Are you the owner/operator of a Maine small business? Do you have plans to start one? Even if you are a few years from making your dream a reality, start attending functions where you can network and learn. It’s a great opportunity to find out what’s working, who the key players are, and what business trends and big ideas are on the horizon.
In Maine, we are all so interconnected. It’s a smart idea to start forging relationships and getting your name out there, even if your brand isn’t ready to launch. If it is ready for prime time, have your elevator pitch, business cards, and social media presence ready to introduce to anyone and everyone at one of these top events.
PopTech is an annual conference that occurs every October in charming Camden. This is truly a gathering of influencers with a keen interest in not just participating in the current conversation, but in changing the discourse when necessary. Many of the lectures are live-streamed, but for the best chance at connecting with important leaders from all over the country and the world, grab a ticket to one of the talks and stay for the afterparty, where the real networking happens.
Startup Maine (pictured) hosts a dynamic multi-day event that takes place in early summer in Portland, so mark your calendar for next year. Attend workshops and breakout groups with all the people you need to meet to start a Maine business that will thrive from the inception. They have previously led discussions about how to become a successful entrepreneur at middle age, and about aquaculture, Maine’s newest marine industry.
Don’t miss the event that harnesses the power and persuasion of global juggernaut TED talks, right here in our own backyard, with TEDxDirigo. What will you learn? Who will you meet? How can they inspire your venture to succeed?
Pitch your idea to a smaller, supportive, experienced audience at Orono’s Big Gig. Every other month they host a pitch event, where you will meet and get vetted by academics and industry leaders. Every entrepreneur has a chance to win $5,000.
Don’t forget that Season Five of our show, Greenlight Maine, is starting soon. Get your pitches ready. We provide the real deal business development and collaborative connections you need to succeed in business in Maine.