a Workforce for Maine's New Economy:  What We're Doing Wrong, How To Get It Right and Why We Need A New Strategy  
Eliot Cutler - Director and Senior Advisor, Thornburg Investment Management, Inc., & founding CEO of Maine For Graduate Professional Studies


Break Out Sessions

2:00 - 3:15


Participants choose one:

  • Not Your Business as Usual
  • Entrepreneurial Growth Hubs in Food, Farms, Culture, Spirits
  • Tools for Expansion, Relocation & Start-Up
  • On the Waterfront

3:30 - 4:00

Wrap Up and Thank You


Video message from Angus King - U.S. Senator

Introduced by Chris Rector - Regional Representative for Angus King

Followed by networking and lively conversation