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Top Gun 2019

Top Gun is a program that runs annually from January through May. Participants in the program are competitively selected, promising entrepreneurs. In the program, they are paired with mentors and to work on advancing their vision while also participating in high-impact weekly gatherings held in Portland, Bangor, Rockland, Lewiston/Auburn and new this year, a food, beverage and agriculture focused Top Gun Program in Waterville, but they can also go to the closet region

In the program, entrepreneurs accelerate their progress by working closely with one to three mentors while connecting with many others who can help; listening to successful entrepreneurs discuss vital topics, then applying lessons learned to their own businesses; workshopping with their mentors, and peers in the program; sharing perspectives with others facing similar challenges; and developing and practicing their pitches.

Top Gun identifies high potential entrepreneurs in Maine through a competitive application process in January. In February they are matched with mentors who help guide them as they continue to develop their innovative products, business models, and companies. The classes of six to 12 entrepreneurs in each location will convene weekly for networking, workshopping and mentor meetings over dinner. Sessions can include opportunities for pitch practice, brief presentations by experienced entrepreneurs, and lively discussions about such diverse topics as salesmanship, bootstrapping, hiring, firing and legal issues.

Top Gun Information and Application

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The Hatchery

(Classes held in Knox and Waldo Counties)

These seven seminars take the mystery out of starting a new business or growing an existing one. They address the questions you need to ask before you start and look at what you need to do as your business grows. Attending these classes will help provide answers and suggest many useful resources.

The series will examine your value proposition, how to create a business plan, get stared with marketing and sales, address legal and regulatory issues, and how to create a team. Speakers will include entrepreneurs who will share their experience and specialists who understand the numbers, laws, issues, marketing, sales, and regulations.

The series will be anchored by Ken Greenleaf, business advisor at MaineStream Finance.

It would help a lot if you download the class materials ahead of time


For more information, call (207) 974-2437 or email Ken Greenleaf at


Incubator Without Walls

(classes held in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock Counties)

The Incubator Without Walls Express program helps individuals start and expand businesses with five or fewer employees.  The course stresses that good management, effective marketing, and use of financial controls leads to increased profits, and that business planning leads to business growth, profits, and personal satisfaction in just seven classes.

The following topics will be discussed: Credit; Business Plan; Business Concept; Legal Structures of Business; Marketing; Record Keeping; Financials & Cash Flow; Loans & Grants; Resources & More

The classes are frequently augmented with guest speakers from the local business community, which allows participants to network with local bankers, accountants, insurance agents, web & media designers, and an array of other experts. In addition, participants can receive one on one business counseling.

This course is offered Live in Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft, East Millinocket, Ellsworth and Lincoln.

For more information, call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476, email James Macomber at, or visit for updates & more.

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Business 101

(classes held in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock Counties)

These free one evening Business 101 workshops will provide an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise or small business.  What a business plan is and why it is needed; plus, resources for your business development. Learn More About Being An Entrepreneur, Business Success; Professionalism; Business Plans, Networking; Business Loans; Resources; Budgets; and Credit.

For more information, call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476, email James Macomber at, or visit for updates & more.

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Hobby to Business

Do you have a passion for creating or is your hobby sellable?  This free two-night workshop will discuss what to think about before creating a new business.  Areas that will be discussed:  Questions to ask myself; Is there a market for my products and/or services; Business Plan; Recordkeeping; Regulations; Taxes; Marketing; Funding sources and more.

For more information, call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476, email James Macomber at, or visit for updates & more.

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Build A Better Business Plus

MaineStream Finance will be offering a unique opportunity for people thinking of starting a business as well as start-up businesses (3 years or younger). We will integrate Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac with our award-winning Incubators Without Walls (IWW) program that will include online work and videos, practical tools, guest speakers, class discussions & peer learning, development of your business plan and more. We will meet weekly.
The course is FREE!!

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