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Aug 25, 2014
Courtesy of: Rockport Automotive Jan Campbell and Eric Campbell, right, owners of Rockport Automotive present a check for $415 to Bob Jackson and Sarah Mattox of Restorative Justice as part of the company's Giving Back program. If interested in being a recipient of the program, where $5 from every oil change is awarded to a nonprofit, contact Jan at 236-2431 or email

Free “Grow Your Business” Seminar Sept. 6

CAMDEN — As part of the Maker Faire events, the Camden Public Library will host a seminar covering some of the free resources and grants that are available to new businesses.

Blackstone Accelerates Growth will sponsor the presentation of resources from three groups whose mission is to assist start-up businesses in Maine: the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED), and the University of the Maine. The seminar is Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. in the Jean Picker Room at the Camden Public Library. Please call the library at 236-3440 to register.

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will be held in the Camden Amphitheatre on Sept. 6 also, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Faire is a “hands-on to high-tech” celebration of tinkerers, thinkers, and makers sharing their passions for innovation, creativity, and do-it-yourself activities. All are welcome.

Whether one has an idea for a new startup or are managing an established business, the free workshop at 1 p.m. presented by Blackstone Accelerates Growth will bring together resources from some of Maine’s most prominent partners to answer questions. Representatives from these organizations will discuss:

– The Innovation Hub Program by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. A regional partnership with Midcoast Magnet working to build an intentional community of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Midcoast focused on growing businesses and the economy. Learn how to be connected to this program and how to get connected to resources and programs to support your growth.

– The Top Gun Prep online course offered by MCED. Top Gun Prep is an intensive eight-week session that teaches the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, innovation, money, and marketing. It helps first-time entrepreneurs with an innovative business idea learn the skills necessary to start and run a successful company. The 2014 Top Gun Prep session will begin Wednesday, Sept. 10, and continue weekly through Nov. 5.

– The array of grants as well as development loans, equity capital, and ancillary services offered by MTI. MTI funds entrepreneurs and companies who engage technology to develop innovative products and connects them to resources to help them grow profitable businesses.

– The various facilities and services available to entrepreneurs for product development at the University of Maine System technology laboratories and commercialization accelerator programs. The University of Maine System with its strong research capabilities can assist entrepreneurs in technology-based venture creation.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Register by calling the library at  236-3440.

Public supper

ROCKPORT — There will be a lobster fest Saturday, Sept. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending when sold out at Rockport Masonic Center. The fest is sponsored by Keystone Royal Arch Chapter of Masons.

The cost is $12 and includes a 1 to 1 1/4 pound lobster, ear of corn, biscuit, coleslaw, blueberry cake, beverage. Additional lobsters are $6 each or just enjoy a lobster only for $6.

Orders to go will be available. To ensure lobsters to go, please call Jethro at 342-5910, Charlie at 236-4667 or Doug at 594-1909.

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage founder to speak at Merryspring

CAMDEN — Sanna McKim will speak about the formation and mission of the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage Tuesday, Sept. 2, at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

In 2007, this new, environmentally minded way of building homes was launched in the Midcoast. McKim will speak about how this small, community-based organization focused its efforts on sharing resources, food production, and energy efficiency to create a 36-home residential “social experiment” in world peace and sustainability right in Belfast.

McKim is the co-founder and former Project Manager of Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage. Prior to this, she served as executive director for the Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility and as marketing and admissions director for the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute.

This presentation is part of the Summer Talk Series at Merryspring, co-sponsored by Camden National Bank and Jaret & Cohn Real-Estate. Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children, with a $5 fee for non-members.

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