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UpStart Maine Newsletter August 2020

August 2020 Edition UpStart Maine Receives Critical Funding for Ecosystem Builder Grants totaling $69,500 awarded to UpStart Maine from the Maine State Office of USDA Rural Development, Maine Community Foundation, and Bangor Savings Bank will spearhead a strategic... Read More Bragging Rights + Heidi Neal, owner of Loyal Biscuit Co. and a Top Gun alum, was named one of Mainebiz's "Women to Watch" for 2020. Read More + Wilcox Wellness & Fitness, a Top Gun alum, was voted Greater Bangor's "Best Fitness Facility" for the 4th year running.  + Lisa Liberatore of Scratchpad Accelerator and CoVort was interviewed by Mainebiz to talk about her new workbook, other business ventures, and how they h

Coffee Hound Crowned Winner of Big Gig, COVID-19 Edition

During Big Gig’s first ever virtual pitch-off last week, competition was close for three local entrepreneurs fully embracing the new COVID business buzzword, pivot. Each business – Mossy Ledge Spirits, Coffee Hound, and The Good Crust – presented to a panel of expert "Big Wig" judges during a live stream how they adapted their existing business model to stay relevant and sustainable during the global pandemic. The event was streamed over both Zoom and Facebook Live. Judges Dr. Edison Liu (President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory), Mike Ballesteros (Director of Diagnostic and Medical Products Manufacturing for Puritan Medical Products) and Julene Gervais (Host of Greenlight Maine), along w

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