Local businesses in Top Gun competition set for May 24

May 08, 2017

Rockland — This year's Top Gun Pitchoff will take place at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland, May 24 at 5 p.m.

Entrepreneurs from the region will present their pitches before a panel of judges. The two top winners will go on to present their ideas at the statewide Top Gun Showcase in Portland June 7, competing for a $10,000 prize. Other Top Gun programs that will be represented in the Showcase have been presented in Portland, Bangor and Lewiston/Auburn.

The evening begins with networking and socializing. When the pitching starts each entrepreneur will have exactly five minutes to show the judges that their idea is innovative, feasible, viable, and has clear growth potential.

Of the approximately 30 entrepreneurs from across the state taking part in the competition, eight are based in towns from Waldoboro to Belfast. They include: Brian McCarthy, owner of Cash Flood in Hope; David Kadonoff, owner of Kadonoff & Associates LLC in Belfast; Jeff Wolovitz, ower of Heiwa Soy Beanery in Rockport; Judith Bernier, owner of Podzooks in Waldoboro; Katheryn Langelier, owner of Herbal Revolution Farm in Union; Ryan Howes, owner of Northern Vertical in Belfast; Tammy Smith, owner of Tempest in a Teapot in Cushing; and Thomas McCutchan, owner of Versatile Metal Surfacing in Camden.

The event is sponsored by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and MaineStream Finance. For more information, contact Ken Greenleaf of MaineStream Finance at kgreenleaf@penquis.org.

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