Sustainable Startups Need Different Investment Instruments

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FSA workshop with NMDC on creating a Producer Business Plan

December 6th, 2017
Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
1678 US-1
Littleton, ME 04730
Join Northern Maine Development Commission staff and representatives from Maine’s USDA Farm Service Agency to improve your business skills as an agricultural producer or would be producer. This free two and one half-hour workshop will explore the importance of developing an effective and useful “Producer Business Plan”. FSA officials will also be on hand to explain federal programs and services designed to help producers in farm ownership.
This is the second of five different business training workshops for producers and would be producers. Others are scheduled for Fort Fairfield on January 11th, Caribou on February 13th, and the St. John Valley on March 22nd.

The link for people to register (free) is:

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New CEI Women’s Business Center workshops coming up

Brand Strategy Tuesd. Dec. 5th, Brand Design Strategy Tuesd. Dec 12, Brand Activation – Tuesd. Dec 19, Tax preparation for sole proprietors…
see schedule for December here.

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Museum of Science – The Future of Seafood: Nourishing the World

Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5

Future of Seafood: Nourishing the World

Nourishing an understanding of global seafood production and inspiring innovation in sustainable, long-term growth.

The Museum of Science, Boston and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (Portland, ME) are co-organizing this two-day, invitation-only conference with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Details and Registration

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The Food Tech Revolution: A workshop with Janet Helm


Details can be found here.

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Washington Post – A Growing Number of Young Americans are Leaving Desk Jobs to Farm

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill.

The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst — who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs — abandoned Washington for this three-acre farm in Upper Marlboro, Md.

She joined a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers who are capitalizing on booming consumer demand for local and sustainable foods and who, experts say, could have a broad impact on the food system.

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Maine Grain Alliance – Technical Assistance Grant Opportunity


Application Deadline:
December 1st, 2017 – 5:00 pm

The Maine Grain Alliance seeks applications to award mini-grants of $250 – $1,000.

The mini-grants are to fund need-based technical assistance (TA) and equipment that will help grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities in Maine.

Examples of technical assistance might include, but are not limited to: hiring someone to help with business planning, hiring a consultant, advisor or expert, marketing/logo/brand development, website creation, attending a course or mentoring opportunity, hiring an architect, engineer, mechanical specialist, buying a needed piece of machinery or getting legal support. Please specify one area of technical assistance for which you are seeking grant support.

Grain-based business owners and entrepreneurs demonstrating financial need are welcome to apply. The Maine Grain Alliance is especially interested in assisting participants, presenters, panelists, work-study students, and scholarship recipients of the Kneading Conference which has been held annually since 2007.

For more information about the Maine Grain Alliance and its other programs, please visit The Maine Grain Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization. This technical assistance grant program is made possible by Skowhegan Savings and Slow Money Maine.
Application Deadline:
December 1st, 2017 – 5:00 pm

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CEI workshop: Content Calendar Creation for Social Media

Join us tomorrow for a new workshop to help maximize your social media efforts!

Are you a small business owner who is unsure of what or when to post on social media, and never has enough time to strategize? In this workshop you’ll learn how to set up and implement a social media content calendar, utilize the scheduling feature on Facebook, and gain helpful resources to minimize daily frustration and maximize results. Plus, we’ll send you off with a free, ready-to-use calendar to set up for your business!

*Attendees should have an existing business page on at least one social media platform prior to registering. This workshop will not cover how to set up your social media pages.

Tuesday, November 21
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

The cost of this workshop is $10


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3rd annual Farmland Access Conference

Join co-hosts Land For Good & Maine Farmland Trust
for the 3rd Annual Maine Farmland Access Conference
Monday, December 4th
Augusta Civic Center
Augusta, Maine
Details here.

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SMM Daylong 2017 – “Stepping up to the Plate” notes

Community energy and joy were reflected everywhere in our Slow Money Maine daylong gathering, from Judy Wicks’ keynote to relationship conversations among producers, buyers and investors; from a lunch featuring more than 18 local producers to creative collaborations shared by entrepreneurs and nonprofits, including our first composting venture with Garbage to Garden. Thanks to everyone, including a large proportion of people new to our work, for bringing inspiration and ongoing commitment to building local food systems.
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