Break-Out Sessions


Trades, Manufacturing & Technology

Learn about the strengths, diversity and opportunities in trades, manufacturing and technology from these industry experts

PanelistsBill Morgner, Midcoast Energy; Ross Bradley, Uprising Solar; Bill Silver, Senior V.P., Cognex; Shane Beckim, Maine Technology Institute


Women Drivers - Women-owned Businesses

Hear from local female trailblazers, and how they have made their businesses successful.

Panelists: Jennifer VanHorn, Buzz Maine; Lynne Urquhart, Women of Substance; Cerina Leeman, The Harbor Room Restaurant, Coastal Women's Connection & SPARK; Jennifer Sporzynski, Women's Business Center


Communications, Media and Hyper-Local Business Promotion

Hear all about it! A broadband service comparable to NYC, our local newspaper breaking digital news, regional marketing efforts and a hyper-local business branding model bringing customers through the door.

Panelists:  Alan Hinsey, LCI - Tidewater Telecom; John Roberts, Lincoln County News; Stephanie Gallagher, Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce; August Avantaggio, Riverside Butcher Company


Business Innovation in Health Services

There is a wealth of self-care choices in the Twin Villages, and creative ways these services are being structured and delivered.

Panelists:  Cindy Wade, LincolnHealth; Carrie Levine, Whole Woman Health Care; Kathy Bean, Paramedicine Program; Melanie Burns, Anatomy Trains; Dr. Alan (Chip) Teel, M.D.


Not Business as Usual

Viva la difference!  There is plenty of ingenuity, innovative business models and outside-the-box approaches to forging success in this next economy. 

Panelists:  August DeLisle, WoodHaus Farm; Torie DeLisle, Entrepreneur and Development Director for Skidompha Library; John D'Anieri, Social Entrepreneur; Shelby Faux - Mexicali Blues; Maia Zehert, Lincoln County News



Insights - and inspiration! - from local entrepreneurs who are the drivers within these strong clusters.

Panelists:  Heather Burt, Rising Tide Community Market; Brady Hatch, Morning Dew Farm; Steven Hufnagel, Damariscotta River Association; Topher Mallory and Matt Page, Split Rock Distilling


Tools for Expansion, Relocation & Start-Up

From planning tools, training options and financing, to finding your support network, here are the resources for your start-up, expansion or relocation toolbox!

Panelists:  Jaimie Logan, Governor's Account Executive; Brian Whitney, Maine Technology Institute; William Card, Small Business Administration; Mary Ellen Barnes, Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission; David Sturdevant, Lincoln Academy


On the Waterfront

Our working waterfront hosts a thriving regional waterfront economy!

Panelists:  Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farms; Heather Leslie, Darling Center; Jenny Mayher, Lincoln Academy; Chris Davis, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center