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The pandemic's impact on entrepreneurship in Maine and examples of how small businesses gain support and success


For some business owners in Maine, the pandemic meant shedding employees and struggling to get by. Other businesses benefited from seeking out new opportunities. We’ll hear from experts on what has worked and hasn’t during the pandemic, where businesses can turn for help—and we’ll hear from local entrepreneurs about their challenges and successes.

Renee Kelly, assistant vice president, Innovation and Economic Development, University of Maine

Tom Rainey, executive director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurs

VIP Callers:
Holly Aker, program manager, Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England
Thaddeus St. John, founder, 93 Main Electric Bike Café; co-founder/managing partner, Lincoln & Main Inc.
Toby Ahrens, program director, FocusMaine


University of Maine

Foster Center at UMaine
Food Innovation
Advanced Manufacturing Center
MIRTA Research Commercialization

Funding/Pitch Competitions
MTI (funding)
Big Gig
Green Light Maine

Small Business Development Centers
COVID resource center

State of Maine Resource Compass (with recovery resources)

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.